9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Nice but not the best......
"Yes the Datai was nice but certainly not something we would rave about. I felt the hotel looked tired overall, I just didn't get that "buzz" from being there. We had just come from Pangkor Laut which definitely had the X-factor and I just think we found the Datai let us down after hearing so many glowing reports of it. We were expecting a lot more. What we got was a nice hotel, on a nice beach, but not spectacular in my humble opinion. We went to look at the Andaman, the neighbouring hotel to the Datai and although a lot bigger and less intimate the reception and entrance was far more impressive and had a great view down to the beach."
- Travel date: 16th January 2006
"We stayed here for a week as part of our honeymoon in June 2005 and absolutely loved every minute. We stayed in a jungle villa, which was superb and especially enjoyed listening to the sounds of the forest as it come alive in the afternoon. From our villa balcony we saw monitor lizard, wild boar, hornbills, dusky leaf monkey and macaques. We were upgraded to a villa through our travel agents beacuse we stayed 7 nights, but if this deal isnt available it is definitely worth paying the extra rather than stay in the main building. Our favourite part of the holiday was the food especially the Thai Pavilion, and we took part in the Thai cookery course one morning which was lots of fun. June was supposed to be the wet season, and yes it did rain a bit, but this just added to the magic of the rainforest in our opinion. Mostly the mornings were clear and sunny, then there were some showers mid afternoon and dry evenings. We thought it was an excellent time to go as it wasnt busy and we didnt need to book restaurant tables! We would love go back and would recommend it to romantics!"
- Travel date: 16th January 2006
Excellent, but with some reservations
"We stayed at the Datai over Christmas and thought it was generally excellent. The rooms in the main building are fine, though here and there showing their age. The restaurants are good, though the servings at the Thai restaurant are perhaps pushing the limits of minimalism. A special Christmas eve buffet on the beach was very good as was the setting and service. Generally, the service is very good. Perhaps too much so. A little less of it - particularly over breakfast - would give a bit more space. The big plus is the location. You feel you're alone in the rain forest. The beach is also first rate and well maintained and the main pool is big enough to really swim in. There's no doubt the place is expensive and you could argue that it is somewhat overpriced, but if you decide to go you will come away glad you did."
- Travel date: 9th January 2006
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"I have read. many reviews raving about how wonderful the Datai was, well if you like 3 star accommadation where tiles in pool are broken, concrete around the pool flaking off, rooms are small and need refurbishing, no privacy in main rooms from neighbors, the gym was dirty and smelt horrible. Only positives are nice beach good service,good food and the spa all being in the rain forest if that is what you would like, but this property is nt value for money, you can not even see the beach from most rooms. The spa is wonderful as all Mandara spas are. I personally would not go back and stay here"
- Travel date: 9th January 2006
"I stayed at the Datai with my girlfriend for one week. I wish we had planned for longer. The hotel was first class in every respect and the staff in it's entireity were faultless. The rooms were superb, housekeeping first class, the restaurants were varied and the food good. One night we both experimented with a dish that we didn't like but the preparation and presentation were not to blame - we just didn't like it - it happens sometimes. We visited the sister hotel along the beach - the Andaman Hotel - where the choice of restaurants and entertainment is different but you can still charge items to your room at the Datai. We were collected by car at midnight - too intoxicated to risk walking home - no problem for the staff who advertised the facility before we ventured out that evening. I played golf having arranged tee time, club hire, balls and other equipment from the hotel reception. Free transfer to the club and collection. Massage Spa was the best I have ever been in. Altogether an unforgettable experience. Stellar rating from me and recommended without reservation."
- Travel date: 27th December 2005
Totally relaxing with the best service
"Just got back from a week at The Datai, and it was a great getaway. The service is pretty amazing....wherever you are at the resort, there are always 3 or 4 staff members nearby to fulfill anything you desire. We stayed in a villa, and it was wonderfull to wake up to the monkeys playing in the trees right off our lanai. However, one day six monkeys got into our room and made quite a mess of things....it was our fault...we didn't lock the lanai door. Housekeeping did a great job of making everything right though. We saw lots of wildlife....two kinds of monkeys, wild boars, lizards, geckos, squirrels, flying squirrels, great hornbills, lots beautiful butterflies, and bats...but nothing scarey. The pools are simple but beautiful...the beach is beautiful....there is an activity hut with kayaks and sail boats, the spa was ok, it's main feature being hearing the sounds of the jungle while you get your treatments. All of the food was good. We took The Datai's yacht for a sunset cruise and hit a storm squall. We ended up hanging on for dear life, so if the weather looks iffy, I would avoid this activity....but it was an adventure we will never forget. The resort is very lowkey....and it's all about relaxing....which is exactly what we were looking for."
- Travel date: 8th December 2005
Better than Four Seasons!
"My girlfriend and I had the luxury of spending 3 nights both here and the new Four Seasons resort. Overall we both feel the Datai was better! Why? SERVICE: Mostly, the Datai service was phenomenal, there were zero glitches throughout. It was a joy to walk to the beach and have people know your name so quickly. We felt completely relaxed and pampered. (The Four Seasons service was generally outstanding but there were some basics that were completely unacceptible for a 6 star. Things like unplugged villa appliances; or nonworking walkway lights which took 3 days of repeated calls to maintenance as well as to management to fix. Hopefully just growing pains.) BEACHES: The Datai was more intimate and pretty good snorkeling. Four Seasons: too rocky, too steep to swim, no snorkeling. The cement place didn't bother me at all. WEATHER: Drier at the Four Seasons! (not hugely different) GROUNDS: Datai is a jungle, a fascinating place, monkeys bouncing around. Four Seasons is drier and has wonderfully plush villas and restaurants. SPAS: Four Seasons wins, more exotic rooms. But Datai is on a creek, lovely background, no slouch at all. FOOD: Neither are awesome, Malysian is a mix of local cultures (Thai, Indian, Chinese) that doesn't stand out on its own. Facility-wise, The Four Seasons has awesome views and a terrific lounge with club music and wonderful swinging chairs. And the food's a bit more exotic. VILLAS: Four Seasons wins easily, a HUGE place, the best part of the resort, right on the beach. POOLS: Four Seasons has wonderful lap/infinity pools with private cul-de-sacs. Datai's two pools were ok, nothing amazing. ACTIVITIES: Equal. Langkawi is sleepy; the night markets were just ok; the boat cruise to the islands was very lame and tourist-trappy. There's really no reason to leave either resort! BOTTOM LINE: We just felt perfectly pampered at the Datai, and the couple glitches at the Four Seasons (and the beach) bugged us just enough to make us prefer the Datai."
- Travel date: 17th November 2005
"We have just spent 7 nights at the Datai and it was the most luxurious, beautiful, magical, memorable and relaxing holiday i have ever had. The setting of the hotel and in particular of the villas amongst the rain forest is just breathtaking ... and its right next to the beach too. And if you enjoy nature you are absolutely surrounded by every sort of animal- monkeys, squirrels, flying squirrels, eagles, kingfishers, monitor lizards to name but a few. We stayed in a villa and it was simply wonderful being so close to nature- every day we watched the monkeys playing in the trees from your balcony. Be warned though not to feed them fruit as the brown monkeys will swarm on you and the males can be a little agrresiive (the black ones are fine). If you are of a nervous dispoistion/ afraid of spiders and the like I would probably stick to a hotel room rather than a villas as you are less likley to have creepy crawly vistors, you will avoid the dark night time walk thoguth the rainforest to your villa and also because all the sounds you hear from the rainforest during the night can be a bit unnerving. Another point to note if you have problems with mobility is that there are LOTS of steps from the villas to the hotel. The service at the Datai is second to one- the staff are amazingly attentive and even remember all the guests' name. There are lots of other nice touches to make you feels sepcial eg flowers and chamapgne on arrival, an invitation to free cocktail party ( we were plied with 6 glasses of champagne!) with other guests and the staff, free canapes with sunset cocktails and we had a half bottle of wine and canapes delivered to our villa half way through the stay. Breakfast is a revelation- there is a fabulos buffet (including sparkling woine to get you day off to a good start) and the cehf is on hand to make you pancakes, waffles, whatever you like!All of the restaurants are good, the Thai restaurant particularly so although none of them are cheap so be prepared to spend a lot when you are here. If you fancy a breack from the Datai I would recommend the Gulai House (Malysianm and Indian food)at the neighboruing hotel , the Andaman- you can either walk to it along the beach or a car will be sent for you. To make your visst to the Gulai House more special try sitting in traditional style on the floor as your are surroudned by white voile curtains and it is very private and romantic. Also room service is fantasitc and just so beatufully preented if you fancy a night in your room watcjing a DVD one evening (the hotel has an extensive collection)! In terms of activities if you can drag yourself from the beach/pool I would recomend the nature walks, the mangrove tour andf the Thai cookery class- the latter was great fun and excellent value as you get lunch after the morninbg's cookery lesson ( you do however have to eat your own creations so maybe not so greeat an idea if you are a really terrrible cook). Also everyone we spoke to who used the spa sang its praises. I really cannot recommend his amazing hotel enough-I didn't want to leave and am already saving to go back! My final comment it that I would suggest combining Langkawi with Singapore rather than Kuala Lumpur as I think it is a much more attrracive and interesting city."
- Travel date: 4th November 2005
Jungle paradise ...
"Image the Ewok Vilage from RETURN OF THE JEDI converted to a luxury hotel and you might be able to imagine what this awesome, eye-popping resort is like. But you really have to go there to experience it. Unique, romantic and fun. The restaurants are all uniformally excellent (we ate at them all) and the jungle villas are really secluded and cool. Be sure to visit the Gulai House in neighboring hotel for great Thai food. Also "Malaysian night" at the beachside restaurant was terrific. My wife and I had a memorable honeymoon time spent here (after staying part of our trip at the Four Seasons, great also but different ... more "tame") - the combo of the two made for a super overall trip. Spent many an hour at the poolside bar lounging ... Lots of beautiful scenery (I fully expected King Kong to stomp out of the prehistoric jungle!) and great beach (Leo DiCaprio should've come here just a nice as in movie THE BEACH and no cults...) ... sure were plenty of monkeys hanging around - they were loads of fun to watch, but careful they can be fresh! Snorkling in a coral enclave right off the beach was great for those who can't sit still at the beach after a few hours (saw a sea anemone size of a children's inflatable pool!) Simply a must."
- Travel date: 31st October 2005
The Datai Langkawi is also called
- Datai Hotel
- datai langkawi
- the datai hotel langkawi