Luxtripper Travel Editor
A stay at this stunning hotel is unmissable! The Datai Langkawi was a destination straight out of my dreams.
Malaysia is known for its coastal holidays and luscious rainforests, as well as being a haven for foodies. This Asian jewel is dreamy on paper and the big screen – after seeing its colourful culture and breathtaking landscapes for myself whilst staying at the amazing newly renovated The Datai Langkawi, I can confirm that it is even dreamier in the flesh. I was awestruck by my surroundings as soon as I stepped out of our car, my eyes greeted by the chic architecture of the hotel and the thick wall of bright emerald forest that nestled it. I felt like I was in paradise as I spotted waterfalls tumbling in the distance.
I was beside myself with excitement as soon as I stepped over the threshold of our new home for the week - I couldn’t decide which room to run to first! Would it be to the bathroom, with its deep free-standing bath, or would I leap onto one of the plush looking chairs in the living room? It was neither; I looked past the bed (tempting after a long flight) and through the floor to ceiling doors and was drawn to the sparkling private pool outside, a perfect ratio of shade and sunlight and all ours, just ours. I felt like a princess! Surrounded by luxury, we were more than ready to start making the most of our Malaysia holiday.
After catching up on sleep, we woke up ready to explore the paradise that surrounded us – it felt like our very own! After a delicious breakfast with freshly squeezed mango juice (literally the best I’ve ever tasted!), we followed the hotel footpath down to Datai Bay to catch some rays and test out the waters. The sand was silky beneath my feet as we walked to our sunbed by the Beach Club, where the bright smiles of the staff made me feel really at home, especially when they handed us some brightly coloured cocktails that they had already prepared for us!
After relaxing in the sun, feeling its warmth on my skin and trying to start off a tan, I couldn’t resist running to splash into the turquoise sea. It was like a warm bath, and I was delighted with its clarity – I could see each bump in the sand, each and every seashell and polished pebble. We finished our midday swim and treated ourselves to a tasty light snack and another cocktail (whoops!) from the Beach Bar. I admired the panoramic views of the coastline as I sipped my drink, pleased to get a little break from the sun under the forest’s trees. We just knew this would be the perfect escape for a Malaysia honeymoon.
There are so many fun things to do in Malaysia and, feeling enthusiastic, I decided to start the next day with a yoga class. I was keen to learn something new, and the kind nature of the teacher made my nerves at being a novice fly away. I went at my own pace and felt entirely relaxed as the sounds of the rainforest filled my ears. I felt completely content and at peace with myself as I stretched my limbs at the end of the session and was ready to start my next Malaysian adventure.
Our friendly guide met us right outside our villa, ready to take us on a journey through the amazing tropical forests that the Datai Langkawi is surrounded by. Exploring the emerald-hued rainforest was incredible – it was surreal to look up above and to see how far the rainforest stretched into the sky! We discovered the hidden waterfalls that I had glimpsed before, and we couldn’t help but dive into the waters. I made sure to get lots of photos; this was a once in a lifetime experience that I just had to share with my friends!
Our dream Malaysia holiday was coming to a swift end, so we decided to spend our last day slowing down in paradise at the exclusive Spa, encompassed by the sounds and smells of the verdant rainforest that surrounded it. The day was as heavenly as the massage; with the soft sound of the stream that runs beside the treatment houses, I felt really at one with nature. I could definitely get used to this easy way of life! I felt like I was at the centre of the universe as the staff tended to my body’s every ache and pain.
Our final evening at the Datai Langkawi was beyond compare, the most romantic meal that we have ever shared! We wandered onto the beach and were handed glasses of champagne by the butler who awaited us. Laid out before us was the most amazing Malay meal, prepared just for us. We enjoyed the seclusion of this moment and talked about everything and nothing, enjoying every last bite of the food. We were then treated to freshly roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate – we clinked our mugs together (like real adults do) as we watched the glowing sun sink behind the sea, the sky a medley of warm pinks and oranges.
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