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The Datai Langkawi

Jalan Teluk Datai, Datai, Langkawi 07000 Malaysia
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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, 12 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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Valet parking
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Golf course
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Open-air bath
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
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Cable / satellite TV
Private balcony
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VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand movies
Walk-in shower
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Romario1257 wrote a review Sep 19
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,413 contributions66 helpful votes
We had an opportunity to spend 4 nights in September and we choose this resort. It turned out to be a great choice from many reasons. Here are few: - we got an upgrade to villa which is a fabulous place: huge bedroom and huge bathroom with a nice balcony with chairs and a large bed to enjoy the sound of the rain and the sound of the wild forest - private beach just big enough to have the perfect privacy with free water and snacks all day long - swimming pool big enough to do your morning routine or just hang in the cool water - plenty of choices for dinning for many tastes or you can order in the room whatever you want - the small buggy will carry you around where ever you want, in case you are not in the mood to walk - the lush green forest which surrounds you is like a paradise where you can find friendly monkeys, butterflies and exotic birds. - the sea is warm and the sand is perfect so you can do nice long beach walks in the morning and evenings - the breakfast is just enough and at high quality. The Chef Hazar will do his best to accommodate any request or diet you might have The service was impressive and we must acknowledge our waiter Baguley who did his best to make us fill great any time we serve our meals Price wise, for these amount of benefits and great services I would say it was a fair offer. A meal for 2 would be around 50USD but you'll have the hotel app and you can check yourself in the comfort of your room all the restaurants and their menus so you can make your choice wisely. The gym is good enough for a good workout and if you are a yoga fan you can opt for a nice deck, in the middle of the jungle with sea view. Overall, definetely a place where we would like to return one day. Enjoy!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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NicolaO32 wrote a review Sep 10
Dubai, United Arab Emirates4 contributions3 helpful votes
A slice of heaven on earth! We have been several times and it remains our favorite place in Malaysia for sure! Serene luxury resort built into nature, tasteful, stylish, tranquil, personable.....it feels like home every time we go. Great team and beautiful food. Best are their sustainability efforts: creative, serious, authentic, well thought through, giving the guests an opportunity to be part of it. Simply fantastic!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 1 week ago
Dear NicolaO32, Thank you for choosing The Datai Langkawi as your home away from home, we deeply appreciate your loyalty to us. I am happy to hear that you had a wonderful holiday and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of The Datai experience. Pleased to hear that you appreciate all of our sustainability initiatives in the resort as well. We do look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable moments. Kindest regards, Arnaud Girodon
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layfern wrote a review Aug 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia39 contributions17 helpful votes
After so many years of hearing great reviews about The Datai, we decided to take advantage of the Seclusion Package (full board package) to experience the ‘magic’ of The Datai ourselves. The package was well-worth it as it includes airport transfers (in a Vellfire), upgrade to the Rainforest villa, daily breakfast, 3 course meals at lunch and dinner and two 60mins massage (for 2 pax). Other highlights are the experiences offered by the Nature Hut. I would recommend that you pay a visit to the Nature Hut as soon as you arrive to book a few of these experiences as places are limited due to covid19 SOP. They limit the numbers to 6 pax per experience. We managed to book 3 experiences- the Night walk (with Razan), Beach Walk (with marine biologist Siva) and Curated Walk (with resident Naturalist, Irshad). All 3 walks were highly educational, fascinating and professionally conducted. Our family of 4 were given villas 6 and 7. These villas share a connecting balcony, which we appreciated. Both villas are luxuriously fitted out and our children especially, enjoyed the complimentary drinks and snacks in the mini bar. Look out for the beautifully illustrated Datai Nature book (placed next to the binoculars). Bring it with you when you go for your walks as you will want to mark off the animals/ wildlife you spot. Amongst the coffee table Books provided in the room, there is one written by Irshad named ‘Langkawi’ which gives great insight into the wildlife in Langkawi and The Datai. Worth a read. The beach in The Datai is the best beach I’ve been to in Langkawi. It’s clean and the sand is fine. What’s great at The Datai is that all non-motorized water sports are complimentary. We had fun with the kayak and paddle boards. We tried the wake board but unfortunately the water was too calm for wake boarding. The staff at the water sports centre were all very polite and kind. Special thanks to Akmal, who took the kids out sailing. We also appreciated the little touches such as cold water, cold face towels, fruit kebabs and coconut sorbets that the wait staff brings to guests at the beach/pool. Every meal we had at The Datai was freshly prepared, delicious and served promptly. Service was excellent in all 4 dining venues. Our favourite is the Beach Hut/ Beach Club. It offers something for everyone in the family. This is where all lunches are served which suits us well as we tend to spend most of our day by the beach. We had a very memorable dinner here on our first night when a baby reticulated python made an appearance. The Gulai House and The Pavilion served Malaysian and Thai food respectively. Only open for dinner. Both excellent in quality and service. We only used the Dining Room for breakfasts. A la carte and ‘buffet’ options available for breakfast. Again, we find that service is always prompt and personalized. The trees surrounding the pool at The Dining Room is where we have spotted The hornbills. Spa experience is good and we felt safe with the SOP put in place. The treatment villas are beautifully laid out amidst the ‘jungle’. No need for piped-in relaxation music as the symphony of the jungle surrounds you. The treatments are not rushed and we were given time to enjoy our tea in the villas after our massage. My husband booked 2 rounds of golf at the neighbouring Els Club. Guests at The Datai pay a discounted rate and it included transport to the golf course in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes or Vellfire. He went earlier to enjoy the complimentary use of the driving range (1 hour). He rates the course very highly. Picturesque and very enjoyable to play. Only disappointment is that a few of the greens were temporary greens due to some maintenance work. Overall, we would highly recommend The Datai for an outstanding beach/nature vacation in Malaysia.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear layfern, Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review on your recent stay at The Datai Langkawi. I am very happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and liked your Rainforest Villa as well as the nature excursions led by our enthusiastic team at The Nature Centre, indeed, this is something that shouldn't be missed when visiting The Datai. I am also glad that you liked the Nature Guide Book which certainly comes in handy when you wish to identify specific bird spotted around the resort. I will share your fabulous review with the team and they will be delighted to see that their genuine care and services rendered is appreciated by our guests and I truly believe that they are the true asset of the resort aside from this tranquil and magnificent rainforest. On behalf of the team, thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to your rainforest paradise. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
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May Lam wrote a review Aug 2020
Langkawi, Malaysia74 contributions54 helpful votes
There are just no words adequate enough to express the beauty of this resort. The service discreet and impeccable - with lovely staff bringing cold towels for guests' comfort on the beach and undoubtedly the best kitchens you will ever find on a beach resort (lobster omelette for breakfast with champagne - wagu steaks for dinner). The spa was a special treat, being pampered in a private open air room with a stream trickling by. I will be back...
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear May Lam, Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent stay with us. I am happy to hear that you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed all aspects of The Datai experience. We do look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable moments. Kindest regards, Arnaud Girodon
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vuk wrote a review Aug 2020
8 contributions10 helpful votes
Suria and I spent 7 wonderful days at The Datai. The Datai is one of its kind. Not the usual coconut trees. Nowhere else in the world is there a 7 star beach resort that is set within a 10 million old rainforest. Walk on the beach in the morning (with otters around), laze on the deck chair, do a forest walk in the afternoon and follow up with a sundowner before dinner. We were lost for choice with the many beach and forest activities. In a world that is destroying the environment, The Datai has done so much to enhance (not just sustain) the environment. A visit to their garden and sustainable lab is a must where you will be impressed with the knowledge and the passion the team exudes. To top it all is an ever attentive and responsive team where no request was an issue. Our butler Ismail did not need requests but anticipated our needs and approached his work with unobtrusive diligence. Azhari ensured the crab, lobster, prawns were the morning’s catch. William was not just the efficient waiter but had a wealth of knowledge to share with us.Not to forget Suhan at the beach club who was ever so helpful A gym instructor stretches you for 5 – 10 minutes. Edo spent 30 minutes stretching me and then another helping me with weights training.Most hotel gym staff are helpful but Edo took the extra mile to encourage me .It was not a chore for him. Again spoilt of choice for freshest food seafood, marble 6 steaks, Malay, Indian, Thai and Continental. There is a menu but it was no problem for Chefs Arifah and Azman to meet our many special requests. Mr Indra Mohan’s wine list is not just made up of the usual ‘growths’ in 5 star hotels. Do not bring your wine as you will be able to experience some interesting eclectic wines at reasonable prices.There is also the usual selection for those who drink wine based on ‘ pointers ‘ Our journey did not end at the hotel. Eta navigated us at the airport right to the Departure Hall. What fantastic service. The Resort Manager, Mr Jaya must be incredibly proud of his team as they are world beaters – Accommodation, Food, Service, Facilities, Activities, Environment and People.Thank you Mr Jaya. What else to say – Visit before you kick the bucket. Suria & VU
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Suria & VU, It was a pleasure to have you stay with us recently, and we do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of your stay on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay and the team looked after you well. I am also pleased to see that you thoroughly enjoyed all the facilities and culinary offerings especially the special requests prepared by the chefs. I will pass your kind words of appreciation to Jaya, Indra, Ismail and the rest of the team who I am sure will be pleased to hear that they assisted in making your stay a memorable experience as they do take pride in what they do and would be thrilled to see their names mentioned. Together with the team, we look forward to welcoming you back to your rainforest paradise. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Datai Langkawi
Which popular attractions are close to The Datai Langkawi?
Nearby attractions include Langkawi Sky Bridge (2.6 miles), Art In Paradise (3.5 miles), and Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls (3.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Datai Langkawi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Datai Langkawi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Datai Langkawi?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Datai Langkawi?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Verandah, Terrace, and The Planter's at The Danna.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Datai Langkawi have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Datai Langkawi offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Datai Langkawi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Chinese, and Malay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Datai Langkawi?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Beras Terbakar (field Of Burnt Rice) (6.3 miles) and Selva's Untold Stories (7.8 miles).