Photography by Moritz Lips. Written by Oliver Lips.
Every morning I woke up to the sounds of the rainforest and while making a cup of coffee would take a glimpse out of the window to see the first rays of sunshine hitting the tree canopy and in between some clear blue sky. Mornings could be spent in the comfort of your own room or villa, by the beach or pool or with a guided nature walk by the world-renowned resident naturalist, Irshad Mobarak. I can only recommend the early morning nature walk with Irshad as you will learn a lot about the endemic fauna and flora of Langkawi. But even without a guided tour you will discover some of the tropical plants and cross paths with some of The Datai's furry friends.
By far the cutest animal that is home to the rainforest is the Dusky Leaf monkey. We would observe them doing the most mundane things like eating or grooming themselves, but it was still fascinating to watch! But the Dusky Leaf’s aren’t the only monkeys inhabiting the jungle, we saw a some Macaque’s quite often as well. Apparently they will go for the M&M’s and Pringles in your minibar if you’re inattentive and leave the balcony door to your room open.
And now sit back and escape into the rainforest of the Datai Bay through Moritz’ photos and short film he shot on the Sony Alpha A7S II.
Filmed on the Sony Alpha A7S II by Moritz Lips. Watch in 4K and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.
The treatments at The Datai Spa are magical. After you've chosen your treatment at the reception you walk along the wooden path to your private Spa Villa that is open and looks out into the rainforest. Ours had right in front of it a small stream that would give off the soothing sounds of running water while receiving a deep tissue massage. We were even lucky enough that a group of Dusky Leaf monkeys played in the trees above us.
One evening we were invited to join the sunset cruise on the Naga Pelangi. We sailed out towards Ko Tarutao, turned around and watched the sun set while having a cold beer. As we headed back into the Datai Bay the sky turned into an intense purple / rose.
The Naga Pelangi, meaning Rainbow Dragon, is a traditional wooden schooner-replica hand-built by a lovely German couple that offers tours in collaboration with The Datai from December to April.