Langkawi

For the ultimate tropical island escape, Langkawi is impossible to beat. Known for its sweeping forests, pristine beaches and clear surf, Langkawi Permata Kedah (or ‘The Jewel of Kedah’) is serenely situated on the Malaysian coastline. Still relatively undiscovered, Langkawi is getting more and more popular with tourists thanks to its wild beauty, easy-going inhabitants and the fact that all items sold on the island are duty free! For nature lovers, the rolling hills of the island are full of flora and fauna that provide a perfect antidote to city life. Or you could spend a day island hopping around the archipelago, or kayaking through the local mangrove forests. The islands are also famously child friendly, with venues such as Underwater World and the eighty-acre Dragon Fruit Farm where children can see where the delicious dragon fruit is harvested. To get a sense of the local culture, visit the ‘Art in Paradise’ museum, which is full of local art and famed for its optical illusions. And of course, no trip to Langkawi is complete without a walk along the Skybridge in the open air with its unbeatable views over the Malaysian rainforest. For an even better view, take a ride on the cable car that winds its way across the mountains above the treetops. Langkawi truly has something for everyone – it’s not long before the rest of the world discovers this incredible place.