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“Great Getaway from English Winter” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Datai Langkawi

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The Datai Langkawi
Ranked #2 of 102 Hotels in Langkawi
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great Getaway from English Winter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was our second holiday in the Dati, we just wanted some warmth and relaxation. We weren't dissapointed, the old hotel was much the same as when we left it five years ago. The staff were just as friendly, ever helpful and couldn't do enough to please. The food in all four of the restaurants was first class, so all in all it ticked all of our boxes. Although came away feeling that if the management had been more visible service would have been sharper. Would I go back, .. Yes, if only to play the new golf course.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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GeneralManagerTD, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We thank you for your kind feedback on The Datai.

We are delighted that you enjoyed the food at all our outlets. We also take into consideration your comment on the management's presence at the property. Trust that we value your feedback and will try to ensure service is sharper on your next visit.

The golf course is set to open as scheduled in November 2013 and we look forward to welcoming you back then.

Thank you.
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Switzerland
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469 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 511 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The Datai Hotel is located at a remote beach with the smoothest sand quality at Langkawi Island. The colour of the sand is a bit less white than compared with e. g. the beach at the Four Seasons Hotel (which is my fafourite in Langkawi), but definitely finer. The datay bay is wonderfully located in a rainforest, only few rooms / villas have direct access to the beach. Therefore, you may encounter more moskitos. However, the staff is efficient and attentive, doubtlessly international 5-star standard. The beach is for residents only.

This year, the hotel celebrates ist 20-year anniversary. I was in Langkawi also when the Datai Hotel was under construction, 20 years ago; now there are 3 hotels close together at this wonderful beach which is a bit sad: it was much nicer before and feeling more remote, of course. Anyway, the hotel is nice and definitely worth a stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Culturetraveller12
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GeneralManagerTD, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you first and foremost for taking the time to review our property.

We agree with you that Datai Bay has the finest white sand on the island and we are proud of the natural elements we have been blessed with here, from the pristine waters to our lush rainforest.

We are indeed celebrating out 20th Anniversary come December and hope that you will be able to return and participate in all the festivities.

We thank you yet again for your patronage and hope to welcome you back soon.
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Southwold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had eight lovely days. We stayed in a superior villa with our two children 8 and 6. Good room. Beach and pools good. Sea was fantastic. It was very warm and gently sloping with no rocks. Food was exceptional and a highlight of the trip. The gulai house (Indian / Malaysian) would be one of our favourites if it was in London. Staff very efficient and friendly. Overall a great place to stay and will be back.

Room Tip: We staved in villa 16. Overlooked rainforest and would be recommended.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Stuart D
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GeneralManagerTD, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

It has been an absolute pleasure hosting you and your family. We are delighted that you thoroughly enjoyed the food here at The Datai. Allow me to pass on the positive feedback to The Gulai House team.

We very much look forward to your return to your home in the rainforest.

Thank you.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This is a resort of total relaxtion and zen, if your looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating destination where there is nio need to leave the resort...then look no further. I found a few issues that I have dealt with that I think wouldnt effect anyone else's stay, the team,. the rooms, the pools and the beach are magnificent.

We left the hotel once in 6 days and didnt feel the need to leave again...

Room Tip: We moved from the main hotel to a villa, both were fabulous.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Shayne C
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GeneralManagerTD, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time with a review of the property.

The Datai is a truly magical property that is ideal for total rest and relaxation. We are overjoyed that this has been reflected in your recent stay with us.

Please visit us again soon.

Thank you.
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Eeklo, Belgium
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31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Third stay at this superb hotel,but first time since a new ownership took over;for this reason,were anxious to have some desillusion.No way:some employees are still in charge;reckonising you with even a better service.Food in the 4 restaurants is excellent...Thaï in one,malaysian in a other,international in the main(excellent),theme buffet ,changing every day in the Beachhouse.
2 gorgeous swimming pools,but most people prefer to stay at the marvellous private white sandbeach.
Location of the hotel is in the rainforest near a large whitesandbeach.Stay here only to relax,forget nightclubs or disco:it's not "Clubmed".Many come here since years to enjoy the quiet scenery.
For all this:you need deep pockets...

Room Tip: If you take a villa,ask for one not to far from the main building:you are on a hill:can be steep;but...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank patricklaberche
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GeneralManagerTD, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We are happy to hear that you had an enjoyable stay in the Langkawi rainforest with us.

We are constantly evolving the dining options here at The Datai and are delighted that you managed to enjoy each outlet during your stay.

We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary later this year and in tandem with the celebrations, we will be offering an exclusive rate to all so that our guests may return in time for the festivities this year end. We hope that you will get in touch with us and enquire on the 'Celebration Package' to return yet again to The Datai.

We eagerly anticipate your return to the rainforest.

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.
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Kiev, Ukraine
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69 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

My wife and I stayed here in Datai for a week at the beginning of March.
It was our honeymoon, and I would like to thank Azila and Inna from
management for the superb welcome.
We had a lovely memorable stay and the reason we chose The Datai is because
three years previously we stayed next door in The Andaman and we did explore the Datai then. So I said to my mind I will bring my wife here on our honeymoon.
We love Malaysia and in Particular Langkawi Island, lovely sandy beach and not one single parasol to be seen, you get the shade from the lovely trees as the hotel is tucked
away in the jungle.It’s a lovely ten minutes walk to the beach through the jungle, perfect
after the lovely breakfast by the pool, the walk is steep going back, alternatively you
can request a buggy at any time.My wife and I walked it every day and so often you see
the leaf monkey having a feast, squirrels and quite often the hornbill birds.
few times we ate in the pavilion restaurant(Thai Cuisine), booking a must to get a table as it can be very busy, and the food is superb (the prawn cake starter vey yammy appetizer)
We went for the sea food buffet one evening by the beach and it was superb.
My wife is Russian born, and the 8th of March is women’s day, so it was nice surprise
to get back to our room and there it was a nicely made cake to mark the event.
It was a pleasure staying here and I would like to thank all the staff for the lovely memories we brought back home.
Malaysia is truly Asia and we will be back soon, May be Borneo next.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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GeneralManagerTD, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We are thrilled that you and your wife had a great honeymoon here at The Datai.

Azila and Inna expressed their delight in hosting you and your wife and send their regards, in fact, so does the rest of the team here at The Datai.

There is something truly magical about this rainforest and we are glad that it has contributed to a beautiful stay. It has kept the team at The Datai in awe of nature's true beauty.

We thank you for your patronage and hope to see you back on the island soon.
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a great and wonderful place to stay. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The villa was clean and luxurious with clear internet access. The beach area was clean, tranquil and semi private due to the spaciousness and layout. The beach club dining was very romantic and the food was delicious. Although you are in the rainforest close to nature it is very relaxing and safe. I only stayed three days, but I will come back again and again. It was a lovely experience.

Room Tip: The deluxe room was sufficient for me and my husband. I believe all the rooms are villas. It's j...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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GeneralManagerTD, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, March 31, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

How wonderful to hear that you had such an enjoyable stay at The Datai and will return time and time again.

We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary late this year and would be absolutely delighted if you and your loved ones could return for the pending festivities.

We thank you for taking the time to review this property and look forward to your return.

Thank you.
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Property: The Datai Langkawi
Address: Jalan Teluk Datai, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Langkawi
#2 Luxury Hotel in Langkawi
#2 Spa Hotel in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Datai Langkawi 5*
Number of rooms: 124
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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