Opened in 2011 the locally owned and managed Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat has 11 rooms, suites and two-bedroom cottages located on the southern tip of Langkawi Island. With the best of both worlds on their doorstep both the Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat and the sister property of Ambong Pool Villas are perfectly placed to enjoy and experience Langkawi’s rainforest and wildlife from the luxury of your suite, studio, cottage or pool villa, while also conveniently close to the nearby beaches of Pantai Tengah, a 5-minute stroll, and just a little further on, Pantai Cenang. Living in harmony with the surrounding nature was always the goal of the owners and the architects of the Ambong Rainforest Retreat and Ambong Pool Villas. The layout of each property was designed both to ensure privacy and peace for guests and to cause as little damage to the resident trees with the accommodations built around the nature or incorporated within the design as was the case with one of the pool villas which is literally built around one of their trees, preserving the canopy and natural ambience of the site. Nature is all around you to be enjoyed during a stay at Ambong Ambong or the Pool Villas, keep an eye out for the majestic Sea Eagles, the ever fascinating almost dinosaur-like Great Hornbills, Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Long Tailed Macaques, the bizarrely endearing Colugos (an arboreal gliding mammal) and if you are really lucky, the enigmatic Langkawi Slow Loris. The wildlife sometimes even pays guests a visit, and there are tales of monkeys being seen wobbling off back to the forest worse for wear after enjoying the contents of an unsecured minibar – the minibar fridges used today have locking doors.
The Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat and the Ambong Pool Villas are close enough to each other to share the one spa, the Ishan Spa, which offers traditional Malay Massage and a range of spa treatments utilizing local herbs and flowers. Dining options include the on-site but separately owned Japanese Restaurant, the Unkaizan where Ambong Ambong guests enjoy a special discount, or private in-room dining prepared by the retreat’s chef, or try your hand with a cooking class available both at the Ambong Pool Villas and the Rainforest Retreat, during which the chefs will share techniques and recipes of delicious local dishes that they learned from their mums and grandma’s. And not forgetting Ambong Pool Villa’s restaurant, Rimba, which serves a delicious menu of dishes inspired by the Malay, Nyonya and Thai cuisines. The teams at Secret Retreats, the Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat and the Ambong Pool Villas are also ready to share their beautiful island home with you through a variety of experiences and guided excursions that explore the island, its wildlife, its local culture and the archipelago.
Your Host and The Team
“It was the 1980’s, as children growing up on Langkawi Island, my brother Adam and I spent many carefree days exploring the hidden treasures of Langkawi. Our parents had a holiday home on the island, by the beach in Teluk Baru, then a secluded inaccessible bay. It was a basic home, water supply was from a well, there was no electricity and we lived off the bounty of the sea, from fisherman who came ashore with their daily catch. When we grew older, we left our paradise to pursue our education and work abroad. In 2011, acting on the dream to share our Langkawi with the world, we created Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, an eco-conscious, boutique retreat in Langkawi that was the first of its kind. Six years later, Ambong Pool Villas came to fruition on a separate site 300 metres away, offering Langkawi exclusive private pool villas with the same boutique luxuries and warm service at an equally tranquil setting with outstanding sea views. It is our wish that your time in Langkawi allows you to relax, discover and indulge, not just with Ambong-Ambong, but also with this magical island itself.”
The Studios (6 units)
The Suites (3 units)
The Two-bedroom Cottages (2 units)
The Triple Storey 2-bedroom Cottage at 145sqm comfortably sleeps 4 adults or a maximum of 6 adults with extra beds set (chargeable). One of the bedrooms is set with a king bed and the other bedroom is set with twin super single beds. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with a shower. The cottage is also fitted with a kitchenette and dining space with refrigerator, microwave oven and electric kettle, lounge space indoors, workspace and a laptop sized safe, and rainforest and partial sea views.
The Ambong Pool Villas
The Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat’s sister property the Ambong Pool Villas has 8 one-bedroom pool villas and 1 three-bedroom pool villa. Set on ridge surrounded by rainforest the Ambong Pool Villas enjoy stunning views of the surrounding scenery, rainforest and the Andaman Sea. Guests able to choose from villas that are oriented to enjoy either the sunrise or the sunset, with all of the villas enjoying sea views. Located about 300m from the Rainforest Retreat, guests of the 2 properties can avail themselves of the services of the Ishan Spa, the Rimba Restaurant and enjoy discount at the nearby Japanese restaurant, Unkaizan. The beaches of Tengah and Cenang are barely a 4minute walk and a 10minute walk away respectively. The Ambong Pool Villas accommodates families, adults and children.
The One-bedroom Private Pool Villas (8 units)
The Three-bedroom Private Pool Villa (1 unit)
Facilities and Highlights
- Restaurant: Rimba at Ambong Pool Villas is set to enjoy views of the surrounding seascapes and forest. The Rimba Restaurant serves a delicious mix of dishes with Malay, Nyonya and Thai heritage.
- Bar: Rimba Sky at Ambong Pool Villas is a sky bar with indoor and rooftop seating to enjoy the views as you sip the perfect sundowners.
- Spa: Ishan Spa, located at the Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat, where guests from both properties can enjoy traditional Malay massage and a variety of spa treatments, scrubs and facials.
- Yoga: The Yoga Deck at the Ambong Ambong Rainforest Retreat overlooks the lush surrounding rainforest. Practice meditation and yoga or join one of the wellness retreats – ask the Secret Retreats Concierge for more details.
- Cooking Classes: Meet the chefs and learn the recipes and techniques of local cuisines, recipes that have been handed down the generations, the perfect gift for you to take home and share with loved ones back home.
- Private Dining: let the chefs create a special dinner to enjoy in your villa or suite.
- Guided excursions and activities can be arranged to explore the island and archipelago.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 20 rooms, suites and pool villas
Time zone: (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur
Currency accepted: MYR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Electricity voltage: 220V
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CONCIERGEYour concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCESSAn airport shuttle service is provided from 8am to 9pm (surcharge applies). For private airport transfers please contact the Secret Retreats Concierge.
Airport: Langkawi International Airport (LGK) - 12 km
Pier: Kuah Jetty (domestic ferry) - 30 km
CONTACTJalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah 07000 Langkawi, Kedah , Malaysia