Locate around the southern areas of Langkawi Island is Pantai Tengah, a destination known for its family oriented resorts and attractions. Pantai Tengah means Middle Beach and this is where it is linked close by to Pantai Cenang which is another popular beach hangout.
Pantai Tengah is generally a 1 kilometer beach and is the longest stretch here in the island. This is surely not the place for you to go if you are into diving, jet skiing and such because it is a more quieter option around. Boating is one of the things you can do around here.
It is here where you can enjoy a slightly different holiday as it is not as noisy and activity-filled as other beaches in Langkawi. A great and ideal place for long walks along the beach, enjoying the seas and the waters, games or just some peace and quiet. The children will basically like the spacious area to run around with the beach balls while the adults would love sitting there gazing at the horizon.
As it connects to other parts of the island, you can also head out to Cenang Beach which is just a few minutes walk away and that is where all the water games are located.
Pantai Tengah Hotels & Accommodations
Pantai Tengah is just located 500 metres south of Pantai Cenang. Secluded from the larger crowd, accommodations available here are highly recommended for those who prefer tranquil and serene. Pantai Tengah lies closer to a number of attractions such as Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Singa Besar.
Among some of the posh hotels located along the stretch are Aseania Resort Langkawi, Awana Porto Malai, Federal Villa Beach Resort, Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi, Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa and Villa Molek Langkawi.
Aseania Resort Langkawi is catered to high powered businessmen and families as the accommodation provides excellent selection of amenities and facilities to ensure guests’ comfort and convenience. Situated south of the island, the hotel is located nearby tourist attractions and shopping districts. All the 217 guestrooms are generous in size and are tastefully furnished with basic amenities.
On the other hand, Awana Porto Malai is specially designed for guests traveling for pleasure purposes. This Mediterranean-inspired resort is ideal for those who would like to escape from rigors of city life.
The 208 guestrooms are elegantly furnished with designer amenities overlooking captivating views of the lagoon and coast of nearby islands on clear days.
Budget travelers who would like to experience first-class services at affordable rates, Federal Villa Langkawi is definitely your choice, and this three-star beach resort is ideally located on the finest beach, Pantai Tengah.
Strategically located right next to Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi (its sister resort), if you decide to check-in on the spot without reservation, no worries as you can head next door for a room.
Stretched on four acres of land, the villa is surrounded by tropical forest and majestic rolling green hills. All the 88 guestrooms overlook the white sandy Pantai Tengah beach and crystal clear waters.
Its sister resort, Holiday Villa is another chic and elegant resort catered to business and leisure travelers. Ladies can spend time to relax and unwind in the indoor pool or experience unique spa treatment.
This accommodation features 258 luxurious sea-facing guestrooms equipped with designer amenities thus guests can expect first-class service from the warm and friendly staffs here.
Nestled amidst the beautiful stretch of Pantai Tengah, Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa is located 15 minutes drive from Langkawi International Airport and only 10 minutes walk to Pantai Tengah’s shopping districts.
Over the years, this resort has won a number of accolades such as Asean Green Hotel Award 2010-2011, Libur Travel Award for two consecutive years from 2008 to 2009, Virgin Holiday Responsible Tourism Award 2008 and many more.
Last but not least, the four-star Villa Molek Langkawi nestled amidst lush tropical garden overlooking white sandy beach and giving guests a chance to get a closer look on Langkawi wildlife. This villa is highly recommended for honeymooners and travelers who would like to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Pantai Tengah Shopping Guide
The number of duty-free shops in Pantai Tengah are relatively lesser compared to other areas. However, there is one strip mall and a chocolate store lined along the beach road. For shoppers who hate long queues as it lessen their shopping pleasure, then Pantai Tengah is highly recommended as you can expect a smaller crowd here.
Stores lined along Pantai Tengah offer mostly souvenirs and quirky handicrafts. If you are looking for masks and flatware in various designs as well as shell sculptures, visit Sunflower Handicrafts Shop located right next to the Sun Cafe.
The shop opens daily from 3 pm onwards. Sunday Home Décor, as suggested by the name says it all. Shoppers can purchase large collection of exquisitely crafted home furniture and some originate from other countries namely Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Even if you are not here to shop for furniture, you’ll definitely leave the shop with some smaller unique merchandises.
Chocoffee is a chocolate-lover’s paradise selling wide assortment of chocolates and shoppers are allowed to taste the products before buying it. Located along Tasek Anak, Jalan Pantai Tengah, the store opens daily from 11 pm until 8 pm.
Sunvillage is an extension to its sister store – Sunflower Handicrafts. While Sunflower Handicrafts Shop offers smaller handicrafts and souvenirs, visitors can purchase bamboo artwork and wood carvings at Sunvillage.
Best Food and restaurants in Pantai Tengah
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the abundance of restaurants in Pantai Tengah offering extremely cheap hawker food to world-class cuisines. To begin with, you should take a walk down the longest beach in Langkawi and grab some delicious local snacks and delights from the hawker stalls lined by the roadside. Besides those hawker stalls, tourists can also pay a visit to the luxury and upscale restaurants such as SunSutra, British Raj, Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant and many more.
For some authentic Indian/Pakistani specialties such as roti boom, naan, briyani, teh tarik, briyani rice and tandoori chicken, head over to Boom Boom Corner View Restaurant. One can easily spot the restaurant from afar as the structure is shaded by bright red canopy.
Chinese Kung Fu Restaurant is a small and unique garden restaurant located on the way to Pantai Cenang. Ideally located by the roadside, this garden restaurant is a great hang out place with family and friends after a fun day of sightseeing around Langkawi.
For a great dinner session, satisfy your cravings for home-cooked seafood dishes at Fat Mum’s Seafood Restaurant. Some of the must try selections are spicy garlic lobster, tasty butter prawns and noodles-on-fire.
After getting a taste of Chinese foods, it is now time to try local Malay delights such as rendang and creamy-coconut curry fish serve in Kantan, a traditional Malay-style restaurant beautifully furnished with pond and fountain to welcome all the guests.
A must-try signature dish offered in this restaurant is Malay-style tenderloin beef, potato wedges stir-fried with dark soy sauce as well as grilled prawn tastefully skewered on lemon grass stems. Another alternative to Asian and Western cuisines is Iranian cuisines serve in PaPa Iranian Restaurant. While the restaurant may not look appealing from the outside, you’ll not be disappointed with the juicy and succulent kebabs here.
Even though British Raj Restaurant looks more like a crumbling heap of bricks as the structures worn out and outmoded, you’ll be surprised to find that the food is really tasty and good. The exotic Indian cuisines serve in the restaurant include basmathi rice with green peas and spicy Goan chicken prepared with mild vinegar.
Sheela’s Restaurant is one of the few upscale restaurants serving inexorably priced German food. The interior displays a combination of Malaysian and German artworks on its wall. Charcoal-grilled sirloin steak, potato salad and white wine-soaked lobster are highly recommended for first-time visitors.
Another seafood restaurant in Pantai Tengah serving equally good food cooked in Chinese style is White Sand Seafood Restaurant. Prices of the foods are affordable and thus, the restaurant is highly recommended for those who are looking for reasonably priced delicious food.
If you are looking for upscale restaurants serving pricey foods, then SunSutra and Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant are your choices. SunSutra is a chic and posh restaurant joined by two other modern clubs, SunKarma and Sunba Retro Bar. Chocolate lovers definitely have to try the mouth-watery chocolate molten lava cake.
Besides that, you can also choose from a wide range of menu selections. Last but not least, remember to try dining at Unkaizan Japanese Restaurant located in the hub of Pantai Tengah. Patrons can choose fresh seafood from the aquariums lined along the walls. You may try the fulfilling Sushi Gozen specialties or salmon butter yaki.
At times, when the bars and bistro in Pantai Cenang are crowded with local folks and foreigners, many end up spending the evening until the wee small hours in Pantai Tengah. There are several must visit bona fide clubs entertaining patrons with techno, hip hop and retro music. As usual, patrons shall start your evening by having a fulfilling dinner.
Here are some of the bars and restaurants you do not want to miss when you are around Pantai Tengah – Chill Out Bistro & Sports Bar, El Toro Espanol Tapas Bar & Cafe, Juan Chito-D’Enigma, L’Osteria, Music Room Discotheque, Reggae House, Sunba Retro Bar, Sunday Bistro & Restaurant, Sun Karma Chill Out Lounge and The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar.
Thinking of partying with your buddies or perhaps drinking cold beer into the wee small hours? Head over to Chill Out Bistro because it is still open at 3 am. Located around the corner from Aseania Hotel, the bistro is usually packed when there are live football games aired over a big screen TV. The drinks are relatively cheap.
In addition to that, stay tune to live bands performances once a month! This bistro is definitely on top of your must visit bistro list if you are in Pantai Tengah. Craving for an extensive selection of Spanish cuisines? El Toro Espanol Tapas Bar & Cafe along Jalan Teluk Baru is the place to get a taste of scrumptious Spanish-inspired delights.
After sunset, the bar is a good place for those who are looking for a quiet and cosy place to relax and hangout with friends. Juan Chito- D’Enigma located within Aseania Resort features a live band performing nightly and offers reasonably priced drinks. Definitely one of the best places for a night of fun.
Local folks and foreigners who are looking for authentic Italian cuisines should head over to L’Osteria as this is the perfect place for a romantic candlelight dinner while you watch the sunset. After enjoying your meal, stay a little longer and have few drinks before you finally head back to the hotel.
Old-school Music Room Discotheque is quite popular among local folks as patrons are allowed to sing their hearts out in the individual boxes. Serving a wide range of beverages, you can expect something different every month as the bar changes its interior décor to stay relevant and modern.
Reggae House features live bands performances and offers cheap booze. Since this is a bar by the beach, expect some patrons participating in beach volleyball to past the time in the evening. Sunba Retro Bar opens until you see the sun rising.
Keeping the crowd lively is not an easy task but with a DJ entertaining you every night of the week, you will definitely feel the spirit to dance the night away. However, drinks are quite expensive here. Expect a lot of single people enjoying themselves here.
The posh and elegant Sunday Bistro & Restaurant is the best place for patrons to enjoy a few drinks and try some signature authentic Chinese and Western cuisines. Though the interior is furnished with upscale furniture, the food and drinks are available at reasonable price. On the other hand, Sun Karma Chill Out Lounge is also another posh and trendy lounge located adjacent to the SunSutra Restaurant.
Usually, patrons will walk-in for a drink or two before and after having dinner in the restaurant. Last but not least in your list, remember to pay a visit to The Lighthouse Restaurant & Bar which is located along Jalan Pantai Tengah.
As suggested by the name, it is set in a lighthouse overlooking the captivating beach. Besides serving a wide selection of beverages, one can also try a fine selection of Malaysian delicacies and Mediterranean fare.