The legendary island welcomes its latest escape for both tourists and locals
Langkawi’s newest tourist attraction, 99° East officially launched today at an exclusive event for media and partners at the 99 East Golf Club. A joint venture with Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) Kedah, the new development is set to build an integrated resort community here in Langkawi, offering world-class services and infrastructure as part of its efforts to catapult the legendary island to global standards.
The vision for 99° East is to create a superior, sustainable resort development that embodies Langkawi’s UNESCO geopark status whilst celebrating the island’s outstanding natural beauty by integrating its environment into a series of complementary communities and recreational areas. This vision is in-line with the state’s commitment to the development and preservation of Langkawi.
“We wanted to be able to showcase as much of what Langkawi has to offer in one development – its hospitality, beautiful landscapes, and the culture. At the same time, we wanted to be able bring the island to greater heights by offering a new type of tourism that truly integrates the locals into the tourism industry. And with the support of the state through MBI, we are confident that we will be able to achieve this,” explained Rohan Cavaliero, Director of 99° East.
Menteri Besar of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, spoke about how the vision for 99 East underscores the state’s commitment to elevate Langkawi’s global standing as a holiday destination, focusing on the need for sustainable development aimed at preserving the island’s natural beauty and its rural, Malay heritage. He recalled visiting the island as a child with his father, when there were just four cars and one set of traffic lights. “My father put Langkawi on the map. It’s now our duty to maintain and deliver upon that vision”.
Mukhriz officially launched 99 East Langkawi. Currently the golf course is open with 9 holes whilst the second holes will be finished in late 2019. The first property launch of the Forest Estate is envisaged in early 2019.
The first phase of 99° East comprises an 18-hole championship golf course, Istana Bukit Malut, built as the Langkawi residence for the late Sultan of Kedah, and a Forest Estate of 58 landed villa lots, sea view apartment complex and a hotel. Phase 1 of the development covers an area of over 250 acres, offering an incredibly low density throughout the estate. Large land lots allow for the preservation of native woodland and for each house to have its own tropical gardens and the privacy that affords.
99° East Golf Club
Designed by Australian golf course architect, Ross Watson, 99° East Golf Club offers a different golfing experience in Asia, taking many of its design references from Australian and even Scottish links courses.
Long wild grasses and reeds dominate the out of play areas together with the signature rice terraces, both distinctive features of this 7,330-yard championship course that integrates native forest, wetlands and an orchard valley, with views both over the ocean and across the entire island to the west.
This 45-acre residential estate is situated in native woodland, offering a range of luxury villas, each built with the long-term preservation of the environment in mind. The estate features just 58 landed villa lots.
The result is a low-density residential community, affording owners a woodland setting, stunning views and absolute privacy. Modern house designs take references from traditional Malaysian and tropical architectural styles, with each maximising their own individual site conditions and view lines, many of which extend to the ocean and the golf course. The integration of indoor and outdoor spaces allows for seamless transition, natural ventilation, and integration with the natural surroundings.
99 East is already in advanced discussions to bring in additional activities, including an international school, a fine arts museum and more. Discussion are also advanced to develop an Equestrian and international polo centre, designed to host international polo events and other equestrian events and to further cement Langkawi’s global reputation.
For more information on 99° East, visit www.99east.com, or check out the Facebook page: www.fb.com/99eastlangkawi