Wednesday, April 22, 2009

the datai experience

This was quite a few weeks back, but I wanted to document this magical experience so that when I read it back (which I surprisingly do!) I will remember it for a long time to come.

We have been wanting a beach holiday for some time. Imran really wanted to make sand castles and I just needed to relax on the waves amongst the sea breeze, especially after the pregnancy, delivery and demanding first few months of Rania's life. Now that she is stable and settled into a routine, we thought she deserves her first holiday! It was important that we had time just the 4 of us for 4 days to just bond and enjoy each other.

We decided to stay at Andaman in Langkawi and it was our first stay there. I even managed to enjoy a relaxation massage at the spa perched up on a hill overlooking the Andaman Sea while Dino babysat both the kids, which was such a treat for me.

But, an experience I shall never forget is the walk to Datai resort which is only next to the Andaman. As the kids enjoy the outdoors pretty much the whole day, they are so tired in the evenings that we decided to put them to sleep as usual at 7pm and get a babysitter to watch them in the room.

We were looking forward for a nice quiet dinner and the restaurants in Andaman didn't seem to be too appealing, so the staff suggested that we go to the Datai as they had some nice places to dine in. As both resorts belong to the same owner, you could actually use the facilities there and charge everything under one bill. They did say that we could also use a car, but we decided to walk in stead.

I am so glad we chose to do that, although we didn't feel that way at the time! It was a long beautiful walk by the beach in the forest. It was dark with only a few path lights, and everything was quiet that you could only here the crickets and the waves beating onto the beach. We kept walking and walking, but the path just went on and on. I got quite scared and although Dino said he wasn't, I know he kind of was too! It was too late to turn back (and get on the car in stead!), and we thought we must be almost there.

But, we weren't. After about 15 minutes of (fast) walking, we saw a swimming pool and a beautiful traditional hut in the middle of nowhere, and of course there was not a soul there! We decided to go inland from the pool area as we thought this pool has to be part of the Datai Resort. But the path just went on and led onto a bridge. I was still scared but couldn't help but to stop and look at the tall and majestic trees surrounding us. They are so tall - taller than I have ever seen in my life. Dino wanted to rush ahead until we get to civilisation, but I insisted to pause and enjoy the magical experience! So, we kept walking and stopping and walking again. I gasped and almost cried just mesmerised by the beauty of nature.

After more walking, we started to hear some noise of people talking and laughing, as if from a restaurant. So we followed the sound and soon enough we reached a massive stone wall with stairs behind it. We walked up and arrived in this magical place. Still panting from the unplanned exercise, we sat down for a nice dinner while still enjoying the surroundings. I was just so glad I didn't put on my high heels that night!

I knew Datai won many architectural awards and is known to be amazing, but I was taken aback with its backdrop - the 50 million years old tropical rainforest! I wonder if it feels as breathtaking as it did in the daytime, but the adventure we went through was pure magic!


At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my... you described it really, really well sha! now i want to go to datai too! :)

At 1:33 AM, Blogger miss-cream said...

yes, you should do like what we did - stay at andaman (i think it's much cheaper than datai!) and have dinners at datai. and do the walk that we did - i highly recommend it!

At 5:33 AM, Anonymous Rina said...

after reading this post, I felt like i was in the scene! anyway, now i want to go datai too...hadnt heard about it before, seems like a very nice place to go. thanks for the review!

At 7:55 AM, Blogger elly said...

yeah, now i thk everyone would wanna go through that experience too! and the photos you have from the holiday is just lovely! would love to go there if given the chance, tho i dont think arina would enjoy the beach as much as imran did. she's scared of the beach for some reason..maybe all the more reason for me to bring her as much as i can kan? :D

At 6:36 AM, Blogger miss-cream said...

they should pay me for advertising them! haha. but seriously, the place is gorgeous (datai more than andaman), but i still prefer pangkor laut for their beach. the beach at andaman had sand flies, so can be really annoying!

At 5:09 AM, Anonymous raz said...

Sha, now i need to go for a beach holiday after reading your post and also Nina's! It will be Arissa's first beach experience too! We've been to Pangkor Laut resort, the beach and the pool
are really private..but Datai seems to be really nice too.


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