HOOD: Teluk Datai
PROPERTY SIZE: 125 rooms
ROOM STYLE: Indigenous
WE LOVE: The beach. National Geographic has rated Datai Bay as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
WORDS BY: Ana Wilkinson – visited Nov 2015
When the hotel transfer, with boys aged 8 to 6 is a pleasure, you know you’re set for a memorable stay; our driver could not have been any more helpful or professional. On arrival we were greeted by a warm welcome, a cool towel and a cold drink, then directed to check-in at the serene lobby lounge, overlooking the Andaman Sea. It was at this moment we realised we were about to get the keys to a truly unique holiday.
The stunning architecture and deep rain forest location created an unforgettable backdrop to the jungle orchestra. We were overwhelmed by an immediate sense of peace and tranquility, a blessing on a relatively short stay (5 nights).
The unique Datai experience is one that lingers long after your stay and will no doubt ensure that you return again and again.
Our first 3 nights were accommodated in one of the superb Rain Forest Villas, which share a connecting rear deck with the Villa next door – perfect for multi generational holidays. Generous in size and luxuriously appointed, the Villas have every conceivable modern convenience plus many added extras. The cavernous bathroom is amazingly executed, with the finest details well considered. The high ceilings and timber paneling in the main room are design highlights and provide a lovely refuge from the midday heat, the occasional tropical downpour, and the nocturnal cacophony.
With the bar set so impossibly high it is a real credit to the Datai that their cuisine is the equal of the surroundings. Breakfast is an experience to savour. We loved having the knowledgeable waiting staff guide us through a treasure trove of international delicacies, each one as authentic as it was delicious. From the flakiest roti, croissant, or Danish pastry to the creamiest chawan mushi, foie gras or lobster omelette – there simply is no finer way to start the day. Except, maybe, the addition of a glass of complimentary champagne or a stiff Bloody Mary.
Days were invariably whiled away by the jaw-dropping beach club. The pool, bar and restaurant perfectly compliment what is surely one of the world’s premier beaches. Here you can try a spot of stand-up paddling to work off the breakfast excess, kayak the 1.3km sea-straight to your own deserted tropical island, or take out a catamaran and ride the ocean breeze. If golf is more to your taste, the course will leave you almost wanting to tee off into the water hazards. For those who prefer their adventure in a book, a few hours nestled poolside or under a tree on a sun lounge is just the tonic!
… as is an actual gin and tonic, which, naturally, they do to perfection.
Nights at the Datai revolve around dining at any of their world-class restaurants. True regional taste can be found perched high in the tree-tops at the Pavilion, an impeccable rendition of Southern Thai cuisine. Similarly the Mamak fare on offer at the Gulai is sublime. For those who find their villa too much of a thriller, even the in-room dining at the Datai is a cut above, arriving steaming hot and fragrant, and invariably delightful.
We were extremely fortunate to spend our final two nights at the exquisite two bedroom Beach Villa. Words alone seem inadequate to convey its magnificence. It really needs to be seen to be believed. The private entry, discreet butler service and four connecting absolute beachfront pavilions combine to create an opulent sanctuary that leaves you wanting to stay forever. With its state of the art audio visual installations, elegant contemporary design and seamlessly integrated indoor, outdoor living areas it’s no wonder the Beach Villas are teaming with birdsong and calling monkeys – even the local wildlife think this hotel is worth shouting about.
BOOK WITH US FOR
- Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- One Balinese Massage for two, once during stay at The Spa
STAY 3 PAY 2 IN A LUXURIOUS BEACH VILLA
Stay 2 consecutive nights in one of our luxurious Beach Villas and enjoy your third night with Datai’s compliments!
Veiled by coastal vegetation and surrounded by tropical gardens amidst a 10-million year old rainforest, the lavish Beach Villas offer complete privacy, and with a butler at your service, the ultimate luxury experience.
This offer is valid for stays after 29 February 2016.