With narrow roads winding through the rainforest, connecting the chalets, thick with greenery and beautiful tall trees at either side, a simple walk back to your room at the Berjaya Langkawi Resort itself is enough to inspire any nature or sporting enthusiast to actively explore. These Langkawi activities will ensure you train
While there are shuttles the run around the resort delivering guests to their rooms the main meeting point to your villa door is at most about a kilometre away. So if you like to stay active on holiday you’ll relish the relaxed stroll through the rainforest or the boardwalks on the coastline.
However, if you want to push your heart rate a bit higher to balance out those buffet breakfasts, there are plenty of other options too. The Berjaya gym is well-equipped with new cardio equipment and free weights. It’s located in the main building, conveniently just upstairs from Dayana Restaurant where you’ll grab your morning eggs.
Seven Wells Waterfall Langkawi
Being big believers in training while taking in the sights we knew a run to see the nearby waterfall would be perfect. We kitted up and made sure we were well-hydrated and hit the road. We were told it would take about 25 minutes to climb the mountain to Seven Wells.
As it can be in Langkawi, it was a very humid day so we took it steady on the short initial road leg. The incline is pretty steep heading up to Seven Wells, but a great set of stairs lead you all the way up (when I say great, I mean solid and safe with viewing platforms at intervals if you need a break – picture hundreds of stairs). We powered it up to the top in about 10 minutes and arrived panting and sweaty but loved it.
Seven Wells gets its name from the seven pools that feed into the falls. We started at the top to check out the pools and peek over the edge. A short run back down the stairs and a quick diversion on to another path and we reached the bottom of the falls. The pools are quite shallow at the moment and the waterfall wasn’t as dramatic as you might expect but I can imagine it puts on a pretty powerful show during the rainy season (September to November).
We took a moment sitting on the rocks to take in the surrounds and catch our breathe before heading back towards the Berjaya. We enjoyed the company of the local monkeys on our run back to the Berjaya. All-in-all it was about an hour round trip and we just loved it.
I would recommend people with a good level of fitness walk to the Seven Wells. There are hundreds of stairs, but you may just need to take it a set at a time. If you are fit, you’ll love the anaerobic hit the stairs will add to your run.
If you’re not super mobile or you have very young children, I would recommend getting a car to drop you up at the road or even that path that leads to the waterfall. There is still a walk down, but the path is paved and fairly level until you reach a set of stairs at the falls. Pack a picnic or some cool drinks and take in the beauty of the falls from a spot of the rocks in the shade of one of the trees.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Langkawi
Stand up paddle boarding has long been on my fit hit list. Finally, we took the opportunity to give it a go, while staying at the Berjaya. How could we not? The water was shallow and warm; you almost wanted to topple in. Thankfully though, we didn’t. Given the conditions, it was easier than I expected with only a gentle breeze and very small ripples running across the water’s surface. I didn’t look like a Victoria’s Secret model on a catwalk, but I didn’t belly flop either, so that was good enough for me. The Hubby was the winner though; he took to it like a Bondi boy to water. Cost: About 50RM per hour to hire
Water Sports in Langkawi
If we’d had more time we would have worked our way down the water sports list which includes waterskiiing, jet skiiing, snorkelling, windsurfing, parasailing, banana-boating, canoeing and kayaking. But we can save the rest for the next time we fly in to stay and play.
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