Tucked in an obscure roadside at Kuala Muda Bridge is the six-story Kuala Melaka Inn whose name has no resemblance to any place on Langkawi.
Nothing distinguishes the inn at first sight. This three-star inn has 69 affordable rooms to offer.
But it has a flat rooftop and from this vantage point one gets a sweeping view of the horizon beyond; as wide as a 270 degree vista of the seascape in front and the mountains behind which forms Langkawi’s backbone.
Looking straight ahead is Pulau Rebak in full view and the sea that stretches far into the horizon to the West, on the left is the green fields (paddy) that carpet the foothills of Gunung Raya while on the right is another mountain range, Gunung Machinchang, and the SkyCab (Cable Car) hill stations at its peak.
The panoramic vista from the inn’s rooftop was left un-noticed with little significance to the inn’s owner until discovered recently by Badrul Hisham Ishak, the sole proprietor of the area. Within a short time, this rooftop has taken shape as a chilled-out joint and named Sky Bistro serving snacks and beverages.
Easy chairs, cushioned seats and a chilled beer in hand while being engulfed by a magnificent canvas of sky colours does make this a perfect place to relax and unwind.
Sunset is a splendid evening with hues of rainbow colours that paint the azure sky in brilliant orange to red. The setting sun is a wonder to behold.
Sky Bistro is a hidden gem of a place to watch sunset fanned by a cool sea breeze. With the crowd-puller Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2017 happening from March 21 to 25, Sky Bistro is my bet as the best spot to be to watch the dazzling display of air shows.
Much has been said about the red sky over Langkawi island. I was a skeptic but not anymore. Don’t take my words for it, check out Sky Bistrol at Level 6 at Kuala Melaka Inn at about 7.30 in the evening, and as the saying goes “seeing is believing!