These last five years has been about a lot of Indian weddings in Bali and Pattaya and like every trend something more exclusive makes way, Langkawi is one such gem. Don’t be surprised when in the next two years you see a huge diversion to Malaysia for Indian destination weddings.
1. Exotic, Exclusive And Enchanted.
Langkawi is 99 islands filled with myths, legends & the Andaman Sea surrounded by more than 10 million-year-old rainforest. If that is not what a magical fairytale wedding is made of, pretty much nothing is! Here are a few glimpses:
Image Courtesy: The Four Seasons Langkawi
2. Indian Hospitality With Dollops Of Pure Luxury
Indian weddings are a very intimate affair of family and friends that demands a certain kind of homely hospitality over and above all the opulence. And with 2.1 million Malay Indian community almost all major luxury hotels and resorts have some senior level Indian origin management who treats you as a family, a rare vintage treat in 2018. It really helps when the head of hospitality has been to multiple Hindu weddings and knows exactly what you are expecting, the overall essence is accentuated by them and not somehow managed.
Rajiv Kapoor, GM Westin Langkawi
To give you a small example, how many exotic island resorts do you know around the world who have procured special utensils from India to make sweets like jalebis and allow to fly in your own Indian chefs with authentic Indian spices to make sure that at your wedding the chaat, butter chicken, Jain dal fry and punjabi dal makhani has the precise flavor you deserve. The long and short of it is the team understands the crucial elements like vegetarian food and jain food is NOT same and sindoor is not a dessert.
3. Destination Tailor Made For Adventure As Much As Romance
Exotic Islands sometimes sound boring to people who’re looking for adventure post wedding activities and Langkawi doesn’t disappoint there either. The steepest cable car ride on earth takes you 708m above sea level to be mesmerised by the surrounding islands, hillside flora & waterfalls. Trek with rare proboscis monkeys in 550 million year old mountains and jungles (part of the UNESCO world heritage). Or enjoy the sunset with a luxury cruise or circling mangroves in your jetski. When Adele sang we could have had it all, she surely didn’t have Langkawi in mind.
Image Courtesy: The Datai Langkawi
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4. Goa/Udaipur/Phuket/Bali = Langkawi + Attractions of all four in one
The cost of having a Langkawi wedding is one of the biggest myth out there. We personally surveyed and talked to Four Seasons, Westin, Taj Vivanta, St. Regis, The Ritz Carlton and half dozen other four to super luxury resorts. Believe it or not, some places for a 150-200 pax wedding are actually at par with overall costs of a Mumbai or Delhi 5 star. The super-luxury ones having a well deserving 25-30% hike but they surely are beasts of different level with conference rooms, gyms and pantry inside your suite perched above the ocean, opening to a private beach!
Image Courtesy: The Ritz Carlton Langkawi
Image Courtesy: The Westin Langkawi
Image Courtesy: St. Regis Langkawi
Go island hopping to private islands and have your cocktail party in one
The untouched beaches and exchanging wedding vows serenaded by the seductive symphony of sea breeze and permission to party till 6 am is complimentary.
5. The Whole Island Is Duty Free And 20% Cheaper Than Airports
Langkawi is one of its kind duty free city/island. So basically your relatives will remember your wedding for the years to come. Bags, watches, perfumes, chocolates, you name it. And don’t tell anyone I told you this but Chivas Regal which is 3500 in Delhi is available at INR 1390 in Langkawi. Blue Label for INR 11,800. You get the drift. So for Indian weddings well… am sure you understand.
Tip: Before you say you’ve visited Kuala Lumpur Airport Duty Free do know the price difference is visibly different.
In the end, the reason Langkawi island works so beautifully for destination wedding is because it is still so raw and untouched by commercialisation unlike the neighbours and they are ready to go that extra couple of miles for you with every little demand of yours. Hope you have a wonderful time in Langkawi whenever you go!