I like The Datai, Langkawi, for the simple fact that it reminds me of a silent retreat. Everything about this island hotel is constructed around an amphitheatre of virgin tropical rainforest whose resident birdlife and monkeys (cumi & ciki!) provide the only external intrusion. This place totally blends into its natural unspoilt surroundings. There is a very long, deliberate walk to the beach, forcing you to appreciate the lush green hills even more. I like taking the slow walk to the beach barefoot, to see this..
This gorgeous sunset is what I am talking about. Pink hues take over the sky at sunset and the only thing missing is a loved one!
Books/info on Langkawi:
The Datai, Langkawi
Jalan Teluk Datai
07000 Pulau Langkawi
Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia Tel: (60 4) 959-2500
Fax: (60 4) 959-2600