Los Angeles Times

Jungle-meets-sea: The Datai, Langkawi, Malaysia

So dense is the Langkawi jungle surrounding The Datai that you cannot see the sea for the trees. In fact, you'd think that all of the fun takes place at the adults' pool, a sapphire-blue stunner by the hotel's restaurants. Weave through the rainforest, however, and you'll be rewarded with one of the world's best beaches. Lined with sunloungers and rattan couches, this near-deserted stretch is all powder-soft sands and pure, warm waters, with views to outlying islands. Take a kayak or catamaran out for a spin, order cocktails from the Beach Club, then flag down a golf buggy for the trip back.Jojie Alcantara/Getty Images