The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia
The Datai is an oasis of relaxation and tranquility, surrounded by a centuries-old rainforest with a footpath leading to an idyllic white sandy beach. The Datai Langkawi Malaysia can take its fair share of credit for instigating the gentrification of Langkawi Island when it opened in 1993. Reachable via a long winding road, this sprawling five-star luxury collection hotel is tucked away within a lush rainforest in Datai Bay. 20km west of Kuah, it is an icon in Langkawis hotel landscape and offers a total of 124 secluded villas set on paths leading down to a private bay and the hotels white sand beach.
Rooms & Suites: All the 110 rooms, suites and villas at The Datai Langkawi were designed to make the most of the striking natural surroundings and are renowned for their soothing ambience. All rroms are with air-conditioning, private balcony or terrace, day beds, satellite TV with pay-per-view films*, telephone, complimentary WiFi, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Superior Villa Rooms are much larger with a separate bedroom with 1 king-size or 2 double beds, a separate living area, DVD player and Lavazza coffee machine. The Beach Villas are generously proportioned villas each incorporate an open-plan design with raked timber ceilings and expansive views. The living areas link effortlessly with a secluded, fully enclosed verdant garden that hosts a rain shower and a superb 10 metre private pool and complimentary WiFi.
Facilities & Activities: There are 2 swimming pools to choose from, the upper swimming pool boasting views across the hillside and for adults only whilst the pool nearer the beach is for families to splash about in. If you feel in need of some pampering, look no further than the hotel’s spa, beautifully integrated into its lush rainforest surrounds. A comprehensive menu of exquisite treatments waiting for you. Water sports can be found in abundance down at the beach plus there’s a state-of-the-art fitness centre and 2 floodlit tennis courts. The hotel is also close to one of the region’s most exclusive 18-hole golf courses. Other facilities and services are: Library, Babysitting, Laundry/dry-cleaning, 24-hour room service, Complimentary WiFi in public areas.
Dining: The Beach Club Restaurant is one of the four restaurants available, located by the beach serving Mediterranean and International cuisine. There’s the Dining Room for international/Malaysian delights or head to the Pavilion in the heart of the rainforest for dining al-fresco on Thai cuisine. For that special evening, there’s the Gulai House, again in the rainforest and accessed via a traditional ‘Titi’ bridge. Serving Malay and Indian dishes, you can opt for dining traditionally in the Nobat style (sitting on cushions on the floor) or at table and chairs.
A sublime place, with many return guests, so book well ahead.
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Hotel Rating: *****
Hotel Address: Jalan Teluk Datai, 07000 Teluk Datai, Lagkawi, Malaysia
Our Opinion: This resort is in a spectacular location nestled between the jungle trees of Langkawi’s beautiful rainforest and white sand beach. The rooms are also incredible – spacious and clean with so much attention to detail in decor, furnishings and extras you could not want for more. A special mention should go to the staff – they are all so attentive and made our holiday unforgetable.
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