Need to know
121, including 12 suites.
Noon; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $289.75 (MYR1,200), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of MYR10.00 per room per night on check-in and an additional local city tax of MYR5.00 per room per night on check-in.
Rates usually include breakfast (a buffet spread with an egg station and Western and Asian options).
At the hotel's cooking school, The Dapur (it's Malay for 'kitchen'), the resident chefs will guide you on a culinary adventure, from picking fresh herbs in the permaculture garden to enjoying the fruits of your labour with a wine pairing. Classes start from MYR300 a person.
At the hotel
Incredible wilderness; beach club; Nature Centre; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV; WiFi; air-conditioning; minibar; free bottled water; tea and coffee.
Our favourite rooms
Ask yourself this: are you a David Attenborough or a David Hasselhoff? If the former, opt for a wildlife-surveying Rainforest or Rainforest Pool Villa; if the latter, go for a Beach Villa – and dig out that lipstick-red swimwear.
The Datai Langkawi has a trio of pools: one for adults, one for families (with a prime beachside setting) and one for toddlers.
Rainforests: pretty relaxing as settings go – but that’s no reason not to unwind even further with a spa treatment or two. The Datai’s luxurious spa harnesses ancient ramuan (Malay herbal) rituals; treatments star indigenous ingredients, many sourced from the rainforest. Add a splash of tropical colour to your hands and feet by swinging by the Bastien Gonzalez mani-pedi studio.
Bring something you can comfortably hike around a rainforest in – plus an itsy-bitsy bikini or beachwear for the pool and spa.
There are wheelchair-ramps within the property, and you can be transported around by buggy if needed.
Little Smiths are very welcome. There’s a family-friendly pool and a wading pool; babysitting can be arranged with 48 hours’ notice.
All ages can come, but the hotel reckons it’s most suited to little Smiths aged six and above.
The two-bedroom Datai Suites are a safe choice; for maximum space, if your budget permits, opt for the Two-Bedroom Villa.
Budding naturalists will love the hotel’s wildlife walks and nature-immersion experiences.
Water-babies are well catered to: there’s a family-friendly pool, plus a wading pool for toddlers. Parents who’ve booked babysitters can escape to the adults-only pool.
High-chairs can be provided.
Book babysitting at least 48 hours in advance.
The Datai Langkawi has a permaculture garden and an in-house recycling facility. Produce is organic, seasonal and grown onsite or locally sourced. Cleaning and bath products are earth kind; natural materials star in the the hotel’s design.