Langkawi Wedding – Oriental Inn
The backdrop was a beautiful lake and a scenic mountain. Add to this a tropical island. Sounds perfect for a vacation or, better still, a wedding?
Then, pack your bags and head for the Oriental Inn tucked near the base of the imposing Gunung Mat Cincang (also known as Machinchang) and set within the self-contained Malaysian and Asian-styled tourist attraction called the Oriental Village.
This village is the take-off point for the Langkawi Cable Car ride that affords a commanding view of Langkawiâ€˜s Teluk Burau area and beyond.
The Oriental Inn is a cosy, family-oriented place and secluded for those who want to spend quiet romantic holidays.
For a honeymoon or wedding reception, itâ€˜s a dream place.
The hotel was the venue for a grand and beautiful garden wedding recently. The couple, Ahmad Humaizi Mohd Nor and Yuniza Yazid, daughter of Lada Eco-Tourism Sdn Bhd managing director Yazid Jais, looked resplendent in their wedding finery.
More than 1,000 guests attended the ceremony held in the evening. By nightfall, the landscape had turned into a fairyland, complete with dazzling lights and decorative paraphernalia.
â€œThe garden wedding is a new concept here in Langkawi. We want to encourage courting couples, both foreign and local, to come to Langkawi and have a truly memorable wedding,â€ says Lada Eco-Tourism Sdn Bhd manager Nor Diana Low Abdullah.
Lada Eco-Tourism Sdn Bhd owns and manages the hotel and the Oriental Village as well as other properties in Langkawi, including the Mutiara Burau Bay Resort and the Summer Palace which was one of the locations for the Hollywood movie, Anna and the King.
â€œThe rules pertaining to foreigners marrying in Langkawi have been relaxed recently and it is much easier now to tie the knot on the island. We hope to attract more foreigners to have traditional garden weddings here,â€ adds Nor Diana.
Couples can choose from four wedding packages: Western, Malay, Indian and Chinese, with prices for the wedding reception starting from RM70 to RM150 per guest. The Garden Wedding concept can be tailor-made according to individual budgets.
The package includes the theme and concept of the wedding reception, wedding invitation card design, and itinerary for the evening (with entertainment and master of ceremony), consultation on make-up, hairdo and attire for the ceremony and other services.
For the honeymoon, the hotel has a choice of three suites and 30 rooms, all air-conditioned and tastefully furnished.
â€œThe small number of rooms gives our guests assured privacy,â€ says the hotel sales and events management executive Marzuki Abdul Rahman.
All rooms were recently upgraded. They have contemporary furnishings and facilities, including a minibar, television with cable channels, piped-in music and complimentary coffee and tea-making facilities.
Guests with children below 12 years old are allowed to share rooms with their parents with no additional charge, up to a maximum of two children per couple.
â€œBesides enjoying a quiet holiday by the lakeside and mountain terrain, and not too far away the lovely beach, guests can shop at the village which is practically at the doorstep of their hotel room. This is really a value-for-money location,â€ says Nor Diana.
Free daily transfers to Mutiara Burau Bay Resort are available to guests who want to escape to the beach.
Dining is also hassle-free. Oriental Inn guests need only walk across the Prosperity Bridge, or suspended bridge, to get to the Oriental Bistro and Restaurant.
Guests can opt to dine in the outdoors at the terrace with a view of the garden village or have a nice dinner indoors while being serenaded by a live band.
Thereâ€˜s also a spacious bar serving drinks and cocktails. This is a popular place to chill out.
Equally popular is the karaoke room on the first floor of the restaurant. Here, you can sing your heart out as there are more than 15,000 songs in six different languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Thai, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean).