DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —Daniel Har­tanto

A cul­tural im­mer­sion with Alila Solo; re­vamped rooms at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Bali, and more.

Langkawi-bound va­ca­tion­ers, look here—the “Jewel of Kedah” is about to shine even brighter with the opening of The Ritz-Carl­ton, Langkawi ( ritz­carl­ton.com; dou­bles

from US$450) in July. Fronting a pri­vate cove and beach on the western shores of the is­land, the re­sort takes its inspiration from a coastal kam­pong, with 90 guest rooms and 42 vil­las that sport in­tri­cate wooden lat­tice­work in a nod to Malay ar­chi­tec­ture. Floorto-ceil­ing win­dows make the most of the jun­gled set­ting and ocean views—though a host of ex­cur­sions and wa­ter sports mean you’ll spend much of your time out­doors. Even bet­ter, an in-house ham­mam and vi­tal­ity pools make for a sooth­ing fin­ish to those day­time ex­plo­rations.

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