Travel Expert, Amy, took a serious liking to The Datai in Langkawi, Malaysia. Here’s why…
The Datai is completely unique – not just in style, service and location – what really caught my attention is how it has created the perfect luxury hideaway. Nestled between virgin ancient rainforest and the azure Andaman Sea; there is so much more to do than just enjoy one of the best hotels in the world. It effortlessly seems at one with the nature around it, with the rooms and facilities thoughtfully designed to cherish the nature around it and invite it in.
Langkawi consists of an archipelago of countless stunning unspoiled islands on the Andaman Sea. With a breath-taking mix of dense rainforest and pristine beaches it truly is the place to visit for anyone looking for a luxurious and unique getaway with an intrepid twist. Many people come to The Datai wanting a well-deserved break, which it provides fantastically. I would really recommend stepping outside of your oasis to explore the surrounding area with one of the resident naturalists who exude such knowledge and passion that you can’t help but rekindle your love of nature and everything it encompasses. We spent the morning with Irchad, who before even stepping outside the hotel had brought the jungle alive by showing us an eagles nest, which we were able to enjoy from our table at breakfast for the rest of the vacation. The first thing you will notice as you step out of the hotel, towering above the verdant tree tops, is a vast limestone formation; Gunung Mat Chinchang shelters the Datai Bay and was formed over 550 million years ago – thus being the oldest formation in Southeast Asia and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The lush Langkawi rainforest really will enthral and embrace all ages. The Datai guides can tailor activities and expeditions to children who may enjoy a more hands on style of exploring. If you are interested in the conservation of the rainforest as well as the extensive marine life in the azure Andaman sea, rest assured The Datai is one step ahead of you; one of their projects is to fund and support the tracking of cloudy leopards on the island which is an endangered animal and vitally important to the island and rainforest.
For those that would rather not make their way into the rainforest, rest assured, nature remains all around from the gentle jungle music as you dine at the secluded Gulai House Restaurant, or on the board walk back from the beach where you’ll come across inquisitive yet placid Langar monkeys going about their rather leisurely lives. Even the spa has really embraced its location; right on the river’s edge enjoy a massage as the bubbling brook ebbs down to the sea. Within a 10-minute drive is the pristine Elis Golf Club where, rather ironically, you can perfect your swing and aim for the revered golfing ‘Eagle’ with real eagles swooping high above you over the bay. The Datai and its surroundings will completely enthral and engage you no matter how you enjoy your stay!