The 831 meter high Ganung Raya commands the island of Langkawi. Often obscured by clouds in the rainy months, the top of this majestic mountain offers a cooler climate and the best view on the island. The climb to the top either on foot or by road takes you through some of the most pristine rainforest on the island.
And with the rainforest comes the local inhabitants and the diverse flora, which brings bird watchers and nature enthusiasts to the slopes of Ganung Raya, year round. Flying Lemurs, squirrels, monkeys and many of the more than 200 bird species that call the island home can be observed here, going about their day to day lives. But what most visitors to the mountain are unaware of is that perched on the very peak of the mountain is The Peak Resort and Spa.
As you approach the entrance to the resort its prominent 5-story high observation tower leads one to envision a monastery in the Himalayas. Many that make the assent to the tower’s upper most deck may not even realize that there’s a resort or ‘mountain retreat’ that extends out on the top ridges of Ganung Raya.
The rooms on all levels offer panoramic views of Langkawi and the Andaman Sea and if you’re a traveler during the low season you may find you have full run of the place to yourself! The resort also has a spa, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym
tucked away at various levels as the mountain slope falls away from the breathtaking peak. Its’ small but unique restaurant ‘Viet Lang’ is not only the sole Vietnamese Restaurant in Langkawi, it’s location at the top of the tower makes the dining experience one-of-a-kind!
The Peak was previously named Di’coconut Hill Resort and efforts to find the resort on-line with the new name may be difficult. The Peak Resort doesn’t offer easy access to all the destinations on the island, but for those who truly want a quiet and meditative environment this ‘mountain retreat’ is the only one of it’s kind on the island. Yoga and Tai Chi lessons are also available to add to your spiritual mountain top experience. There are only 50 rooms available here so reservations are recommended during ‘peak’ season.