Just an hour’s flight away, you’ll find yourself at one with nature with The Datai Langkawi’s green offerings
One of the best things about living in Singapore, other than its stellar food offerings, vast shopping options and gorgeous museums, is that it’s only a short flight away from popular beach destinations around the region, such as Langkawi. The northwestern state of Kedah has numerous luxury resorts dotted around the island, including the newly renovated Datai.
Nestled in the heart of a 10-million-year-old coastal rainforest, The Datai Langkawi – voted as one of the World’s Top 10 Beaches by National Geographic – recently reopened its doors after a 12-month renovation. It offers luxe accommodation, access to an array of cuisines, nature- and culture-based experiences and pampering spa treatments.
There are 121 rooms, suites and villas to choose from. Its Canopy Collection rooms offer rainforest views, spacious balconies and a separate living room with a dining area and a capacious bedroom. The Rainforest Collection is tucked deep within the rainforest and select rooms are fitted with an infinity pool.
Alternatively, opt for the Datai Estate Villas, which comes with modern finishings, living and game rooms, two 20-metre connected pools, a private chef and 24-hour butler service. Prefer spending your days right on the beach? Book yourself into a one- or two-bedroom villa from Datai’s Beach Collection, which sits on pristine white sands and comes with serene gardens, inviting private swimming pools and personalised butler service.
You won’t have to go far to sample delicious international cuisine. Start your day with a lavish breakfast spread at The Dining Room, which transitions into a romantic space in the evening with French fine dining and an exclusive wine collection. In the afternoon, enjoy authentic Malaysian cuisine at The Gulai House or enjoy Thai cuisine made from freshly harvested exotic herbs at The Pavilion. Snacks, premium teas, champagne, tapas and live jazz music can be found at the Lobby Lounge, while The Beach Club is the place to be for cocktails, fresh grilled seafood and gorgeous views of the sunset.
Nature enthusiasts will have plenty to discover at The Datai’s new Nature Centre. Led by renowned naturalist and author Irshad Mobarak, you’ll get to learn more about Langkawi’s marine and rainforest environment and participate in conservation and scientific research activities. Head out on the Rimba Trail, an informative walk that’ll take you through the coastal forest, on to a 70-metre-long elevated walkway over a mangrove habitat and through a lowland forest with an 18-metre high canopy walk. There’s also a list of nature activities tailored for children.
Don’t forget to bring your golf clubs, because The Datai has a spectacular 18-hole par 72-championship golf course. If that’s not really your cup of tea, then explore the island’s marine life with a spot of snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing or sailing. Unwind after an active day at The Spa, which has five treatment villas and one studio offering hand-to-foot care by Bastian Gonzales and Phyto 5 products.
Staying at The Datai will be a guilt-free experience, too, as the resort is completely sustainable and is committed to using less energy, water and single-use plastic. Its eco-friendly initiatives include, but are not limited to, replacing plastic water bottles and straws with stainless steel drinking flasks and bamboo straws and providing sustainable bamboo toiletries in rooms. You can also visit its Permaculture Garden to learn about Datai’s self-sustaining, zero-waste, organic food production system.
The Datai Langkawi
Jalan Teluk Datai
Kedah Darul Aman
Tel: +60 4 9500 500