Unless you sail, the only way you’ll get into Datai Bay and onto the beautiful white sand beach is to stay at one of the two exclusive resorts who ‘own’ it.
Not only are these two exclusive resorts close to one another on the idyllic island of Langkawi but they share exclusive use of their very own cove and idyllic crescent beach, protected by its own coral reef.
Langkawi, also known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’ is an archipelago made up of over 100 islands in the Andaman Sea, about 30km off Malaysia’s west coast.
The interior of the main island is a picturesque mixture of paddy fields and jungle-clad hills; whilst the shoreline is lapped by turquoise water, fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees.
There are several wildlife and excellent diving opportunities around the islands and colourful dive-boats are a regular sight amongst them
It doesn’t matter how many travellers find their way to Langkawi – the sun-kissed island in the Andaman Sea – they’ll never bother you for a second as you lie in splendid isolation on your own private beach – shared only with other luxury guests of either The Datai or The Andaman Hotel Resorts.
Either location will enthral you; it just depends on what your personal wishes are when you land on the island.
Both are sufficiently separated around the cove not to encroach upon the other; so whichever you choose, you’ll feel as though you have the beach to yourself.
This is the ultimate hideaway-from-it-all. Nestled amidst the lush vegetation on the hillside overlooking Datai Bay, The Dati presents an exclusive experience par excellence.
You’ll choose The Datai if you want to get away from it all – away from noise, away from families and their children; when you want a truly exotic experience in a unique environment.
It’s luxury all the way.
The Datai looks more rustic, as it uses natural materials woven into the robust fabric of the hotel, to give a truly ‘luxury jungle’ feel to the resort. You can dine in a selection of locations and enjoy a variety of cuisine styles.
It’s ideal for honeymooners and those who don’t want to be cheek by jowl with hundreds of other guests.
That’s not to say that its small – with over 120 rooms – it’s a community in itself, of like-minded guests who nevertheless seek exclusivity amidst the tropical rain forest but within a short walk to the shore and its gorgeous beach.
There are a variety of room sizes and standards – from villas to rooms on stilts – arranged cleverly not to cramp one another visually – so you’re sure to find something to make your magic.
It has just undergone a complete and thorough refurbishment with a ‘soft opening’ through to the end of 2018. The Datai promises to be even better than before, especially when fully open.
Choose the Andaman when you want to be with family and to keep them occupied from dawn to dusk with endless activities. The landscaped pools are shallow enough in most places for children to paddle.
The 178 rooms are categorised by their position within the complex and do not differ in facilities, presentation or standard unless you take a suite.
The rooms are clean, smart, sizeable and presentable but not remarkable – but then how much time are you going to spend in yours?
The restaurants are well presented, from the snack bar (Jentayu Lounge) in the huge atrium entrance, with several interesting cuisine choices in each, through to the sand-floored Beach Bar and restaurant by the water’s edge.
The hotel will organise day trips out to The Field of Burnt Rice, Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (The Seven Wells) or boat tours of the mangroves, diving expeditions and a visit to Langkawi’s underwater world—an underground tunnel that runs through an enormous aquarium.
The Andaman has its own coral reef conservation initiative and ‘laboratory’ that young and old alike can participate in.
The Andaman is much more of a ‘resort’ than The Datai. Both have their merits and a brief look at their websites, shown below, will give you the ‘feel’ of each to help you decide.
In a nutshell, if you’re taking a young family, then choose The Andaman; if you want to pamper yourself then choose The Datai – simples!
The Datai Bay area itself is virtually devoid of tourist attractions – so you really come here to escape from it all.
If you do want to get out from either hotel, then your best bet is to rent a car to give you constant flexibility – and if you’ve a mind, there’s a superb golf course ‘The Els,’ just five minutes’ drive from either resort.
It’s beautifully groomed and we only wish we’d had more time to play the course or stop for lunch in its bright and airy restaurant.
Either of these hotels is perfect if, ideally, you want to stay safe and secure in one place; to chill out and simply immerse yourself in pleasure.
If you’d just like more information about these unique hotel resorts then follow the links here – The Datai or The Andaman – but why not ask us to arrange your own tailor-made travel throughout the Far East?
Why not download the TLC World guide brochure or give us a call today on 01202 030443, or simply click ‘enquire’ to submit your own personal itinerary request