A Perfect Weekend At The Datai Langkawi

A quick trip to Malaysia, especially if there’s a long weekend coming up, is almost second nature to most of Singapore’s residents. There’s the reliable option of a quick and easy trip across the border to Johor Bahru or a blink-and-you’ll-miss it flight to Kuala Lumpur. On some occasions, especially if you’re feeling ravenous, a fast yet satisfying food-centric trip to Penang or Ipoh just might be on the agenda.

However, one particular Malaysian destination that checks all the right boxes (easy to get to, plentiful food options, and beautiful resorts), but doesn’t get that much attention is Langkawi. It’s a quick and breezy flight to the island, which usually takes less than 90 minutes. In this short span of time, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled to a faraway destination once you’ve landed – majority of the island is nestled in unspoiled forests and perfectly framed by the beautiful blues of the Strait of Malacca.

If a Malaysian getaway is something that’s on your future agenda, consider Langkawi and make the long weekend trip even more worth it by staying in one of its most iconic resorts – The Datai Langkawi.

The luxury property, which opened in 1993, was designed by Kerry Hill, the visionary architect known for his work for brands like Aman, alongside designer Didier Lefort. Its award-winning architecture laid the foundation for a timely renovation in 2017 and is now finally open and waiting to be experienced and explored.

Arnaud Girodon, General Manager, The Datai Langkawi shares, “The vision was very clear from the start and even before renovations commenced. We wanted to refresh the spaces, whilst maintaining the signature Datai DNA and keep to its origins. Hence, we ensured local materials and inspiration from the environment, surroundings, and culture were used, for our many regular guests to still feel very much at home upon their return.”

In addition to the magnificent architecture and design of The Datai, nature takes center stage – and rightly so. The surroundings play a significant role in presenting unique experiences in the rainforest, sea, as well as adjacent mangroves. When it comes to accommodations, the resort boasts over 120 rooms, suites, and villas set within nature’s majesty. Take your pick from picturesque villas in the middle of the rainforest that boasts not only space but calming greenery and tranquil sounds at any time of the day to beach villas that are merely steps away from Datai Bay, made even more tempting with personalized butler service.

Food always plays an important role in any Malaysian getaway and The Datai Langkawi is sure to satisfy all cravings. The Dining Room is where most guests converge, with lavish breakfast spreads in the morning, serving favorites like nasi lemak and roti jala made to order. At night, it transitions into a romantic fine dining setting where fine food and wine are served with an unbeatable sunset view.

Deep within the resort is The Gulai House, an open-air kampung-style setting that serves authentic Malaysian cuisine from all over the country. Get your fix of fresh seafood here, served alongside spicy curries, hearty stews, and unique desserts. The Beach Club and The Beach Bar is another location loved by The Datai’s guests, which offers a wide selection of local and international fare, plus easy access to both the pool and beach.

Sweat out the indulgences while gaining a newfound appreciation for nature by partaking in the different experiences and activities available at The Datai, led by a passionate team of naturalists and marine biologists. Aside from easy guided morning and evening walks around the grounds, guests can also head up to the new Datai observatory deck – a 15-meter high, 20-meter long canopy walk that lends a bird’s-eye-view of the rich flora and fauna found around The Datai. Other highlights include kayaking through mangroves, immersive birdwatching treks, as well as an early morning forest bathing session. Round this memorable weekend up with a slow stroll towards The Spa, which offers relaxing massages and traditional treatments in tranquil spaces that overlook the jungle.

Gourmet Traveller