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D’Coconut Hill Resort. This hotel is perched atop the highest mountain in Langkawi, known as Gunung Raya which peaks at a whopping 881 metres.
However, it’s been left abandoned for 2 years and it was never revealed why. Of course, it doesn’t help either that a quick search on Google shows you this:
The journey up the mountain from the bustling Cenang beach will take you 45 minutes. My boyfriend and I rented a scooter for our ride – and it’s one we would highly recommend as you can feel the chilly nature air running over your skin.
Along the journey, we were awed by the amazing view it offered.
The Andaman sea and islands around it. We were at an elevation of 881 meters above sea level.
Image: The tower of the resort (encircled in red) looms out over the road. Maybe it was my imagination, but we felt like we were being watched.
Upon reaching the abandoned resort, we saw plenty of green algae covering the building due to the humidity and weather up here.
Oddly enough, right outside the main entrance is a notice from 2018 signalling the resort’s ‘temporary closure’ for renovations. If only they knew that this resort would’ve been left permanently closed for at least 2 years.
After not-so-stealthily climbing over a fence, we wandered and took in what’s left of the once beautiful villa.
Image: Toasters & tupperware were strewn on the floor of what appears to be the pantry area, with fridges ransacked of whatever food that was left.
We came across the pool which used to be so beautiful in its heyday
The pool which was oddly too deep for any normal human was dried out, and so was the jacuzzi that was beside it.
This was what it looked like before:
And what’s now left:
Image: The swimming pool was filled with leaves, and the floors were weather-beaten and yellowed from the sun.
There were many wooden floorboards leading to parts of the resort which we avoided journeying further into, as the moist atmosphere had caused most of them to deteriorate.
After a few minutes, we found our first hotel room. We creaked the door open and were greeted by a jaw-dropping sight. It’s no wonder they built this villa so high up here.
The balcony of this room offered a breathtaking view, where it overlooked the Strait of Malacca and the many islands around it.
Unlike most abandoned buildings you find around Klang Valley, this place is rather nicely preserved. The bathroom is intact, and many furniture/items are still laying around.
Image: The furniture was still fairly intact, with only minor signs of mold on the tiled floor.
Image: The carpets smelled surprisingly okay, with just a whiff of mildew.
Creeped out at the thought of potentially seeing something in the bathtub from the mirror, we didn’t enter the toilet.
We entered the rooms through the French windows, which were already wide open when we arrived.
What the rooms looked like before:
A lot of its walls were covered in green or orange algae, making it the perfect place to shoot a horror movie.
Some other rooms looked like they had been made into storage spaces while renovations were ongoing. However, unfortunately the renovations were never completed to this day.
Image: In this room, the decay is more visible, where part of the ceiling had already started to cave in.
Image: This room has had some of its ceiling caved in.
One of the windows was falling off its hinges, while someone had looted the air-conditioning unit in the top right corner.
We came across the event dining area
We wandered around more and found what used to be the event dining area. The hall was huge, with items strewn about.
What it looked like before:
Image via Nusatrip
What it looks like now:
We also came across Another dining hall that overlooked the pool and sea.
What it used to look like:
What it looks like now:
Image: Abandoned curtains, cardboard boxes full of papers and plastic bottles, and even a long pipe, are strewn across the floor.
Our adventure around this place was chilly (19 °C) — I mean, we ARE on the peak of Langkawi’s tallest mountain.
The resort must’ve been magnificent back in the day as they even had bilik persidangan or huge media rooms for VVIPs.
While the place is famed for its watchtower which offered a majestic panoramic view of the Andaman sea and a sunset/sunrise, I did not dare cross over to it as it is made of wooden floorboards.
Image: The wooden bridge that led to the famous watchtower.
We were wary of rotten wooden boards, so we dared not to walk across.
Image: The steps leading up to the side of the hotel.
The whole place took us only 40 minutes to explore, and we left the place just as we found it.
Speaking to locals around the area, many are aware of the abandoned hotel. Most of them attributed the desertion to its lack of visitors over the years, hence the owners probably have yet to start up this place again.
Will we ever see D’Coconut Villa Resort open its doors again? We’ll just have to wait and see.
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