The Datai Langkawi
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The Datai Langkawi will be fully closed for extensive renovation work for approximately 10 months from 4th September 2017 Nestled within pristine rainforest leading down to a private white sand beach, The Datai Langkawi is one of the best Malaysia resort experiences in Langkawi. This is a stunning hideaway at the very heart of nature. Footpaths through the jungle connect the resort, its free-standing private villas and two pools.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The Datai Langkawi will be fully closed for extensive renovation work for approximately 10 months from 4th September 2017
Nestled within pristine rainforest leading down to a private white sand beach, The Datai Langkawi is one of the best Malaysia resort experiences in Langkawi. This is a stunning hideaway at the very heart of nature. Footpaths through the jungle connect the resort, its free-standing private villas and two pools.
- Total Rooms: 109
- Total Suites: 13
- Romantic Dinners on the Beach - On Request
- Thai Cookery Lessons
- Sailing on a Luxury Yacht - November - May
- Gift Shops
- Wildlife & Birdwatching
- Nature Walks
- Jungle Treks
- High-speed Internet Access - Complimentary
- DVD's in all Rooms
- CD's in Villas and Suites
- Beach Resort
- Fitness Center
- Golf: Championship Course(s)
- Golf: Lessons Available
- Destination Spa
- Swimming Pool(s)
- Water sports
2 Bedrooms with 1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bed, 258 sqm
Datai Suite, 258 sqm feature 2 bedrooms with 1 king bed and 1 twin bed located in the main building. Spacious living and dining area, LCD TV, Bose sound system, iPod, coffee and tea making facilities. Bathroom with twin vanity, shower, bathtub and wardrobe. Maximum 6 persons per suite.
Rainforest 2 Bedroom Villa
Bedrooms with 1 King Bed & 1 Twin Bed, 165 sqm
Rainforest 2 Bedroom Villa, 165 sqm located near beachfront with a shared private pool, common living and dining area. 2 luxurious bedrooms with 1 king bed and 1 twin bed, living area, spacious bathroom, twin vanities, shower, bathtub and dressing area. Private bar with coffee and tea making facilities, LCD TV, Bose sound system, iPod and daybed. Maximum 6 persons per suite.
1 Bedroom with living and dining area, 1 King Bed, 125 sqm
Canopy Suite with 1 king bed, 125 sqm located in the main building with view of the rainforest. Private bar with coffee and tea making facilities, writing desk, LCD TV, Bose sound system, iPod and private veranda. Feature a spacious bedroom, living and dining area, two bathrooms, twin vanities, wardrobe, shower and bathtub. Max. 3 adults OR 2 adults and 2 children below 12 per suite
Rainforest Pool Villa
1 King Bed, 120 sqm
Rainforest Pool Villa with 1 king bed, 120 sqm located in the heart of the rainforest with private pool. Features coffee and tea making facilities, dining table for two, LCD TV, Bose CD sound system, iPod, oversized daybed and outdoor balcony. Bathroom includes an 8" rain shower, bathtub, twin terazzo vanities and its own wardrobe. Maximum 3 adults OR 2 adults and 2 children below 12 per villa.
1 King Bed, 62.5 sqm
Canopy Deluxe room with 1 king bed, 62.5 sqm with rainforest view. Located in main hotel building. Private bar with coffee & tea making facilities, writing desk, LCD TV, daybed and outdoor balcony. Spacious bathroom and dressing room feature twin vanities, shower cabin, toilet, bathtub and luggage space. Maximum 3 persons per room.
1 King Bed, 93 sqm
Rainforest Villa with 1 king bed, 93 sqm located in the heart of the tropical rainforest. Private bar with coffee and tea making facilities, dining table for two, LCD TV, Bose CD sound system, iPod, oversized daybed and outdoor balcony. Spacious bathroom includes an 8" rain shower, bathtub, twin terazzo vanities and its own wardrobe. Maximum 3 adults OR 2 adults and 2 children below 12 per villa.
1 King Bed, 62.5 sqm
Canopy Premium room with 1 king bed, 62.5 sqm with rainforest or swimming pool view. Located in main hotel building. Private bar with coffee & tea making facilities, writing desk, LCD TV, iPod dock, binocular, daybed and outdoor balcony. Spacious bathroom and dressing room feature twin vanities, shower cabin, toilet, bathtub and luggage space. Maximum 3 persons per room.
2 Bedrooms with 1 King Bed and 1 Twin Bed, 475 sqm
2 bedrooms Beach Villa with 1 king bed and 1 twin bed, 475 sqm located on the beach. Separate living room, open plan dining area, 10 meter private pool, sun deck and lounge area. Features a dining table, LCD TV, Yamaha sound system, iPod and private bar with coffee and tea making facilities. Bathroom with rain shower, bathtub, ensuite with double vanities. Maximum 5 persons per villa.
The Golf Club, Datai Bay
This exquisite course will blow you away. The course is closed at the moment and in the process of being re-designed by Ernie Els and is due for completion in 2013.
The Golf Club Datai Bay, routinely voted most scenic course in Malaysia and rated as the best in the country by Asian Golf Monthly in 2009, is the course that put Langkawi on the golfing map. Hewn out of 8,000 acres of rain forest reserve, it is a truly spectacular course which feels like an adventure and where every hole has its own personality. The huge range of flora and fauna is matched by the immense variety of challenges on offer.
You'll be treated like royalty upon arrival, as befitting a course that forms part of a 5 star resort, with exemplary service, free drinks on hand and helpful marshalls. The course itself is likewise fit for a king. However, said monarch better be good at golf or he is gonna lose quite a few balls around here. This is a deceptively long jungle course where missing the narrow fairways can have catastrophic consequences for your scorecard. Even shots that you catch flush can be cruelly diverted into oblivion by a rogue branch.
The fairways are a delight, the ball sitting up invitingly on the Bermuda grass; the natural undulations make a shot from a completely flat lie something of a rarity though, meaning you have to take care that a perfect drive isn't followed by a shank into the woods to join the onlooking monkeys. Sometimes a draw or a fade is required as the dog-legs are generally impossible to cut, and the numerous blind shots require some careful planning. The rough is tough to escape from, and the meandering stream that runs through the course greedily gobbles up balls that you'd expect to be safe.
Although the greens aren't quite on a par with the fairways, this is only a relative complaint as compared to most greens they are excellent, running fast and true. Either way, you may not even notice given how spectacular the course is. The fantastic scenery is enlivened by the aforementioned monkeys (no leaving food in the golf buggy) and massive lizards that call the course home, and each hole is so lovingly crafted around the contours of the jungle that they each have their own distinct character.
The par-3s are particularly memorable, especially the elevated tee shot on the 15th to a small green far below that is fronted by lakes, and the famed 19th hole. While not technically part of the course (although you can play it as the 17th), it's the best hole. Your tee shot must carry 185 yards of the Andaman Sea to a small green framed by the mountains in the distance - it's a mind-blowing sight, amongst the most exhilarating golfing moments it's possible to experience. If there's nobody behind you, it's hard to resist donating a few extra balls to the azure waters.
After changing in the sumptuous changing rooms and relaxing with a refreshing drink in the cook clubhouse, it's hard to imagine how a round of golf could have been more satisfying short of playing Augusta or Pebble Beach. Datai Bay Golf Club is golf at its best.
99 East Golf Club
A new course with lofty ambition that presents a wide variety of challenges from undulating forests to open links-style holes. Only 9 holes open at the moment but due for completion at the end of 2013.
On the oceanfront between Pantai Centang and Kuah Town lies the brand new 99 East Golf Club, the first Malaysian course to be managed by the US-based Troon Golf. Unexpectedly for a club that required the movement of millions of tonnes of earth and the planting of hundreds of new plants and trees, this championship course doesn't feel contrived and somehow compliments a surrounding natural environment made up of native forests, wetlands and orchard valleys.
The opening holes play uphill to the highest point, from where you can enjoy some spectacular views across the entire island. From there, the epic par-5 6th which satisfyingly sweeps down through the forest towards the valleys below. The holes along the ocean have a distinct scottish links feel, with wild native grasses and reeds framing the open holes instead of trees. Less reminiscent of the UK are the rice terraces that skirt the course.
It's a tough course with a variety of challenges, from the undulating forests to the flat, windswept oceanfront holes, and it's easy to imagine that the course was named after the average score round here. But with its combination of well-designed holes, memorable views, and sea breezes, somehow the score you get at 99 East Golf Club doesn't seem that important.
Gunung Raya Golf Resort
It won't win any awards but it's a decent open course which is perfect for high handicappers. Take plenty of water and sunscreen.
In the foothills of the majestic mountain from which it takes its name you'll find Gunung Raya Golf Resort set in 300 acres of what used to be a rubber plantation. Designed by American Max Wexler, it's a useful addition to the limited options for golf in Langkawi.
From the elevated tee on the 1st, a slight dog-leg right, you get a great view of the distant mountains and a pretty good idea of what the course is going to throw at you. The Bermuda fairways are generously wide and inviting, with plenty of leeway for those of us who are less than reliable with a driver. There is almost no OB and not too many hazards so there's not that much to lose by going for it off the tee, certainly on the front nine. Having said that, the 225 yard par-3 7th features a tricky two tier green flanked by bunkers and exposed to some stiff breezes, so don't think you'll have a straightforward time of it on every tee.
After the turn there is more in the way of foliage and you start to encounter water - the 10th is a beauty, a long par-5 dog-leg right with water all the way down the left and a fairway peppered with bunkers. One slight complaint is that certain sections of rough are just too thick, and it's easy to lose a ball that you would never expect to lose. Part of the problem is that the drainage doesn't seem to be perfect, so you can end up plugging your ball in a soggy patch of rough, even in the baking sun that is the norm. On that note, remember to take a hat and sunblock as it really is hot in Langkawi, and given this is a fairly new course the trees are yet to reach maturity and so offer little in the way of shade.
Overall, this is a decent course that won't be winning any awards but nonetheless provides enough to satisfy those who need to scratch that golfing itch and can't get on the course at Datai Bay; probably best played on cooler days as the heat can really get oppressive at Gunung Raya Golf Resort.
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