After a year undergoing “refreshment”, one of Asia’s most beloved resorts has finally reopened, and I was lucky enough to check it out. Here are my 5 fave things about The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia.
1 – AN ALMOST PRIVATE BEACH
Technically the beach in front of The Datai is public, but it’s nigh on impossible to get to it without either swimming or sailing from around the coast, or getting through one of the resorts undetected (not recommended). There is one other resort at the other end of the beach (The Andaman) but the beautiful crescent-moon shaped beach right out front is basically private and pretty much always empty! Not many beaches, especially on Langkawi can make that claim.
2 – NATURE WALKS WITH MALAYSIA’S LEADING CONSERVATIONIST
The Datai is located in the midst of a virgin rainforest and as you walk through the resort, flora and wildlife surrounds you. I throughly recommend taking one of the free daily nature-walks, which are conducted by none other than Asia’s answer to David Attenborough, Irshad Mobarak. Irshad is one of the region’s leading conservationists, and his love for nature is infectious. You might even spot a flying Lemur or a Mouse Deer, many of which live around the resort.
3 – INCREDIBLE FOOD
You would expect a 5-star resort like the Datai to serve up pretty good grub. But when it comes to food, The Datai is pretty special. The two main restaurants are Malaysian and Thai respectively, and my personal fave is the former – Gulai House’s malaysian dishes are genuinely incredible. I lived in Malaysia for some time, and the food at Gulai House was honestly some of the best I’ve ever tasted.
4 – DAY TRIPS THROUGH THE MANGROVES
Langkawi is a biodiverse landscape and has been a designated UNESCO Geopark since 2007. A short drive from The Datai is a mangrove forest and the resort can arrange a boat tour. It’s a worthwhile and lovely journey through a unique landscape of some amazing geological wonders.
5 – KAYAKING AT SUNSET
In front of The Datai is a lovely bay with clear water and no rip-currents. It’s perfect kayaking territory. Borrow a kayak and explore the bay and even travel around the small island if the tide permits (get advice from the rental people first to check on tides and currents first though!).
If you’ve been to The Datai and have any comments or thoughts, please let me know by commenting below!