The Datai was extremely close to winning the number 1 spot (wins the no 2 spot) and will always threaten to be the best of the best. The resort experienced a massive upgrade in 2018, which saw it elevated back to the very top of the tree. There is no doubt that even with the strong competition shown by other venues in our top 10 especially, nowhere comes close to the sheer beauty of this resort, it may well be the loveliest resort in the entire world. The Datai also has the benefit of offering a stunning golf course!
The location then is unrivalled, set in the midst of a wonderful unspoiled Rain Forest on the quiet and secluded island of Langkawi, off the west coast of Malaysia, but with the contrasting and exhilarating location of accommodation and restaurants, one can also enjoy the Ocean and one of the World’s finest beaches, (top 5 as rated by National Geographic Magazine). The resort is split into 3 sections…the Canopy section, The Rain Forest section Villas and the Ocean Villa section. The staff, ambience, natural world, the rhythm of the jungle, wildlife, exceptional Asian cuisine just blow you away.
It is one of those rare places you really do not want to leave and the percentage of repeat business is more than 65%, which tells its own story. The Ernie Els designed Rain Forest course is just fantastic -a roller coaster through massive Rain Forest Trees and Jungle plunging twice down to the Andaman Sea, it stuns your senses at every twist and turn.