The Datai Langkawi
What We Love
- The resort’s renowned Gulai House, located on stilts in the rainforest
- Chic new beachfront villas with private plunge pools and direct beach access
- Spa located in the ancient rainforest, overlooking a flowing stream
What To Know
- Primary pool is adults-only
- It’s a hike to the beach from the lobby or pool-view rooms, although buggies can whisk guests there and back
- The Datai is remote and offers little in the way of retail therapy or nearby activities; partygoers should look elsewhere
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The hideaway’s layers of gray slate and contemporary design contrast with its lush rainforest setting, a half-moon bay on the island’s ancient northwest tip. Cheeky monkeys regularly drop by for a visit in the resort’s open-air pavilions and villas, which are decorated in rich dark woods, soft torch lighting and warm neutrals and connect via a series of elevated pathways.
Bed and Bath
The Datai offers 124 elegant rooms, including 54 villas and 16 suites. Most rooms offer views of the verdant rainforest, while some offer vistas over the pool or Andaman Sea. All feature polished timber floors, calming neutral decor, Lavazza coffee machines and spacious bathrooms with Molton Brown amenities. Villas, meanwhile, present the ultimate in privacy with a rainfall shower, twin terrazzo vanities and his-and-her wardrobes. The Datai’s newest accommodation offering, the open-plan contemporary Beach Villas, are smack-bang on the beautiful Datai Bay, with private plunge pools, rainforest showers and direct beach access.
Find four fabulous restaurants, including the renowned Malaysian fare at the open-air Gulai House, the elevated treehouse-like Pavilion and the sea-view Lobby Lounge (be sure to catch live music after 8 pm). Take a catamaran for a spin around Datai Bay, work off the good food in the gym, or enjoy a round of golf on the resort’s 18-hole course. Or, simply submit to the talented therapists at the tranquil rainforest spa, with its long list of Ayurvedic, Javanese, Balinese and Himalayan treatments.
In the Area
Cook with Shuk, in a traditionally built Malay house in the forest, will have guests whipping up satay sticks and rich rendangs before they can say “di sini.” Dev’s Mangrove Adventure is an eco-friendly tour that takes participants either by canopied boat or by kayak to towering limestone outcrops, bat-filled caves, fossil locations and lush mangroves along Langkawi’s various islands. The Langkawi Cable Car, which whizzes to the top of the imposing Gunung Machinchang (708m) in 20 minutes, gives a fabulous aerial view of the island. During the ascent, guests can take in views of almost the entire island, surrounding highlands and Thai islands beyond.
How to Get There
Today we driven with a scooter to this place, in the hope that we can drink and eat something.
Unfortunately the security wasn't friendly and so we were not welcome. Big shame to this hotel/place.
Never ever seen this.
Stayed here recently and lucky enough we got up graded to the Canopy Suite. I have to say this hotel is just flawless from the day we made the booking till we were dropped off at Langkawi Airport for us to catch our flight back home!
Our room was on the top most floor right at the corner facing the beautiful adult pool, a view of the Andaman Sea and the main lobby. Inside it, we have everything including a dining table for four, a couch, four day beds, two bathrooms and free flow of minibar items. As we do not drink liquor, soft drinks and sparkling water, the room service team was so kind enough to stock our minibar with loads of Sole Mineral Water and they consistently replenished team as we drank it. The popcorn and Beryl’s chocolate came handy as well every time we got back from the beach needing something to munch.
Oh... if you are staying there, you gotta try the Gulai House, superb experience and food! Suhaimi, the Manager there was so helpful. Not only that he was able to suggest to us what should we eat, he was also able to explain the Malay food preparation taboo! Such a knowledgable person!
The breakfasts were also great every time we had it. They have scramble egg with lobsters! The spread wasn’t the biggest that I have seen but it was a high quality spread and everything tasted good.
The beach club has great food too! A must try would be the Wagyu Beef burger and Catch of the day. The beach is the best in Langkawi as it is flat and sandy. I couldn’t find any rocks or stones that could hurt our feet. But do be careful of jellyfish although seasonal.
The spa... OMG! You gotta try it, it is having someone massaging you in the rainforest. How wonderful that was for us!
On our last day, we got an extended check out till 5pm but at 3.30pm we were notified by the airline that our flight has been retimed to 9.00pm. As we were rushing back from the spa, I informed the receptionist (a lady from the Philippines) about it and she immediately told me that I can relax in the room and suggested that I should only check out at 7pm. This is what I called immaculate service!
The limo driver that drove us to the airport was also good as he drove carefully making sure that we are comfortable as the road was winding at some areas.
We had a real great stay and would like to thanked everyone especially Johan of HR, Yoke May who gave a historical briefing of Datai (very knowledgable although she just joined Datai like 2 months ago) and everyone else whom I’ve not able to remember their names.
We are looking forward to go back for another holiday there. Our only challenge is to find free time, of course we will find somehow.
We had five days in this superb resort hotel, and I can only add to the chorus of high praise from other reviewers. Superb location, beautiful buildings, low-key luxurious decor, impeccable service, good range of dining outlets. The food was plentiful, excellent, varied and imaginative with a special treat being the buffalo mozzarella from a local Langkawi dairy - a totally unexpected delight on a small and remote Asian island. Enormous attention to detail, right down to the room key which has an electronic sensor enclosed in waterproof plastic bracelet - you can leave it on when you swim. With some mobility limits, the accessibility options were excellent, especially in the main block. There are lifts to all levels, ramps where appropriate, and golf buggies (with drivers) readily available for trips to and from the beach, and to other parts of the resort. Altogther a truly memorable stay.