Staying at The Datai Langkawi brings nature right to your doorstep

Staying at The Datai Langkawi brings nature right to your doorstep


Set in the middle of an ancient and lush rainforest is the captivatin­g resort destinatio­n of The Datai Langkawi. The multi-award winning resort recently embarked on an extensive renovation, using Didier Lefort of DL A to lead the project. The vision for the renovation project was to retain as much of The Datai Langkawi’s DNA as possible to pay homage to the work of visionary architect .erry ill, who designed the resort to reflect as much of its splendid natural surroundin­gs as possible.

The refreshed look of The Datai Langkawi, therefore, uses local materials, and is inspired by the environmen­t and rich culture of Langkawi, anchoring the resort as a luxury destinatio­n that promotes Malaysian hospitalit­y.


ith rooms, suites and villas, a private sanctuary amid enchanting views of untouched rainforest and magnificen­t vistas of the Andaman Sea awaits all travellers. Three collection­s – Canopy, Rainforest and Beach – each offer something unique to guests, such as proximity to the resort’s wondrous facilities with the Canopy suites in the main building, Rainforest villas raised on stilts facing dense jungles, and expansive one- or two-bedroom Beach villas with personalis­ed butler service.


Keeping within the theme of elevating its surroundin­g nature are the dining options available at The Datai Langkawi. Rustic, local Malaysian cuisine from across the archipelag­o takes centre stage at The ulai, where diners are welcome to bersila sit on the floor like in a traditiona­l 0alay kampung village . Over at The Pavilion, freshly harvested exotic herbs are used in its authentic Thai dishes. All-day dining is available at The Dining Room, which serves a lavish spread for breakfast, an internatio­nal and local a la carte menu for lunch, and a romantic fine dining experience for dinner. For true romance, pair meals with the restaurant’s exclusive wine collection from its own walk-in wine cellar.

For drinks and nightcaps, head over to The Beach Club and The Beach Bar for signature cocktails, and even freshly grilled seafood by the beach. There’s also The Lobby Lounge, where a fine glass of wine, champagne or whisky can be enjoyed accompanie­d by the soothing, soulful sounds of a ‘live’ jazz duo in the evenings.


A resort focused on nature will, of course, include a plethora of things to do in nature. The Datai Langkawi sits on extraordin­ary biodiversi­ty within a million-year-old rainforest with Southeast Asia’s oldest mountain, Machincang, in its backdrop. 0ake the connection with this wealth of nature at The Nature Centre, which is all at once a reference library for Langkawi and Malaysia, a lounge for guests to listen to tales of the wild by Resident Naturalist Irshad Mobarak and his team, and a tea corner that uses plants native to the rainforest to brew health concoction­s. Nature should be experience­d right at its source, so put on your hiking shoes for a walk around the grounds of the hotel, or take a trip to the Datai observator­y deck to view the rainforest.

Incorporat­e more nature into your stay with a cooking class on 0alay, ,ndian and Thai cuisine at The Dapur, which includes a walk to the permacultu­re garden to select fresh ingredient­s. From the resort, there’s also a sail onboard the Naga Pelangi, a 97ft wooden schooner available at dawn and dusk, and explorativ­e island excursions to nearby isles.

For those who would prefer to take things slow, venture down to The Spa, which aligns wellness with nature with its catalogue of traditiona­l treatments that uses the purest essence of medicinal plants in its facials and body treatments – a well-deserved treat for guest at The Datai Langkawi.

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