The Datai – Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Luxury at the Jungle’s Edge

The Langkawi is an archipelago of ninety-nine islands called the Land of the Eagles. Located northwest of mainland Malaysia, where the Andaman Sea meets the Straits of Malacca, it is a tropical paradise of the purest white sand, magical sunsets, and idyllic sun-filled days. Just three of the islands are inhabited, and one is home to the discreet Datai, undoubtedly one of Malaysia’s most beautiful resorts.

Inspired by the local Malay kampong-style structures, and using native balau wood and local white marble, the Datai snuggles unobtrusively into an ancient rain forest. Aesthetic influences are at times Thai and Indonesian, at times hinting of Japanese or even Aztec.

Lovely guest rooms, connecting corridors, lobbies, and the elevated Thai restaurant are all open-sided, letting in the jungle and creating a cool, exotic cocoon that ensnares and envelops guests, who are happy to stay within the exquisite grounds – except, perhaps, for those who make it to the hotel’s adjacent 18-hole championship golf course, not your average rain forest attraction.

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