Lizzy Spenceley found a beachfront paradise at The Danna Hotel in Langkawi.
From the moment we started our descent into Langkawi, my airplane window offering a bird’s eye view of its ninety nine stunning islands and sparkling blue waters, it was clear that this tropical archipelago was going to be a literal paradise. An impression only heightened once we’d landed and found ourselves speeding along leafy jungle-lined roads, filled with dozens of wild monkeys, to our destination for the next two nights, The Danna Hotel.
Located on the picturesque Telega harbour, The Danna Hotel is a masterclass in old school elegance. Set in a white-washed colonial building, complete with high ceilings, majestic pillars and expansive courtyards, from the moment we arrived it was clear that The Danna was everything you’d expect from a five star hotel. And that was before we’d even taken in the extraordinarily beautiful beachfront setting!
I was lucky enough to be staying in a sea-front suite and as soon as I got to my room I quickly stepped out onto the private balcony to take in my surroundings. As soon as I threw open the doors, the welcome blast of tropical heat and jaw-dropping view of the dazzling ocean and incredible three-tier pool was enough to banish all thoughts of jet lag from my sleep deprived mind.
The spacious room was the perfect combination of British and Malaysian grandeur; all dark wood and rich reds, with a huge four poster bed just begging you to jump straight in it. A sliding door separated the bedroom from the bathroom, which had a glorious sunken marble bathtub and its own giant wet room, creating an intimate open space that added a luxurious romantic vibe to proceedings. Everything from a dish of homemade chocolate by the bed to the French Connections products in the bathroom was immaculate and had it not been for the blazing sunshine outside, I would have holed up in there permanently!
As it was my first time in Malaysia I wasn’t quite sure what to expect dining-wise but when it comes to food, The Danna Hotel does not disappoint! On the first day we ate a simple Tiffin Lunch, made up of a foursome of traditional Malaysian curries, in the light and airy Straits and Co. restaurant. Aromatic and delicious, it was a great introduction to local cuisine.
On the second night dinner took place in the more opulent of the two restaurants, The Planter’s. With the option to eat inside or al fresco over-looking the pool, the menu consists of gourmet international dishes and we feasted on uber tender Oriental seared Australian premium beef salad and a tantalising tasty lobster bisque amongst a range of other worldwide cuisine.
Relaxation is the name of the game at The Danna ; from grabbing the perfect pool-side sun lounger, to strolling down the sandy beach or indulging in a cocktail at the Verandah bar, I could have happily remained stranded here forever!
We also hit up the ultra luxe Danna Spa, where a traditional signature massage took no mercy on my muscles but completely eliminated any lingering long-haul aches and pains.
If you can bear to drag yourself away from tanning, The Danna Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Langkawi. Over the course of our stay we took in a sunset cruse, experienced the wonders of the steepest cable car in the world and spent an afternoon touring the natural beauty of the Mangrove Swamps. All of which managed to further cement my growing love for this incredible island!
Sea-front suites at The Danna Hotel from £186.37
Lizzy Spenceley was a guest of Malaysia Airlines.
Malaysia Airlines flies from London Heathrow to Langkawi via Kuala Lumpur from £855 return economy.
For more information visit malaysiaairlines.com
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