The Datai Langkawi 

Sea-lapped rainforest retreat

A chic nature-driven hotel offering exceptional tranquility in a picturesque rainforest setting.

Transporting you to creamy-white sands and backed by 10-million-year old rainforest, The Datai radiates serenity. In a unique setting connected with nature, the lush canopy gives way to the sounds of birds and the sight of dusky leaf monkeys and flying lemurs. With stunning pools, a woodland spa, Malay dining and sleek villas tucked into rainforest and by the shore, relaxation is effortless.

Why we love The Datai Langkawi

  • Naturalist-led rainforest treks and crystal clear swimming hole trails.

  • Cooking classes with Malay, Thai and Indian chefs.

  • Regular yoga and pilates classes at The Holistic Pavilion.

  • One Bedroom Beach Villas feature a private pool and dedicated butler.

5 stars
Dec - Apr
14 hours (not including stopover time)
Elevated on the edge of a rainforest, overlooking northern Langkawi's Datai Bay
Approx. 40 minutes' transfer from Langkawi airport
Luxury, Sustainability

This resort has earned internationally recognised certification that conform to standards set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.



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  • Golf
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Dining is a real pleasure here, with each day beginning with a Signature breakfast at The Dining Room. The great variety of cuisines and unique locations mean you’ll have lots to choose from, such as authentic Malay dishes served in the rainforest at The Gulai House and the oceanside Beach Club where you can dig into Mediterranean specialities in a laid-back environment.

The Gulai House
Reflecting a traditional Malay house set deep in the rainforest, here you can savour authentic Malaysian dishes.

The Pavilion
Set on stilts overlooking the rainforest canopy, enjoy Thai cuisine al fresco.

The Dining Room
Look out for great hornbills in the strangling fig tree as you have breakfast or lunch in The Dining Room.

The Beach Club and Beach Bar
Set under the shade of trees overlooking the Andaman Sea, choose from healthy salads, grilled seafood or Malaysian specialities.

The Lobby Lounge
Enjoy the views across to Tarutao Island as you take afternoon tea or evening cocktails.

We love the variety of dishes on offer at the Beach Club. From sourdough pizzas and mud crab salads to chargrilled sea bass and chicken tikka straight from the tandoor clay oven.

What's included

Breakfast at The Dining Room.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast at The Dining Room and dinner at The Dining Room, The Gulai House, The Pavilion or The Beach Club
Full Board • Breakfast at The Dining Room • Lunch at The Dining Room or The Beach Club • Dinner at The Dining Room, The Gulai House, The Pavilion or The Beach Club.

In an exotic rainforest location, the award-winning spa as an excellent range of exquisite treatments that have been inspired by traditional holistic Malay Ramuan healing techniques and rituals. Products used are made from natural ingredients that would be found in the rainforest

The Datai has a team of resident naturalists and marine biologists who lead guided tours through the rainforest and along the beach. Go in search of colourful birds and butterflies, trek to a creek for a swim and learn about the intricate plant and animal life found along the shoreline. If you wish to learn the secrets of Malay cooking, join a tour of the garden with the chef to collect herbs and spices before joining a cooking class.

Fringed by rainforest, the beach at the Datai has a wonderful setting for you to try the ample range of watersports, including snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and Hobie sailing.

Surrounded by nature, The Datai is committed to conserving the environment with a series of sustainability initiatives and has created The Datai Pledge, based on four pillars:

• Pure for the Future by reducing waste, recycling, educating and supporting the local community.

• Wildlife for the Future through restoring habitats, protecting wildlife and reforestation.

• Fish for the Future in partnership with MareCet to regenerate coral, raising awareness of sustainable fishing and creating adopt a dolphin programmes.

• Youth for the Future working with Green Growth Asia Foundation by sponsored two local schools to be part of the Eco-Schools project with students visiting The Datai to learn about their sustainability programmes.

Children's activities such as nature walks, habitat exploration, watersports lessons, kite flying, movie nights family pool and a toddler pool are available. Babysitting services available at a cost.

Just five-minutes from the Datai is the award-winning The Els Club Teluk Datai. Designed by Ernie Els, it is set against a backdrop of the Matchineang mountain range and overlooks the Andaman Sea.

Minimum stay: 5 nights 20 Dec-05 Jan.

Guests under 12 are not permitted in the hotel's lobby lounge after 8pm.

The main pool and health club are reserved for adults age 16 and above.

The Dining Room is restricted to 12 years and above for children.

A tourist tax is payable at the resort.

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