First impressions on driving up to Asia Gardens – a tranquil oasis of beauty and calm – this cannot be Spain – I must be in Bali, Thailand or the Indian Ocean!
I was not disappointed when we entered the vaulted fan-cooled reception with its’ heavenly aromas and soothing sounds. It’s no surprise it’s a Leading Hotels of the World member.
Meandering through the many paths, incredible gardens (that would give Kew a run for it’s money!), past waterfalls & fish-filled ponds, not forgetting the 200 year old Bonsai Tree, we crossed a little wooden bridge and reached our Deluxe (standard) room. Beautifully appointed with a colonial feel to it and a large bathroom, separated from the bedroom by Japanese style opaque sliding doors – very zen!
Onto more practical matters – the resort offers several room types including junior suites, suites and deluxe suites (the latter having a huge terrace or balcony with loungers, chairs & a jacuzzi). Suites also have their own VIP area with separate pools. The hotel will also guarantee interconnecting rooms which is always a bonus for families.
The huge main Langkawi pool designed on several levels and surrounded by palms, hibiscus & bougainvillea is complemented by three further pools: an adults only pool, the Thai Spa pool and the Zen pool (close to the Children’s Club which is thoughtfully tucked away in a quiet corner of the resort, although very well run with a good range of activities – they will even feed your little ones while you dine in one of the hotels’ restaurants – all really well designed – a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!
Back to facts & figures; we stayed on B&B and just paid for our meals as taken, although I’d probably recommend booking half board as this allows you to take dinner in the Jaipur buffet restaurant (which includes wine, beer, soft drinks and water) or for a small supplement you can dine in one of the speciality restaurants – we tried Koh Samui Asian restaurant, other options are Palapa for Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the Langkawi pool, In Black gourmet fine dining. There’s also Zen, overlooking the Zen pool for casual lunches, and for pre-dinner or after dinner drinks the Bonsai Bar or Champagne Lounge, which also offers a complimentary afternoon tea!
The Thai Spa, as well as offering a great range of treatments also has a selection of complimentary activities to relax the body and mind: tai chi, yoga, pilates, chi kung and meditation to name a few.
Many of the staff are Asian (the Spa therapists all trained at Wat Pho in Bangkok) as well as Spanish and the service is up there with some of the best Asian & Indian Ocean hotels I have stayed in!
Before staying here, I really wasn’t sure which of my clients I would recommend this hotel to – like many, I suppose I had previously discounted it as it’s only 3km from Benidorm – do not let this put you off please! Yes, Benidorm’s skyline and the sea beyond, can be seen in the distance, in fact, somewhat reminiscent of Dubai, but if you do want to feel the sand between your toes or a dip in the Mediterranean, then you can spend a day on the beach or explore Benidorm’s lovely old town. Ok, so backing onto the beach you have an ample supply of British pubs, bringing to mind the TV programme of the same name, but spend a day here , then retreat back to Asia Gardens for a spot of meditation or a dip in the Zen pool and you’re back in paradise!