For the second week of our Malaysian trip we chose Langkawi and my husband decided to spend the week at The Dana. Hard to better the Shangri la from Penang but we were prepared to be amazed and very impressed by the reviews. We had contacted the hotel by email to advise them of our difficult diet (I am gluten free and he is vegetarian... any chef's hell...) and had been told we could discuss this upon arrival with the chef.
We were looking forward to infinity pool and the half board and were hoping to get a nice room as having been told they were allocated upon arrival. First time in Langkawi ... very exciting !
Very grand entrance hall, numerous member of staff rushing to welcome us, beautiful local drink and great back massage... very good start. Oh and we have been upgraded at no cost to a Grand Marchand... oh and our bedroom is a corner with two lovely windows, a great bathroom opening onto the room, a colonial sofa on the balcony, a view on the marina (sun in the morning over the hills) what else could make the first day better... a happy hour by the pool? a great table in the restaurant... gluten free bread on the table before asking... and Chef Mohamed coming to introduce himself and assuring us that we can ask him for anything possible and impossible he will oblige ! (and he did and more !).
We had a beautiful stay for the whole week from the great room (417 not to say) we had been allocated, to the very thoughtful attention of the staff who at al l time were trying to fulfill any wishes/desire we might have (Even Hanz who cleaned my sunglasses by the poolside on the last day)
We loved the infinity pool with its beautiful blue, so lovely and warm water, we always found shade when we wanted it and we loved the cool towels, the bottle of water and the cut fruit.
Little break in the afternoon at Straights the tea room for a lovely scone/macarons and beautiful coffee/tea the staff there did know us so much (thank you for those few macarons on the last day, they made my trip back home less sad...
We got great advice from the concierge and particularly Anya we kept up with us through the week and gave us lots of tips including on the car renting which allowed us to tour the island at our speed for very little cost and minimum hassle.
I had a very relaxing and luxurious time in the Spa where the staff designed a special treatment for me at no extra cost by changing various components of an existing offer.
But the top of the top was the attention we got from the restaurant staff, after enquiring of our diet on the first day, Chef Mohamed designed for me EVERY MORNING a special breakfast completely gluten free and very yummy for this one time I had nothing to envy to any other guest and it made me feel so very special, from bread to waffle and even the local roti bread with fish curry MIAM ! He also made sure diners were suitable for my husband and his vegetarian diet and several nights running designed a special menu for us. What a luxury, talk about getting back to Colonial time,,, having your very own lovely chef discussing your diner at breakfast time, we could never thank him enough for all this attention, him and other staff from the restaurant AMIRAL and MAY who made us feel some welcome and one more whom name I can not remember who made sure our favorite table was reserved for us every night.
The building is all it says on the tin, grand and reminiscent of colonial times, cool and impeccably stylish from the very large entrance hall to the bedroom. (Did I mention the piano playing during each mean?)
I would have to look very hard to fault anything in this place and I am looking forward to going back at some point in my travels to The Dana where I know the staff will welcome me opening the door by a "Welcome back"... thank you for such a lovely week
PS (please have a wee browse at my photos... I assure you the food was DELICIOUS...)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seated on a legendary island of Langkawi, Malaysia, The Danna Langkawi is a reflection of a timeless luxury vacation hotel that nestles against a backdrop of nature’s beauty. This 5-star luxury beachfront hotel in Langkawi offers an elite holiday experience, allowing you to find supreme comfort amidst an inviting ambience while admiring the unrivalled views of the white sandy beach, marina bay, sea and verdant green hills. Amid the solitude and serenity of the island, return to the heyday of the British empire and immerse yourself in colonial splendor, coupled with modern amenities and a dash of exotic intimacy. The distinct British colonial design of The Danna Langkawi is complimented by Malaysian influences that embrace the future while paying tribute to the past. The Danna Langkawi is the winner of TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice, HAPA Platinum Service Excellence award,HAPA GOLD Resort of the Year award, HAPA GOLD Signature Luxury resort and Expedia Insiders' Select 2013. ... more less
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