- Style Jungle for the jet-set
- Setting Ritzy rainforest retreat
Surrounded by lush Langkawi rainforest and drenched in glamour, the Datai is a standard-bearer for luxury hotels in Malaysia. Whether you’re here for the glitz, the golf or the gourmet dining, The Datai is a welcoming and romantic retreat with a classy contemporary edge.
Need to know
- Rooms 112, including 40 villas and 18 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $621.06 (MYR2,007), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
- More details Rates usually include breakfast.
- Facilities Spa, library, gardens, DVD/CD library, duty-free boutique, watersports facilities, tennis courts, golf course, private beach. In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, free WiFi, minibar, Molton Brown toiletries.
- Poolside The stunning upper pool area looks down on the hillside towards the beach and is restricted to over-16s. Nearer the beach, the Datai’s second pool has a more relaxed, family-friendly splash-about vibe.
- Check–out Midday. Late check-out is subject to availability.
Children Under-12s stay free. Babysitting can be provided for RM10 an hour, increasing to 20RM for more than one child. The restaurant has a children’s menu.
- Hotel closed The golf course is undergoing major upgrades until mid-2013. Guests can still tee off at two courses within half an hour of the hotel.
- Also The spa centre offers a vast range of treatments and health packages, including Ayurvedic and Balinese massage, Shirodhara, facials and eye treatments.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms All suites and villas have sexy Bose sound systems. The spacious End Suites have movable partitions separating living and dining areas; the Pool Suites have private plunge pools and are well placed for the beach.
- Packing tips Movie-star sunglasses and designer beachwear. A snorkel will come in handy for undersea sightseeing.
- Also Keen golfers will want to take a turn on the Datai’s private course – one the very few in the world with 19 holes.
Food and drink at The Datai
- Hotel restaurant The Dining Room serves perfectly pitched Malaysian and Western cuisine, while the Pavilion is a beautiful, stilted restaurant amid the rainforest canopy that cooks up authentic Thai treats. At rustic-chic restaurant the Gulai House, Malay specialties are given an Indian twist. For romantic alfresco dinners, opt for a beach barbecue.
- Dress code Casual but coordinated.
- Top table A spot by the balustrade in the Pavilion will provide a fabulous ocean view; the outside section of the Dining Room overlooks the architectural eye-candy of the upper pool.
- Last orders Lunch is available in the Dining Room until 6pm; dinner is served between 7pm and 10.30pm
- Room service 24 hours. A variety of sandwiches, local and Western dishes, pasta and soup is available while the restaurants are open, with an overnight menu to take you through the early hours.
- Hotel bar At 8pm, the Lobby Bar becomes out-of-bounds to under-12s and mixes its signature champagne cocktails until 1am. The soothing soundtrack alternates between live vocals, laid-back piano and the natural noises of the rainforest.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details