The best places to stay in Langkawi, as told by this travel-loving editor

Langkawi Island, the Jewel of Kedah, is known for its white-sand beaches and jungles that are home to over 200 bird species and monkeys. Many Malaysians and tourists worldwide also flock to this island, thanks to its duty-free status, awarded in 1987.

It’s so easy to travel to Langkawi from Singapore, as many airlines offer a direct route which only takes about an hour and 25 minutes. As I’ve just returned from Langkawi with tons of travel tips to share (see suggestions for food and activities below), it would also be in your best interest to know the cheapest months to travel to Langkawi this year are August and September. According to Skyscanner, if you fly with Scoot on 23 August and 19 September, one-way fares are only S$49 and S$53, respectively.

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Here are some coveted stays you should bookmark for your next great trip.

For the luxe nomad

The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi

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(PHOTO: The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi)

(PHOTO: The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi)

Set within a 10-million-year-old rainforest on the edge of the Andaman Sea, five-star resort The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi steers travellers into a pocket of the world where luxury and nature intersect. Hike through the dense, dynamic jungle or listen to the forest’s whispers from your sundeck. If you’re into water activities, kayak or try the stand-up paddling through mangroves.

Ed’s notes: I stayed here for three nights and was surprised to be given a room upgrade to a suite. The staff were very attentive to your needs; from making sure we had buggy rides to our villa to topping our breakfast spread. It’s a little oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Cenang area, for sure.

The Datai Langkawi

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The Datai Langkawi. (PHOTO: Klook)

The Datai Langkawi. (PHOTO: Klook)

The 5-star resort The Datai Langkawi is located

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5 Hotel Packages For Solo Female Travelers In The Caribbean And Latin America

Editorial note: “5 Hotel Packages for Solo Female Travelers in the Caribbean and Latin America” was originally published on March 22, 2022.

Over the past decades, the number of solo female travelers has significantly increased as women have come into their own and used travel as a way to express their sense of identity and individuality. In addition to exploring new places and taking a vacation, women are using solo travel as a way to feel empowered and independent.

Recently, research carried out by  Solo Female Travelers revealed that  76% of travelers had gone on a solo trip or were considering going. “Among women, the interest is growing exponentially. Searches for the term “solo female travel” increased 6 fold during the 4 years preceding the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic and we expect it to recover to 2019 levels by the end of 2022,” the site said.

In short, traveling solo can not only be fun, but cost-effective. And with that in mind, there’s some special packages available, as well!

In order to encourage female travelers, Marriott International has created packages for women who want to experience visiting the places of their dreams without feeling unsafe at its properties in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino offers female travelers is the “One Happy Traveler” package, which is designed specifically for solo travelers, allowing them to explore Aruba and experience pure relaxation and wellness. The One Happy Traveler package includes deluxe ocean view rooms on a non-ground floor, a standup paddle yoga class at Vela Aruba, a rejuvenating 50-minute massage, and private roundtrip airport transportation.

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino

The “Girlfriends Getaway” package at St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino is considered by

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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Palladium Hotel Group Sign Strategic Alliance to Expand Registry Collection Hotels with 14 All-Inclusive Resorts

PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with more than 8,900 hotels in over 95 countries, and Palladium Hotel Group, one of the largest Spanish hotel companies, announced, today, a commercial alliance that will add more than 6,500 rooms to Wyndham’s Registry Collection. The 14 spectacular all-inclusive TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts managed by Palladium Hotel Group are located in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Brazil and will join Wyndham’s portfolio under a long-term agreement leveraging Wyndham’s extensive distribution and bringing Wyndham’s all-inclusive resort portfolio to 26 hotels.

TRS Yucatan Hotel – Riviera Maya, Mexico

“Expanding Registry Collection Hotels continues Wyndham’s global growth in the luxury space and grants more travelers access to new, preeminent experiences in some of the most remarkable destinations,” said Geoffrey A. Ballotti, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “These unique, all-inclusive hotels are designed to ensure that guests – whether redeeming Wyndham Rewards points or booking directly – will enjoy an elevated vacation.”

“This agreement with a hotel company that has one of the greatest distribution capacities in the United States is a great pairing for us” – said Jesús Sobrino, CEO of Palladium Hotel Group – “This alliance is part of our commitment to the American market due to its proximity and great air connectivity with the Caribbean destinations where we operate. We are also very pleased to add synergies between our Palladium Rewards program and Wyndham Rewards®, recognized as one of the top loyalty programs in the industry. As a hotel management company, thanks to this agreement, we improve our value proposition to owners, as we add to it a great know-how and experience of operating all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.” 

Registry Collection Hotels is a selection

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