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
Everything about this hotel is perfect. The food and wine were amazing, the facilities were excellent and beautifully maintained and the staff are the best I've encountered anywhere in the world.
I went with my wife and 2 boys aged 4 and 9 and they absolutely loved everything about the experience.
All of the staff deserve a mention in reality but there are so many who are so incredibly good at their job that the list is too long. We would mention Wong though as he was an ever constant looking after our every needs and our boys were actually sad to leave him behind.
Best hotel I have ever stayed in. It's more than a hotel though and we found it to be a magically and spiritual experience.
Top marks to management at every level as the place is impeccably well run.
Came here several years ago. My hubby loves this hotel. Here we are. Long journey from London to The Datai Langkawi. Having bad jet leg. Staffs are so polite and courteous to treat me like Queen🙃
Also we’ve got upgraded room as well. Gym has different classes daily. I love yoga 🧘♀️ however in low season there’s one yoga once a week. Andaman hotel next door have yoga class daily but it cost 50RM daily. Taxi cost 100RM from airport here 40mins. Rent car in hotel cost 240RM. There are Thai, Malay, grilled steaks and so on. Food is brilliant especially Thai restaurant. Nice setting in the rainforest.
Excellent Excellent Excellent is all I can say about this hotel.
The professional but warm and friendly staff - ALL of them. The high quality of service, choice of restaurants and great taste of the food. Even room service is presented as in a top class restuarant - breakfast or otherwise.
The cleanliness, space and quality of the Rainforest Villa. Oh and not forgetting the birds and wildlife. Please make use of the Nature Centre.
Overall the Datai offers great taste, smells, comfort and relaxation....oh and not forgetting the great cocktails!
Can’t wait to go again. I know it won’t disappoint.
Need to know:
Spectacular beach, pools and beautiful grounds
Wonderful service - including most amazing butlers in Beach villas
Fab food from four different restaurants
Refurbished and updated luxury hotel. Attentive friendly staff. Four restaurant choices.
Two pools one adults only.
A range of rooms - from hotel suite type rooms to villas in the rain forest some with pools through to the luxe new beach villas.
The forest villas have varying levels of direct sun, likewise those with pools in the forest so choose carefully or you will be left with a cold pool and nowhere to sun bathe. They are not advertised as private and they are overlooked - this may be improved as the vegetation grows. The interiors are refurbished and are of a high standard, while the baths look large, they are not that big.
The new beach villas while in a row next to each other on the Andaman side of the Datai are completely private. Because they do get permanent direct sun the pools are warm. The rooms are gorgeous as are the bathrooms - with outdoor and indoor showers. The baths are large. A separate living / dining villa is to the side. Fully complimentary mini bar. Butler service that was probably the best of any hotel we’ve ever stayed in. Attentive, unobtrusive and thoughtful.
Room check-in and check-out is at the villa and there is a separate entrance in and out of the resort so your car comes right up to the villa door.
Your butler will arrange buggy transport to breakfast and evening meals.
The grounds are much the same as before except the naturalist facilities have been enlarged and improved. A walk with the in-house expert naturalist is highly recommended.
A great beach with lovely views of islands. However there are jelly fish in the bay and at least 2 people were stung while we were staying - the staff are expert with vinegar and creams - but if you wonder why more people aren’t in the warm sea / that might be the reason.
The beach villas have chairs and tables reserved for exclusive use right outside the villa entrance to the beach - under the trees.
For other villas there are plenty of chairs and space along the rest of the beach. Watch the large tree squirrels eating in the trees; see the king fishers and eagles.
Malaysian, Thai, beach and more formal restaurants all serve food to a very high standard. As is often these days there are special themed and bbq nights.
We booked 8 nights at the Datai looking for a rain forest experience, something we hadn't done before, and the Datai over-delivered. The overwhelming sense that my wife and I got was that in priority order it was nature and the environment first and the hotel second. The Datai engages with its surroundings in a way we have not witnessed before. All the photos, websites and reviews simply cannot capture the beauty and the never-ending sounds and backbeat of the jungle. Allied to the most amazing bay and the scene is set for a truly memorable stay. The guided nature walks and evening wildlife tours are excellent and as well as having the most amazing experience you find yourself being educated at the same time and appreciating the surrounding nature in a way we never thought we would. Just our own daily walks through the forest and around the bay revealed something new everyday.
Our Rain Forest Villa which was magnificent and luxurious complemented the whole engagement with nature. Monkeys on the balcony every day, sitting on the day bed just taking in the sounds which can be deafening at times, watching flying squirrels and the occasional big lizard in the stream below are memories we will treasure.
The attention to detail and luxury elements since the recent refurbishment are outstanding. The staff cannot be praised highly enough, service is impeccable, Food is excellent, we loved the Gulai House, but all the restaurants were good. I did a Thai cooking class which was fantastic. We had a synchronised massage in the Spa (4 therapists for the 2 of us) which ranks as one the best massages we have ever had.
This review deliberately focuses more on the overall Datai experience as we can only echo the numerous other reviews about the resort staff, facilities and services. Our parting memory will be of a superb resort but importantly one that blends into its environment, respects it and provides an unforgettable experience because of that. We are planning to return.
Just one advisory note for those who travel as couples, avoid the busy holiday times. It is popular and we arrived at the tail end of the Easter holiday and there were many families and lots of children for the first few days. No problem with that, just pick your timing.