This luxury hotel on the west coast of the island of Langkawi blends colonial styling with contemporary chic. A kids’ club and a spa make relaxing easy, but the Langkawi Cable Car up to the famous SkyBridge is just a 25-minute walk away for those who want to explore.
On the main island of the archipelago of the same name, the Danna Langkawi is about a 15-minute transfer from Langkawi International Airport, which has links to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for onward flights to the UK, among other destinations. It sits in a prime beachfront spot within a sheltered harbour protected from possible tsunamis by artificial islands. No part of the island is more than 45 minutes from the hotel by road, but The Danna is on the doorstep of some of Langkawi’s major attractions, including the SkyBridge, Seven Wells Waterfall (best seen on a zipwire rainforest tour) and the Oriental Village with its quadbikes and Segways, exhibitions and more.
Style & character
The Danna blends a whitewashed colonial-style exterior with stylish interiors that have an overall classic vibe enlivened by contemporary touches. Creams and other neutral hues predominate in public spaces and in guestrooms alike. A vast central courtyard filled with lush greenery and fish ponds reinforces the feeling of space and tranquillity in the hotel, as do the soaring ceilings. Outside, the cosseting atmosphere continues, with cabanas, slouchy chairs and beanbags around a vast, sea-facing pool. The Beach Villas stretching along the beach, away from the hotel, have a more modern feel both architecturally and in terms of décor.
Service & facilities
The Danna’s coup de théâtre is its three-tier pool – the largest infinity pool on the island. There’s also an outdoor hot tub and a children’s pool. Inside you’ll also find a spa with nine treatment rooms, a fitness room, a free kids’ club, a games room with billiards, snooker and board games, and a library. All guests get a complimentary shoulder massage on check-in. There are four restaurants, a lounge-bar with cigar room, and 24-hour room service.
Guests can also book private dining on the beach, by the pool or in the garden. Staff are genuinely welcoming and hugely professional across the board: restaurant staff remember which wine you favoured the previous night, while pool staff bring you towels and water without waiting to be asked (as well as umbrellas in the rainy season).
- Fitness centre
- Kids’ club
- Room service
- Steam room/hammam
The 125 very spacious rooms and suites, situated over four floors, sleep up to three people (either a king-sized four-poster bed or single beds, plus an extra bed). Décor is restrained, with colonial overtones, dark woods and a largely natural colour scheme. Toiletries are high-end bespoke products. All rooms have balconies with either sea and pool, courtyard, rainforest or marina views, along with rainfall showers and wonderfully deep bathtubs. Rooms on the top floor have private terraces with sun-loungers. Two suites have private plunge pools. The Royal Imperial Suite sleeps up to six and features its own kitchen, dining room, steam room and gym.
There are also Beach Villas with cool, calm interiors, marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, private pools, their own spa treatment areas and dedicated ‘hosts’. One-bedroom villas sleep three people, or there’s a two-bedroom villa for six.
Food & drink
The Danna’s main restaurant, Planter’s, serves excellent Mediterranean, European-inspired and local cuisine indoors or on the terrace. Standout dishes include Malay tiffin sets for two people (£36) and a trio of rendang (£13.50). Planter’s is also the venue for breakfast – a fantastic buffet spread including Malaysian, Chinese and Western dishes, plus complimentary champagne.
The à la carte section includes the likes of kopitiam – soft-boiled eggs served with toast and kaya (coconut) jam. There’s also the poolside Terrace restaurant and bar, with mainly modern Italian dishes, plus sandwiches and pizzas. The more casual Straits & Co with its pretty floor tiles is the perfect setting for British-Malay cuisine, plus shakes, smoothies, iced coffee and teas, and afternoon teas. Room service is available round-the-clock.
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