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The Datai Langkawi Review

Review of The Datai Langkawi
The Datai in Langkawi is one of the most prestigious luxury resorts in Malaysia is located on the north-western tip of Pulau Langkawi Island.

Surrounded by one of the world's oldest rainforest and having a private beach of its own which faces the Andaman Sea, The Datai is one of the few resorts that has top class facilities with impeccable guest service fit for a king or queen.

The Datai Langkawi Review

Langkawi Datai Welcome DrinkWelcome drink and cold towel

Getting to The Datai, you are either picked up from the Langkawi International Airport with the Datai's chauffeur service as pre-arrangements can be made when booking for your stay here.

Otherwise you will take a 30 minute journey via taxi to the resort passing beautiful Langkawi scenery.

On arrival, you will be greeted by name from the friendly resort staff even before you introduce yourself.

The Datai Restaurant

A lovely welcome drink and cold towel is served while you are ushered to the sofa area where you see the famous lobby with the lotus filled pond and postcard perfect views of the rainforest and its surroundings.

The Datai boasts of 54 deluxe room, 40 villas and 16 suits which are strategically located around the serene Langkawi rainforest.

Apart from these luxury rooms, there is a world class spa and an 18-hole championship golf course which is by the sea.

Private Swimming Pool The DataiThe Datai Swimming Pool

Apart from the two swimming pools at the resort, there is a full range of recreational activities available at this luxurious resort.

Facilities and activities at The Datai include;
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Two Tennis courts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Duty Free Boutique
  • Car Rental
  • Library
  • Private Beach
  • Health Club
Photo of Datai Lobby AreaDatai Lobby area

From a travelers point of view, the Datai is one of the well known hotels which is rich in flora and fauna from the tropical rainforest.

Part of the Datai experience is to engage one of their certified naturalist for day or evening nature walks around the Datai rainforest.

Swimming Pool at The DataiFamily Swimming Pool

Travelers with toddlers would be pleased to know that The Datai also provides babysitting services and an interesting kids menu.

As there are two swimming pools here, the adult pool is only reserved for guests that are 16 years and above.

This way, everybody wins where the single traveler can just laze by the adult pool while the families can have their fun at the other pool. Both pools are located far apart to ensure privacy.

The Spa at The Datai

The Spa at the Datai is also very unique as it is integrated with the natural rainforest surroundings of the resort.

Some of the known treatments here include the Datai Massage, Warm Stone Massage and Rainforest Harmony Treatment held in four open air spa pavilions. Individual and couple treatments are available at The Spa.

Villas at The DataiThe Datai Villas

Datai Villas

The Datai Villas are absolutely outstanding where each unit comes with a 37" LCD Flat Screen TV, DVD Player, Bose CD Sound System for all your entertainment.

The villa also comes with a Lavazza coffee machine, not forgetting the tastefully decorated interior and spacious surroundings in this A-Framed style ceiling villa.

The Datai Villa Daybed

A comfortable day bed sits by the villa window giving you a beautiful view of the lush rainforest. On a rainy day, you have the choice of going to the DVD Library to get a movie of your choice and just spend the day watching movies.

Bathroom of Datai VillaSpacious bathroom

Villa bathrooms are really huge and spacious, and they come with two individual sinks, an amazing bathtub with his and her wardrobes.

Not only that, each unit comes with 100ml bottles of Molton Brown Toiletries, which are a class above the usual.

Villa bathtub by the window
Bedroom The Datai VillaDatai Villa Bedroom

Villa balcony

Sitting at the villa balcony, one can just absorb in the smell and sounds of the tropical rainforest while enjoying a good book or just simply relaxing.

If you want to move around the resort, they have a buggy service that picks you up. But most of the guests prefer to walk to the various places around the resort.

Deluxe Rooms at The DataiDeluxe rooms at the Datai

The Datai Deluxe Rooms 

Deluxe rooms are housed in a multi storey unit which is connected to the main building via walkways.

Each of the deluxe rooms have a combined bedroom and living area with balcony overlooking the rainforest with similar facilities as the villas.

Menu The Gulai HouseThe Gulai House - Part of the menu

Restaurants at The Datai

The Datai also has five restaurants located around the resort, where the award winning Gulai House is the most popular here.

The Gulai House restaurant is also located away from the resorts main building and situated in the middle of a rainforest.

This Malay Kampung style open air restaurant serves out authentic Malay and Indian styled cuisine in generous portions.

One of the waiting areas

Most packages here do not include breakfast so do inquire about the Breakfast Inclusive Packages when you book.

Besides this, there are several other packages available which include;

  • Wedding and Honeymoon Packages
  • Long Stay Packages
  • Back To Nature Packages

If you want a honeymoon or anniversary to remember, surprise your loved one by booking a week long stay here.

Also if you are looking for a luxurious, exclusive, but relaxed romantic getaway in a Malaysian rainforest, then this is definitely the right place.

Note: The Datai is isolated from everything so if you want to walk about or visit Kuah Town, they can arrange for this using a taxi or private car service.

Also, watch out for the monkeys while you stay there. They are known to explore guests rooms so keep those windows locked when you are out or you may find some items missing when you get back.

Address and contact details;
The Datai Langkawi,
Jalan Teluk Datai,
Kedah 07000
Phone: +60 (0) 495 92500
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Map to The Datai in Langkawi


This review of The Datai was done in 2009, and much of the place has been renovated or upgraded since then. Prices have also increased in the last 10 years too.

For those interested to stay at this luxurious place, the room rates are by season, and they can be sold out for the peak seasons, namely during  the year end.

It is best to book ahead if you want to secure a room or villa a this beautiful resort in Langkawi Island. You can also see some of The Datai videos which I took back then.

Just so you know, the average prices are anywhere from RM1,500 (US$500) right up till RM12,600 (US$4200) a night at the Datai in Langkawi.


CathJ said...

Very nice place... I love it.. ^_^

LifeRamblings said...

a lovely place for a perfect getaway. :)

thanks for visiting.

Malaysia Asia said...

Cath, it is amazing. But at a cost.

Life Ramblings, thank you for the visit. A perfect visit would be minimum 5 nights doing nothing.


Anonymous said...

Had to cancel my Langkawi booking (MAS holidays package) and instead opted for a trip to Phuket.

Very spacious bathroom indeed!

Malaysia Asia said...

Mei, it is. You got to check out the video of it. I will post it tomorrow.


wenn said...

wow..nice place..

gadis_seronok said...

please visit me, pakcik.. :D

shloke said...

The Datai Villa is beautiful. A great place to splurge :)

Andru said...

I wasn't all too impressed with the pictures of the facilities, but, wow, the costs sure are astronomical.

I had no idea that the cost of living in Malaysia has escalated that much over the past 12 years since I've been away.

Now I know.

Aidi-Safuan said...

wow!wow!wow! this place is so coooolll!!!!

Malaysia Asia said...

Shloke, splurge is the key word here :)

Andru, well, they do want to keep it at that luxury level and don't really target locals. So, a class of it's own if you ask me. Very few locals have stayed there too.

Aidi, totally. So cool that your pockets are hot!


Janice said...

i fell inluv wif ur piccy at first sight..
such gud photographer!

† Đ˜ICHOLAS † said...

tq a lot really hogan =)

im surprise to chat with you and really appreciate what you've intro to me :) tq really :)

Cheese Monster said...

yes.its good for vacation. thanks for sharing.