Langkawi’s 99 East launched by Kedah Chief Minister

Artist's rendition of a Forest Estate villa at 99 East

The much-anticipated 99° East residential and resort development was officially launched by the Chief Minister of Kedah, Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, on December 10 during an exclusive event for media and partners.

A joint venture between international investors and Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI), a state-owned listed company, 99 East is envisioned as a bespoke, sustainable development that embodies Langkawi’s UNESCO geopark status and the island’s natural beauty. The launch was held at the 99 East Golf Club.

“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 99 East director Rohan Cavaliero.

(L to R) MBI CEO Dr Mahadi Mohamad, 99 East director Simon Price, Kedah CM Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and 99 East director Rohan Cavaliero

Dato’ Seri Mukhriz 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 which preserves the island’s natural beauty and rural, Malay heritage.

The first phase of 99° East covers an area of over 250 acres and comprises the golf course, Istana Bukit Malut (built as the Langkawi residence for the Sultan of Kedah) and the Forest Estate residential community.

Slated for launch early next year, the 45-acre Forest Estate consists of 58 landed villa lots, sea view apartments and hotel. The villas take references from traditional Malaysian and tropical architectural styles and are set in lush woodland, offering stunning views of the ocean or golf course.

Designed by Australian architect Ross Watson, the golf course currently has nine holes in play with the second nine expected to be completed in late 2019.  Wild grasses and reeds dominate the out of play areas together with Langkawi’s signature rice terraces, creating a  distinctive golfing experience with spectacular views of the ocean and mountainous  interior.

Future developments for 99 East include an international school, fine arts museum and equestrian/polo centre.

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