The Datai Langkawi is well known to international luxury travelers and has been regarded as “the standard bearer for luxury hotels in Malaysia” since opening in 1993. Situated on the northwest tip of Langkawi Island, The Datai Langkawi is nestled inside an ancient rainforest, with a secluded and private white sandy beach facing the calm azure-blue Andaman Sea. Quite simply, the scenery at this beautiful and romantic location is stunning.
Offering just 112 well appointed deluxe rooms, villas and suites with spacious bedrooms, living areas, private verandahs, amazing views of the natural landscape and boasting such modern amenities as Bose sound systems and Lavazza coffee machines, The Datai Langkawi seamlessly blends nature, fine traditions and exemplary service and style. It is truly one of the world’s great luxury hotel hideaways.
The Datai occupies a peaceful patch of paradise. Blending nature with fine traditions, maintaining quality and excellence throughout. It was clearly built with love and imagination.
Langkawi is a mystical island of jungle-covered mountains, lakes, caves and waterfalls, swathed with legends of romance and mystery. Just 30 minutes’ drive from Langkawi International Airport, The Datai offers the weary urbanite an idyllic retreat to nature.
Designed by world renowned Australian architect Kerry Hill of Kerry Hill Architects in collaboration with interior architect Didier Lefort of Didier Lefort Architects, The Datai was elegantly built to blend with its tropical forest surrounding along with Malaysian architecture in mind. Award-winning Indonesian interior designer Jaya Ibrahim of Jaya & Associates has also been involved in a recent refurbishment project of The Datai.
The stunning upper pool deck area looks down on the hillside to a secluded white sandy beach facing the calm Andaman Sea.
Guests simply laze while overlooking the blue waters of the tranquil sea, or for the more active, indulge in the full range of water sports offered. Other not-to-be missed attractions are the guided nature walks through Langkawi’s tropical rainforest.
Luxury travel and boutique hotel experts Mr. and Mrs. Smith praise The Datai as a “jungle for the jet-set” – a “ritzy rainforest retreat” surrounded by lush Langkai rainforest and “drenched in glamour” – “a welcoming and romantic retreat with a classy and contemporary edge”.
Conde Nast Magazine also went on to name The Datai Langkawi in the coveted GOLD LIST 2011, their definitive guide to the most elusive, exotic and amazing hotels in the world.
The Datai Langkawi has a strong international following who have come to appreciate it as one of the world’s most stunning hideaways. The Datai has put Langkawi on the map for discerning travelers. The Datai Langkawi’s 54 well-appointed deluxe rooms, 40 villas, and 14 suites, all offer scenic views of nature and jungle, and a range of dining options for indoor or alfresco meals. Two swimming pools a spa nestled under the rainforest canopy, and the nearby 18-hole championship Datai Bay Golf Course provide for leisure pursuits.
The Datai Langkawi’s award-winning spa is serenely and privately positioned and offers a variety of soothing treatments, using ancient healing traditions of the East. Four open-air spa villas are available for guests to experience stimulating body polishes, nurturing envelopment, romantic bath ceremonies, rejuvenating beauty rituals and therapeutic massages.
Clearly this property is much loved. So when niche player on the luxury hotel management landscape, Kuala Lumpur – based Archipelago Hotels & Resorts assumed management of the iconic property in 2011 travel industry and savvy travelers took notice.
Under the experienced management team, the staff mission at The Datai Langkawi is to create memories and deliver the fine art of hospitality for guests who appreciate experiences that are out of the ordinary and special. Embracing the true spirit of Asian culture and traditions, the hotel team promise is to consistently combine passion and integrity, subtlety and luxury, creating a guest experience that fosters fond and everlasting memories.
They know what they have at The Datai is already special, but some further sensitively planned enhancements are on the agenda. If this property can get any better, it seems it is poised to.
The dynamic new group also manages The Saujana Club Resort (a Leading Hotels of the World property, along with The Datai Langkawi) and Carosa Seri Negara. Both are in Kuala Lumpur and both perfectly positioned stopovers en route to The Datai Langkawi, as many international flights go via Kuala Lumpur. Langkawi is a short half hour flight from there.
The Club Saujana resort is a chic urban retreat nestled amidst 360 hectares of lush tropical gardens fringed by two 18-hole championship golf courses. It was acknowledged as one of the world’s hottest hotels on the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller “HOT LIST” shortly after opening in 2009.
The Carcosa Seri Negara is an enchanting luxury boutique heritage mansion, claiming a hilltop setting among 16-hectares of well-manicured lawns in the heart of the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Exclusive accommodation is in five capacious luxurious suites, each unique in design and furnishings. The property’s grand colonial setting makes it a popular spot for afternoon teas.
Managing Director of Archipelago Hotels & Resorts Franz Zeller, a Swiss born hotelier whose work in the industry has taken him all over the world, has big plans to grown this new company and manage luxury properties around the world. With The Datai Langkawi as part of the family, he seems poised to do just that.
For more information, please visit www.thedatai.com.my
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