KAMILA DELART

Kamila DelartEngaged to write a story about a meditation retreat at The Andaman back in 2010, I had to google Langkawi – completely unaware this tiny island even existed. So the possibility of settling down in here didn’t even cross my mind. But as they say ‘man plans and God laughs’ :-)

Before the weeklong assignment was over, I fell in love. With the slow pace of the island, the infinite sea sprinkled by tiny deserted islands, the virgin rainforests that teem with wildlife…. For a writer & budding filmmaker pretty much an ideal place. And so, only a few months later, I returned.

While I run a boutique brand communication agency that caters to luxury resorts across Asia, Langkawi is my home-base and so I felt I should contribute in some way to become part of the community. Not that it took long to figure out how to best go about it!

When searching the internet in preparation for my relocation, I couldn’t help but notice how little information was available. For a backpacker who loves surprises probably part of the appeal. But for most travelers who like to do a little planning prior to deciding on their next holiday destination a rather sobering realization.

And so, I decided to put together themed, well-structured travel guides with resort, spa, adventure, dining and shopping reviews - all written based on a firsthand experience. Which is where Langkawi Gazette as a publishing platform came in.

I still remember my first meeting with Mark. Straight forward, open-minded, easy. Which is pretty much how we work together until today. I teasingly call him ‘a caveman’ as he tends to ‘hide’ behind the computer, making sure our website runs smoothly, while I roam the island, being the visible part of Langkawi Gazette.

Years have passed and our website is bursting with so much information, you would need a couple of weeks to read all the reviews and stories I wrote over time. Frequently referenced by resort concierges, travel agencies & international media, and a great inspiration for more than 100,000 travelers annually - Langkawi Gazette is just what I envisioned all these years back. And to me personally much more than that!

After all, behind each story is a personal memory of mine. Whether an exquisite dining experience at an iconic resort or a culinary jamboree at the night market, a luxury sunset cruise or a day spent with a local fisherman on his boat, a wellness experience at an award-winning spa or and a healing ritual with a local Bomoh - the last six years were filled with unforgettable moments I wouldn’t miss for the world!