Perched on the edge of the Andaman Sea is Datai Bay: a long crescent of pristine, sandy beach. Located at the northwest tip of Langkawi, Datai Bay was featured in National Geographic’s Top 10 Beaches in The World, and is widely acknowledged as one of the island’s most beautiful and unaltered beaches. Once at the beach, visitors need only look ahead to see the tiny island known as Pulau Anak Datai atop clear turquoise blue waters.
Stretching 1.5 kilometres in length, the white beach merges with the lush foliage of a 500-hectare rainforest. This rainforest forms the base of Gunung Mat Chinchang, an 850-metre-high mountain that cocoons Datai Bay. Formed some 500 million years ago, it stands as the oldest mountain in all of Southeast Asia, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Geopark. Many exotic species, such as dusky langurs, colugos, hornbills, and some 530 different species of butterflies, call the rainforest at the foothills of Gunung Mat Chinchang home.
Datai Bay, known locally as Teluk Datai, is a 40-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport and a 50-minute drive from the tourist-friendly areas of Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah. The Datai Langkawi Resort is in the immediate vicinity, and offers both a five-star experience and exclusive access to the indescribable beauty of Datai Bay.
Datai Bay is known for its richness in marine life and the ineffable beauty of the coral reefs that can be found there. Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins are also known to frequent Datai Bay in search of food, often showcasing their acrobatic abilities by leaping and breaching out of the water. Visitors of Datai Bay are encouraged to keep a lookout for them as watching dolphins in the wild provides one a wonderful experience.
Close by is also The Els Club Teluk Datai, an award-winning Ernie Els designed 18-hole, par-72, 6750-yard championship golf course. These highly equipped facilities offer a touch of urban convenience in the heart of an ancient rainforest.
Visitors to Teluk Datai are encouraged to bask in the sights and sounds of the area – to marvel at the craggy silhouette of the ancient mountain range and luxuriate in the feel of sun-warmed golden sands underfoot. The resultant ambience is one of refuge; an incomparable feeling of being embraced by nature.