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The Datai Langkawi
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Datai
Certificate of Excellence
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Perfection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Datai is the best resort that we ever stayed at! Our expectations were exceeded day after day; we were utterly spoiled by the stunning beauty of the place combined with magical wildlife and kind, attentive staff willing to make every moment of our stay special.

We are especially thankful to Sham, our villa butler who looked after us exceptionally well.

I thought my husband was crazy when he upgraded our room to a beach villa. But my god, it was to die for! Our villa was spacious, spotless and incredibly luxurious, including two fully stocked minibars and the biggest bath tub I have ever seen! The beach villas (I think there are about 15 altogether) are a short walk (10 minutes) or even shorter buggy ride from the restaurants, and the walk through the jungle and the privacy they offer are definitely worth it.

We stayed eight days and so were able to sample all of the restaurants — all are fantastic. The manager of the Beach Club and our server Karen always made us feel so welcome that it quickly became our favourite place in the resort to eat.

We loved every second at The Datai- from walking the grounds looking out for monitor lizards, flying lemurs, macaques and dusky leaf eaters (too cute!), to relaxing at the spa and of course wining and dining.

Thank you to everyone at the Datai for the wonderful experience. We left feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and relaxed... And albeit a little sad saying goodbye to this stunning oasis.

Room Tip: Beach villa all the way
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  • Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mrsnatwilliams
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ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear mrsnatwilliams,

It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, and we do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of your stay on TripAdvisor.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your Beach Villa as well as the rainforest experience and the amazing wildlife that surrounds our resort. I will pass your kind words of appreciation to the rest of the team who I am sure will be pleased to hear that they assisted in making your stay a memorable one especially Sham and Karen.

Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Langkawi.

Kindest regards,

Arnaud Girodon
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This resort should be on everyone's bucket list!
Everything about our stay was perfect. We had a warm welcome on arrival, the hotel was beautifully kept, and let's just say we were extremely well fed. The resort is surrounded by nature with amazing trees, flowers and a private beach. If you are a fan of wildlife you will not be disappointed, I believe we saw every species of monkey, bird, lizard, and butterfly on this island. I'm not sure if it was because we were there in December but we were extremely grateful for the lack of mosquitoes.
The hotel did a wonderful job celebrating the holidays. They had lovely decorations, carolers, and a delicious Christmas dinner, even Santa made a quick visit.
There are plenty of activities on the island. We went horse riding, took the cable car to the peak and had an amazing view of the island, visited the seven wells waterfall, and took a boat tour through the mangroves. On Christmas Day we took a semi private cruise on the Naga Pelangi, a sailboat that took us to the coast of Thailand and back with a delicious lunch.
This resort was a true paradise and I believe that everyone and anyone would have an amazing time.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bronwyn I
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ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Bronwyn I,

It is truly gratifying to read that you had such a wonderful stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for selecting The Datai Langkawi as your home away from home over Christmas.

I am very happy to read through your fantastic review about our property and the services you have experienced while staying with us. I am also happy to learn that you liked the location of the resort being in the rainforest allowing you to enjoy the wildlife.

Once again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Langkawi.

Warm regards,

Arnaud Girodon
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Kobenhavn, Denmark
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely fab, love the rainforest feel, yet total lux. Fantastisk beach, outstanding personal and great food. Does not feel as big as it is. Many animals! Great Yoga. Great rooms, food -- what not to like ? Feels private even if quite big. we lived in one of the villas close to sea with own pool. Great with big kids. It will be interesting to see who it all looks after the big rebuild and closing. 2 things I hope will be better then, bigger gym and new sailing etc gear at the beach!

Room Tip: if you like beach -- live closer to it!
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  • Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sanna S
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ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Sanna S,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent stay with us on TripAdvisor. I am happy to hear that you had a wonderful holiday and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of The Datai experience as well as the wildlife that surrounds our resort.

I will pass your comments back to the team and they will be happy to hear that they assisted in making your stay a memorable one.

We do look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable moments.

Kindest regards,

Arnaud Girodon
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just back from a news years holiday here with husband and two children (7 and 9) and we all agree we have had the very best holiday ever and can't think where else we've been that's so wonderful as the Datai. The setting is wonderfully peaceful and the staff and F and B offering are first class. I was a bit concerned as there is no kids' club here but there is so much for them to do in a very secure environment, it wasn't a problem and there were enough other children to hang out with at the beach side pool. When your children aren't been totally indulged by the delightful members of staff, they can go and find Jonathan and his lovely assistant in their rainforest hut or wandering on the beach for a pre planned or totally impromptu nature/beach science session which is so kid friendly that my two were enthralled. The children can just roam around which in this day an age is an unexpected privilege and delight. Babysitting was very forthcoming ( even when at 6 pm on New Year's Eve we suddenly decided we should get a sitter , it was arranged at the drop of a hat - lovely ladies from house keeping come and do it - a big hit with the children). What's lovely about the hotel is that on the whole, your fellow guests are very civilised, discreet people from all different countries and backgrounds - no big show offs etc but seem genuinely appreciative of the fact that we are all lucky to be able to experiencing the Datai and it's amazing offering. Most guests are polite and on New Year's Eve (fantastic party btw) everyone was making friends and dancing away. This is what I love about the place. It seems to bring out the best in everyone! It's fascinating to see one certain nationality,who shall remain nameless, slightly ruffling this wonderful atmosphere. These people need to either start smiling and be polite and considerate to fellow guests and members of staff or please find another hotel. They don't even seem to be enjoying themselves which is totally impossible unless your insane !! There are plenty of places where a Gucci bikini with a Louis Vuitton beach bag and a Chanel cap with look just thing when sported with a mahogany mullet - but this is NOT the place. Less is more and such shows of vulgarity in dress sense and behaviour would be appreciated in many other establishments but please not here. Get those miserable countenances out of my line of vision because I am trying to enjoy the view! Which is spectacular .....

Stayed January 2017, travelled with family
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3 Thank Hillsidefarmers
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ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear Hillsidefarmers,

Thank you for choosing The Datai Langkawi as your home away from home. It was a pleasure to have you and your lovely family stay with us over the New Year festivities, and we do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of your stay on TripAdvisor.

I am pleased to hear that you found the service, quality of our product as well as food offerings to be of a very high standard.

I will pass your kind words of appreciation to the rest of the team who I am sure will be pleased to hear that they assisted in making your stay a memorable one especially Jonathan and Mukhriz who are indeed wonderful with the kids.

On behalf of the team, once again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Langkawi.

Warm regards,

Arnaud Girodon
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Sydney, Australia
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154 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's difficult to express how special The Datai is. It was a first visit for us and from the moment of arriving until our departure we were made welcome and very much "at home". The quality of the hospitality and service was exceptional without at all feeling forced; I did feel the staff wanted us to have the best experience possible. The setting is simply beautiful. A variety of restaurants made eating a pleasure over the days; a pristine beach on the bay made lazing on the chairs compulsory; guided walks with Irshad grounded our good time in the realities of our environment - yes it is beautiful but it must be respected and cared for. I look forward to a return visit someday soon.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SydneyPaul
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ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear SydneyPaul,

Thank you for choosing The Datai Langkawi as your home away from home and it was a pleasure to have you stay with us. We do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of your stay on TripAdvisor.

I am happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed The Datai hospitality as well as the rainforest experience and the team took great care of you during your stay with us. I will certainly share your feedback with the team and they will pleased to hear this. Irshad's walks are indeed an experienced not to be missed.

Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back for more memorable moments.

Kindest regards,

Arnaud Girodon
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Additional Information about The Datai Langkawi

Property: The Datai Langkawi
Address: Jalan Teluk Datai, Datai, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi > Datai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Datai
Price range (per night): RM1,698 - RM7,919
Hotel Class:5 star — The Datai Langkawi 5*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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, 16 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. ... more   less 
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