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
I really can't praise this place enough. From the moment we arrived we were treated so well. A beer for me and a glass of champagne for my partner.
Straight off the bat.. a free upgrade. Wow.. we were now staying in a villa.
The location is awesome, the food is fabulous but not cheap. Our meals were averaging nearly £100 with 1 drink each and sharing a dessert.
The villa was massive and luxurious. We had our own sinks!
The beach was gorgeous. We visited the Dana and the Berjaya and we were so glad we went for the Datai. Paradise.
I snorkeled just offshore and saw loads. We kayaked and SUP'd to a nearby island for free using their well stocked watersports guys.
The gym was great, the lifts in the buggies were handy, the free iced water and ice cream each day was fab, the birthday cake (even though it was 4 days previously) was a lovely touch.. I really could go on and on..
If you're swithering about this place and anything else a bit cheaper, sell a kidney or a child.. you really won't regret it. Don't whatever you do go to the Meritus.. total dump. Unfortunately that was our next stop.. what a difference!
Tommy was absolutely amazing!!!! Vehicles were very clean and they were on time. Tommy answered any questions we had and was very pleasant!!!! Our next visit we will definitely use DAT. They made our trip to and from the resort easy!!!!
We stayed at The Datai for six nights to celebrate our 30th wedding Anniversary and our son and daughters 18th & 21st birthdays. It was fabulous...probably the nicest hotel we have ever stayed in. Our rooms were beautiful overlooking the treetops with lots of wildlife to observe. The swimming pools were amazing with first class service. We dined in all the restaurants, the food was delicious with very attentive service. The beach is beautiful and kept spotlessly clean. Breakfasts were the best we have ever experienced...a huge selection with the best cakes & pastries ever!.
Overall, a first class resort with everything you could ever wish for and more!