Reminiscent of the majestic British Malaysian colonial era, the Danna is the only five-star luxury resort on Langkawi Island to embrace old world splendour. If majestic spaces with colonial charm appeal to you, then look no further than the Danna Langkawi, says Jasleen Kandhari.
The vast sense of space is the first thing that hits you upon entering the hotel’s lobby, with its soaring ceilings and towering pillars. “Opulent, colonial grandeur,” were my first thoughts and they remained with me throughout my stay. Upon arrival at the hotel, after a quick 15-minute drive from the airport on Langkawi Island, I was presented with a refreshing cold hand towel and a three-minute shoulder massage to ease away the flight tension.
Walking past the lobby, I entered what seemed to be a tropical rainforest, as the lobby opened up to a lush courtyard full of tropical trees, plants and ponds, leading to a breathtaking sea view over the infinity pool.
Keeping in line with the hotel’s theme of British Malaysian colonial grandeur, each room has a large four poster bed with embroidered bedding, and ensuite marble bathrooms. My Viceroy sea view room had a wooden screen dividing the bedroom and bathroom, which I slid across so I could gaze at the scintillating Andaman Sea from my sunken marble bathtub. All rooms overlook either the sea, marina or the rainforest courtyard, with private balconies to savour the stunning views.
Eating and drinking
The gourmet breakfasts at the Planters restaurant feature a mouthwatering selection of traditional Malaysian, Indian and Chinese foods, like the Malay Nasi Lemak – a coconut rice dish wrapped in banana leaf served with a boiled egg, sambal spicy sauce, roasted peanuts and anchovies. For those who can’t stomach spicy food in the morning, a diverse array of continental delights from fine cheeses to sushi is served from the a la carte and buffet menu.