Langkawi, Malaysia

The Datai Langkawi

Rates per night from$513.77

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (MYR2,125.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Natural-born thriller

Setting

Alternate Eden

Chances are, you’ve not bedded down in a 10-million-year-old rainforest before. You can change that at The Datai Langkawi on Datai Bay, named one of the top 10 beaches in the world by National Geographic. This hotel is totally in tune with its epic surroundings, from its educational Nature Centre and the team of resident naturalists and marine biologists to its nature-immersion experiences and indigenous-ingredients-championing spa. Explorations and discoveries are thirsty and hungry work, but fear not: the hotel has four tempting eateries (and two bars) up its sleeve, whether you’re craving Malay flavours, French fine dining, Thai food, a perfect pizza or an ice-cold cocktail.

Smith Extra

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A half-bottle of champagne on arrival

Facilities

Photos The Datai Langkawi facilities

Need to know

Rooms

121, including 12 suites.

Check–Out

Noon; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $513.77 (MYR2,125), 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.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (a buffet spread with an egg station and Western and Asian options).

Also

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.

Poolside

The Datai Langkawi has a trio of pools: one for adults, one for families (with a prime beachside setting) and one for toddlers.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

Bring something you can comfortably hike around a rainforest in – plus an itsy-bitsy bikini or beachwear for the pool and spa.

Also

There are wheelchair-ramps within the property, and you can be transported around by buggy if needed.

Children

Little Smiths are very welcome. There’s a family-friendly pool and a wading pool; babysitting can be arranged with 48 hours’ notice.

Best for

All ages can come, but the hotel reckons it’s most suited to little Smiths aged six and above.

Recommended rooms

The two-bedroom Datai Suites are a safe choice; for maximum space, if your budget permits, opt for the Two-Bedroom Villa.

Activities

Budding naturalists will love the hotel’s wildlife walks and nature-immersion experiences.

Swimming pool

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.

Meals

High-chairs can be provided.

Babysitting

Book babysitting at least 48 hours in advance.

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food and Drink

Photos The Datai Langkawi food and drink

Top Table

Follow your appetite in the direction of Malay, Thai, French or international flavours.

Dress Code

Gym and swimwear are frowned upon throughout; shorts and collarless-shirts are banned in some of the restaurants. Check the specifics with staff before heading out to dinner, to avoid red faces.

Hotel restaurant

The Datai Langkawi has a clutch of tempting restaurants to choose from. Styled in the manner of a traditional Kampong (village) house, open-air Gulai House serves delicious Malaysian cuisine (crabmeat soup, fish curry, naans a-go-go), soundtracked by the chirruping of the local wildlife. You can try traditional seating on the floor; all meals begin with a hand-bathing ceremony. The Pavilion is a Thai treat set on stilts above the rainforest canopy; dine with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea. You might not expect fine French cuisine in the heart of the forest, but the Dining Room delivers exactly that. The Beach Club serves relaxed international fare – Caprese salads, pizzas, bruschettas and so on – for lunch and dinner. Save room for the ‘coconut surprise’ dessert.

Hotel bar

Steps from the sand, The Beach Bar has a clutch of tree-shaded seating and sea-view sunloungers. Open throughout the day, it’s the go-to spot for refreshing post-surf cocktails and sunset-facing pre-dinner drinks. By night, the Lobby Lounge is a view-toting setting for cocktails, wine and champagne; up the ante with a single malt and a cigar.

Last orders

Breakfast is served until 11am; dinner until 11pm.

Room service

Pick from a selection of Malaysian and Western dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Location

Photos The Datai Langkawi location
Address
The Datai Langkawi
Jln Teluk Datai
Langkawi
07000
Malaysia

The Datai Langkawi is on dazzling Datai Bay, in a 28-hectare patch of beachfront rainforest.

Planes

Langkawi International Airport is a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Helpful Smith24 can help book your flights, should you wish.

Automobiles

The town of Kuah is closest, an hour away by car; the hotel’s car park is a minute’s walk from the lobby. It’s worth having a car if you want to go exploring; that said, taxis are fairly cheap.

Other

Nautical types could get here by ferry from Kuala Perlis to Langkawi in 45 minutes, from Kuala Kedah to Langkawi in 90 minutes, or from Penang to Langkawi in 180 minutes. Hop over from Thailand on a ferry from Satun or Koh Lipe.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel’s resident naturalists and marine biologists have devised an exciting line-up of nature experiences, including: butterfly garden walks, a mangrove trail, coral reef explorations, jungle hikes to natural pools and waterfalls, ‘rainforest after dark’ expeditions and more. And make sure to reserve at least a little of your stay to hear some stories from the hotel’s resident naturalist, Irshad Mobarak, a former banker with a passion for flora and fauna.

The resort’s private footpath winds its way to Datai Bay’s milk-white-sand beach, named one of the world’s top 10 beaches by National Geographic (all non-motorised watersports at the hotel are free of charge, so take to the waters). Achy? Make the most of the Datai’s wellness centre, whose facilities include a sauna and steam room. Venture deep into the rainforest, seeking out dusky leaf monkeys, geckos and colugos. Follow the trail that leads to the suspension bridge for eye-widening views.

Hop on the Langkawi Cable Car for more gasp-worthy views that rival the local birdlife’s. On the steepest cable-car ride on earth, you’ll be whooshed up to heights of 708 metres above sea level; wave at Langkawi's second-highest peak: Mt Machinchang.Keen golfers can tee off at the award-winning, 18-hole, par-72 championship Els Club Teluk Datai golf course, five minutes away by car.

Local restaurants

Swing by Fat Cupid on Jalan Pantai Tengah Lot for international cuisine served in a minimalist space. The Danna Langkawi hotel in Pantai Kok has a choice of tempting dining options: Straits & Co is styled with colonial elegance, offering Malay flavours, traditional snacks, local and Western desserts, pastries and more.

Staff at the Datai Langkawi can arrange tours to local villages so you can sample street food; don’t miss a trip to one of the fragrant night markets. Have a wallet-friendly seafood feast at Wonderland Food Store, a little, budget restaurant in Kuah Town; begin proceedings with a steaming bowl of seaweed soup.

Local bars

Toast the good decisions that brought you here at the Andaman hotel’s buzzing Beach Bar, at Jalan Teluk Datai.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rainforest hotel in Kedah and unpacked their beachwear and bug spray, a full account of their island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Datai Langkawi in Malaysia…

Indiana Jones, if you’re reading this, we have a hotel for you: the Datai Langkawi, buried deep in 10-million-year-old Malaysian rainforest. And we know, Dr Jones, that exploring calls for cooling dips, so don’t worry: the hotel is right on the doorstep of Datai Bay, which the nature boffins at National Geographic named among the top 10 beaches in the world (we concur.) Those brainy types would probably feel quite at home here: the Datai Langkawi has a serious Nature Centre and a team of obliging naturalists and marine biologists, headed up by charismatic former banker Irshad Mobarak, who has swapped finance for flora and fauna. Forget temples of doom: you’ll be guided into the rainforest for butterfly walks, coral-reef encounters and waterfall chasing; then after days in the wilderness, you’ll return to the hotel’s fabulous dining and wining delights and a whisper-quiet spa, which harnesses healing Malay herbal medicine. Encounters with evil villains are unlikely; unforgettable wildlife, though, is very likely indeed.

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