The Datai, Langkawi
With a stunning rainforest backdrop, this luxury, well established hotel is consistently one of our favorites. With its excellent service, unique rooms, exceptional restaurants and superior facilities, The Datai is the perfect beach retreat.
Upcoming renovation at The Datai
The Datai Langkawi is closed for an extensive refurbishment project and is due to reopen by summer 2018.
At a Glance
A completely unique setting, with rainforest and coral reef within 100 meters of each other
One of the most luxurious resorts in Malaysia
Elevated in the forest, in an open-air setting enjoy the authentic Thai cuisine at The Pavilion
The Datai features a private beach and a nearby exclusive 18-hole Championship golf course
Full-service spa, two tennis courts, two outdoor swimming pools, and a health club
As the sun sinks low over Datai Bay, indulge in some amazing cocktails looking over the swimming pool.Scott Dunn team
Set on the most stunning stretch of beach, I would often walk the length of the bay during my stay. It is absolutely beautiful, with crystal clear waters and I definitely felt like I walked off all the delicious food I indulged in!Victoria Hogg
Take the Naga Pelangi, a traditional wooden 97 foot Malaysian junk schooner out to sea for sunset.Scott Dunn team
A stay at The Datai is much more than just a beach break with its beautiful setting amongst the rainforest, make sure you enjoy a guided rainforest walk in the morning and early evening.Scott Dunn team
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 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 on the north western tip of the island.
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 a local 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 and separate living areas.
The 35 Rainforrest 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 Rainforest Pool Villas have a 3.5 x 4m outdoor plunge pool with built in Jacuzzi, ideal for complete privacy.
The enormous and beautifully designed Beach Villas boast huge gardens, oversized private pools and a private gate that opens out on to the beach.
Each of the 44 Canopy Deluxe rooms are 62.5 square meters in size, and the combined bedroom and living room, contain either a king-size bed or a twin bed, private bar with coffee and tea-making facilities, writing desk, LCD flat screen television, a daybed and an out-door balcony with a view of the rainforest. The spacious bathroom and dressing room feature twin vanities, shower cabin, toilet, bathtub and ample luggage space.
The 11 Canopy Suites are located in the corner of the main building with views of the Andaman Sea or the rain forest, feature a spacious bedroom with a king-size bed, an expansive living and dining area, en-suite bathroom with twin vanities with its own wardrobe, a shower and a bathtub, and a private bar with coffee and tea-making facilities, a writing desk, LCD flat screen TV, a Bose sound system, Ipod , a daybed and a spacious and private veranda.
The 35 Rainforest Villas located in the heart of the tropical rainforest are set on stilts along the rainforest stream and are connected to public facilities by a series of pathways. These elegantly designed villas, each 93 square meters in size, incorporate either a king-size bed or a twin bed, an oversized daybed, dining table for two, LCD flat screen television, Bose CD sound system, iPod and private bar with coffee and tea-making facilities. An equally spacious bathroom includes an 8” rain shower, bathtub and twin terrazzo vanities with its own wardrobe.
|Rainforest Two Bedroom Villa||
The two Rainforest Two Bderoom Villas, set on stilts and 165 meters in size located within close proximity to the beachfront are built around a shared private swimming pool with a spacious sundeck. Each of these feature a luxurious bedroom with living area, spacious bathroom with twin vanities, shower, bathtub and a dressing area. Every two suites are adjoined by sheltered walkways, and share a common living and dining area with a fitted kitchen, a private bar with coffee and tea-making facilities, LCD flat screen TV, Bose CD sound system, Ipod and a daybed.
|One Bedroom Beach Villa||
The One Bedroom Beach Villas, are located directly on the award winning beach of The Datai Bay surrounded by ancient rainforest. The Beach Villas are fringed by pristine beaches, fully enclosed and a lush outdoor garden. The generous floor size of each of the 13 one-bedroom villas at 218-square meters appeals to guests seeking private accommodation while maintaining closeness among loved ones. All beach villas offer a spacious and separate living room area featuring raked timber high ceilings, a relaxing and softly furnished open plan living/dining area opening to the 10-meter private pool and sun deck and lounge area that flows to a private grassy lawn directly to the beach and sea. All villas comes with a dining table for four, LCD flat screen television, Yamaha sound system, iPod docking station and private bar with tea and coffee-making facilities. An equally spacious bathroom includes a rain shower a designer stand-alone bathtub, en suite with double vanities. Guests can enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages (except imported mineral water) from the once daily replenished mini-bar.
|Rainforest Pool Villa||
The 5 Rainforest Pool Villas, located in the heart of the tropical rainforest are set on stilts along the rainforest stream and are connected to public facilities by a series of pathways. These elegantly designed villas, each 93 square meters in size; slightly smaller than the rainforest villas, incorporate a king-size bed, an oversized daybed, dining table for two, LCD flat screen television, Bose CD sound system, iPod and private bar with coffee and tea-making facilities, a shielded patio and a private pool with a built-in jacuzzi. An equally spacious bathroom includes an 8” rain shower, bathtub and twin terrazzo vanities with its own wardrobe.
Each of the 10 Canopy Premium rooms are 62.5 square meters in size boasting delightful views of the rainforest, the swimming pool or the Andaman Sea. The Premium rooms are popular for those wanting to engage with nature from their own balcony, be it the cute and playful Dusky leaf monkey, the squirrels and colorful frogs. Examine the flora, fauna or the sea with binoculars! Premium rooms contain either a king-size bed or a twin bed, private bar with tea-coffee making facilities, writing desk, LCD flat screen television, a daybed and an out-door balcony. An ipod docking station is available for your choice of music entertainment. A spacious bathroom and dressing room features twin vanities, shower vestibule cabin, toilet, bathtub and ample luggage space.
|The Datai Suite||
The hotels only Datai Suite has fantastic panoramic views of the verdant jungle and sparkling sea beyond which you can enjoy from the balcony which extends the length of the suite. With fully equipped kitchen, dining area with dining table for up to 6 people truly make yourself at home. The bathroom has twin vanities and there is a walk in wardrobe with extra space for those with a little more luggage. With a king bedroom and 2 twin beds and total living space of over 200 msq this suite is perfect for families or groups.
|Two Bedroom Beach Villa||
For those looking for ultimate luxury and style this villa is situated right on the sparkling waters of the Andaman sea. For those look for the ultimate luxury escape this villa epitomizes style; with full butler service, a 15 meter pool, indoor and outdoor natural rain showers, as well as the normal amenities. There is also a full kitchenette, open-air dining room for six if you don't want to leave this haven.
The unique jungle surroundings of the Datai are good for children with activities designed around them. The End Suite works really well for families as up to two children can sleep comfortable in the adjacent living room. Please note that children are not allowed in the adult pool at the top of the resort or in the Lobby Lounge after 8pm.
The hotel's four 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. The Dining Room is the main restaurant and it is here where you will enjoy your delicious breakfast buffet which has an array of different cuisines. A meeting room is available for those that need to do some work. Down on the beach you have the Beach Club which is great for lunches and there is The Pavilion which is a lovely spot for some Thai cuisine in the evening. In villa dining is also available as is private dining around the resort. There are two swimming pools (the top one by the dining room is adults only), watersports center for non-motorized watersports, fitness center with personal trainers, library and the indulgent Spa. The Els 18 hole championship golf course is also pretty fantastic and there are tennis courts there too.
The Datai operates fantastic cooking group classes every Friday, as well as private options. Informative guided nature walks, private yacht charter, watersports, scuba diving nearby, golf and mountain biking. Also nearby is the Langkawi Cable Car which provides extensive panoramic views of the island.
Transfers around the island are available at a cost as well as babysitting if it has been pre-booked.
Location & Directions
Situated on the north western 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.
When to go
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 vacations as the island becomes very busy during these periods.