Island unto yourself

first_imgThere’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked,There’s nothing that I don’t love about spending a day on the beach. Lying down with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other, almost naked and taking in the view is how I’d like to spend the rest of my life. Quite naturally then, when asked to visit Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island for a few days, I was beaming with excitement. After all, staying in a luxury property on a remote island in Langkawi, Malaysia is the perfect recipe for all things fun. Did I get what I expected? Pretty much, aside from getting naked.Rebak is a 390-acre island, one of the 99 that form Langkawi and the resort is the only property here. I got here on a speed boat (one of my favorite parts of the trip thanks to the vast expanse of the Andaman Sea) from port Langkasuka, and once on the island, it was love at first sight. The resort wins you over with its sheer simplicity; say good-bye to overthe-top designs and say hello to elegance, true Malaysian style. Tons of shimmering green cover coupled with a cobalt blue sea, the property has a lazy vibe that’ll make you want to lie down even before you reach your room.Speaking of rooms, they are divided into two blocks: old and new. While the old block has rooms reminiscent of a typical Malaysian house, the new block has those with a more contemporary look. The interiors are in shades of green and timber with wooden flooring and Malay artwork on the walls. Though it doesn’t matter wherever you stay as long as you can wake up to the sight of the Andaman Sea. Not every room has the view and I missed out on it so make sure you book one much in advance.advertisementSenari is the resort’s all-day dining restaurant and serves Malaysian, Indian and continental fare. Overlooking the sea, it is the only restaurant on the island leaving you with no option unless you’re somewhere outside. The restaurant serves quite an expansive buffet for both breakfast and dinner so there is no dearth of options. The food however is quite disappointing; while it is great for breakfast, for dinner expect unimaginative cooking and bland flavors. Seriously, what happened chef? Serious foodies, however, shouldn’t miss their once-a-week evening beach party–there’s a wide range of Malaysian delicacies served here, from street food to full-fledged recipes, and most of it is fantastic.One of the best parts about the resort is definitely their Lepak bar. Again, the only option here to grab a drink, the bar thankfully gets it right. The cocktails are delightful and you must try their Vivanta Signature cocktail–it’s a sure shot winner.The spa here is basic but the group plans to amp it up. There’s also a pool with an adjacent bar and a sports complex where you can sweat it out. And if you’re looking for something light, a walk along the pathway covering the entire property isn’t such a bad idea! There’s also an adjoining Marina which is apparently the only fully-equipped marina in Malaysia. Try talking to some of those people staying on their boats; you’ll get to hear a range of rather interesting stories. Going local goes far here. For those looking for a romantic evening with their partner, the resort has a Moon Decka truly beautiful spot somewhere in the sea that you can access through a pathway from the beach where you can book a table. You can even head there for free, I did, with a drink, late in the night for some peace and quiet, if the place is vacant.Vivanta by Taj-Rebak Island is certainly a great place to unwind, and you can definitely head there with your entire family or for a romantic getaway. One size fits all it would seem.Island factsRebak island is 4km away from the main island of Langkawi. It takes 15 minutes on a ferry to reach the resort from Langkawi airport.The resort has a total of 94 rooms (including suites)Room rates:Superior Charm: Rs 22800 Nirvana Senari Suite: Rs 42500Reservations:https://www.yourreservation. net/tb3/index.cfm?bf=Taj_ Vivanta&plprun= 1&_=1404109771667last_img read more

TekSavvy customers get early Christmas courtesy of the CRTC

first_img Twitter “Usually when you get an email from a company it’s some sort of spammy holiday offer these days,” said Ian McDougald, a TekSavvy customer for four years.“But it was just super refreshing to get an email saying your rates are going down,” McDougald said. Score one for the little guys.Internet users who get their connection through service provider TekSavvy got an early Christmas present this week.The company began sending emails to its customers on Monday telling them their internet charges will be going down starting in January. Login/Register With: The lowered rates are thanks to a Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission ruling from October that cut the rate big telecoms like Rogers and Bell are allowed to charge independent providers like TekSavvy, Distributel and others for access to their networks.Some of the savings from that change are now being passed along to TekSavvy customers in proportion to the size of their internet packages. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Oscars 2017 Ryan Gosling Denis Villeneuve are Oscar nominees

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Canadians Denis Villeneuve and Ryan Gosling are headed to the Academy Awards, with La La Land, Arrival and Moonlight leading a more inclusive field of Oscars nominees than in recent years.Contenders for the world’s most prominent film awards were announced in Hollywood this morning. La La Land leads overall with 14 nominations, tying the record previously set by Titanic and All About Eve.Gosling, who is working with Villeneuve on the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, called him this morning, the Quebec filmmaker said. “We wanted to congratulate each other,” Villeneuve told reporters in a conference call on Tuesday afternoon.“This is just joy for us,” he added. “We are proud of each other, as friends.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more