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Developments at the Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, Langkawi, Malaysia

At Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat the views are timeless. Each of the eleven studios, suites and cottages, serenely secluded by the rainforest, looks out across the infinite blues of the Andaman sea. Every room has a sea view over some of the other 98 islands which make up the Langkawi archipelago. Below the retreat on the beach, the roots of the Ambong-Ambong plant bind the fine white sands together. For millennia, wings of the giant hornbill birds have flapped from tree to tree in the pristine forest. Flying squirrels have leapt into thin air and the macaque monkeys have chattered. So recent developments have been subtle, change is always careful and considered. Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat has acquired an 11 acre farm. The vision for Ambong Ambong has always been organic as it’s biophillic architecture shows. Herbs and spices have always been grown in the retreat’s kitchen garden. Now the aim is to steadily increase the supply of fruit and vegetables grown locally, reducing food miles. Another change is that the spa is now named, Amaala, meaning clean and pure, taking its inspiration from the local indigenous tribes. Their healing touch, ancient rituals, knowledge and traditions have been updated as AMAALA’s signature healing remedy. Amaala Spa and Wellness offers six treatment rooms, set amongst the peaceful splendour of the rainforest. These changes develop the spirit of a retreat where recycled railway sleepers are given new life for the entrance steps to each villa, where sustainable rubber tree wood is used for bed frames and where laundry bins are created from abundant aquatic grasses. Meanwhile, much continues as ever at Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat.
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Amran and Adam’s parents continues to search local markets for the antiques that bring a unique homely touch to each of the villas as guests relax on their daybed, on their terrace or in their own personal pool. After the disruption of the pandemic, guests are steadily returning to Langkawi, finding their way to the cocktail list at Ambong-Ambong’s Sky Bar and dining at the Rimba Restaurant.

Michael Edwards

Michael Edwards is a travel writer from Oxfordshire, UK. Although Michael had his first travel pieces published nearly four decades ago, he is still finding new luxury destinations to visit and write on.

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    1. Dear Tim,

      Thank you for sharing your sweet thoughts, we truly are honoured by your sentiment.

      We believe that what we do makes a difference. Significant variations that adds up to a positive guests’ experience are always welcome here.

      Hope to see you at Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, Tim!

      Kind regards,
      Assistant Resort Manager

  1. I’ve never been to a rainforest and it’s only recently that I’ve even begun to consider it. After seeing some wildlife TV I like the idea of chilling in the rain forest and looking out for the wildlife.

    1. Hi, Kenny Ralph.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat is waiting for you! Dusky leaf monkey, macaque, hornbills, giant squirrels are just some of the wildlife species living in our property. Our staff are more than happy to show you some good spots!

      Looking forward to meet you here.

      Kind regards,
      Assistant Resort Manager

  2. Every picture looks so serene and tranquil. I think this is the sort of place where I could really unwind and relax.

    1. Hi Freya Taylor,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We are more than delighted to have you stay with us and experience the serenity that is Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat.

      Hope to welcome you soon!

      Kind regards,
      Assistant Resort Manager

  3. How many businesses have been propelled towards self-sufficiency by the pandemic making them realise that supply routes can be quiet fragile?

    I think they’ll soon find out that in farming terms 11 acres really isn’t very much when you’re trying to feed a hotel’s guests. Though it is a start and hopefully they can tack on extra acres later.

  4. I’m a big spa fan, my friends even say I’m a spa addict. Going to a place where it’s hard to say where the spa ends and the rain forest begins would be an even more natural experience.

    1. Hi Charli,

      Thank you for writing your thoughts.

      Our team at Amaala Spa are experienced therapists, our spa menu are personalised and lush rainforest is the cherry on top – something that you won’t want to miss when you are in Langkawi.

      Hope to meet you at Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat soon!

      Kind regards,
      Assistant Resort Manager

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