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The Datai, Langkawi. £460 pn HB (£230 pppn ) April 2020 £460 @ Travel Republic
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The Datai, Langkawi. £460 pn HB (£230 pppn ) April 2020 £460 @ Travel Republic

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This is towards the top of my wish list hotels. Set in the Langkawi rainforest and overlooking a National Geographic top ten world beach this is a stunning hotel in a stunning location. Travelrepublic have this at £460 a night half board for some dates in April. I have used 11th to 21st April.
If you are into 5* hotels in stunning locations this is one worth considering
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I wouldn’t enjoy my holiday paying this price
Most amazing hotel I've ever stayed at hands down. The villas within the jungle are amazing
beaufinder117/02/2020 20:51

I wouldn’t enjoy my holiday paying this price


A lot of people pay far more and thoroughly enjoy their holidays, even if only as a once in a lifetime
Looks beautiful. Had no idea where this was.
My advice, don't go there!

Stayed at the sister hotel, The Andaman, at the other end of the beach several years ago & both of us couldn't wait to leave. Beach is problematic as when the tide rises, much of the beach disappears & everyone gets crammed up against the line of palm trees. Furthermore the beach was awash with shouty Russians when I went. Hopefully they've gone now. Had a good wander around The Datai to see what all the fuss was about. We both thought it a bit meh! Given the proximity of the forest, I guarantee you'll get eaten alive by the mozzies at night.

Went from The Andaman to The Tanjung Rhu hotel for a few days; also on Langkawi. Talk about chalk & cheese! Brilliant beach, sublime food, to-die-for service & probably the most romantic swimming pool you'll find anywhere in the world. Liked it so much went back the following year for our honeymoon & several occasions afterwards. Packed off my son & his new bride there when they got married & a few years later, took the family out for my 60th.

Not sure what it's like now as they embarked on an over-ambitious hotel upgrade & ran into financial problems. Last time we went, it was clearly unfinished but still we had a wonderful time.
Edited by: "Joe90_guy" 17th Feb
You aren't kidding, Tanjung Rhu is an amazing place to stay. Talk about having a destination wedding there, anybody going there won't be disappointed,👌👌👌
Joe90_guy17/02/2020 21:21

My advice, don't go there!Stayed at the sister hotel, The Andaman, at the …My advice, don't go there!Stayed at the sister hotel, The Andaman, at the other end of the beach several years ago & both of us couldn't wait to leave. Beach is problematic as when the tide rises, much of the beach disappears & everyone gets crammed up against the line of palm trees. Furthermore the beach was awash with shouty Russians when I went. Hopefully they've gone now. Had a good wander around The Datai to see what all the fuss was about. We both thought it a bit meh! Given the proximity of the forest, I guarantee you'll get eaten alive by the mozzies at night.Went from The Andaman to The Tanjung Rhu hotel for a few days; also on Langkawi. Talk about chalk & cheese! Brilliant beach, sublime food, to-die-for service & probably the most romantic swimming pool you'll find anywhere in the world. Liked it so much went back the following year for our honeymoon & several occasions afterwards. Packed off my son & his new bride there when they got married & a few years later, took the family out for my 60th.Not sure what it's like now as they embarked on an over-ambitious hotel upgrade & ran into financial problems. Last time we went, it was clearly unfinished but still we had a wonderful time.


Sorry but the Andaman and the Datai are not the same class of hotel...
Staying in a hotel like this is good as an amazing experience for one night, especially if you have someone you can go halves with. But in the end the number of hours in the day are the same and the time goes by so quickly, that it's hard to justify the extreme price for a long period. Unless you have more money than you could possibly ever spend, in which case lucky you.
rasman17/02/2020 22:12

You aren't kidding, Tanjung Rhu is an amazing place to stay. Talk about …You aren't kidding, Tanjung Rhu is an amazing place to stay. Talk about having a destination wedding there, anybody going there won't be disappointed,👌👌👌


Agree, Tanjung Rhu is amazing. I had a look at the Datai at the same time and preferred the Rhu. Food and service were incredible, and the beach was better in my opinion. No issues with mosquitoes either.
Calaisjar17/02/2020 23:57

Staying in a hotel like this is good as an amazing experience for one …Staying in a hotel like this is good as an amazing experience for one night, especially if you have someone you can go halves with. But in the end the number of hours in the day are the same and the time goes by so quickly, that it's hard to justify the extreme price for a long period. Unless you have more money than you could possibly ever spend, in which case lucky you.


Agree with the idea of one night somewhere nice as anywhere will be come routine quickly.
Stayed at the andaman which I thought was amazing. Datai was twice as expensive. Great beach and I never saw one mosquito. Yes it's not cheap but cant compare with Costa del sol!

You can get cheaper such as sok San in Cambodia but no comparison in hotel.
The Andaman was amazing ... Datai next next on the list!!!
Duty free in Langkawi, so cheap beer, not that you would be bothered if you are staying at the Datai.
Joe90_guy17/02/2020 21:21

My advice, don't go there!Stayed at the sister hotel, The Andaman, at the …My advice, don't go there!Stayed at the sister hotel, The Andaman, at the other end of the beach several years ago & both of us couldn't wait to leave. Beach is problematic as when the tide rises, much of the beach disappears & everyone gets crammed up against the line of palm trees. Furthermore the beach was awash with shouty Russians when I went. Hopefully they've gone now. Had a good wander around The Datai to see what all the fuss was about. We both thought it a bit meh! Given the proximity of the forest, I guarantee you'll get eaten alive by the mozzies at night.Went from The Andaman to The Tanjung Rhu hotel for a few days; also on Langkawi. Talk about chalk & cheese! Brilliant beach, sublime food, to-die-for service & probably the most romantic swimming pool you'll find anywhere in the world. Liked it so much went back the following year for our honeymoon & several occasions afterwards. Packed off my son & his new bride there when they got married & a few years later, took the family out for my 60th.Not sure what it's like now as they embarked on an over-ambitious hotel upgrade & ran into financial problems. Last time we went, it was clearly unfinished but still we had a wonderful time.



I had the complete opposite experience in December (6 days). The Andaman couldn't have been more relaxing. There are two high tides and two low tides per day, so the sea does go out, but it doesn't really detract much from the experience (I can see how it might if it was always low tide at the time you used the beach, but that was never the case when I was there). I never encountered loud guests, there were always dozens of available recliners, and if you don't like who's near you, you literally have an entire white sand bay to chill out wherever you want, or you can kayak or paddle board to the uninhabited island on the bay.

The Datai and The Andaman both have the same owner and are the only two properties on Datai Bay, so they share the same private beach, which is widely regarded as the best on Langkawi. The Datai is certainly a higher standard, more modern, and has better restaurants, but it's also a lot more expensive (Datai £400+ pn; Andaman £160pn using 5 nights for price of 4 promo on Marriott site). Went for dinner at The Datai (Gulati House) and the food was very good, the main reception area with a huge lilly pond with tiny frogs is amazing, and you get driven by buggy up and down winding tracks to get anywhere. Service was great at both hotels. They're both fairly priced for what they offer (I think The Andaman is outstanding value for £160pn if you get upgraded to a seaview room through Marriott status / Amex plat).

All depends on your expectations, though!

Attached one photo from The Andaman at high tide; one at low tide, for comparison. Also The Datai's lily pond.

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Ah yes, I can just about remember The Gulai House. It was okay. However, at The Rhu, one night, I mentioned that I had developed a bit if taste for Fish Head Curry when I lived in Sing (sounds gross but is brill!). Oh really they say? Could the chef do such a meal for you & your wife tomorrow night? And they laid it on, FHC & all the trimming, just for us, no extra charge. That's what makes holidays special!
Any particular reason it's so cheap at the moment or is this generally a good time to book a place like this for the summer?
Malachi_X19/02/2020 21:02

Any particular reason it's so cheap at the moment or is this generally a …Any particular reason it's so cheap at the moment or is this generally a good time to book a place like this for the summer?


It isn't normally this price. Given that it is bordering on being 'last minute' I think they are probably reacting to Chinese cancellations
I have been to Langkawi about 8-9 years ago. Hotels are relatively cheap in Malaysia. But I will not spend 460 a night unless I'm absolutely loaded, multi millionaire.

We stayed at the hotel within walking distance of the airport for convenience, nothing grand for something like 40 a night with breakfast. Rented a car for a few days to drive around the island.
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