I lived in Malaysia for a few years and never ran out of things to explore or places to discover. The islands around Malaysia are beautiful – I particularly love the islands of Langkawi. Langkawi takes your breath away with its unspoiled 10 million year-old rainforests and mountains filled with an abundance of flora and wildlife.

The luxury resort I stay at is located on one of the top 10 white sand beaches as awarded by National Geographic with an award-winning 18 holes, par 72-championship golf course. Don’t forget to take a walk through the butterfly gardens, mangrove, and jungle trails that lead you to natural pools and waterfalls. Unwind and free your mind with yoga, pilates, breathing exercises and treat yourself to a spa day. Soothe your soul with specially curated teas, herbs, and spices and immerse yourself in a cooking class. I’ll also never forget sharing memorable moments with the monkeys at the resort while sitting on my room’s private balcony.

The Langkawi Wildlife Park is a tropical garden with over 150 species of birds. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts should definitely take a speedboat or catamaran to island hop and explore what lies under the surface of the sea. Be sure to explore Pulau Payar Marine Park, the largest island in the area with three smaller isles, namely, Pulau Kaca, Pulau Lembu and Pulau Segantang. It is also best to include an unforgettable visit to the Bat Cave (Gua Kelawar). Want even more adventure? Jump on a jet ski or go parasailing for a view of Langkawi from 500 feet above sea level.

After a full day of activities, consider going to a fruit farm. The Mardi Langkawi Agro Technology Park where you can taste a variety of local fruits grown in Langkawi and indulge yourself in a natural salt-water spring spa treatment at the Ayer Hangat Village.

Located at the southern end of Pantai Cenang, you can enjoy the largest aquarium in Malaysia with more than 200 different marine species and freshwater fish including harbor seals, penguins, sharks, giant rays and the enormous Amazonian arapaima, the biggest freshwater fish in the world. Walking north, you can explore the Laman Padi Rice Garden and stroll on the 410 ft-long Langkawi Sky Bridge to get a stunning view and an unforgettable experience.

Before heading home, discover the hidden beauty of Langkawi onboard a selection of exclusive breathtaking catamarans to watch the sunset