Most spa resorts are so cookie-cutter that once you check in, it's hard to tell if you're in Krabi or the Maldives. Not so at the new Four Seasons Langkawi, tel: (60-4) 950 8888. The design of this resort has a very Malaysian sense of place and incorporates elements from the country's Muslim heritage. Arabic tiling turns the large bathrooms into approximations of Turkish hammams
. The resort has gorgeous views of the Andaman Sea, and all its airy rooms open on to covered balconies.
The main restaurant, Ikan Ikan, is housed in a recreation of a limas
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