Langkawi, Malaysia

The Datai Langkawi

Rates from (ex tax)$359.37

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MYR1,760.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Jungle for the jet-set

Setting

Beach meets rainforest

On the tropical island of Langkawi, The Datai Langkawi​ hotel is a beachfront boutique getaway surrounded by rainforest. Wood-crafted rooms satisfy your craving for a wild, back-to-nature experience, but it’s the glamour of this standards-setting retreat – along with the golf course and gourmet cuisine – that keeps Asia’s glitterati coming back.

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Facilities

Photos The Datai Langkawi facilities

Need to know

Rooms

124, including 55 villas and 16 suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Late check-out is subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $359.37 (MYR1,600), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of MYR5.00 per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MYR1,760.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Standard Rates include champagne buffet breakfast. Guests must pay an additional 'tourism promotional fee' of MYR5 a room, each night.

Also

Keen golfers will want to take a turn at the Els Club Teluk Datai – one the very few in the world with 19 holes.

At the hotel

Private beach, watersports facilities, tennis courts, golf course, gardens, spa, library, DVD/CD library, duty-free boutique. In-room amenities: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, free WiFi, minibar, Molton Brown toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

All suites and villas have sexy Bose sound systems. The spacious End Suites have partitions separating living and dining areas; the Pool Villas have private plunge pools and are well placed for the beach.

Poolside

The stunning upper pool area looks down on the hillside towards the beach and is restricted to adults. Nearer the beach, the Datai Langkawi’s second pool has a more relaxed, family-friendly splash-about vibe.

Packing tips

Movie-star sunglasses and designer beachwear. A snorkel will come in handy for undersea sightseeing.

Also

The spa centre offers a vast range of treatments and health packages, including Ramuan ritual, Lembut massage and Tungku Batu.

Children

Babysitting can be provided for RM20 an hour. The restaurant has a children’s menu.

Food and Drink

Photos The Datai Langkawi food and drink

Top Table

A spot by the balustrade in the Pavilion will provide a fabulous jungle view; the outside section of the Dining Room overlooks the architectural eye-candy of the upper pool.

Dress Code

Casual but coordinated.

Hotel restaurant

The Dining Room serves perfectly pitched Malaysian and Western cuisine, whereas 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 and Indian dishes are served. For romantic alfresco dinners, opt for a private candlelit dinner. 

Hotel bar

At 8pm, the Lobby Lounge 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.

Last orders

Lunch is available in the Dining Room until 3pm; dinner is served between 6pm and 11pm.

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.

Location

Photos The Datai Langkawi location
Address
The Datai Langkawi
Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi, Kedah,
07000
Langkawi
Malaysia

Planes

Get to Langkawi International Airport (www.langkawi-info.com/info/airport) with Malaysia Airlines (www.malaysiaairlines.com; 1300 88 3000 within Malaysia, +603 7843 3000 outside Malaysia) or AirAsia (www.airasia.com) who provide direct flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (www.klia.com.my) to Langkawi Airport. Flights take about 55 minutes. A taxi will take you the 30 minutes to the resort.

Automobiles

Drive to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis on the mainland, they’re the main take-off points by ferry to Langkawi.

Reviews

Photos The Datai Langkawi reviews

Anonymous review

Carlsberg doesn’t design tropical hideaways, but if it did, luxury resort The Datai Langkawi would be its blueprint: a collection of deluxe tree houses perched above a postcard-perfect beach populated by beautiful bodies in designer bikinis. Reclining on a sunlounger over powdery sand, I turn to Mr Smith to see if he thinks I can use a lager analogy in my review, but he’s off… He’s heading straight for the water to zip around the bay in one of the hotel's mini catamarans – his way of working off the four-course champagne brunch that's become our regular start to the day since arriving here.

Though it feels like we’ve been here for ages, we actually only arrived at the Datai Langkawi yesterday. We’d been driving for a while before Mr Smith spotted the unassuming entrance – lucky, as we’d have ended up somewhere on the other side of the island otherwise – and we turned down a quiet, meandering path that took us through the lushest of lush rainforest. The only traffic we came across was a family of Macaque monkeys playing in the road.

Once checked in, we found the resort itself to be equally tranquil and back-to-nature. Our private villa, situated on a peaceful hillside, is just made for holing up with a loved one. The rain shower and bath are both big enough for two, there are his ’n’ hers sinks, an oversized daybed that’s perfect for idling away an afternoon and a bed, swathed in 400-threadcount sheets, that’s big enough for four. The hotel have even thoughtfully placed a ‘things to do’ booklet in our room. Ha! No chance. If all the accommodation at the Datai Langkawi is as inviting as Villa 35, then I can’t imagine the forest walks on offer get too booked up.

After poking around the 20ft sandstone-and-marble bathroom – which features genius derrière-flattering lighting, incense sticks and candles – we step out onto our terrace to take in views of the 50 million-year-old rainforest we’re smack bang in the middle of. Mr Smith and I swore off eco holidays after spending one week too many being ‘cleansed’ by shamen at a Mexican retreat, but, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the Langkawi jungle, we begin to see the appeal of being at one with nature. Especially when Mr Smith can check Facebook courtesy of the free in-house WiFi and I can satisfy my cravings for Lavazza courtesy of the coffee machine.

Just how close we are to the wild we are becomes apparent at bathtime when we’re distracted from our Molton Brown bubbles by a family of doe-eyed monkeys, peering at us through the window. Watching our furry neighbours munch on their evening snacks, we realise it is probably time for dinner. What to have? Mr Smith and I have the choice of elegant dining in the treetop Pavilion restaurant or a more low-key barbecue on the beach. As it’s my husband’s birthday today, we opt for the former.

As we leave our villa, freshly scrubbed and eagerly anticipating a good meal, I can’t help but notice how seamlessly the hotel design fits with the Datai Langkawi’s unspoilt location. All hard woods and soft colours, the delicate detailing we’ve already enjoyed in our room is continued into the elegant, open-air lobby building, which houses a sunken cocktail bar and a frog-filled lily pond. All the Japanese screens, Mayan bricks and Malay wood we can see everywhere were brought in by boats and elephants to avoid disturbing the local ecosystem.

The effort was worth it. Nature and design complement each other perfectly. The hotel buildings are linked by open air walkways, and our stroll up the outdoor Grand Staircase to dinner is flanked by perfectly spotlit 50ft tall trees, which frame dramatic Andaman Sea views as we near the top. Up in the forest canopy, surrounded by the soporific buzz of a million cicadas, we are seated quickly by the nothing-too-much-trouble staff and brought delicious, steaming platefuls of Thai red curry and jasmine rice. Somehow they’ve found out about Mr Smith’s birthday, and an exquisitely prepared cake is brought to the table by a troupe of singing waiters. It’s such a lovely moment that all our innate British cynicism goes out of the window…

Next morning, we awake to the sound of tiny toes padding about on the roof above our heads. Who needs alarm clocks when you’ve got monkeys to let you know it’s breakfast time? After that aforementioned champagne brunch and a couple of coffees, we get down to the serious business of doing as little as possible.

Mere minutes later, we’re reclining on sunloungers by the side of the pool as the helpful attendants lay out cold flannels and jugs of iced water at our sides. It’s blissfully peaceful. Families are welcome at the Datai, but the thoughtful inclusion of an adults-only pool at the resort means that Mr Smith and I don’t have to endure any peace-spoiling gangs of noisy toddlers, leaving us free to devour our books and sip rosé in the shallow end without interruption.  

Later, after a cocktail-fuelled game of Scrabble down on the beach and a knot-erasing massage in the Datai Langkawi’s forest spa, Mr Smith and I retire to our villa to prepare for our final evening at the resort. Sitting on our balcony with cups of ginger tea, we watch eagles glide above us and fish dart like silver bullets in the glasslike water below, and reflect on our ridiculously romantic weekend in the jungle. This may not be the place to come if you want to party till the wee small hours, but this couple found the grown-up elegance of the hotel refreshing and revitalising. Forget the lager analogy, this gorgeous hideaway is more like a premium champagne: effortlessly stylish, wonderfully palatable and utterly intoxicating.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Datai Langkawi’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything! The Datai is very hard to fault. Watch out for the monkeys! The Els Club Teluk Datai golf course is stunning.

Don’t expect

Lively evenings, noise, hustle and bustle.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Sep 2016

We loved

We were given extra special treatment by the management and totally spoilt. Mr and Mrs Smith really pulled it out of the bag for us. Thank you!!!! 

Don’t expect

We loved everything. This is a relaxing low key sophisticated holiday with beach sea activities. Not really suitable if you are looking for a party.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Aug 2016

We loved

Location - Rainforest - Rustic then the accomodation - 218m2 Beach villa is luxury at its finest - having private access to the ocean is an added bonus - food at their 4 restaurants - service and staff were wonderful

Don’t expect

High rise casino style - this is rustic v nature with the right amount off modern luxury with great service

Rating

Stayed on 20 Jul 2016

We loved

Our rainforest pool villa was lovely and the service throughout was excellent. Be sure to join the hotel's nature walks around the grounds

Don’t expect

For us, it was perfect for what we wanted on this occasion

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jul 2016

We loved

Everything about the Datai. From the moment we were picked up at the airport we were in the lap of luxury. The Datai is located in its own bit of jungle on a beach you can only dream about. The water is clear and very warm. Although the hotel is quiet and ideal for those craving relaxation, the beach provides many activities including sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkelling - there is also a gym for those trying to keep a trim figure. This can be particularly difficult as the Datai boasts 4 on site restaurants all of which would grace a London location. However, it is the staff who really make the difference: they are the most gracious people and are extremely helpful. During our 6 days at the Datai every single member of staff you pass will greet you. The Datai is a stunning place particularly for those seeking some respite from the rigours of London life just as we were. Please go! 10/10

Don’t expect

A lively scene. The Datai is all about privacy, luxury and relaxation.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Mar 2016

We loved

The breakfast - make sure you have breakfast included! The range of non-motorised water sports on offer was really good, and you should definitely take advantage of it. The nature walk in the morning is great to learn about the climate, flora and fauna, etc. The wildlife around the resort is great. The bay is calm for swimming and splashing around. Ask your driver to stop on the way in to check out the rubber trees collecting sap - it's a sight to see!

Don’t expect

To venture outside...it would be good, but don't expect it.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Oct 2015

We loved

The lush green environment around us and perfect beach - lots of wildlife was just a plus.

Don’t expect

A view of the sea unless you're on the top floor.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Aug 2015

We loved

I loved the amazing setting the attention to every detail of my stay by thoughtful and friendly staff.

Don’t expect

A very lively night life scene. This is peaceful tranquil off the beaten track heaven.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Jul 2015

We loved

The Datai was a blissful combination of everything that made our stay perfect. We loved the kindness and friendliness of the staff. The remote location in an exquisite jungle paradise surrounded by lush gardens, birds and fascinating animals on our doorstep. The hotel was beautiful,tranquil and of the highest standard in every regard...from the second we arrived we felt the real world and all the stresses just melting away as we stepped into paradise for the next few days. The food was excellent and plenty of variety within the hotel in terms of both the restaurant settings and types of cuisine...the breakie was a standout though with a beautiful setting and superb buffet.

Don’t expect

To want to do much outside the Datai

Rating

Stayed on 8 Jun 2015

We loved

The peace and quiet, the location is stunning and the views are breathtaking. Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

It is a long way from anything so be prepared to eat at the hotel which can be a little expensive. The service is very good but the staff could be better informed.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Jan 2015