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Jalan Teluk Datai, Datai, Langkawi 07000 Malaysia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 16/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Datai Langkawi
Updated 16/04/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


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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, 12 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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Valet parking
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Golf course
Water sport equipment rentals
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Additional bathroom
Dining area
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Chinese, German and 1 more
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M B wrote a review 14 May
Canberra, Australia107 contributions55 helpful votes
Simply put - it is one of the best stays we have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. We booked due to a special for Malaysian residents deal and took advantage of it. Service is second to none, the beach is clean and there is plenty of shade. The staff bring ice cream and fruit around every now and then and they also provide water, ice and a flask bottle with cold water The grounds are so lush and it's like a paradise in another world. Even though we had an unfortunate experience on our first night with our food and bill taking a significant amount of time, the F&B manager had a chat with us to apologise and explain what happened. We appreciate that there was an attempt to rectify the situation and even with this hiccup, the positives of staying here outweighed that negative. Definitely worth a visit if you're lucky enough to do so. Just a note: Book in to dinner as you may not get in to the restaurants during peak times
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: We chose the lowest end room and it was still the best room we have ever stayed in
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Gill D wrote a review 3 May
Swansea, United Kingdom28 contributions20 helpful votes
We hadn’t been able to visit our son and his partner, who live and work in KL, for nearly three years. The opening of the borders to tourists saw us booking flights straight away and they suggested we all hop over to Langkawi for a few days mid stay, and recommended the Datai. What can I say? This place is truly paradise on earth. From the moment we were met at the airport and transferred in considerable comfort, to the gong being sounded on arrival, check-in at the terrace bar, champagne, cakes, local drinks, a fully guided tour of our rooms, which are very comfortable, absolutely huge and beautifully appointed with wonderful views of the jungle, we have been utterly blown away. The beach is exquisite, the four restaurants serve the most amazing menus, the Spa has to be seen and experienced to be believed. The Nature Centre, such dedicated, passionate people, who love to tell you about the animals in the many, many acres of rain forest. The monkeys - such a treat to see, and dolphins in the bay. We are delighted that the resort is so eco conscious - no plastic bottles here, but reusable glass bottles and metal straws. The guided walk through the forest. Calling up a buggy to travel around the vast resort. I could go on and on. But what stands out more than anything, is the amazingly friendly, happy staff members, who really want to make the holiday experience the best possible, and they have done. My husband and I are well travelled and have stayed at some amazing hotels. Nothing and nowhere compares to the Datai, it truly is paradise on earth, and we really can’t bear to think we have to leave tomorrow, but we will be back here, and very soon.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Gill, It was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to our rainforest paradise and thank you for your review of your stay with us. I am delighted that you had a wonderful stay and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of The Datai experience. I am also very happy to hear that our team and their services made such a positive impression, delivering to a great resort experience throughout your stay. The team are wonderful indeed and are the true assets of the resort aside from the tranquil location. On behalf of the team, once again thank you for choosing to stay with us, wishing you a safe journey back and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Langkawi. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
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Yuri K wrote a review 2 May
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia86 contributions72 helpful votes
We have been to Langkawi more 10 times and stayed at 8 different 4-5 star resorts and it was our third time to visit the Datai. Datai is definitely the best and our favourite place in Langkawi in terms of service, beach, surroundings, food, facilities and the best staff. Staff makes the place special! I don't know what the strategy they implement to make sure all the staff are properly masked all the time even outside gardeners. I have never seen any places like that! Big wows!!! I’m a foodie and I’m quite particular with my food. As I have been following a healthy diet, I can be quite difficult. However, I had no issues with food choice or quality of food. Staff always accommodated my food request and the service was a real 5 star. Wine choices in each restaurant were fantastic. We really enjoyed trying different wines for different foods rather than ordering a bottle. The temperature they serve in the tropical climate was perfect too for both reds and bubbles. Providing little snacks, water and drinks in the middle of the day on the beach was very sweet, too. One thing I'm not a big fan of is the room though. As the rooms are not private villa types unless you book above a rainforest villa, it can be very noisy due to neighbours next door and above. We could even hear alarms in the morning. Also, I struggled hearing footsteps from upstairs running around. One night, there were ongoing noises until 2am so we called the reception but the issue was resolved when we called 5th times. It was quite stressful. We had issues for our first and second visit as well and we addressed the issue when we checked in and checked out. There are definitely cons for the room, however, I enjoyed my time in Datai. The third visit, we booked the room with a garden and it was lovely. I always enjoyed having small talks with staff and they are the stars. I would like to say big thanks to all your staff, especially Wendy, the reservation team, Adam (I never remember his Indian name), William, Henry, Gaik Ying, Joyce, Michelle, the manager in the Dinning room (I don't remember his name) and too many. Also the general manager who always looks after his guests. Thank you again for your warmest hospitality and making our holiday so memorable again.
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Date of stay: March 2022
skeezorama wrote a review Apr 2022
PJ72 contributions71 helpful votes
We booked to stay at The Datai last year but due to MCO it got postponed a couple of times. Finally we made it in late April. My husband and I came for a short trip to celebrate our birthdays and we thoroughly enjoyed our 4 nights at The Datai. We didn't book directly with the hotel because since the beginning of the pandemic, we decided to have our travel agent friend book everything for us, for it saves us the pain of having to change/ cancel bookings should unforseen restrictions happen. We very much enjoyed our stay at The Datai. It felt like everything was very well thought through, every detail looked into, from the design and outfitting of the rain forest villa we stayed in, to the upkeep of the grounds, the ice water service at the beach,... and we were discussing how we did not see one service staff check their phones when idle (which is now a pretty common sight elsewhere when there isn't much to be done). Our villa was spacious, the bed comfortable and the bathroom well laid out. We loved all the windows which makes us feel like we are living in the trees. The big balcony was also very much appreciated. It was lovely to just sit out and listen to the different sounds while trying to spot interesting residents of the forest, which are likely watching us curiously from their hiding spots. We were most impressed with the commitment of the hotel to reduce the generation of trash, the putting back in the the ground what can't be recycled or sold as scrap and to compost all food scraps, etc. We learnt all this at the permaculture activity, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We also loved that there was no paper napkin, or no single use anything in sight. We didn't even need to break out our bamboo straws & hankerchiefs. Filtered drinking water in glass bottles bottled at The Datai indicates a strong commitment of the resort to protect the environment, and that they are not just paying lip service with The Pledge :) Lovely, we will return for sure.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Room Tip: Go when it's less busy, like we did.
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Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear skeez, Many thanks for your kind review and it was a pleasure to welcome you to our rainforest paradise to celebrate your birthdays. I am very pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and appreciate the design of the resort and also your villa. I am delighted that you appreciate the sustainability and conservation initiatives we have put in place at the resort under The Datai Pledge programme as we do take this matter quite seriously and the team are also very passionate on conservation. We will continue to strive to do what we can for the rainforest and its ecosystem. On behalf of the team, once again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Langkawi. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
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magicmountain2015 wrote a review Apr 2022
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5 contributions4 helpful votes
Recently, my extended family all came from the UK/Aus to spend 1 week at the Datai. This was their first time and we hoped they enjoyed it as much as we had done in the past. They were not disappointed. They absolutely loved it and even wanted to extend their stay by another week. The staff are unbelievably good. Attentive, thoughtful, proactive you really can't beat it (anywhere). Malaysia service often leaves something to be desired, not at the Datai I would put it in the category of the Aman and other such resorts that tirelessly train and retain their best staff. In terms of food, their are various options, which are all fantastic. The breakfast buffet is very good but like all hotel buffets best missed if you can get room service. Gulai is in a league of its own if you like local food - it is done at the highest level. The beach villas are worth every penny (don't tell anyone tho as we don't want them filled up..). The butler service is second to none, lots of space, walk out onto the beach - really an exceptional experience. The GM Arnaud has done a fabulous job with his team and all kudos to him and his team. Couldn't recommend the Datai enough. Exceptional.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear magicmountain, Thank you for choosing The Datai Langkawi as your home away from home, we deeply appreciate your loyalty to us. It was a pleasure as always to have you stay with us and to welcome your family from UK and Australia. I am delighted to hear that everyone thoroughly enjoyed The Datai hospitality as well as the culinary experience and the team took great care of everyone during your stay with us. I will certainly share your feedback with the team and they will pleased to hear this. The Beach Villas are indeed very nice and pleased that you enjoyed the experience. Thank you once again for choosing us as your favourite holiday destination and we look forward to welcoming you and your family on your future visit to Langkawi. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
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US$314 - US$870 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Datai Langkawi
Which popular attractions are close to The Datai Langkawi?
Nearby attractions include Langkawi Sky Bridge (4.1 km), Art In Paradise (5.6 km), and Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls (4.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Datai Langkawi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Datai Langkawi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Datai Langkawi?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Datai Langkawi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Langkawi Kitchen, Verandah Lounge, and German Food Corner.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Datai Langkawi have airport transportation?
Yes, The Datai Langkawi offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Datai Langkawi offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Datai Langkawi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Chinese, and Malay.