The Datai Langkawi
Payments made by partners impact the order of prices displayed. Room types may vary.
The listings of booking offers for each property take into account the compensation paid to us by our partners. Prices shown may be for varying room types. Prices displayed are the lowest available, corresponding to the least expensive room type available, as provided from our partners as of the time of the user’s search.

The Datai Langkawi

Traveller (4090)
Panorama at The Datai Langkawi
360
Panoramas (78)
Superior Villa
Room & Suite (1127)
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

View prices for your travel dates

Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Did you already book this hotel?

About

5.0
#1 of 1 hotels in Datai
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
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, 12 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.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Valet parking
Wifi
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Boating
Canoeing
Golf course
Snorkelling
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Aerobics
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Light therapy
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Open-air bath
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Newspaper
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Infirmary
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Shoeshine
Room features
Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private beach
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bidet
Additional bathroom
Desk
Dining area
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English, French, Chinese, German and 1 more

Location

Jalan Teluk Datai, Datai, Langkawi 07000 Malaysia
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
Places to stay are graded on a 0-100 scale. The higher the grade, the easier it is for travellers to find restaurants and things to do within walking distance.
Grade: 51 out of 100
51
Langkawi Airport
12.1 km
See all flights
5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles3,179 reviews
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Reviews summary
This summary was created by AI, based on recent reviews.
Powered by AI

Nestled in a lush rainforest, The Datai Langkawi is celebrated for its serene atmosphere and stunning location. Guests have called out the hotel's exceptional service and attention to detail, from the cleanliness of the grounds to the luxurious and spacious rooms. The amenities, including beach villas and butler services, receive overwhelming praise. While some have experienced noise disturbances, the overall tranquility and unique offerings are deemed worth the premium price, particularly for the diverse culinary options and eco-friendly approach.
Location
Picturesque
Atmosphere
Serene
Rooms
Spacious
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Meticulous
Service
Attentive
Amenities
World-class

Was this helpful?
Tripadvisor is not responsible for this summary or the opinions in it. For more information, please read the traveller reviews and learn more about how the site works.
3,179Reviews80Q+A100Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 2,754
  • 286
  • 76
  • 31
  • 32
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Sort by:
Detailed Reviews
Dr_Bill_11 wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A big luxury hotel yes, but one that is also in tune with its environment.
Accommodation is in the main hotel building and in villas of different size and offering different levels of comfort in the rainforest itself or down by the beach.
Even the entry level (hotel) rooms are pretty splendid (contemporary design, lots of teak, modern blue-tooth enabled speakers) though those on the lowest floors will be darker. A top floor pool view room would be a good option. The rainforest villas are something really special though and once you’ve seen inside and sat on the veranda watching the dusky langurs feeding in the trees you’ll be hooked. Many people clearly are: the hotel has a huge amount of repeat business, the most frequent returnee having been there 49 times but you only have to make 5 visits to get your name on a Villa plaque!
The beach is probably the best feature of the hotel: a long arc of golden sand, fringed by mangroves and palms, where you can stretch out on a sunbed and watch sea eagles soaring overhead or white breasted kingfishers darting around the beach. You are kept hydrated by the beach team coming round with water and fresh ice every hour or so (and now and then with fresh fruit or ice cream.)
Choice of 4 restaurants including a good Thai and a fabulous Malay/ Indian one (but make sure to book).
Don’t miss the free tours in particular in the rainforest with a naturalist and do visit the Permagarden where you will find the hotel ‘walks the walk’ on sustainability. Details of these experiences on the, excellent, hotel app accessible all over the property because of very good WiFi coverage.
Unsurprisingly, rural simplicity and ecological credentials don’t come cheap but you probably guessed that already (and there are plenty of takers.) The StValentines day buffet was, for example, £120 per head (though very generous, and with the best selection of desserts I have seen in a while).
Staff are universally charming, friendly and helpful, particularly to guests who clearly return every year and stay two, three or more weeks at a time.
Hard to know what the guest profile is but during our visit it was predominantly the older, British, County set though there were also some families with younger children (who the staff made a big fuss of).
With any big hotel there will be service breakdowns and we experienced one. However, the service recovery was faultless, smooth and generous.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 20 Feb 2020
Dear Dr_Bill_11, It was a pleasure to have you with us and we do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of your stay on TripAdvisor. I am extremely delighted to hear that you had a wonderful and memorable stay in your rainforest paradise and thoroughly enjoyed all that the resort has to offer. I am pleased that our services made such a positive impression, delivering to a great resort experience and I will certainly share this with the team and they will be overjoyed and motivated as well by this marvelous review. On behalf of the team, thank you for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
ChDi_1-988 wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Datai for a week to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.
It was a truly fantastic experience.
Everything went smoothly, and the hotel offers just the right type of discreet luxury.

Staff is attentive, efficient, friendly and discreet. Everywhere, from front desk to poolside to gym to restaurants.
The food is delicious - we tried the Thai, the beach and the Indo-Malay restaurants, and loved them all.
Breakfast is a dream, with plenty of options and chefs cooking up pretty much anything one could wish for. Juices are pressed fresh and upon request, mixing fruit and veg.
And the beach! A long stretch of sand embraced by trees in a beautiful bay.
Rooms are tastefully furnished, beds comfortable. No cheap lighting or furniture anywhere.
Little extra attentions are the norm: from a fine patisserie cake and champagne welcoming us to our room as we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, to waiters bringing chilled water and ice lollies or ice cream regularly to guests lounging by the beach.

The only critique is perhaps the spa: while the grounds are beautiful, it is wildly overpriced. Luckily the neighbouring Marriott hotel, a short walk alongside the beach, has a fabulous spa overlooking the entire bay, offering more reasonable prices.

In short, staying at the Datai is a delicious treat. I would go back again, and again, and again, and recommend it all over.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 9 Jan 2020
Dear ChDi_1-988, 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 resort of choice to celebrate your first wedding anniversary. 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 very pleased to hear that our team took great care of you while you were here and they are wonderful indeed and are the true assets of the resort aside from the tranquil location. They will be very pleased to read this as they do take pride in what they do and would be truly motivated to hear that all of their gestures and care are appreciated by our guests. Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Langkawi for more memorable moments. Kindest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
A lot to digest? Read an AI-generated summary of recent traveller reviews.
ottobahn wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment you arrive and are announced by a gong you know you are somewhere special. The Datai is spectacular in every aspect, a sizeable 5-star resort with a boutique feel and zero bling, in a beautiful and peaceful location, designed with every detail in mind, with impeccable service, fantastic food and one of the best beaches I know. It’s great for all kinds of travellers and has a very inclusive feel.

The spacious villas are large, beautiful, tastefully designed and completely refurbished with great attention to every little detail. Soft drinks, coffee and carefully selected (and very delicious) snacks are included in the rate. The rainforest villas can be a tad dark due to their location, if that bothers you, go for a beach villa or a room in the main hotel.

We booked half board, which was well worth it, being able to dine around in all the restaurants, which are excellent across the board. We loved Gulai House for its romantic jungle setting and delicious local food, and the main restaurant, which provided an outstanding fine dining experience.

The only thing is found missing was more of a barefoot dining option in the beach. The beach restaurant is quite family focussed (think Pizza, burgers etc.), and probably was the least appealing of the restaurants to us.

All restaurants have a comprehensive wine list (think huge, as in a 3-star Michelin restaurant) that is surprisingly well priced across the board, from entry level to the finest wines. Even better hotels in Asia often disappoint here, not the Datai.

The rainforest setting is spectacular, with plenty of flora and fauna to admire within a short walk. The hotel’s knowledgeable naturists provide guided tours which I can highly recommend. The beach is one of the best I’ve been to, a long crescent of sand that is swimmable at all tides. Beach staff will swiftly make sure you are comfortable and bring little delights such as ice cream and fruit sticks throughout the day. There is a beautiful main pool for adults only but being on one of the world’s best beaches it didn’t make sense to us being there. The pool by the beach is the family pool and can get a bit crowded with kids.

The spa is beautiful and first class, albeit quite pricey, providing relaxing treatments in open pavilions with the creek flowing past.

Writing this review makes me want to come back to this beautiful place – sure we will at some point!
Read more
Date of stay: October 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 31 Jan 2020
Dear ottobahn, 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 read through your wonderful review about our resort and pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay especially the rainforest experience. On behalf of the team, once again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to welcome you back on your next visit. Warm regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Brian S wrote a review Jan 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just arrived back from a 12 night stay after celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary at this amazing hotel. From the first contact with the reception staff through to our leaving, the whole experience was way beyond our widest expectations.What ever you read in the holiday brochures or on-line reviews, don't believe them because this place for first timers is way better than any brochure or review can describe. The minute you arrive you receive the most fabulous welcome
and then on, every single member of staff from management to the guy sweeping the beach are all so nice and make sure that everything is OK with your stay. The rooms in the main complex are huge and extremely comfortable. At 64sq m. they are as large as some family homes! The location of the complex is quite staggering. Set in a rain forest and then sweeping down to the most glorious beach is quite the best we have ever seen, surpassing even some of the best hotels in the UAE that we have stayed at. The wonder of seeing the most beautiful monkeys playing in the grounds, or seeing the majestic white belly sea eagle gliding over the waves is magical.Listen to the sounds coming from the forest or the sound of the waves on one of the best beaches in the world is worth every penny you will spend to stay at this hotel. The food at all the restaurants is a very high standard and our favourite was The Pavilion, a wonderful Thai restaurant and The Gulai House offers really good Malaysian food.
There are lots of activities that the hotel can arrange for you and all are good value, albeit some of the jungle walks can be quite arduous and you need to be quite fit to undertake the longer walks. The golf course nearby is quite simply the most beautiful that I have ever played in the world.
The fact that so many people return year after year to this paradise island hotel bears testament to the fact that this is quite simply one of the best hotels in the world.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The top floor in the main hotel is best for views over the jungle and towards the sea
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 31 Jan 2020
Dear Brian S, 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 resort of choice to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary, congratulations again. I am pleased to hear that your thoroughly enjoyed your stay including the culinary and nature offering. I am also delighted to see that our services made such a positive impression, delivering to a great resort experience throughout your stay. 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. We do look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable moments. Kindest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
SCallay wrote a review June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A group of us were at the Datai when they reopened on June 12th. Private villas, open air restaurants and a private beach helped us feel much safer. All the staff wore masks and practiced social distancing very well. Rooms are sanitised and left vacant for 24 hours before a new guest is allowed to use it. The team at The Datai were amazing, warm, efficient and evidently very happy and ready to reopen and receive guests. They really went the distance to make our stay safe and a truly memorable one. Thank you Arnaud and team for hosting us. We can’t wait to go back! Oh, and the superlatives usually accorded to their beach are all true.
Read more
Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 17 June 2020
Dear SCallay, We are indeed delighted to reopen our resort again and welcome you and our valued guests back to The Datai Langkawi. I am pleased to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay and the team looked after you well. I am also glad to see that you appreciate all the precautionary measures that we undertake to ensure the safety of our guests and team. On behalf of the team, thank you for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to welcome you back to your rainforest paradise on your next visit to Langkawi. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Gillian L wrote a review Feb 2020
Ambleside, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited The Datai under recommendation from friends who have stayed many times, and it did not disappoint. Far from it in fact, this well run, service orientated, gem nestled into the rain forest, far exceeded our expectations. It is a long way if you are flying from the UK but well worth the effort. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left 10 wonderful days later we felt pampered and precious to every single member of staff. We had a canopy room with wonderful views of the pool and the forest, a prime location for watching wild life both near and far. So often monkeys and squirrels travelled across our balcony at quite close quarters. We thoroughly recommend quests to immerse in the local wildlife with excellent guided walks from the Nature Centre. A treatment at The Spa should not be missed. What a wonderful experience..pampered, pampered. There are several choices of eating venues and we tried them all with the exception of the day time beach bar. The Dining Room was super with a superb tasting or Al a Carte menu with a European theme. The Thai Pavilion , Gulai House and Beach Club were also excellent. We didn't leave the hotel for the whole of our stay...why would you need to. We will be back as soon as we can. Thanks especially to Jessica, Jamilah, Jaya, Tony, Hafiz, Juliani and everyone else whose names we did not note but who worked equally hard to ensure an exceptional and restorative stay.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 6 Feb 2020
Dear Gillian L, It was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we do appreciate you taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. I am extremely pleased to hear that you had a wonderful stay at our rainforest haven and delighted that you enjoyed the rainforest location and appreciate the abundance of wildlife that surrounds us. Glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed the nature excursion and the spa experience as well as the culinary offerings. 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, particularly those whose names were mentioned. Once again thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Langkawi. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
sydprime wrote a review July 2022
Metro Manila, Philippines
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests at The Datai. The lobby lounge, which overlooks the main pool, and, from a distance, the Andaman Sea, hosts the check-in formalities. A cold towel, refreshing cinnamon tea, and pastries with jam, all served beautifully, are presented to the guests. A second welcome drink of either a Datai Gin and Tonic or champagne is then offered before guests are escorted to their rooms.

The check-in and welcome set the tone of a carefully choreographed guest experience honed through decades of welcoming guests from around the world. Heightening and enriching guest experience can be felt during our entire stay. It is evident when dining in any of its F&B outlets, partaking in its myriad of water and rainforest activities, and the exceptional spa. However, book your treatments in advance as it has very limited slots. The experience and treatments were, however, excellent.

We stayed in a rainforest pool villa (no 30), which is a short walk to the beach, most facilities, and even the lobby (if you don't mind the steps). The villa is spacious and beautiful; however, a technology upgrade will enhance guests' overall stay. A tablet that allows automated control over lights, blinds, entertainment, etc., will bring the property into the modern age. The tablet will allow for simplified control of light switches, which took some time locating and getting used to; electronically drawn blinds for ease in allowing more daylight into the villa during the day as it can get dark; blackout curtains or blinds, especially behind the bed and a smart tv for those wishing to sync their gadgets; and speakers in the bathroom.

I've read and heard so much about the breakfast at the Datai, and although it was good, I wouldn't say it was the best. Many elements of the Datai are indulgent, but the breakfast is not so. The ala carte options, despite including foie gras and lobster eggs benedict on the supplemental menu, were just OK. The taste and presentation were somehow average.

Service is, for the most part, top-notch and truly five starts but is it personal, not all the time. There were some hit and miss at some of the dining establishments. Also, for its size, it would be challenging. But there was one incident worth mentioning in this review. There was a minor water leak by the windowsill in our villa. I could have wiped it myself but chose to report it so their maintenance team is aware and can rectify the root cause before further and more permanent damage can happen on the wooden ledge. When we returned to the villa after dinner that day, there was a chilled bottle of champagne with a handwritten card apologizing for the inconvenience. Impresssive!

The Datai is an exceptional property. Its remote location in the rainforest right on the cusp of the Andaman Sea, matched with its beautiful design and architecture, warm, friendly, and efficient service, make it a truly breathtaking destination and one I look forward to visiting again very soon.
Read more
Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Arnaud Girodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 27 July 2022
Dear sydprime, It was a pleasure having you stay with us, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay and from your review of your arrival experience, it has certainly set a pleasant tone for the rest of your stay. I am especially pleased that you enjoyed the splendid nature and magnificent rainforest surrounding us. Thank you for your suggestions on the technology enhancement which we appreciate and will review for future consideration. Thank you once again for choosing to stay with us and we hope to welcome you back on your next visit to Langkawi. Kind regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
RosieLincs wrote a review Jan 2020
York, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With trepidation I booked 8 nights at the Datai, as I was worried the isolation would mean I would be bored, This is the first destination I have ever been to where I was content to just enjoy the hotel and its surroundings. But this not a hotel this is the Datai. The setting is unique, the most stunning location of forest and beach, there was so much to see and do especially if you are interested in wildlife . The hotel itself is understated luxury, the food exceptional and the staff superb. We were more than happy with our basic grade room and actually preferred being on the lower ground level with a terrace rather than a balcony. I spent many an hour just sat listening and watching. I was surprised how few people sat on their balconies. We asked to see the villas in preparation for for our next visit, yes we will be back.
I had a massage at the spa, the setting was perfect, the massage was excellent and while relaxing after the massage saw wild boar foraging on the other side of the creek perfect!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 24 Jan 2020
Dear RosieLincs, 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. I am pleased to hear that you like the location of the resort being in the rainforest and enjoyed seeing all the interesting wildlife that we have around the resort. I am also delighted that you enjoyed the culinary offerings and the team looked after you well during your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to your rainforest paradise soon. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
tsw wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We returned to the Datai, and spent 3 nights in a rainforest pool villa followed by 6 nights in a beach villa. Staying in 2 different types of accommodation on a single stay was a new experience for us and one which we love very much.I also believe that you can never go wrong with any choice of room, for this is the Datai ,a truly special place, a complete destination by itself.
Tucked deeper in the rainforest, this pool villa is beside a gurgling stream and twining lianas,in a quiet, tranquil location. There’s a spacious open deck overlooking the pool and a covered balcony with 2 chairs and a day bed. A huge tree is left to grow out from this timber balcony creating a most natural feeling of being embraced by the rainforest. We spent hours outside , totally immersed in this rainforest experience. Being surrounded by trees, and deeper inside ,than the rainforest villas, it is darker and the pool has limited sun exposure, the water , cool and refreshing, akin to taking a dip in a jungle stream. We had requested one that was more private and villa 18 didn’t disappoint.
Unlike our previous stays, this time we did a lot of walking, up the steep stairs to the Dining Room for breakfast, daily, and only took the buggy for dinner at the Gulai House which was a bit further from our villa. We reserved beach activities for our second part of our stay.
If you’re worried about the hassle of moving to a new accomodation, rest assured that The Datai will arrange a most smooth transfer. We stayed in a different beach villa this time, The sounds and sights here are different from the rainforest experience; brighter, with a bigger pool, and direct access to the beautiful beach . Sham, our butler took really good care of us. Attentive ,pleasant and caring, nothing was too much trouble for him.
Throughout our stay, (end of November extending into the first two days of December), we enjoyed lovely weather, not too hot or humid, breezy with some rain.There was higher occupancy during this time and all the restaurants were opened. Do plan your dinner well in advance especially if you would like a particular slot. We enjoyed dining in all the restaurants; our favourite this time was the Beach Club, despite being very busy, the staff were simply marvellous, always, and never without a smile. Really miss all of you. Breakfast at the Dining Room was not just breakfast; it was an experience by itself, with high quality spread and impeccable service.
It was only our third visit, but I can say this, when you can feel that special connection,(and you will ),The Datai, will no longer be just a hotel, instead it will become a beautiful relationship, one that will grow with time, ,with returning visits, to be savoured, enjoyed and cherished. Such is the magical power of The Datai.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 5 Feb 2020
Dear sallyktsw, Thank you for choosing The Datai Langkawi as your home away from home, we deeply appreciate your loyalty to us. I am pleased to see that you experienced and enjoyed both accommodations in the Rainforest Pool Villa as well as the Beach Villa. Delighted that you appreciate being surrounded by the tranquil rainforest and totally immersed yourself with the unique sight and sound here. I am also pleased to hear that you enjoyed the culinary offerings especially at the Beach Club and the team looked after you well, they will be very happy to hear this as they do take pride in what they do and would be truly motivated to hear that all of their gestures and care are appreciated by our guests. 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. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
955Chris wrote a review Mar 2020
Paris, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been to the Datai 5 times. The establishment is absolute refinement. We had to leave as Malaysia went on lock down before all airports closed. What elegance. First, the Datai staff was calm. The hotel without saying anything lowered the room charge by 75% for the last night and room service was free (outside alcohol). They had no need to do this but just did because it’s the Datai.

We do feel that some of the wildlife has moved on since the renovation. Hopefully, it will come back
Read more
Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from ArnaudGirodon, General Manager at The Datai Langkawi
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Dear 955Chris, Thank you for choosing The Datai Langkawi as your home away from home, we deeply appreciate your loyalty to us. I am pleased that the team assisted you in ensuring that you had a seamless departure and glad that you appreciate the gesture provided. Thank you once again for choosing us as one of your favourite holiday destination and we look forward to welcoming you back on your future visit to Langkawi under more pleasant circumstances. Warmest regards, Arnaud Girodon
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Fearless66077992673 asked a question Feb 2024
3 contributions
Are soft drinks included
Answer from hotelfanatic65
Singapore, Singapore86 contributions71 helpful votes
Yes soft drinks are included
Sandra asked a question Oct 2023
Budapest, Hungary187 contributions11 helpful votes
What is smoking policy in the Datai? Is it allowed smoking on balcony, some areas of hotel?
Answer from Jill A
1 contribution
You can smoke on the villa balconies. there is one chair near the beach for you to sit alone and smoke
Answer from Chongming
Kuching, Malaysia146 contributions5 helpful votes
yes the hotel will arrange anything you like to have in water activities. Actually room package already includes the activities.
hannahF76 asked a question Sept 2023
London, United Kingdom70 contributions6 helpful votes
Hi, are non guests able to use the gold course? Thanks
Answer from Jim & Colette
Lisburn, United Kingdom50 contributions56 helpful votes
I think so, I believe the golf course is separate from the Datai but residents may get special rates. I think the hotel may also run the restaurant at the golf club. I haven’t been able to drag myself away from the Datai in order to find out. The course looks absolutely stunning! Hope this helps.
msialeong wrote a tip 1 July
Shah Alam, Malaysia28 contributions16 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be very patient with their service and check that fridge and fruits is refilled daily."
Read full review
evon47 wrote a tip June 2024
Singapore, Singapore41 contributions56 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rain was heavy there and it rained almost the whole time."
Read full review
Ben P wrote a tip June 2024
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Beach villas were amazing"
Read full review
Matthew wrote a tip May 2024
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If we return we’d go for a premium canopy to be higher up with a view and no noise from above. Although this was minimal."
Read full review
AlexD wrote a tip May 2024
London, United Kingdom11 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Shaving foam/insect repellent provided Comfortable light shoes handy if planning to walk everywhere besides beach. Dress v casual "
Read full review
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Datai area.
PRICE RANGE
AU$685 - AU$1,035 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the datai langkawi hotel langkawi, datai langkawi, the datai hotel langkawi
LOCATION
MalaysiaKedahLangkawi DistrictLangkawiDatai
NUMBER OF ROOMS
121
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect total costs of the stay, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

THE DATAI LANGKAWI - 2024 Prices & Reviews (Malaysia) - Photos of Hotel - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about The Datai Langkawi
Which popular attractions are close to The Datai Langkawi?
Nearby attractions include Crocodile Adventureland Langkawi (5.1 km), Art In Paradise (5.6 km), and Langkawi Sky Bridge (4.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Datai Langkawi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Datai Langkawi?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Datai Langkawi?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Datai Langkawi?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Beach Grill, Terrace at The Danna, and Langkawi Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Datai Langkawi have airport transportation?
Yes, The Datai Langkawi offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Datai Langkawi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Datai Langkawi offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Datai Langkawi?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Chinese, and Malay.
All Datai HotelsDatai Hotel DealsHotels near The Datai Langkawi
Things to DoRestaurantsFlightsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars