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Reviewed on 12 Feb,2019
Black Sand Beach is located at the north of Langkawi Island and is, quite literally, a beach with black sand. Geologists dispute the reasons behind the black sand and local mythology is predictably rife on the subject – it’s thought more likely though that the unusual colour is due to abundance of minerals flowing down from Mount Raya to the beach in rainwater, thus affecting the sand. The beach is located on the site of a former fishing village and boasts a jetty, children’s playground and small market.
There are lots of attractions near Black Sand Beach, including other beaches like Shark Bay and Tanjung Rhu, as well as the Hot Springs Village and the Craft Cultural Complex. As most of Langkawi’s accommodation can be found in the south of the island, around 20 kilometres away from the beach near Kuah town, visitors will probably need to arrange their own transportation to the beach and its surrounding attractions.
Address and contact: Pantai Pasir Hitam, Langkawi, Kedah
Opening times and fees: Open daily; free entry
Where to stay
There are almost 100 hotels near Black Sand Beach, although, as mentioned, the majority are located on the southern portion of the island. Most are in the two-star bracket, although there are around 25 three-star offerings and a small selection of four- and five-star properties as well. Accordingly, most of the accommodation near Black Sand Beach is priced affordably, although there are a few more luxurious expensive places to stay. Wi-fi and air-conditioning are more or less standard, while some establishments also enjoy restaurants, swimming pools, gyms and spa services.
One of the closest of the hotels near Black Sand Beach, and one of the most expensive, is the Four Seasons – a five-star property just over three kilometres away. It has a full service spa, a private beach and three restaurants for guests to enjoy – the perfect spot for a luxury getaway. Almost seven kilometres from the beach, but much less expensive, is the D’Coconut Hill Resort. It is also very well-equipped with two restaurants, a full service spa and town car services.