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
We stayed at the Datai for my 40th birthday. It was certainly a memorable stay. From the very first moment we arrived we were treated so well. The staff were extremely friendly and always there if you needed anything! The food was just amazing. We did the Thai cookery class and I highly recommend this. You get a tour of the hotel garden before cooking two courses. The classes are small so it’s very intimate and you get one on one with the chef. And then of course you sample your delights!
The hotel beach bar and beach itself are immaculate. Again the staff look after your every need. You don’t have to move from your sun lounger if you don’t want to!!
I found our whole experience amazing at the Datai. The monkeys were beautiful and to wake to them in the trees outside our room or on our balcony was pretty special. I’ve stayed at a lot of nice places but this is certainly up there as the best to date. There are places I’ve stayed that are higher rated that I have enjoyed far less than here! It’s just on point ????
We stayed here in November for our honeymoon. From the moment we were picked up from the airport, to the day we left 5 days later - we were very very impressed. The attention to details was second to none. The staff were very friendly with service to match the pride that emanates from each one of them. Service and food was excellent!! We have travelled a lot around the world, but the Datai Langkawi experience will be foremost in our hearts and has set the bar high for luxury and service par excellence!
This is our third visit to The Datai this year. The first two times we stayed in a rainforest villa; this visit we stayed in a corner suite. We loved both rooms. The villas are encircled by jungle while the suite was high up in line with the rainforest canopy. The beds are absolutely divine. We love that they are attempting to go zero-waste. Bath products are in large refillable containers (none of that single-use waste) and toothbrushes are bamboo. The mini bar is complimentary and filled with local snacks and drinks. The location is unbeatable. The lush natural rainforest rolls down to one of the most beautiful bays in the world, The Datai Bay. Staff here are friendly and kind and many have been with the property for many many years. A truly inspirational stay.