Although the travel time is not for the faint-hearted, Malaysia combines lush, tropical rainforests with breath-taking beach scenes. Argubably all one could wish for in a far-flung holiday destination.

The unspoilt island of Langkawi is the perfect spot following a few nights in Kuala Lumpur. Made up of 99 islands on Malaysia’s west coast, this archipelago’s official name of the ‘Jewel of Kedah’ says all you need to know to understand the allure of these islands. With pristine white sands, a stay at the luxurious Datai is the perfect beach break for those who expect nothing less than excellence.

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Surrounded by lush Langkawi rainforest and drenched in glamour, The Datai is one of the most luxurious hotels in Malaysia. With a pristine, private white sand beach, spend your days soaking up the views out to the shimmering Andaman Sea. The hotel has two pools if you prefer to keep away from the sand; a stunning upper pool on the hillside is adults-only and there’s a more family-friendly option closer to the beach. With Malaysian and Western dining in their restaurant (with authentic Thai cuisine at the Pavilion), a world-famous, Ernie Else designed golf course and nature walks and water sports there’s plenty to do to keep you and the whole family busy.


So it might not be easy to get to, but that’s half the fun, right? Flying to Kuala Lumpur, you then face a four-hour drive followed by a 45-minute private speedboat transfer. At least you know you’ll be arriving in style. And the arduous journey is well worth it. Tioman island is one for the water babies; there’s a whole host of boat trips available from the hotel, you can snorkel in shallow waters or book in for a dive. The coral here is quite incredible. Back at the resort, the accommodation is very much at one with nature. There are only a handful of chalets and villas dotted around, some with plunge pools and wraparound decks to take in the views. There are even two restaurants to choose from meaning there’s little reason to leave once you’ve finally arrived.