• an island in the middle of a body of water

The Datai Langkawi

Member of The Leading Hotels of the World®

Re-opened on the 1st December 2018 after a multi million dollar refurbishment.

Nestling in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, The Datai Langkawi is a captivating destination resort that blends into its natural surroundings. Situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, the resort’s lush tropical rainforest embraces each room, suite and villa, from whose private verandas there are breathtaking views. This serene haven is where you can reconnect with nature and uplift your soul. The Datai Bay is rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by National Geographic and, together with the resort’s surrounding jungle, is host to a wealth of wildlife, some of which is endemic to the area. You may well spot Dusky langurs, Tokay geckos and Sunda Colugos during your stay.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £3,099  per person
Hotel Category
Indulgent
Location Type
Beach
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Tripadvisor rating 2842 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Newly refurbished
  • Award-winning Spa
  • Ideal for honeymoons
  • Exquisite cuisine

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 124 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 30 minutes from Langkawi Airport.

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Hidden gem
  • Iconic
  • Luxury Collection
  • Off the beaten track

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

The Datai Langkawi

  • Beach
  • approx. 30 minutes from Langkawi Airport.
2842 Reviews 93% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2445
  • Very Good 270
  • Average 71
  • Poor 30
  • Terrible 26

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 31, 2020

Special Birthday

Derbyshire, United Kingdom

After spending time in KL and Penang we were looking forward to a relaxing time and wow, we were not disappointed. What can I say about The Datai that other people haven’t already said. It is the most wonderful, amazing, relaxing place we have been to. Before we came here we thought we’d stayed in some pretty amazing hotels around the world but The Datai tops them all. As soon as you’re collected from the airport and driven to the hotel, your holiday begins. A warm welcome from Aika and a buggy ride to our Rainforest Villa soon allowed us to settle in quickly. The villa was spacious and wonderful with everything that you could possibly need. Binoculars with a wildlife book, complementary mini fridge and snacks. Lovely terrace to watch the wildlife from. Delicious hand made chocolates each evening (a decadent bedtime treat). A beautiful beach of white sand with lots of shade. Beach boys looking after everyone with water and ice throughout the day and little treats of fruit, ice cream and mini cocktail. Throughly spoilt. Four restaurants offering a different menu in each. Our favourites were The Pavilion (Thai) and The Gulai House (Malay/Indian). Breakfast was varied and kept us going most days until dinner. All the staff are wonderful and have a pride in their work. Everyone was helpful and happy to talk. Too many names that could be missed out so I’m not going to put any in. But be assured each and everyone of them deserve to be praised. We didn’t think we’d find something to keep us occupied every day but we did. The Nature Centre has walks and talks all by knowledgeable naturalists. They love to know what you’ve seen each day. Golf is also available at the nearby Els Telek Datai golf course. Even as a non golfer I really enjoyed accompanying my husband while he played. The scenery and wildlife is wonderful but watch out for the Macaque monkeys. They’re very clever and must go to monkey school to be as crafty as they are! The Pure Lab, which is made from recycled materials is a new addition to The Datai and we wish them well in everything they plan to do. A must visit! We were lucky enough to take part in their first pre-launch Workshop. We were shown how to paint the Batik way and were provided with our own canvases, which we got to bring home. This will be an excellent addition to the facilities offered. Knowing when to stop this review is difficult because we had such a wonderful time so I’ll stop now! Don’t think about going. Just do it!
Mar 29, 2020

Probably one of the best hotels in the world

London, United Kingdom

Yes, honestly. The location, set within a secluded rainforest with its own beach in a beautiful bay and the eye-catching architecture makes this one of the most beautiful of all beach hotels. The service is utterly fantastic - casual and omnipresent. The foods are varied and at every one of the five restaurants is excellent. The wine list and bars are rummage-worthy and the rooms, particularly the villas, are secluded and opulent. One of the best beds we've enjoyed, one of the loveliest bathrooms and a fantastic array of facilities. Speaking of which, the hotel has a world class spa, a brilliantly set up gym, a huge array of water sports which are largely free, lots of guides and ways to get out and about (though you honestly won't want to) and even its own sailboat, the Naga Pelangi which is worth absolutely every penny for a day's hire. We've been lucky enough to stay in some beautiful places but the one that has it all is the Datai. You won't want to leave.
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The Datai Langkawi

Facilities

a body of water surrounded by trees

The ELS Golf Club

Nestled between primeval rainforest and the emerald green of the Andaman Sea, our award-winning,18-hole, par-72 championship golf course at the Els Club Teluk Datai, designed by legendary player Ernie Els, provides a grand game experience in one of the world’s most spectacular settings.

a dining table in a garden

The Spa

The Spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments. Signature treatments include The Datai massage, Balinese massage, Warm Stone massage and Rainforest harmony.. Individual and couple spa sessions are available in 4 enchanting spa pavilions.

a house with a large pool of water

Two Swimming Pools

Restrictions: While The Datai Langkawi is an excellent holiday retreat for families, parents of children below the age of 16 years old are kindly requested to use the resorts beach pool located opposite the Beach Club restaurant at their convenience, as the main pool located opposite The Dining Room is reserved for adults only.

a house with bushes in front of a building

The Holistic Pavilion

Daily classes, offering a selection of exercises, including yoga and Pilates, are conducted by our resident Naturopath focusing on the synthesis of natural healing methods, using medicinal plants, nutrition, movement, meditation and breathing exercises to elicit a sense of well-being.

a tree in front of a house

Nature Centre, Walks and Treks

Inspired by a tribal bamboo longhouse, the Centre includes a nature library, lounge (with a teas, herbs and spices corner), and educational area. It is home to our team of resident naturalists and marine biologists led by Irshad Mobarak. Rainforest and Beach walks take place daily. Guests can participate in conservation and scientific research activities. An outdoor pavilion leads to the nature trail, beach, mangroves and 20-meter-high canopy walk.

The Datai Langkawi

Room Types

Rain forest Pool Villa

Located in the heart of the rainforest along a stream, the villa is connected to public areas by a series of pathways. Each with a 10-metre pool by an extended deck and outdoor living area with sun loungers. Luxuriously designed, it offers a king-size bed, a spacious bathroom, and is ideal for honeymooners.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Canopy Deluxe

Situated in the main building the Canopy Deluxe is a delightful way to experience The Datai Langkawi and its luxury accommodation with an outdoor balcony overlooking the stunning rainforest. It features a combined bedroom and living area with a king-size bed, spacious bathroom and dressing room. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Canopy Premium

Located on the top floor of the main building with a spectacular view of the rainforest, pool area and a glimpse of the Andaman Sea. It provides easy access to The Lobby and The Dining Room. This luxurious accommodation has a combined bedroom and living area with a king-size bed, day beds and a spacious bathroom and dressing room. A set of binoculars for looking at flora and fauna is a special addition.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
a tree in front of a building

Canopy Suite

The Canopy Suite is distinctively designed to pamper you with an extensive veranda overlooking the rainforest. It offers a large bedroom with a king-size bed, spacious separate living and dining area, and oversized day beds, large bathroom and dressing room along with a guest bathroom, providing the ultimate luxury that suits your style. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

Rainforest Villa

Raised on stilts, the Rainforest Villa is tucked in the heart of the tropical rainforest. The villa is elegantly designed with an outdoor seating area, has a king-size bed, a large day bed and an oversized bathroom with a view. It is connected to the public areas by a series of pathways. 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV

The Datai Suite - 2 bedroom

This villa features a 12-meter pool with spacious deck and outdoor dining area. 

Each bedroom has en suite bathrooms that include a designer stand-alone bathtub and twin vanities. There is a separate, open-plan living/dining room with high timber ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sofa seating. The outdoor dining area seats eight. All rooms have individually controlled air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, multi-purpose charging ports, an IPTV screen, personal safe, tea and coffee-making facilities and a fully inclusive private bar which is replenished daily.

There are complimentary airport transfers, daily afternoon tea and exclusive à la carte breakfast at The Beach Club.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Butler Service
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • TV
The Datai Langkawi

Food & Drink

a dining table

The Beach Club

The Beach Club has panoramic views of the Andaman sea whilst offering a refreshing menu of Mediterranean and International cuisine.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring Western specialities and local Malaysian delights.

a group of palm trees with a building in the background

The Gulai House

The Gulai House is is situated in the heart of the rainforest, the award-winning Gulai House serves traditional Malaysian curries and Indian specialities in an open-air setting.

a building with a clock at the top of a table

The Pavilion

The Pavilion serves authentic Thai cuisine in an alfresco setting in the canopy of the rainforest.

the inside of a building

Lobby Lounge

The Lobby Lounge serves refreshing cocktails and snacks. Restrictions: This venue is open guests above the age of 12 years old, after 8.00pm.

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