We stayed here 5 nights last week in one if the superior villas. This is a beautiful hotel and lives up to its 5* but maybe lacks a little down to earth heart.
The villa was huge, huge gorgeous bathroom and high up in the trees. We were woken in the morning by 2 hornbills who kept throwing them self against the glass for no reason. They seemed to want to do this every day which was a little mind boggling, but lovely to be so close to them, even if they were a bit of a quirky couple.
We were visited by 2 species of monkeys at our villa too. The first was a little scary as I had a bit if a stand off with the alpha male but a memorable experience all the same!!
All the restaurants were incredible in terms of the food. We ate dinner at the Thai and Malaysian and had room service. We had lunch at the beach bar. All the staff were friendly and chatty.
The trees opposite the raised reception happened to be in fruit so it was great to sit by the pool and see a range of species tucking in.
If you like getting close to nature from the very big to the very small this is definitely the hotel for you!!
Now on to the niggles. These were mainly communication issues. We booked a massage at the spa but when we got there it was a building site. No body told us that the spa had been moved to one of the pool villas so we had to be rushed in the rain to another part if the hotel and ended up being a little late.
At breakfast every morning we were greeted by name and treated like royalty until our last day when we were barely acknowledged, I had to ask for tea instead of it being offered and they only brought one for me instead of my husband too. Made me think "well you know it's our last day then!"
The worst lapse I think was they have a booklet in the rooms that tells you about the wildlife and also recommends 2 signed hiking trails near the hotel. Being nature fanatics my husband and I decided to do this and asked at reception which direction to head. She told us and mentioned to watch out for leeches. If we hadn't spoken to reception we wouldn't have known as no mention in the guide. I was attacked by 5 leeches which are very ferocious and very mobile!! Unlike our UK species. I was wearing thick boots and socks due to warning but had I not I could have been bitten.
Also the first route we took, we searched for 30min in the burning sun for the entrance before going back to hotel to ask where it was only to be told that route "wasnt recommended as the signs had fallen off"'! We weren't told before! Nor was it in the guide!
So we took the 2nd route. This was fine for halfway then the signs are very few and far between ... You have to cross a fast stream at one point, relying on a fallen tree for balance and stepping on wet rocks before climbing through undergrowth before you find the next route marker. Not long after we came across a fallen tree blocking the route so we had to turn back.
The night before we were told the night nature walk they do was off due to a fallen tree but not one person we spoke to informed us that the route we were taking was the same one!!
This really upset me tbh as firstly we had spoken to several people about this walk and not been properly advised but secondly, if we hadn't spoken to anyone and had just taken the route as read in the guide then we would not have known any of the risks and it concerns me that with names like "hornbill trail" it would be very easy judging by the guide for a parent to think it a nice stroll in the woods and take their children and come unstuck very quickly on what was actually quite a risky route. This is something they need to look in to very quickly.
I'm guessing as most people want to lie by the pool instead of getting up and doing something this isn't something that would be highlighted to them, at least not too often.
We also did the mangrove tour which I recommend. The marine biologist who takes it was lovely and informative and it was a great half day out,
The final point of note is that this IS an expensive hotel. Starters £10+ main meals £20+ ... A glass of wine £7+ and a bottle £35 so be prepared to spend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Datai Langkawi is situated on the northwest tip of the island Langkawi in Malaysia. Located in a 10 million year old rainforest and overlooking the tranquil Datai Bay, awarded by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 beaches worldwide, the iconic property enchants with mesmerizing nature, visionary architecture, luxury and bespoke service. It's 54 rooms, 40 villas, 16 suites and 14 beach villas offer views of the surrounding nature. The award-winning dining outlets pay homage to the exotic flavours and culinary tradition of the region. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools; an award-winning spa and Els Club Teluk Datai - the most scenic 18-hole golf course in Southeast Asia designed by the golf legend Ernie Els. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Datai Langkawi Hotel Langkawi
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