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The Datai Langkawi

The Datai Langkawi

The Datai has been sympathetically built with its environment very much in mind, and it does a superb job of combining the luxury of a five star resort with its beautiful natural surroundings. The design of the rooms and hotel reflect this, with contemporary Malay style that is understated and refined.

The stunning setting between lush rainforest and a beautiful, long stretch of beach is one of the highlights of the resort, along with the wildlife spotting opportunities it affords.

Service is taken very seriously here, with a high ratio of friendly staff to guest. The resort is peaceful and quiet, with guests enjoying the natural environment and facilities. With 122 rooms, there are others to chat to about the day's activities, but it never feels busy.

Our rating: Deluxe

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There are lots of room choices, so you can find the perfect room type. All rooms are designed in a blend of contemporary elegance and local Malay style, and have all the facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel, including air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar and Wi-Fi. All rooms are spacious, en suite and have outdoor seating areas. Please note the plug sockets fit multiple plugs, including the UK standard three pin square plugs.

Please be aware that rooms and villas have balcony balustrades which are of a design that could present a hazard to young children. Families with children under 12 cannot be accommodated due to this.


The Datai is located on Langkawi, the largest island off the western coast of Malaysia. The hotel is surrounded by ancient primary rainforest, rolling down to a spectacular, long, white sand beach, with views of the tiny tropical islands that are dotted around the bay.

The hotel is approximately 40 minutes from the airport, and 60 minutes from the main town, Kuah. Its relative isolation means immaculate beaches and unspoilt rainforest, brimming with wildlife.

Food and drink

Five restaurants provide a good choice of dining options.

The Pavilion, elevated on a platform in the rainforest, serves authentic Thai cuisine in an open-air setting while fine dining is available in The Dining Room. The Beach Club and Beach Bar offer a lovely setting overlooking the water, while the Lobby Lounge offers cocktails and snacks with spectacular views of the Andaman Sea. The Gulai House is the hotel's signature restaurant and serves superb Malay and Indian curries and specialities.


For families, it is worth noting that children under 12 are not permitted in the hotel lobby lounge after 8pm, and the main pool is for guests aged 16 and over. Children are welcome to use the beach pool, which is more suitable for younger swimmers.

Local excursions

The hotel's resident naturalists take guests on walks most days through the rainforest. This is free of charge, takes place at 8am and 7pm, and is highly recommended, offering excellent opportunities to spot local wildlife. Mangrove tours, jungle trekking and mountain biking can also be organised, to explore the island further.

Our opinion

The Datai Langkawi is one of Audley's favourite hotels in Malaysia. it offers laid-back luxury, and its winning combination of rainforest and beach makes it a really magical hotel. This is a perfect choice for those wishing to enjoy refined, yet understated, five star luxury, ideal for a honeymoon or relaxing beach break.

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    Alternative places to stay nearby

    Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.

    • Laguna Villa, Bonton Resort, Langkawi

      Bon Ton


      Simple yet stylish this small, unique resort is located 10 minutes from the airport and five minutes from the main beach of Pantai Cenang.

    • Casa Del Mar, Langkawi

      Casa Del Mar

      First Class

      One of our favourite resorts in Malaysia. The attention to detail is very noticeable and the service is personal and friendly. It comes highly recommended.

    • Beach Villa, The Four Seasons, Langkawi

      Four Seasons Resort


      Situated on the secluded and quiet northern shores of Langkawi, the Four Seasons Hotel here is the epitome of style, exclusivity and good taste.

    • View of the resort, The Andaman, Langkawi

      The Andaman

      First Class

      Set on the golden sands of Datai Bay and surrounded by an ancient rainforest, The Andaman is in a peaceful and secluded location. Its picturesque setting and superb value make this an excellent choice.

    • Viceroy sea view room, The Danna, Langkawi

      The Danna

      First Class

      The Danna is located on the beautiful white sand bay of Pantai Kok next to Langkawi's Telaga marina which is home to a wealth of yachts from around the world.

    Experiences while staying here

    The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.

    • Langkawi island hopping tour
      Paddy fields on Langkawi

      Langkawi island hopping tour

      Langkawi island hopping tour

      Highlights of Langkawi include the pretty Pregnant Maiden Island, but also various water sport activities such as snorkelling and swimming.

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