This story about The Datai, Langkawi is written by one of our contributors, imrn ismd. Some parts of the article may have been edited for length and clarity.
My wife and I went to The Datai, Langkawi in early July shortly after domestic travel was allowed by the government.
We initially planned this trip in March for our anniversary just before MCO was implemented so naturally, we chose to stay here.
We decided to stay here because The Datai has been on my wife’s wishlist for some time.
Ambience and rooms at The Datai
The Datai is nestled in a 10 million-year-old rainforest and the stunning view of the Andaman sea. The Datai Bay is also recognised as one of the top ten gorgeous beaches in the world. If you’re a nature lover and seeking a luxury experience then I would highly recommend this to you.
For rooms, I would recommend Rainforest Villa, you can also opt for Rainforest Pool Villa. It’s like being in the deep tropical rainforest surrounded by wildlife while having the comfort of your room.
The Datai has an ongoing promotion for Malaysian residents. We stayed in the Rainforest Villa and it cost us around RM 990 per night. It was definitely a bargain considering their normal rate.
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Activities at The Datai
There are many excursions offered by the resort and you wouldn’t find the need to go out with all the exciting activities that you can do here.
Most of them are complimentary but there are some that need to be paid. One that is worth mentioning is their rainforest walk. We went on a 40 min guided rainforest walk and learned so much about the ecosystem surrounding the Datai Bay.
The highlight of the excursion was to cross the canopy walk which is a 20m wooden bridge suspended between giant fig trees, 15m above the forest floor. We only spot a few wildlife such as the giant black squirrel, a python and pied hornbills as it was about to rain.
If you are into water activities, we most definitely recommend kayaking and snorkeling. From the main beach, you can kayak north towards an uninhabited island called Pulau Anak Datai, which is around 1km from the main beach.
And once you’re there, just enjoy the beach to yourself or go snorkeling as there are a little bit of corals and plenty of fishes under.
You can also kayak towards the bay and transition into the mangrove swamp. We didn’t manage to do that as it was low tide season so the swamp was not deep enough for kayak or you can just enjoy the white sandy beach and pristine water of the Andaman sea.
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Useful tips for other travellers
This resort is quite remote and it will take around 30 mins to reach hotspot locations eg Cenang beach, Kuah etc. So it’s advisable to rent a car. There are a few restaurants in the resort but if you want to dine out, the closest and the most convenient would be near Telaga Harbour & Pantai Kok area which will take you around 15-20 mins drive.
Halal food at The Datai
The Datai has several restaurants that serve halal food & it’s also very easy to find halal food in Langkawi.
P.S. Check out our Langkawi ultimate food guide!
The Datai Langkawi
Address: Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
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