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The Datai adorns a secluded section of the famous Datai Bay in northern precinct of Pulau Langkawi. It is located some 40 minutes from Langkawi International Airport (LGK) or close to an hour or slightly more from the Kuah ferry terminal.

The Datai is a frequent winner of various travel accolades from around the world, including Condè Nast Readers' Award and Travelers' Award, Andrew Harper's Island Hideaways of the Year, the Leading Hotel of the World's Quality Assurance Award, and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Awards for the World's Best Spa. As the rave reviews pour in from every corner of the globe, The Datai continues to dazzle every incoming visitors.

The resort lobby features a lotus pond that secretes a fresh natural fragrance as the flower petals bloom in the evening. Its jungle pathway meanders through ancient rainforests while its swimming pool is surrounded by vintage forest canopies. This might sound like a cliché, but everything in The Datai is unmistakably flawless.

The Datai helms on its "Nature Inspired..." tagline which is succinctly being proven throughout the resort. A mere few original landscapes were compromised during its construction that tropical trees are omnipresent throughout the resort. It was said that helicopters were brought in during its construction stage for tree removal in order to avoid disturbing the ancient rainforest. Much of the tropical rainforest is left intact that The Datai is not harping on any rooms with "breathtaking ocean view" which is fast becoming a jaded cliché anyway. As a matter of fact, all of its individual villas are placed deep under the forest canopies and are very well hidden within the soothing lush greenery.

The resort boast fifty-four Deluxe Rooms, thirty-five Superior Villas, five Pool Villas and eighteen Suites. The Deluxe Rooms are located within the main building and they are separated into the East Wing and the West Wing by the main lobby. At 63m² built-up space, the Deluxe Room is truly exceptional. To me, it the best room arrangement I have seen for quite a while. A king-size bed is nicely concealed from the entrance door by a poster wall to provide a better privacy. The bedding zone opens out to a nice balcony view of the luxuriant rainforest. The placement of two corner sofa creates an intimate lounging area right alongside the balcony. The bathroom is almost as spacious as the bedroom itself which I found very appealing. It is meticulously appointed with twin vanity mirrors, while the shower stall, bath tub and luggage storage are delicately segregated within the spacious bathroom. Overall, the Deluxe Room is enough to overwhelm a discerning guest like me, at least until I step foot on the higher premium rooms in The Datai such as the Superior Villas and the Pool Villas.

The Superior Villa boasts a whopping 93m² in room size with the bathroom proudly claims half of the built-up space. It was quite an experience for me to see such brave design selections by the resort. Nonetheless, as we have probably convinced by now, The Datai is unlike any other resorts and its eccentric design choices are not to be taken lightly. For The Datai, a bathroom carries an equal significance in a room design. The spacious bathroom features an 8" rain shower which is probably a first in any island resorts, two extra large dressing mirrors and twin wardrobes. The bedroom area features a plush king-size bed and a complimenting corner bed which is suitable for children. The Superior Villa also boasts (ir)regular high-tech trappings such as a Lavazza coffee machine, a Bose CD sound system, a 37-inch LCD TV and a DVD player. In the rear, its opens out to a private deck right smack next to the virgin tropical forest where sunning beds are neatly provided to digest the superb greenery view.

The Datai steps up a gear by unveiling the Pool Villas for an ultimate and romantic holiday extravagance. The Pool Villa is almost identical to the Superior Villa, but with a big exception;  the bathroom area is partitioned for an outdoor plunge pool with a built-in jacuzzi. The plunge pool boasts a remarkable rainforest setting and one can be as close to nature as possible within the comfort of modern ambience. Impressive is probably another understatement when stepping into a Pool Villa at The Datai.

The Suites at the resort come in four distinct selections. The smallest of them are the Corner Suite at 109m² and the End Suite at 125m², both are located inside the main building complex. Meanwhile, with a 258m² built-up space, a Datai Suite features expansive living and dining sections, two delectably furnished bedrooms and a well-equipped kitchenette, while at 165m² built-up size, a Pool Suite is somewhat identical to a Superior Villa with each of the two Pool Suites share a dining-cum-living area. Together, all the four Pool Suites are allocated a common swimming pool with sunning decks.

The resort features two swimming pools, and the one at the main building is decidedly more breathtaking amidst the view of lush forest canopies. A partial view of the Andaman Sea can be enjoyed from here but the so-called ocean view may soon be gone as the verdant rainforest continues to grow taller. Another swimming pool is located right by the beach and it is often patronised by children. For the ultimate body-pampering, the resort features The Spa which is intimately placed deep inside the thick rainforest. The spa reception area boasts an open-air theme with a gentle natural stream from the forest flows right underneath. There is a waiting deck at the spa reception where patrons can linger while waiting for their spa appointments. Further inside the forest and interconnected by the wooden planks are the individual spa villas where selective Balinese-style treatments are conducted. Each spa villa features two massage beds which are suitable for a couple seeking the ultimate head-to-toe spa treatments. It also features a rainforest deck where the patrons can relax before or after the spa pampering.

There are four F&B outlets in the resort. The main eating outlet is aptly called The Dining Room which is located below the main lobby. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Pavilion serves authentic Thai cuisines by the main pool under the intimate setting of the forest canopy view. The Beach Club, which is accessible either by walking down the hundreds of steps or by simply hiring a complimentary buggy cart, serves Western fares with a great view of the Andaman Sea to boot. I had a savoury serving of pasta bolognaise here that was rather pricey, but one should have known better by now. For a quick cocktail and snack, the Lobby Lounge comes with an exquisite open-air ambience overlooking the featured lotus pond and the main pool, and serves delightful beverages such as freshly-squeezed fruit juice and delectable tidbits.

April 2007

Truly an extraordinary resort. A commendable effort on environmental preservation without compromising its excellent guest services. It was a gratifying sensation to visit such a modern resort that can naturally blend into the delicate tropical settings. My heartiest congratulations to The Datai for a truly memorable resort experience.


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