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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Seri Chenang spa resort to open on Langkawi, Malaysia

Y Tom Walker

The Seri Chenang Resort and Spa will open on the Malaysian island of Langkawi on 30 June.

The privately-owned, RM5m (US$1.6m, 1.2m euro, £1m) boutique resort will offer accommodation in six luxury villas and also features a large spa villa.

Created by the resort's owner, entrepreneur Dato Zainal Abidin, the design of each villa has been influenced by the architecture of traditional homes from six separate Malaysian states. The individual designs of the villas offer an intriguing insight into the country's regional architecture.

The villas range in size from one to five bedrooms.

The onsite Kayangan Spa will include a number of thatched treatment room pavilions - both double suites and singles - with floor to ceiling windows, private outdoor rain showers and relaxation areas with flowing water ponds.

There will also be an infinity swimming pool, a small gym and an art gallery.

Treatments will blend local and indigenous healing rituals with international therapies.

The treatment menu includes massages, reflexology, facials, body scrubs, hydrotherapy, manicures and specialist couples' treatments.

Resort owner Zainal Abidin initially intended the complex to become a family retreat for him and the families of his five children.

As the construction progressed, however, the idea of sharing Malay architecture and an authentic Malayan experience with visitors won him over and resulted in him creating the Seri Chenang Resort & Spa Langkawi.

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