The Datai Langkawi Hotel

, Langkawi, Malaysia
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The Datai Langkawi Hotel

5 star

Rooms: 110

Jalan Teluk Datai - Langkawi - 07000 - Malaysia | 60-4-9592500
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sophisticated, first class, truly memorable!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My girlfriend and I stayed at The Datai for ten nights in late June/early July and had an incredible time. We went with high hopes from reviews we'd read and our expectations were met entirely. From the moment of arrival, to champagne welcome party on the beach until the day of departure we were looked after exquisitely by professional, cheeful staff, some from Langkawi themselves but many who were from other parts of Asia and actually now living 'on campus'. All the staff seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as the guests which was great to see.

The majority of guests were English, many honey-mooners we guessed, but we also noticed French, German and American's as well as Asian guests too. There were a few childern, mostly well behaved (!!), but overall The Datai is a sophisticated, adult-orientated hotel. Most guests kept themselves to themselves and there is a very peaceful, restful atmosphere day and night with hardly any music expect for the jazz trio in the evening. This suits the over-all experience though. The (very-nice looking) Andaman seemed more child-orientated and possibly more lively.

The Datai's non-children policy for the main-pool ensures a relaxed atmosphere with pool-side food/drinks/cold towels/iced water first-class. We did little else each day except read by the pool, swim and tan in the fantastic Malaysian climate which we found for the majority of our stay. It rained occaisionally, the most we had was three hours one afternoon. The beach is good, there are water sports if you have the energy (we didn't), and the pool by the beach has a more informal atnmosphere with children allowed.

Everyone staying at The Datai should experience the highly-rated Spa. We opted for a three day package for approx £100 each. Then for an hour each day we were pampered with head, foot, and face massages, finished with a rigurous full-body Balinese massage on the last day. The tranquil setting in the heart of the rain forest is amazing.

Definately our highlight for The Datai was the food. There are three fantastic restaurants, managed superbly and each serving wonderful dishes. Our particular favourite was the Pavilion, serving authentic Thai cuisine. The staff here were friendly and informative and spoilt us expecially on our last night! We stayed on a room only basis and found the prices comparable to the UK. We enjoyed lunch each day, a fantastic choice of sandwiches, burgers, curry and daily fish specials with drinks for <£20 per couple. Each evening we had a 5-star meal for £40-50 per couple. The wine list is world class, from £15 - £200 per bottle.
We averaged £80 per day as a couple for food and drinks and didn't skimp, although we didn't have breakfast only because the fruit in the room easily kept us going until lunch. If you like good Indian food The Gulai House at the Andaman is a must and they cross charge back to your room at The Datai.

The rooms are of a very high standard. Spacious, CD/DVD, air-con, complimentary water, excellent room service, Molton Brown accessories. Also excellent is the complimentary buggy service to take you around the hilly resort. There is wildlife, flora and fauna like nowhere else we've seen; the monkeys are great and the frogs and lizards become very endearing after a few days! We took a jeep for a day out for £30 which we enjoyed but one day was enough and we just wanted to get back to the luxury of the hotel.

For a sophisticated, five star experience in an amazing setting look no further than The Datai.

Deserving of the Accolades

from Dean and Linda
My wife and I spent 5 nights at The Datai. The staff are professional, friendly and descretely efficient. The food was generally outstanding and varied - excellent wine list. The facilities were beautiful and well maintained. The beach is lovely and secluded, transitioning immediately into the rainforest.

We travel quite a bit, and for pure relaxation and unobtrusive comfort, this is a wonderful place.

Simply The Best ... !

from Beesie
Together with my husband -and another couple we convinced to go to the Datai - we had the greatest time in our lives ... again.  We visited The Datai in 1998 and it captured our hearts.  As we travel a lot and stay in the kind of Small Leading Hotels of The world and other luxiourous resorts, we always try to choose a new resort and are not going a second time.  But The Datai will be our exception and we will become regulars for sure.

Words can almost not describe the unique selling proposition this resorts has : total luxury in the middle of a tropical rain-forest.  It is important to know that our goal was to get a total peaceful mind away from the business stress situations of every day.  We booked the Pool-suite so we had a big pool for the 4 of us, 2 separate villas and one big living room with kitchen - meeting room - living room etc.  We were treated like kings !  The food was excellent, the service is unspoken for and you should definitely go to the Datai Spa.

In other words : Simply the Best ...

Beautiful Hotel

from 301something
We went for the first 6 nights of our honeymoon to the Datai on the recommendation of some friends and had a fantastic time. We were both exhausted after the wedding but arrived here and completely unwound. We had pushed the boat out and booked a villa. They are fairly dark but this all just adds to the atmosphere of feeling like you are in the jungle. The rooms are beautifully kitted out in wood with a lovely big bath in the middle of the room and the nice touches like the Molton Brown products, DVD player, CD player and the fruit bowl make it all the nicer.

The pool area right by the hotel is very peaceful, the constant round of iced water and icy cold towels a real treat and lazily you don't even have to get off your bed for lunch - it is brought to you on a tray !

If you want things to occupy you all day, this is not for you (there are some free watersports on the beach though if you do get slightly restless). If you want to completely unwind and read and rest all day then this is perfect. The restaurants (Thai/ Gulai house) which we ate in were wonderful. The lobby overlooking the pool with the frog noises from the lily pond every night was a perfect setting for pre-dinner cocktails/cold tiger beers and gorgeous chilli/ lemongrass cashew nuts!

We wandered up to the Andaman which also seemed like a lovely hotel but definitely more geared towards kids - less steps- better pool layout and better atmosphere for kids I suspect. There are also loads of steps from the beach up to the main hotel.

I would recommend the nature walks (we did the one at night)- you don't necessarily see very much but do get to learn what all those funny noises are which you hear every night. The guide is also very friendly and speaks excellent English.

All in all a fab holiday in a perfect setting and we would definitely go back there again.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Having stayed in a number of 5-star hotels in various parts of the world, The Datai puts the others in the shade. It is quite simply the best hotel so far with the standard of service being over and above anything expected without being too intimidating. The beach is beautiful, the swimming pools perfect and the ambiance ideal. The other benefit is that it is not ridiculously expensive once you are there - even if you fancy lunch on the beach it will be bought to you with no additional tip or cost and in proper silver service style with table, table cloth and tray. If you ever fancy some luxury then you will find it here.

Jungle resort and spa

from garbo
I feel this is one of the nicest beach hotels in southeasia. We went during the middle of SARS and it was a nice escape from Singapore. We had the place to ourselves and were able to haggle for a villa. The villa was stunning and so private. So much attention to detail. The hotel comprises of two tower blocks and various villas tucked away in the jungle. At night, they light up the trees and you can see wild monkeys, flying squirrels and other animals. They even provide guests a nature booklet of common animals/birds that are found in the surrounding area in their rooms. The spa is amazing.The spa is comprised of various outdoor villas-they are open, but private and you have a great view of a creek. Had a great massage and flower bath there. The beach is wonderful, but not good for snorkeling-due to the surrounding geology.

Kids and teenagers are welcome, but i think they would be happier at another resort, like Tajung rhu -which is more family friendly. When my husband and i stayed at this restaurant, we saw a few families enjoying the beach and lower pool.

I have no complaints about the hotel. The food was great. Wonderful fruit smoothies and Thai food. Glad they have some Malaysian dishes, such as nasi lemak for breakfast. All around a perfect experience.

As Advertised

from moveabout
I took a quick jump from Penang to Langkawi to check out the less developed scenery advertised in Langkawi. Inasmuch as Penang offers much more from a cultural point of view (and the Island also offers its share of nature) I did find that the Datai Langkawi makes good on its tropical forest setting. Some twenty minutes from the airport (just take a taxi from the airport, easy and half price what the hotel offers), it sits on the Northwest point of the island in Datai bay (whose sorroudings are owned by the same group that owns the hotel ensuring its pristine state).

The hotel is nestled on the hillside of Datai Bay split into rooms in a wooden building (which also houses the lobby and restaurants) and villas. I stayed in one of the rooms, which are large, comfortable and lead me to believe that paying up for the villas is more about getting privacy than more space.

The food was good, though not excellent. The Asian selections are the better prepared meals. Service was good though if you are well travelled, not the best in Asia. To my liking, the beach facilities are sparse, don't know if there are policies in Malaysia about putting 'palapas / shades' on the beach but they had none, forcing one to take refuge under the trees for shade (which is okay but forces to much clumping).

Heaven on earth

from Ratbag
My husband and I have just returned from a 3 week trip round Malaysia and Singapore, which culminated in a week at the Datai. This was the best hotel I have ever stayed in! You could literally not find any fault with the staff, management, food, setting or surroundings.
We stayed in a pool villa (there are only 5 of these) set in the rainforest. Sure it was a little dark, but what are lights for? The room was very large and well thought out, with a huge comfortable bed and luxuriously smooth crisp sheets. a cosy sitting area which opened out onto a large balcony where you could watch the wildlife, a separate dressing area and the most fantastic bath which was set into a deep window overlooking the plunge pool. Candles, joss sticks and a sensibly priced mini-bar made the evening bathe quite fun. Thoughtful extras included the surprise birthday cake for me, delicious nibbles and even complementary half bottles of wine. The plunge pool is perfect for 2 to cool off from the heat of the day in complete privacy, with 2 daybeds to lie on whilst you wait to dry off. There is also a jacuzzi facility which was great at night with the pool lights on. Toiletries were Molton Brown and came in sensible sizes, and laundry / dry cleaning was returned the same day.
The breakfasts were great and the Thai restaurant was probably the best I have eaten. We went to one buffet dinner at the beach bar which was extensive and with lots of cooked to order specials - yummy! Especially recommended are the frozen mango diaquiris!
It was great fun listening to the forest waking up at dawn, with the wildlife crashing around in the undergrowth around you. We had no problems with monkeys, bugs or mosquitos at all. The management make it clear that you need to keep the doors shut and locked when you're out of the room and they also request that the monkeys are not given tidbits.
The spa was just perfect. I had a facial, eye treatment and a body scrub during our stay. The therapists were brilliant and the setting of the spa suites is incredible.
The hotel shop is comprehensively stocked with loads of things - I think you could probably turn up there with nothing and you could buy everything you needed for your stay. There is also a decent library and internet, although it could occasionally be a bit tricky to persuade people to come off it as there is no time limit on your use.
The setting may be a little remote for some, as it is a good 10 mins drive to get to the main road, but this does mean that it is incredibly private (although we were papped by a couple of helicopters on the prowl). It is a good idea to rent a car or driver plus car to get out, as otherwise you run the risk of getting burnt (and we saw quite a few human lobsters whilst we were there). On-beach service is the most civilised idea, and should be compulsory!
I cannot commend this place enough. It was great fun to attend a cocktail party and chat to the management - it gives you a great insight into the ethos behind the Datai. They really have thought of everything. Interestingly, there is a huge proportion of repeat guests, some of whom book their next stay as they are checking out. I can see why! We usually go to the Caribbean at this time of year, but I strongly suspect that we won't be going west ever again!


from Jupiter
My husband and I have just returned from a 10 night stay at The Datai and loved every minute of it. We stayed in a Deluxe room which was spacious and well-equipped. I wouldn't have wanted to upgrade to a villa as we spent so little time in the room because the hotel's facilities and surroundings were so beautiful. The only advantage that the villas have over the Deluxe rooms is that they are larger and are set deep within the rainforest, but our room was right next to half a dozen villas and we had exactly the same view. It's true that most of the rooms are dark but it's worth it because when you can see the monkeys playing in the trees, hornbills and flying squirrels it doesn't matter that you can't sunbathe on your balcony!

There are 2 pools at the hotel and the poolside service was excellent - cold towels and free iced water throughout the day. There are 3 restaurants which were all excellent; the Beach Club has a buffet every night with a different theme which prevents the dining experiences from becoming boring during a longer stay. You can also use the restaurants at the neighbouring hotel The Andaman (I particularly recommend The Gulai House).

Note for families - this is not the place for you, choose The Andaman instead. Whilst The Datai does allow children (there was one family with children during our stay) they're definitely not encouraged. The pools are not suitable, there are no play areas, the steps are steep and there's no kids club. All of this is available at The Andaman. Consequently at The Datai there were practically all couples; a mixture between young honeymooners and retired couples. There were mainly Brits but also a lot of Japanese, French and German guests. It appeared that most of the guests at the hotel were keen golfers as the nearby golf course is award-winning, although my husband and I don't play golf so I couldn't comment! There was still plenty for us to do (nature walks, jungle trekking, exploring the island by car, mangrove cruises etc) but we spent much of our time relaxing in the resort.

The spa is also excellent, individual treatment villas set amongst the rainforest with monkeys and squirrels crashing around in the background. I can highly recomment the Warm Stone Massage.

We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis (the buffet breakfast was excellent) but I would recommend staying half or full board if possible because there's not really anywhere to go outside of the hotel. Having said that, we found it relatively cheap to eat at the hotel. Compared to the rest of Malaysia it's certainly expensive but compared to Britain we were pleased! We ate either at The Datai or The Andaman every night and paid around GBP35 for dinner for 2 without wine.

A word of warning about the monkeys - they are fantastic to watch and provided us with hours of amusement but don't let them see any food in your room or they will steal it, we know from experience! One day we accidently left the balcony door unlocked (it was shut) and the monkeys are cheeky enough to try every balcony to see if the doors will open and when they do they'll raid the minibar. On this particular occasion they took a toblerone, pistachio nuts, cashew nuts, an entire fruit bowl and some savoury crepes that the maids left! Luckily the hotel didn't charge us for these items when we explained what had happened - I think it happens a lot!

Another good point worth mentioning is that internet access is free from the hotel. There are 2 computers in the library which have free unlimited internet access.

All in all a fantastic holiday (even the 12 hour flight was worth it) and we've recommended it to our friends and family.

honeymoon at the datai

from A TripAdvisor Member
We went for our honeymoon and stayed for 12 days. It was everything we could have wished for. We were upgraded to a villa which meant you got to see more of the wildlife (monkeys, lizards etc) We agree with previous reviews and we too would be happy to go back just for a week despite the long flight. The spa treatments are wonderful and cheaper than the UK and are carried out in chalets next to a river, each with its own outdoor shower and massive granite bath set by the river so you can see monkeys crashing about in the background ! The food is delicious and we participated in the cookery courses. We had a private (and it was very private) dinner on the beach - sat by the water surrounded by candles - v romantic. The difference is not just the amazing setting (pictures do not do it justice), the quietness or even the great food- its the service. The people who look after you are not just polite, they genuinely want to make our stay a great one. Cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Address: Jalan Teluk Datai - Langkawi - 07000 - Malaysia
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