Situated less than an hour from Langkawi International Airport is the wondeful Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, located on a mile-long private beach within the first UNESCO Geopark in Southeast Asia.
Guests who choose Four Seasons are used to the finest in accomodation, first class customer service and fine dining options that combine modern cooking techniques with local flavours and ingredients.You’ll be pleased to know that Four Seasons Resort Langkawi lives up to all of these expectations and takes them one step further.
This resort is simply sublime and offers guests a luxury island escape where they can enjoy ‘Luxurious Living and Extravagant Nature’ in perfect harmony.
There are 91 striking villas and pavilions to choose from at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, including the ultimate in luxury, 1400 sq m ‘Royal Pavillion’ where you get to enjoy your very own 14m beachfront infinity pool. Bliss.
Our stunning ‘Sea View Upper Floor Pavillion’ came complete with a huge hammam-style soaking tub but presented us with a dilemma. It was so wonderful that we found it hard to leave and experience everything that Four Seasons Resort Langkawi had to offer. Choices like this are always hard to wrangle with.
The wrap around balcony, being surrounded by nature and the tantalising Andaman Sea vistas made every minute of ‘staying in’ a truly wonderful experience. More chilled champagne anyone?
The Vegan Food:
Our vegan experience at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi began with enjoying the selection of welcome treats that were awaiting us in our room; sweet dried mango with crunchy pecans, a chopped fruit salad topped with pistachios, refreshing fruit sushi and a fresh lettuce spring roll.
A vegan breakfast extravaganza.
Breakfast was served at ‘Serai’, it was a relaxed and laid back affair with plenty of help on hand from the friendly staff team. It was also another opportunity to savour those endless Andaman Sea views. A match made in heaven.
What turned out to be a veritable vegan breakfast extravaganza started with our choice of freshly squeezed juices, including one of the daily shots on offer. We happily downed a beetroot, carrot, celery, parsley and pineapple shot before a steaming hot double espresso then enjoyed a chopped fruit salad with added seeds, nuts and shredded coconut.
A member of staff happily showed us around the buffet explaining which dishes were suitable for vegans, these included the expected selection of fruits, salads, nuts, seeds and freshly baked breads. There were also Heinz baked beans (often a saviour for us when on the road) and one of our all time favourite breakfast dishes ‘foul moudamas’, found in the ‘Arabic Corner’.
Foul moudamas is a ubiquitous Middle-Eastern dish of fava beans cooked with onion and roasted garlic. It’s a great source of healthy plant based protein (perfect for vegans searching for that protein hit) and served by adding lemon juice, olive oil, ground cumin and dried chilli to taste. It’s absolutely delicious.
In addition to the extensive buffet there was an à la carte menu which included another of our breakfast favourites, the Southern Indian masala dosa. A masala dosa is a lentil flour pancake filled with roughly mashed potato cooked with mustard seeds. This version was served with a creamy lentil dahl, coconut chutney and aloo paratha. Labelled as ‘Indian Breakfast’ on the menu, it took us right back to our travels in India.
The chef had said he would create an ‘off menu’ vegan dish for us and we were really pleased when a true taste of Malyasia arrived at our table in the shape of a vegan version of the national favourite, ‘nasi lemak’.
This would normally be a meat based dish, topped with egg but we had the pleasure of a cubed tofu and turmeric rendang which was packed with flavour, served with the usual peanuts, cucumber, papadom and a delicous rice that had been slow cooked with pandan, coconut milk, red onion and ginger. Things like this really are an exciting treat.
Our vegan breakfast extravaganza at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi continued with a mixed platter which included mini pancakes (also an option on the à la carte menu) which also suitable for gluten free vegans. there were also lightly fried vegetable spring rolls, a fruit salad and a bircher muesli with soya milk, pecans and grated apple.
A dinner filled with vegan Malaysian delights.
Dinner at ‘Ikan Ikan’ the signature restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, promises guests the finest home-sourced and home-style specialities, containing local organic produce wherever possible and using centuries-old rural village recipes. We were intrigued.
The restaurant is built in the style of a traditional Malaysian home and situated right on the beach. Diners can enjoy their meal in the beachfront pavilion, on the al fresco terrace, in the main restaurant or in a private dining room.
We enjoyed a set menu comprising of a selection of dishes all which are on the extensive and existing vegetarian menu. This is always great to see and makes dining as a vegan or vegetarian very easy indeed.
Our starter was ‘Sup Cendawan’ aka ‘Mushroom Soup’ but this was no ordinary mushroom soup. It was a soothing vegetable and mushroom broth with creamy potato patties which were like delightful velvet pillows as well as light, glass noodles. This soup was one of a kind; it was absolutely amazing.
Vegetable spring rolls were next, or ‘Popia Sayuran’ in Bahasa Malaysia, served with sour plum sauce and a crunchy salad. They were lightly fried and and accompanied perfectly by sweet and sour flavours from the plum sauce. Finished with a fresh and crisp red onion salad, this was a tasty dish full of multiple textures.
The main course was a trio of dishes that worked very well together, but the ‘Tauhu Berlada’ which was a flavour packed creation comprising tofu, ground chilli, potato, young corn and tomatoes, was our standout favourite.
These simple ingredients were combined to deliver a dish full of a peppery and intense chilli spiciness. It was rich with a huge depth of flavour; a supreme bowl of deliciousness. Wow.
The rest of the trio contained a nutritious, light and crunchy ‘Sayur Campur’ (mixed vegetables) and ‘Nasi Goreng Sayuran’ (‘Vegetable Fried Rice Malay Style). We enjoyed the aromatic curry leaves throughout the fried rice and the crispy shallots sprinkled on top, not to mention the crunchy ‘keropok’ crackers that are often found accompanying Malaysian food.
Dessert was ‘Puding Mangga’ which was a delightful mango pudding with mango yoghurt sorbet toppped with confit ginger. The intense sweetness of the mango pudding combined perfectly with the confit ginger and the sour yet refreshing vegan yoghurt sorbet. Delicious.
The traditional Malay flavours and dishes throughout our final meal were a real highlight and ensured we were able to enjoy a true experience of Malaysian plant based cuisine. All of these dishes are on the regular vegetarian menu at Ikan Ikan, meaning being vegan at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is truly easy.
The Vegan Essentials:
The bed at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi was one of the most comfortable beds we have slept in (ever), made even more perfect by having both pillows and a duvet that were feather free. Happy vegan seeping.
Our huge bathroom included a bath that was big enough for a football team which was a real treat and a unique experience. The Four Seasons branded bathroom amenities did not have a list of ingredients and at this stage we are unable to confirm if they are suitable for vegans but we are trying to find out.
We planned to visit the GEO Spa but we were too busy eating amazing vegan food, this was a real shame as the products and bespoke treatments are offered by ila who have multiple vegan products available which is great to see.
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:
Make a reservation at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi for a vegan friendly luxury resort stay in a remarkable location. You’ll find impeccable service, enjoy vegan food that is inspired by traditional flavours, and a team of talented chefs who offer a variety of plant-based delights from around the region.
Be prepared to relax in a truly amazing bath, stroll along the stunning beach and sip chilled champagne whilst soaking up the mesmerising views…
We were guests of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
Jalan Tanjung Rhu,
Telephone: +60 4-950 8888
Cost From: £585 / $770 per night (Oct 2017)