The Datai, Langkawi

Malaysia

Legendary luxury in a secluded paradise on Langkawi’s north-west tip.

The Datai’s spectacular white-sand beach has been ranked by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the world, and we couldn’t agree more. Backed by pristine ancient rainforest, it’s the most astoundingly beautiful setting imaginable.

The Beach Collection villas allow you to stay as close to the sands as possible. Fully enclosed lush gardens open directly onto the crescent shaped bay, while the full butler service means you needn’t lift a finger. Set on stilts beside a crystal-clear stream, the Rainforest Pool Villas provide complete privacy in the heart of the jungle. Your huge pool deck is the ideal spot to revel in the tranquillity of your surroundings.

While the beach is undoubtedly the resort’s focal point, there are plenty of other diversions. Explore the rainforest on a nature walk led by world-renowned resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak. Tee off overlooking the Andaman Sea at the Ernie Els designed championship golf course. Get pampered at the rainforest spa.

With such diverse dining experiences on offer there is never a need to dine out. Our favourite has to be The Gulai House. Tucked away deep in the rainforest, you’ll feast on mouth-wateringly authentic Malay dishes to the atmospheric chatter of jungle wildlife.

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Location

Surrounded by 10-million-year-old rainforest and overlooking the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, The Datai is a 45-minute drive from Langkawi airport. Flights from Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur take around 1 hour.

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