Set against the backdrop of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, The Datai, Langkawi has a special connection with nature.
In an age where technology reigns supreme, it’s refreshing that a hotel with the impressive level of services - The Datai still maintains a strong connection with nature. The hotel is enveloped by lush greenery, flanked by paths that lead directly to the white sands of Datai Bay. Here, you’re just as likely to see lemurs and monkeys as you are five-star facilities and gourmet dishes.
If you’re staying in the middle of a forest, you want to make the most of your surroundings. Each collection The Datai offers is the perfect combination of luxury amenities blended effortlessly with the natural setting. The Canopy Collection offers views over the forest of Andaman, the Rainforest Collection sits on stilts, with some pools next to the river and the Beach Collection is directly on the bay, with one and two-bedroom villas that have individual gardens that open onto the beach.
Of course, when you’re not enjoying the comforts of your own room, you always have the spa to look forward to. This is a sanctuary of well-being - holistic therapies and activities tailored to your needs. Many of the therapies are based on ancient herb mixing philosophies that are taken directly from the surrounding rainforest.
Tucked deep in the rainforest is The Gulai, enjoy authentic local cuisine and a delightful selection of wines. Treat yourself to the unique open-air setting of Pavilion Restaurant, set atop 30-metre stilts, or relax at the beach club bar with its casual setting, hand-tossed pizza and signature cocktails. If you feel your culinary passions flaring, you can book into one of the cooking classes and learn more about the cuisine at the resort. Take a visit to the herb garden, try the recipe of the day and enjoy a cooking session and lunch.
Another example of modern design integrating with the surrounding rainforest is the award winning, 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course at Els Club Teluk Datai. The 47-acre course is cuddled between the forest and the Andaman Sea with the Machincang Mountain Range as the backdrop. There are less conventional traps, including vegetation and streams and the course uses state-of-the-art facilities like buggies equipped with GPS.