The Datai Langkawi
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... there drunk and being an idiot, Thought Eric was gonna hit him! He left soon to go to a club thankfully and we decided to call it a night because we were off to Penang the next day.
We both really enjoyed langkawi and the Malay people are so friendly. They all speak really good English which makes things a lot easier. Our next stop is Georgetown in Penang which is a UNESCO world heritage site and supposed to be the street food capital of Asia.
... But we got a free tour of the island per touring car into the bargain, as I wasn't the only tourist who had showed up at the wrong harbour by 'accident'. For a moment I wondered whether these cost saving antics were worth kicking a fuss up over, as it did mean an extra hour in the boat. But to be honest, I was far too relaxed to care and let it slide. Next stop: Koh Lipe, Thailand!
We decided to go to the cable car today, the original plan was to hire a moped but once you had added on deposits, insurance the price was adding up. We decided to get a taxi there and back. It was a strange ghost like village where the cable car was and I guess it high season it's packed but we are on the edge if the high season so everything seems to be quieter. The cable car was very steep and high, with two viewing platforms. There is a walkway ...
... to get a scooter to rent. Prices were much higher here, in Thailand you get scooters for 150-200 a day but here they ask 350-400. We found one and managed to talk him down to 300 a day. Happy to get a bike because it was extremely hot. We walked on the beach to find something to eat but completely different from Thailand there was nothing open until later in the afternoon. So we went back to the road, we walked through a resort and heard some Dutch people. They had a bungalow ...
... because the rope kept swinging at perfect power and direction that made it super easy to keep going. It rained three times today, as we are in the monsoon season here. We had MTE again tonight and did some more work on navigation. Definitely the best part of the day was our rope swing. We were going to move the boat closer to Kedah tomorrow, but our anchor was dragging a lot, so we moved last night. It only took about 1:40, which is too bad at ...
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Everything about the Datai is exceptional. The place itself is fabulous. We stayed in the most basic room (Deluxe) and it was large, well designed and 5 star. The resturants are all excellent and provide a decent range of food (we stayed 7 nights and had ample variety). Considering the quality of the food and the resort the prices are reasonable (think UK mid priced eating out prices). The thing that takes Datai up a notch above the best in the world is the service. Personal yet non intrusive, friendly, helpful etc etc. I would even consider going back for a week (despite a 12 hour flight) as its close to Langkawi airport and is just incredible when you are there. We also stayed for 3 nights at Pangkor Laut Resort and although thats clearly a great resort its light years behind the Datai. Brilliant.
Amazing, 5 star luxury. We stayed here on our honeymoon and the staff couldn't do enough for us. We stayed in a jungle villa which are detached rooms and beautifully decorated. They are connected by small pathways down towards the beach, don't worry about walking in the rain to the restaurants - the staff come and pick you up on a golf buggy. Three restaurants (one near the beach) all great food. I definitely recommend this hotel. The datai bay beach is just paradise. Quite quiet, away from it all, you'll need to hire a car if you want to get out and about.
I cannot begin to say how amazed I was by the Datai. We had booked a deal in the rainy season and managed to get upgraded to a Jungle villa as we had booked 7 nights. We arrived and were welcomed with fruit juice and cold towels. We sat and overlooked the pool down towards the sea as we filled in out forms - all very civilised! We were there taken to the villa which was deep in the jungle and very wonderful. The only drawback of the jungle villas is that they are quite dark - surrounded by jungle and all! But if you don't mind that the luxury of looking out over a river in flood with monkeys swinging from tree to tree and your very own villa gecko more than makes up for it in my book.
The service at this hotel is fantastic and the facilities are excellent.
We stayed at the Datai in December 2001. The hotel and its location are beautiful. The service and food were excellent. The hotel is very quiet and relaxing but I would say it's geared towards an adult market. It is not a family resort. The walk down to the beach is not far but it is steep, although you can always wait for a buggy ride.
Myself and my wife have travelled extensively around the World staying in over a good 1000+ hotels. This was by far the best so far!
We have visited The Datai twice, May 2002 & Dec 2003 and would return again in a heartbeat.
The setting is truly amazing, food fantastic and the staff great, they can never do enough for you.
The resort is very quiet and peaceful and not really suited to children. If you like nothing better than resting by the pool reading a book listening to the sound of nature followed by great meal in the evening then it's the place for you.
You must also try the spa, it has a fantastic setting.
You can't fault the setting of the Datai, it's beautiful. I was interested to read the other reviews particularly the comments on the villa's and food. Our villa was very dark because the windows were surrounded by jungle, and we moved to a room in the main hotel after a few days because it was beginning to make us feel depressed ! Our new room was light and had good views of the bay, which the villa's don't have.
Datai one of the best in the world
where do you start? Location, weather, fantastic friendly, courteous staff (how do they remember every guest's name?), excellent food. This hotel lived up to and exceeded expectations. One week here is worth months anywhere else. Deluxe rooms are beautifully furnished and have great views. Suites are the size of Belgium! Villas are tucked away in the rainforest - fantastic for wildlife - monkeys, hornbills, etc. etc.
we'l be back again and again
Set among the rainforest, an absolute delight. If you can afford it go for a villa rather than a deluxe room - it will be worth every penny.
Good choice of restaurants and staff who can't do enough for you.
Not ideal for kids, more adult orientated.
One of the best beaches I've ever seen, shared with just one other hotel (The Andaman) which is further along the bay.
Do as much or as little as you like it's all good.