Stay-in Datai Dining & Entertainment
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Approaching Teluk Datai, the road curves and
climbs. At the top is a view of over the ocean and a couple of secluded
coves. In the distance, several islands dot the horizon. The entire view
across the bay to Thailand is spectacular.
The Datai Langkawi, and other private villas are located here and if you
continue past the resort, you'll find yourself at a headland overlooking the
bay. A short trail through the jungle leads down to the sea. No real beach
exists there as such, however the breath-taking sight that awaits is well
worth the effort.
At the far northwest corner of the island, shrouded in rainforest with
echoing birdcalls and overlooking a private bay is the original Langkawi
gem, The Datai. The villas are not as large as some of the newer properties
coming up on the island but they are stunningly sited, utterly private and
upscale. There is hotel style accommodation as well in the main building.
For sheer indulgence, The Datai is hard to beat. Rainforest walks, mountain
biking and The Spa will keep you entertained and satisfyingly exhausted. At
night, when the lights come on, igniting the forest canopy, the resort looks
its picture-postcard best. The elegant main pool at the upper level is only
for those 16 years and above. Read your book unmolested here. The lower
level beach club pool is livelier and it fronts a gorgeous white sand cove,
shared by the neighbouring sister property, The Andaman.
The Andaman is a more vertical structure, though not a high rise by any
means. The sweeping high-ceiling lobby lets in light and sea breezes, and
permits wonderful views of the bay. Far below, the blue mosaic pool flows
through the forest. From here you appear to float above the green canopy.
The resort is contemporary chic with traditional flourishes. There is a spa
Dining & Entertainment
The Pavilion offers fine Thai cuisine. As it is situated opposite a
rainforest, you can enjoy the sounds of nature in the background as you eat.
If buffet style is your thing, The Dining Room offers a great variety of
food for both lunch and dinner.
TANJUNG RHU & NORTHEAST
Also known as Casuarina Beach, Tanjung Rhu is a beautiful, secluded white
sand bay lined with Casuarina trees on the north-eastern tip of the island.
The sea here is sheltered by the curve of the bay and, with its shallow
waters, is unusually tranquil, reminding one of a lagoon.
It's a quiet enclave with just a couple of resorts providing peace and
During the low tide, it is possible to walk across a sandbank to the nearby
islands of Pulau Pasir and Pulau Gasing a few metres away. Make sure you
remember the tide! It is not advisable to attempt it during monsoon season.
Go island hopping, take day trips to offshore islands or explore some of the
Stay-in Tanjung Rhu
On the far northeast tip of the island is the secluded Tanjung Rhu Resort
set on a broad spread of dazzling sand. The place is delightfully laid back,
yet brisk. The main ensemble is circular with a small lagoon pool at its
centre and lots of tropical foliage. Rooms are smart, with wooden floors and
large windows to prise open that extra view. Suites are delicious woody
and stylish with louvered shutters. Stepping out and around the property
brings you to an attractive beachfront swimming pool, seaside dining, and
the resorts trump card, the Jiva Rhu spa where you might try anything from
traditional Malay massage to hot stone therapy and exotic scrubs.
Last but not least, making a hushed entry along Tanjung Rhu with its
signature blend of service and style is the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi.
Moorish in design with a vivid all-embracing leitmotif drawn from the
Alhambra in Spain, from the latticed windows, framing archways and
reflective pools to the mirrored walls, oil lamps, palm trees and stark
is unlike anything youve seen before in Asia.
The menu at The Saffron is original and personal with a Mediterranean style
of cooking combined with a hint of Asian flavours. The seafood is
particularly good. Serving sumptuous international cuisine, bistro-style The
Sands features an impressive wine list and is adorned with local artefacts.
Nestled on a quieter stretch, Rhu Fine Dining is creating a buzz in the food
scene. With its intimate atmosphere, this establishment offers a touch of
class and a tinge of romance
as well as excellent food.
In the East lies the wildly atmospheric timber lodge Barn Thai in the
eastern mangroves where, you get good Thai food and a genuine swamp setting.
Watch out for the monkeys who will rummage through your things in a flash. A
five to eight-minute brisk walk along a stilted wooden walkway will get you
there from the main road. You cannot drive in.
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