After the Standard Chartered Marathon, Bel and I went on our long awaited anniversary trip to Langkawi. As I have been overseas for most of the year, we were really looking forward to spending some quality, uninterrupted time with one another. As usual, Bel took on the role of trip planner while I hopped onboard happily as butler/ driver/ masseuse. Our talents complement one another so well!
As the purpose of this trip was relaxation and couple bonding, we didn’t fully immerse ourselves into the local culture as we usually do (think street food and visiting local markets). However if you’re looking for exciting activities to do in Langkawi, read on as I’ll share our favourite parts of the trip!
Accommodation: The Datai
The Datai is a luxurious hotel situated at the exclusive Datai Bay on the northern tip of Langkawi. The hotel is unique in that it blends right into its surroundings perfectly! Guests get to soak in the sights and sounds of both the lush verdant rainforest and the beautiful Andaman Sea while enjoying their creature comforts.
I would strongly recommend Datai if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion or even just for respite from a hectic city life. It is a great place just to chill as the compound is huge and there are so many cosy spots to lounge at. The hotel itself has 2 pools and a private beach at its doorstep. There are plenty of lounge chairs available and a staff member will come by every so often with free treats such as cocktails or sorbets. Personally, we love being around water and we spent most of our time at the beach alternating between tanning on a lounge chair, and going paddle-boarding or snorkelling. After dinner we would then retire to our gorgeous, spacious room for a nice soak in the bathtub.
The service staff at Datai were really top notch – approachable and eager to help with anything we needed eg. photo-taking and enquiries about hotel activities. By our 2nd day there, they were already greeting us by our names!
We’re not being paid to advertise Datai, but we were so impressed with it that we want to share it with everyone else too! Midway through our Datai stay, we were already wondering when we could come back next!
We woke up really excited on the 2nd day of our trip because of our jet ski tour. It was the first time either of us was doing this and we were keen to try it and explore the many islands that surround Langkawi! We took a 3 hour tour package from Seeman Sports because of its favourable reviews on Trip Advisor. We were really lucky to be the only 2 people in the tour group as we had 2 guides to the 2 of us!
Jetskiing is really an adrenaline pumping activity, especially because our guides kept encouraging us to go faster! We were quite freaked out initially as it was difficult to control the jetski and it felt like it would topple over! The guides said that the trick was to accelerate as the jetski would become more stable if we went faster. This seemed to help a little, but I think we still need much more practice! Also, our forearms were getting such a workout holding out to the handlebars. I wonder if this is what all beginners feel too?
Water activities at Datai
Datai also loans non-motorised watersport equipment for free to guests. Bel really enjoyed paddle-boarding and she would take the paddle-board out on the water every few hours just for the fun of it. It turns out that she is really good at it while I was just the opposite!=P
Snorkelling is a popular activity at Datai. However as it was ‘spring tide’ during the week we were there, visibility wasn’t good. Still, if you time your snorkelling session to when the tide is right and there is strong sunlight, you just might be able to see some interesting sea creatures! For us city dwellers, it was exciting to see/touch the clown fishes, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins!
This is all we can share in one blog post, we hope you enjoyed reading about our trip and will have as much fun in Langkawi as we did when you do visit!