THE DATAI LANGKAWI
This is one of the world’s finest venues, an exceptional resort located in a unique and exhilarating environment. Following its closure from 2017-2018 for a major renovation programme, The Datai is back to its very best.
The resort is located on the magical and tranquil island of Langkawi off the north west coast of Malaysia, less than 1 hour from the capital Kuala Lumpur and only 90 minutes flight from Singapore.
This is a unique holiday venue where you can combine great golf, with the height of luxury and great service, within a unique ancient Rain Forest environment but with an award-winning beach at the bottom of the resort. The resort offers 3 very different types of accommodation according to location, from The Canopy Collection overlooking the rain forest, Rainforest Villas and Beach Villas, some of which have private pools.
The cuisine and service at the Datai excel and you can rest assured that you will be looked after so well during your stay. There is a French fusion, Thai, authentic Malaysian as well as a seafood & fresh fish barbecue restaurant close to the beach.
The resort can offer the most perfect beach holiday, but this can be combined with enjoying the full on nature experience and taking advantage of daily nature walks with resident naturalists and marine biologists at dawn and at dusk so that you can learn about the unique birdlife and wildlife and vegetation that makes up the Rain Forest which surrounds the property all the way down to the ocean. One highlight mammal species is the Duskey Leaf monkeys who frequent the Datai and can be seen on room balconies, poolside and beachside, they are friendly and well behaved and gorgeous.
For the avid golfer we would point out that the Els Tuluk Datai course just less than 10 minutes transfer away is one of the very best golf courses in Asia and a unique design combining Rain Forest and Ocean Side holes, so beautiful and so mysterious as a design.
When moving around this big resort you can take the beautiful Butterfly Walk carved through the jungle, which must be the finest path walkway of any resort in the world leading down to the Beach and the Spa and Beach Club. However, the staff will run anyone down to the Beach Club or back up to the main Canopy in a resort buggy via one of several buggy paths which run through the jungle!
Breakfast at the Datai is a major highlight, the attention to detail and quality of the produce means that you can be enjoying this start to the day for well over 1 hour. Enjoy omelettes with lobster and lovely Birscher Muesli. Much of what is produced is grown locally.