Situated on the beachfront neighbouring Telaga Harbour Park and next to the tropical rainforest that boasts perhaps Langkawi’s most well known mountain, the Gunung Mat Cincang, the luxury 5-star resort The Danna Hotel welcomes romantic couples and families seeking relaxation amongst a picturesque landscape.
As part of our honeymoon, my wife and I had the pleasure of staying at The Danna Hotel for two nights in October 2016, which we had chosen for the hotel’s close proximity to Langkawi’s most prominent attractions, its cable car and sky bridge, and its location on the Telaga Harbour that’s home to a variety of restaurants.
My review of The Danna Hotel provides an overview of my short experience at this luxury resort, which may shed light on how it compares with its rival resorts, the Berjaya located several hundred metres away, and The Datai and The Andaman located at the north end of the rainforest.
- Excellent Location – Situated on the beachfront neighbouring Telaga Harbour Park, and within a 5-15 minute drive to the Langkawi Cable Car (which takes you to the Langkawi Sky Bridge), Art in Paradise, Skytrex Langkawi Adventure Park and Underwater World Langkawi.
- Comforting shoulder massage on arrival
- Large rooms with wonderful views of the courtyard, marina or the sea
- Infinity pool (largest in Langkawi) offers serene views over the Andaman Sea
- Quieter than the main beachfront that runs along Jalan Kuala Muda road.
- Nearby restaurants and bars are more expensive than main areas
The Northwest of Langkawi is home to Langkawi’s top tourist attractions as well as a number of the island’s best luxury resorts, located within or just surrounding the hundreds of acres of forest. No wonder it’s a popular choice for honeymoons and luxury getaways.
The Danna Hotel, in my opinion, is the best located hotel in this region. It’s only a 30 minute drive from the airport, 20 minutes to the main beach and 15 minutes to the Langkawi Cable Car.
Less than a few minutes walk away from the 5-star luxury hotel, you’ll come across Telaga Harbour Park, where you’ll find expensive yachts docked opposite a short strip of different restaurants and cafes, giving you the luxury of choice.
On the other hand, if you decide to stay in the other luxury resorts in this region, you’re pretty much confined to the hotel’s own restaurant and bar.
During the day, the area is quaint and calm, transforming into a vibrant and slightly buzzing boardwalk by night. However, if you’re looking for a rowdy and bustling scene, head to the main beachfront instead.
Seeing the mainly white exterior of The Danna Hotel from a distance, and then driving pass the large black gates at the entrance, I knew we were in for a pleasent experience. As soon as we stepped out our taxi, we were immediately greeted by a porter who took our luggage inside the waiting area to be checked in.
The check in desk is a lot smaller than other large hotels, and there was only one member of staff attending to another couple checking in.
While we waited, we were served cold refreshing drinks and an unexpected shoulder massage, which actually felt very good. I haven’t been to many high end hotels, so I wasn’t sure if this was the norm.
About 10 minutes later, we were checked in fairly quickly, and given a tour of the hotel’s main areas. Since The Danna is not exactly a small hotel, this tour took around 15 minutes. It was a nice welcome, the best we’ve had from any hotel, but if you’re tired, you’d probably just want to quickly head to your room. Luckily for us, it was still fairly early in the morning and we’d had a good night’s rest before.
No matter which of the 9 types of rooms you decide to stay in, space is never scarce. We stayed in one of their Marina Rooms, which had two balconies (one of which had a day bed while the other a small table and chair) that overlooks the marina with the rainforest hills in the background. Other rooms have views of the courtyard, rainforest or the infinite pool and sea.
I have a preference for modern/futuristic and quirky decor, so the classic decor at The Danna Hotel appealed more to my wife than myself.
Other notable features of the room included:
- A large wooden four-poster king sized bed that had a pillow top mattress and feather pillows (though I believe you can choose foam pillows instead).
- Two traditional armchairs with a side table, good for reading/relaxing while having a cup of tea. Though we only sat in them for no longer than 5 minutes, they weren’t the most comfortable seats.
- Several large mirrors in the bedroom
- A large bathroom that included a bathtub that can be accessed via the sliding wooden doors, an adequately sized shower, toilet, twin vanities and a dressing area.
- Quiet and peaceful, which can be attributed to the room having thick walls and being well space out from other rooms.
There are no proper computer desks in the room, so if you work from a laptop like myself, you’d have to resort to using the side table or dressing table.
There weren’t any other downsides to the room. It was spotlessly clean, spacious and comfortable; truly a pleasure to stay in.
Breakfast and dinner is held on the ground floor in the hotel’s charming “Plantar” room which overlooks the infinity swimming pool. We only had breakfast here, eating from their selection of Mediterranean, European-inspired and local cuisine.
Even though it wasn’t busy at all, there appeared to be a lack of waiters/waitresses so service was a bit slow.
After breakfast, it took us a few seconds to go from the Plantar room straight to the Terrace, where we chilled out by the poolside.
Other Memorable Highlights
The Danna Hotel is such an extraordinary hotel that there are so many memorable characteristics. Here are others some that stood out:
- Receiving a delightful welcome shoulder massage on arrival.
- Attractively large lobby area where we exchanged currency, arranged to rent a motorbike and hired a taxi.
- Around 11pm at night, we decided to visit the Verandah, the beautiful lounge area which also contains a conventional wine cellar and a cigar bar. As quiet as it was, there was still a singer and a guitarist entertaining us and one other guest. The singer told us to wait around for their next set as they went for a break. Despite how well she had sung, we reluctantly headed back to our room as it had been a long and tiring day.
- Walking through the hotel’s tranquil courtyard, designed like a mini rainforest garden.
During our stay at The Danna Hotel in October 2016, there was some construction to the east side of the infinity swimming pool. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see its completion, but this area was to become the new Princess Beach Villa, which boasts 490 sqm of room, its own private beach and a whole host of other amenities.
Final Word | The Danna Hotel Review
Our two night stay wasn’t enough to really appreciate and experience everything The Danna Hotel had to offer, especially since most of our time in Langkawi was spent outside the hotel’s compounds.
Nevertheless, a sense of grandeur was evoked from the time we stepped into the hotel, right up until the time we stepped out. We were made to feel like royalty; to make guests feel that special is probably the highest achievement for a luxury hotel.