Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi, Malaysia
While Malaysia’s popular tropical island, Langkawi, is not the quiet, in-the-know beach spot it once was, Tanjung Rhu, on the island’s northernmost tip remains, happily, untouched. And, now that British summertime is officially over, it’s the perfect time to head for the mangrove-lined paradise via an amble through the lush forest.
Yes, forest. Tanjung Rhu doesn’t do palms. Instead, you’ll be framed by alpine-esque pines running along the powdery strip. You’ll also be surprised to hear that you can walk on water and, no, we’re not speaking biblically here: Tanjung’s translucent blue sea is like one gigantic, but very shallow, puddle, which leaves a sand bridge underfoot at low tide and makes frolicking in the shallows a surreal experience.
Begin your Malaysian beach affair with a wander across the beachy bridge to the craggy rocks of Pulau Chabang, before heading to the ancient Gua Cerita caves by boat. Get there by dusk to watch the sun dip down behind the rocks, while tucking into a plate of freshly caught fish. Here, it is all about making like the Malays – so settle in and dig your toes in deep.
WHEN: Langkawi is flooded with sunlight year round but arguably now is the best time to book as the dry season runs from mid-November to mid-April, meaning maximum tanning time.
WHAT TO PACK:
Sunning yourself on the beautiful Malay beach of Tanjung Rhu, clad yourself in Topshop’s bandeau bikini and smother your skin in Kiehl’s SPF 30.
the bag: Balenciaga Riva leather tote, £1,745
the swimwear: Topshop Stripe bandeau bikini, £26
the products: Becca Mineral bronzing powder, £34 and Kiehl’s UV Protect Face and Body Suncream Lotion SPF30, £19
the read: The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
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