The Andaman Datai Bay Langkawi Hotel
Reviews - The Andaman Datai Bay Langkawi Hotel
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Lovely food, views at this tucked-away resortfrom hypertokyo
This is a large hotel but with a peaceful, hushed atmosphere. Other guests were mostly quiet couples and small families from Europe and Japan, and some small groups on corporate retreats. No loud tour groups hogging the pool loungers or kids screaming at the restaurant. Staff were polite and unobtrusive.
One negative experience was that they failed to pick us up from the airport - a 30-min drive away - and we had to call and wait an hour before the car came. However, they made up for it by offering us a free upgrade to a Malaysian Suite, which was quite appreciated. The gym was also a disappointment; it is difficult to find, dark, and there is no sauna or jacuzzi.
However, the property was very well-kept, the grounds immaculate, and all the restrooms spotless. The beach is very quiet, and was one of the most pristine we had ever seen, but the bottom is rocky right in front, so simply walk to the Datai end to swim. We ate Malaysian food and ordered wine at the main Restaurant, and were very satisfied - contrary to some reviews, it was excellent. The Gulai House restaurant is especially recommended for delicious Malay meals, as good as the best local hawker stalls in KL - sambal belacan beats 'french dressing' anytime. The Spa has spectacular ocean views.
If you can get a Sea View Suite, because the standard 'deluxe' rooms have only small balconies. The added price is worth it for the stunning sunsets.
We also stayed at the Datai next door, also operated by GHM. It is a more impressive hotel - you certainly get what you pay for - but the Andaman offers the same spectacular location, and use of some of the Datai's facilities, at a lower price. Oh, and the food is just as good.
Fantastic Place - Even For Childrenfrom GohLee
Around the resort, the children were thrilled to see squirrels scurrying up and down trees, huge monitor lizards crossing roads and swimming in the pool, monkeys swinging from branch to branch and birds of various species perched on trees. The air is constantly filled with screeching sounds made by crickets or cicadas.
As we wade into the sea water, we could see many fish swimming around our feet. Free snorkling gears provided by the resort enabled us to venture slightly further than the shore for a closer up view of the corals. Although the water was not exactly crystal clear, we knew the children really enjoyed that. The children also spent hours daily in the lovely pool, winding through the maze-like waters and swooshing off the slide. The friendly staff provided guests with cold towels and endless glasses of ice-water.
Food in the various restaurants was excellent albeit expensive and portion small. Staff were extremely polite and always with a ready smile. The atmosphere, though romantic and private for couples, was a little stifling for children.
The children's playroom was cosy and filled with toys. The child minder, a lady named Emma, taught the children how to thread necklaces and bracelets. She also made beautiful paper baskets and pencil holders for them. They really loved her and they'd made her promise that she would still be around when they return next year!
We managed to rent an MPV at only RM140 a day through a calling card stuffed into our hands during our arrival at the airport. This provided us good mobility around the island bringing us to places such as the Cable Car Station and Kuah Town. Driving around the place was easy even in the night. The resort charged a hefty price for transportations and renting the car was the wisest thing we had done.
All in all, I think this place is better for children as compared to Datai (I holidayed in Datai prior to this trip), though not many people bring their kids to this resort. Other than the few babies and little toddlers I saw, our children were the only ones really utilizing the kid's club over that 5 days. However, as far as our kids are concerned, they said this was one of their best holiday ever!
Our stay was blissful mainly because of the hospitality extended by all the staff, especially the manager, Meringu, who went out of her way to make our stay most comfortable.
The best hotel I have stayed in so far ...from A TripAdvisor Member
The setting is amazing, the beach beautiful, the staff were so friendly and could not do more to help, the rooms were lovely, the grounds and view from the bar were great. Everyone must go to the spa to enjoy the peaceful tranquility of the setting up on the hillside overlooking the beach.
We were here for a week before the Grand Prix and many of the drivers and teams were staying here to 'relax' and 'prepare' for the Grand Prix. This proves how exclusive this hotel was.
We went to the Datai for dinner and have to say that I would stay in the Andaman easily before going to the Datai because although the Datai was great the Andaman was much more personable and the swimming pool area so much more private and it is right on the beachfront.
The food in the Andaman was first class and the Galai House restaurant is probably the best restaurant I have ever eaten in. The food was beautifully presented and tasted exquisite. The restaurant is along on the beachfront in the rainforest with a fire lit walk from the hotel.
It may be a bit pricey (for the Far East) but well worth it.
Out of this world!from A TripAdvisor Member
The service is impeccable. The front desk had lost our reservation, but not only were they extremely apologetic about it but they also upgraded us to the hotel's Japanese suite. The suite was out of this world! It had 2 bathrooms, a terrace, a tatami style dining room and sliding doors which led to the bedroom. The main bathroom was designed like a typical Japanese bathroom with wooden stool and everything. On our last night, the staff moved us to the Executive Suite because the air conditioning wasn't working properly. The Executive Suite is located on the highest floor and it offered breathtaking views. They had a nice dining and living area, separate bedroom and two bathrooms. Even though it was beautiful, I preferred the Japanese suite because the decor and amenities were more interesting (i.e. not as Western). The staff also pampered us with champagne and chocolates.
In terms of facilities, the Andaman offers free high speed Internet service, billiard room, a great library with a good selection of English and German books, and a swimming pool the size of a lagoon! Restaurants were very pricey. Their Indian/Malaysian restaurant served very average meals, but is located by the beach in an open-air setting. I personally recommend dining outside the hotel. Try Chompor Chompor near the Pelangi resort. There's a nice strip of restaurants around that area too. For daytime meals, go to the hawker stands in the main part of town. The food is dirt cheap, tasty and very authentic. I like the Keow Tiao (fried Malaysian noodles with seafood) and my husband is a big fan of Hainanese chicken.
Wonderful Andamanfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The location of the hotel in Datai Bay at the northern side of the island is fabulous, but isolated. However for a chill out time in the tropical splendour of Langkawi that is exactly what we were looking for. The hotel is right on the private Datai Bay beach which is shared only by guests at the Datai which is a sister establishment to the Andaman. The beach is quite simply gorgeous. In my experience, lots of beaches are disappointing in that they look great in brochures and photographs, but are never what they seem when you actually get there. Datai Bay however is stunning, the sand is white and soft, the sea is clear and warm and there are no unwanted distractions.
The hotel pool and garden area is outstanding offering a super place to sit or lay in the sun for as long as you want. The pool/beach service is fantastic with plenty of willing staff to get whatever you want to eat or drink. Chilled water and towels are regularly offered to you - take them as you will need it! The cocktails are wonderful, my wife's favourite being the 'Tropical Itch' a concotion of tequila, cointreau and bourbon I think.
The public ares are also stunning with lots of wide open space in the lobby/lounge areas to sit around in the shade.
The food was outstanding. We ate in most places during our stay. The main restaurant was our least favourite, only because of the lack of people using it. You are able to order food in the lobby lounge bar, which we found good for a couple of evenings. We ate twice at the Datai Beach Club where they have nightly themed buffet/bbqs. A very special mention though to The Gulai House, which is in between the 2 hotels in the rain forest. You reach it by either walkng along the beach or through an enchanting lamp lit walkway through the jungle. The food there is to die for in a wonderful setting and atmosphere (Malay cultural show on Sundays).
We had room 240, which is at the right hand end of the bay and all rooms in that area had a great view of the beach and sea. The rooms were nice, well equipped and very comfortable. A word of warning though, do not leave stuff outside on the balcony, or leave your balcony door open. The many monkeys that patrol the beach/hotel grounds will take your stuff or be in your room like a shot! The monkeys have learnt where the mini-bar crisps, nuts and sweets are kept and how to open the jars. Another temptation for them are the bowels of fruit in the room. The wildlife (monkeys, hornbills, kites, eagles, squirrels, lizards etc) around the hotel make it something special. make time for the morning and evening nature walks.
It is worth hiring a car either self or chauffer driven to explore the Island and sample some other restaurants (nearest being about 20 minutes drive).
The level of service is what you will notice more than anything though. The staff are always smiling and remember your name at all times. It was the start of the low season, so occupancy was expected to be low, but talking to staff it waas unusually low, probably due to the 'tsunami effect' on tourism in the region. If you are concerned about this - don't be. Langkawi was affected in a very minor way and the Datai Bay area not at all.
We had a look around The Datai Hotel, which whilst very nice seemed a little more, shall we say, conservative. We preferred the Andaman and would definitely go back.
The Andaman is everything it promises to be in the brochure...(or at the travel agents)....it is in my top 5 hotels I've been to in the world...(make that top 3!)....the staff are the best i have ever come across, they can't do enough for you, and if something isn't right....it soon will be!....they attend to your every whim!
The food/ restuarants are all superb....top class food and wine etc....believe me my wife and I are hard to please!
We stayed in June...beginning of the rainy season so the hotel was half empty, but don't let the rainy season put you off going to Malaysia as in June its only just getting underway and only rains for maybe an hour a day....the rest of the time is baking hot and partially sunny.
Best by a long shotfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The staff were so friendly and they all genuinely liked working in the Andamen which is a good sign in itself. The service was impeccable and the hotel was supberb. Wildlife everywhere,monkeys(2 types).monitor lizards,flying squirells etc etc.
If you want an exciting crazy holiday this is not for you. A great place to relax and unwind in the tropical natural beauty of this beautiful island.
Will without doubt go back to The Andamen in future
Very relaxing stayfrom JayzeeT
Each room has a balcony overlooking the sea, except in places the trees have been allowed to grow up and obscure the view from some rooms. Be sure to keep your balcony doors firmly locked though as the monkeys will in like a flash and rooting through your fruit basket before you can blink!
The hotel itself is gorgeous. Beautiful architecture. Much of the upper floor is open to the air, with an enormous atrium and lovely lounge deck where you can sip cocktails (and mocktails for the kids) to your heart's content.
The pool is large, not too deep and there is a water chute for the children to play on. The loungers are very comfortable , be sure to get a warm towel from the attendent before you relax for the day.
The service must be one of the best aspects of this hotel - could not fault it, it was prefect, even the kids were treated like royalty. The restaurant food was delightful and you can choose to sit in air conditioned luxury or outside in the heat. We drank the water here (and had ice too) but none of us had any tummy problems, that must say something about the hygiene standards! The outdoor cafe areas are good too, the snack food was delicious and even the pizza was great.
The beach is lovely, very hot when we were there so we tended to stay around the pool during the day. In the evening there is a very atmospheric lighted walk through the forest to the Gulai House where you can enjoy some authentic Malaysian cooking. The food is not cheap but we thought the accommodation was good value.
Look out for the tree squirrels, bats, monitors and of course the monkeys. Wait until you hear the noise from the jungle though - very evocative.
Would certainly stay there again, had a lovely relaxing week.
A great place to chillfrom Holidayhedonist
It's set at the edge of the forest, and the hotel blends well into the fauna.
The spa is absolutely magnificent- It's set on top of a cliff, with open-air pavilions which are breezy,cool.It's great to lie down for a treatment, with the sound of waves against the rocks far below, the sound of birds and the breeze gently all around.
The pool is a pleasant change,with many corners, secluded spots mixed with greenery and plants to keep the noise to a minimum. One can actually swim amongst the well- kept plants and savour the sweet scent of Pandan plants in the air. It's got a fine mix of shade and sun, and it's a great place to read or doze.
The rooms are spacious, comfortable and straightforward.
The Malay fine-dining restaurant is set literally in the middle of the jungle 5 minutes walk away, DON'T miss it.----and the chef does a superb job of blending 1st rate ingredients that you don't usually associate with Malay/Indonesian food.
We've tried the Datai too- the sister hotel just next door. It was nice, but we found the privacy of the rooms and the setting of the spa in the Andaman better. If I had to choose, I'd pick the Andaman anytime over the Datai.
Good, but not brilliantfrom JCW
Sure, the hotel has many great features. The architecture is lovely, the pool is super, the beach and location are fantastic, the wildlife in the grounds can be a joy to watch. And the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. We also particularly enjoyed the Japanese restaurant. All of these features make it an exceptional place, that I would certainly recommend.
But I do have reservations, especially given its price. The infrastructure feels a little tired: our room suffered from stained carpets, grubby curtains, poor TV reception and a slightly faded feel all round. Service in the main restaurant at lunchtime was atrocious.
A little more investment to bring the place up-to-date would make the Andaman a fantastic place to stay - as it was, the other Malaysian hotels we stayed in only emphasised that this one is merely five-star rather than five-star-deluxe, and that it needs to recover a little ground if it wants to play in the premier league.
Top Local Tips for Langkawi
Things to do Visit the cable car in the morning before it gets too hot.
Very helpful tips Very helpful tips Langkawi is a safe place and offers relaxing holidays. You can safely rent a motorbike and make the round of the island. The things to see are: the incredible rain forest, the beauty of the nature, the architecture of the housing in the villages and the way of living of the people. There are no museums or parks that you must see. Have a panoramic view of the island- from the Langkawi cable car- dinner with wine or beer in one of the good quality restaurants of Awana Porto Malai, and take the Mangrove tour. Have a nice stay.
Car Hire Don't leave your driving licence at home. Car hire is one the best ways to see the island. The roads are quiet, safe and easy to navigate.
Other names for The Andaman Datai Bay Langkawi Hotel
- andaman langkawi
- andaman hotel langkawi
- Address: Jalan Teluk Datai - Langkawi - 07000 - Malaysia
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