The island of Langkawi is located where the Straits of Malacca meet the Indian Ocean and the hotel is set in a private and calm bay, shared only by its sister hotel The Andaman. The Datai is one of the most luxurious resorts in Malaysia and provides an idyllic natural retreat tucked away within the depths of the rainforest.
Set above a secluded white sandy beach, The Datai rooms, villas and suites are all decorated with dark polished wood and crisp white linen. Accommodation ranges from spacious Deluxe Rooms with balconies to elegantly designed freestanding villas with dining areas and oversized day beds. Pool Villas have large terraces with plunge pools with in built Jacuzzis. Suites with and without pools are also available for those wanting additional living space and facilities.
The Datai's restaurants are all in beautiful locations dotted around the resort, the Gulai House is in the depths of the forest and serves tasty Malaysian curries, The Pavilion serves authentic Thai cuisine al fresco in the canopy of the rainforest and The Beach Club provides a fantastic ocean backdrop for its fresh seafood. Meals and snacks can also be eaten at the Dining Room, Lobby Lounge or on the balcony of your own room.
The Spa is beautifully integrated into the forest, overlooking a stream and is spectacular in its setting, design and range of indulgences. Signature treatments include a warm stone massage and Rainforest Harmony and all are designed to relax, rejuvenate and revitalise both the body and mind. A fully equipped gym and health club offering yoga, pilates and personal training is also available.
The Datai also has its own pristinely kept 18 hole golf course with inspiring sea views and there is a fleet of boats for island hopping, fishing and sailing. The two swimming pools, tennis courts, watersports facilities and mountain bikes should be enough to keep those who can tear themselves away from the idyllic beach busy.
Located in the main building, the 54 Deluxe Rooms feature a combined bedroom and seating area and have a balcony, with views across the rainforest to the Andaman Sea beyond.
The two Corner and 11 End Suites are a little bigger again and have spacious balconies.
The 35 Superior Villas are much larger with enhanced facilities such as DVD player, Bose sound system and Lavazza coffee machine. Lofty thatched roofs and polished wood enhance the enormous bedrooms, with equally expansive bathrooms attached. These private villas are dotted throughout the rainforest, with villas 1-6 closest to the main facilities.
The five Pool Villas have a 3.5 x 4m outdoor plunge pool with built in Jacuzzi and the four Pool Suites have a 15m pool and fitted kitchen.
The enormous and beautifully designed Beach Villas were launched in June 2012, with huge gardens, oversized private pools and a private gate that opens out on to the beach.
The unique jungle surroundings of the Datai are fantastic for children and they are welcome at the hotel.
The new Kids Programmes are designed to take advantage of the Resort’s rainforest backdrop and white sandy Datai beach. Add to that the well appointed and caring team, who will create memorable and educational experience for your children in a casual and fun environment.
Children walk and explore nature with their senses. The Kids Nature Walk programmes introduce the young guests to the natural world. Led by the Resort's resident naturalist, this activity is designed to appreciate nature, learning about and exploring the habitats of some of the unique flowers, trees, birds and insects.
Other creative and interactive activities range from Sand-Castle-Building, Crab Chasing, LEGO Building
Contest, Water Sports Lessons, Movie Nights, Kite Flying on the Beach, Kayaking and Swimming
Adventure as well as a wide range of in-door and outdoor activities.
Available for children aged 3 to 12 years; new and unique activities are on offer daily at Kids Club from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Please note that children are asked to use the lower pool and stay out of the Lobby Lounge in the evenings.
The hotel's five restaurants and bars offer a great range of cuisine. The Gulai House is an experience in itself, an open-air restaurant set in the forest serving Malaysia and Indian curries. In villa dining is also available as is private dining around the resort. There are two swimming pools (one is adults only), watersports centre for non-motorised watersports, fitness centre with personal trainers, two tennis courts, Golf Club, library the indulgent Spa.
The Datai operates fantastic cooking classes every Friday, as well as guided nature walks, private yacht charter, watersports, scuba diving nearby, golf and mountain biking.
When to travel
Langkawi has a coastal tropical climate year round, with temperatures ranging from 23°C in the early parts of the year to 34°C towards the end of the year. The wet monsoon season is from April to October making the best time to visit from November to March. The rain starts falling the whole month of June. If you are wary of crowd the try to avoid the Malaysian school holidays as the island becomes very busy during these periods.
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Location and directions
Situated on the northwestern tip of Langkawi Island, The Datai is nestled inside an ancient tropical rainforest, 45 minutes from the main town, Kuah. The 99 islands of the Langkawi archipelago lie some 20 miles off the northwest coast of Malaysia, in the Andaman Sea.
How to get there
Flying time to Langkawi is 55-minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 30-minutes from Penang Airport, and approximately 90-minutes from Singapore Changi International Airport. Langkawi International Airport is located 30-minutes away by car from The Datai.