The Datai

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Langkawi, Malaysia

This well-established luxury hotel is a firm favourite of those visiting Langkawi. Set in a secluded bay with crystal clear water and powder white sand, this hotel is the perfect beach retreat for the whole family.

The hotel is immersed in an ancient virgin rainforest, which leads down to a private bay and white sandy beach. The accommodation is divided between villas, suites and rooms, with 124 options in total.

The secluded villas are set on meandering paths leading down to the Andaman Sea and hidden away in the rainforest. The rooms and suites are located in the main building. The Deluxe Rooms have a small balcony which looks out into the rainforest, from which you can spot the monkeys and birds in the forest. The Corner and End Suites are larger in size and have bigger balconies. The latest addition to the hotel are the Beach Villas, which are the ultimate in luxury – each with gardens and swimming pools as well as their own entrance to the beach.

Elevated in the rain forest, The Pavilion serves authentic Thai cuisine in an open-air setting. Malaysian and Western fare are presented in The Dining Room. Alfresco dining at The Beach Club. Cocktails, snacks, and panoramic views of the Andaman Sea in the Lobby Lounge.

The fantastic facilities at the hotel ensure that you do not need to leave the hotel should you not wish to. There are 2 swimming pools (one just for adults), two tennis courts, a health club with plunge pool, sauna and a state of the art gym with flat screen TV’s for your entertainment whilst working out. There is also the bonus of having an 18 hole golf course lying adjacent to the hotel. The spa hidden away in the rainforest is an ideal place to switch off and unwind. Should you wish to explore the rainforest, the nature walks are excellent and well worth doing.

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Location & Getting There

Immersed in an ancient virgin rainforest that leads to a secluded bay, The Datai is a 30-minute road transfer from Langkawi Airport.


The property comprises of 125 secluded villas, suites and rooms. There are three atmosphere from which to choose from: canopy, jungle and beach. Deluxe and Premium rooms feature a combined bedroom and living room, together with a spacious airy balcony. End and Corner suites boast a separate living and dining area on top of the private balcony. The Datai suite boasts an expansive living and dining area and fully equipped kitchen together with a large balcony. Superior villas rise on stilts from the rainforest stream, featuring a combined bedroom and living space. Pool villas have a plunge pool with a built-in Jacuzzi. Pool suites are built around a private swimming pool with a spacious sundeck, with an expansive living and dining area with a fitted kitchen. Beach villas come with 1 or 2 bedrooms, complete with a lush outdoor garden with a private rain shower, as well as a 10-metre private pool and sun deck. Villa Hutan Datai experience: the secluded Villa Hutan Datai is perched on a hillside with breathtaking views of the Andaman Sea, comprising of a living pavilion, dining area, alfresco bar and a swimming pool with a spacious sundeck.


- Spa
- Golf
- Tennis courts
- Gym
- 2 swimming pools
- Datai boutique
- Dining: 4 restaurants, 1 bar


Join the complimentary morning and evening rainforest walks guided by an internationally known naturalist, or embark on a trekking tour with a local medicine man to learn about the potent jungle plants. For water lovers, the Beach Activities Center offers snorkelling gear on a complimentary basis, windsurfs, sea kayaks and sail boats. Malay and Thai culinary classes and batik workshop are also available for those in quest of more quiet activities.


Children are welcome and very well catered for. Children’s activities on offer include movie nights, kite flying, sand castle building and swimming.

The Datai Price Guide

3 out of 5

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The Datai Testimonials

Dear Josie

Thank you for your email & we had a wonderful stay at The Datai. The staff were charming & very helpful and we could not have been more comfortable in the End Suite in the main hotel & then the Superior Villa where we spent the last three nights.

The beach is glorious & there are always cold towels & water on offer plus other delicious temptations such as ice cream! Breakfast at The Datai is one of the best we have had on our travels (we think it rivals The Chedi in Muscat & Kempinski in Istanbul) and of the four Datai restaurants The Pavilion Thai Restaurant is the best.

The setting of The Datai is second to none & we saw much wildlife during our stay. The Spa is excellent and very tranquil. There are always hotel buggies around to transport guests who would prefer a ride rather than walk in the heat!

We made two excursions from The Datai – one the geopark boat trip & the other a shopping trip (taking in the crocodile farm on the way back!). My husband played golf twice at the brand new Els golf course close to The Datai which he much enjoyed. The hotel’s morning & evening nature walks are superb & really worth doing – we did both.

We could have done more but the days passed all too quickly and in the end we decided to spend our last three days peacefully on the beach!

We would love to return to The Datai!

Thank you again for all your help with our memorable holiday. We have recommended Lightfoot Travel to everyone we met at The Datai & also to friends in London.

With kind regards

KW – March 2014

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