Nestling in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, The Datai Langkawi is a captivating destination resort that blends into its natural surroundings. Situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, the resort’slush tropical rainforest offers the perfect escape. Datai Bay is rated as one of the top 10 beaches in theworld by National Geographic and together with the resort’s surrounding jungle, is host to a wealth of flora and fauna, some of which is endemic to the area.

A homage to the work of the visionary architect Kerry Hill, it all started with the discovery of the Datai Bay and a view so breathtaking that he fell instantly in love with the place on his first site visit with his fellow designer Didier Lefort. Since its inception in 1993, the iconic property has been featured in myriad lifestyle publications and coffee-table books. It received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001, inspiring the work of fellow architects worldwide.

In September 2017, The Datai Langkawi embarked on an extensive renovation, the most substantial enhancement since its opening in 1993. To ensure the resort retains its much-loved ‘Datai DNA’, Didier Lefort of DL2A in France, was once again reappointed to lead the project.

“The vision was very clear from the start before renovations commenced, that we wanted to refresh the spaceswhilst maintaining the signature Datai DNA and keeping to the origins of the structure. We made sure local materials and inspiration from the environment, surroundings and culture were used so that our regular guestswill still feel very much at home when they return,” said Arnaud Girodon, General Manager.

At the core of its offering, the spectacular surrounding nature plays a significant role with unique experiences in the rainforest, sea and adjacent mangroves, led by our dedicated team of naturalists and marine biologists. This nature also forms the base of our spa and wellness programmes with specially crafted spa treatments and holistic activities.

To protect this unique natural habitat, sustainability is also a key component to the resort’s strategy witha strong commitment to using less energy, water and single-use plastic. Recycling and upcycling plants and organic gardens have been created where guests can be a part of. Further programmes are also tailor- made to protect the coral reef on the Datai Bay where again guests can play a role in.

The refreshed look and feel of the resort will offer guests nature and culture-based experiences, to promote Malaysian hospitality to the world and reaffirm The Datai Langkawi as an unparalleled luxury destination.

ACCOMMODATION

The resort has 121 rooms, suites and villas, all with enchanting views of the lush tropical rainforest, some with the breath-taking vista of the Andaman Sea with Tarutao Island on the horizon. Escape to the perfect seclusion of a private sanctuary with the resort’s Canopy, Rainforest or Beach Collection.

Canopy Collection – Situated in the main buildings, the Canopy Deluxe and the Canopy Premium are a delightful way to experience The Datai Langkawi and its stunning views and award-winning architecture. Perfect for guests who prefer to be near the spectacular main pool, The Dining Room and The Lobby Lounge. The Canopy Suites offers rare rainforest opulence from its spacious verandas. The king size bed is topped with crisp, white Egyptian cotton linen, complemented with a separate living room and dining area. At 378 square metres (approximately 4,068 sq ft), The Datai Suite is bathed in natural light, boasting unobstructed views of the rainforest and the Andaman Sea from an outdoor private veranda. The gracious indoor living space is furnished with neutral tones and elevated amenities.

Rainforest Collection – Tucked deep inside the lush tropical rainforest and the vegetation that covers The Datai Langkawi estate, the elegant Rainforest Collection villas, including pool villas, are architecturally designed to be naturally at one with Mother Nature. Standing proudly on stilts, The Rainforest Villa and Pool Villa will enjoy scenic views of dense jungle in abundance or tropical rivers flowing along a meandering course.

The Datai Estate – As part of the Rainforest Collection, The Datai Estate deserves a prominent introduction with its expansive five-bedroom facility, spanning 3,500 square metres (approximately 37,700 sq ft). The exclusive space features alluring neutral tones with modern furnishings, living rooms, game rooms, two 20 metre connected pools, 24-hour butler service as well as a private chef.

Beach Collection – Located directly on the pristine white-sand beach of Datai Bay, the One-Bedroom Beach Villa and the Two-Bedroom Beach Villa are fully enclosed with serene garden views and an inviting private swimming pool. The beach villas appeal to guests seeking privacy with personalised service from their butler.

DINING

Enjoy a diverse selection of cuisine, inspired by regional flavours. Dishes are centred around locally grown ingredients with a distinctive Malaysian and Asian flair.

The Gulai House – Serving authentic Malaysian cuisine, The Gulai House is an award winning restaurant tucked deep in the rainforest. The restaurant reminiscence a traditional Malay kampung (village) house where diners are welcome to bersila (sit on the floor) or at the rustic dining table to enjoy a Malaysian feast.

The Pavilion – The traditional Thai restaurant is overlooking the serene tropical atmosphere. Situated atop 30-metre stilts with far reaching views of the rainforest, Thai cuisine is celebrated with freshly harvested exotic herbs. The sight of the elusive flying colugo, a gliding mammal, will enhance your dining experience.

The Dining Room – A lavish spread for breakfast awaits diners with a juice bar, freshly made pastries and pass around breakfast specials. Lunch is served a la carte. The restaurant transitions into a romantic venue in the evening for a fine dining setting styled in the colonial era. Wine aficionados will delight inthe restaurant’s exclusive wine collection from its walk-in wine cellar.

The Beach Club and Beach Bar – A casual venue to enjoy convivial gatherings. Spend the day sipping signature cocktails and savouring fresh seafood, served from an outdoor show kitchen and an open grill, while sunset light up the horizon with red and orange. At dinner, the Beach Club Restaurant is transformed to an elevated seafood grill restaurant with tables set on the various decks where guests can listen to the soothing sounds of the waves as background music.

The Lobby Lounge – Overlooking the Andaman Sea and the rainforest, this open-air lounge is the ideal place to relax and take in the panoramic views. Delicious light snacks are available throughout the day and a premium selection of teas is served during the afternoon high tea. A splendid selection of cocktails, refined spirits and champagne are available in the evenings accompanied by a live jazz duo.

Special Dining – To celebrate a special occasion, the resort can create a personalised dinner, surrounded by lush rainforest as your backdrop or directly on the white sandy beach.

NATURE

Voted as one of the World’s top 10 beaches by National Geographic, The Datai Langkawi sits inextraordinary biodiversity and the 10 million-year-old rainforest is home to a wealth of flora and fauna. Against a backdrop of Southeast Asia’s oldest mountain, Machincang, its 750-hectare rainforest ‘back garden’ is every nature lover’s dream, just waiting to be discovered.

Find a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and reconnect with nature through The Datai Langkawi’snature activities, led by Irshad Mobarak and his team of passionate naturalists.

The Nature Centre – The design of this unique open-air structure is inspired by a tribal bamboo longhouse. There is a library full of references to the natural world of Langkawi and Malaysia, a lounge for guests to sit and listen to stories from the wild by Resident Naturalist, Irshad Mobarak, and team. There is also a Tea Corner serving specially curated teas, by Dr Ghani, Langkawi’s well known traditional Malay medicine guru using herbs and spices from plants native to the rainforest. These concoctions are not only delicious but good for one’s health.

Nature activities – In addition to the continued activities at The Datai Langkawi once it reopens, guests will experience a new Datai Observatory deck which includes a 15-metre-high canopy walk, rehabilitation exercise of coral reef and fish aggregation projects to sustain and increase fish supply. Explore off the beaten track nature trails, UNESCO Mangrove Cruise, Birdwatching, Kayak and swimming adventures.

SPA AND WELLNESS

In harmony with the resort’s unique natural surroundings, well-being at The Datai Langkawi embraces the ever-expanding healing found in the rainforest with its age-old traditions and philosophies of the Malay culture known a Ramuan. A unique Malay concept, Ramuan is referred to as the gathering of medicinal plants in its purest essence.

The Spa is situated along a small winding stream surrounded by the sounds and subtle aromatic scent of the rainforest. Focusing on aligning wellness with nature, The Spa has 5 treatment villas. The philosophy of beauty through health is complemented by the international expertise of Bastien Gonzalez and Phyto 5.

Bastian Gonzalez is renowned for his exceptional virtuosity and approach to hand and foot care, andPhyto 5’s innovative skincare delivers the ultimate holistic skincare experience.

EXPERIENCES AND FACILITIES

The Datai Bay is home to a pristine white-sandy beach and centuries-old rainforest. Enjoy a range of experiences from water sports, golfing to cooking and gardening.

The Els Club Teluk Datai – Golf legend and course designer, Ernie Els launched this spectacular scenic golf course in 2014. The 18-hole par 72 championship golf course elevates The Datai Langkawi experience by providing a world-class arena for golfers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Cookery Class – Learn Malay, Thai or Indian cuisine as they lead the cookery class at The Dapur (Malayfor kitchen). There’s an introduction by the chef about the recipe of the day, a visit to the herb garden, followed by the cooking session and lunch.

Permaculture – originally ‘permanent agriculture’, guests can learn gardening techniques by using free,sustainable energies and resources.

Water sports – The pristine beach and azure waters invites you to explore its intricate marine life by snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing or sailing.

Fitness Centre – Work a sweat with magnificent views of the Andaman Sea. The facility features a range of the latest equipment and outdoor sports equipment for tennis and cycling.

The Datai Boutique – An extensive collection of locally inspired merchandise crafted by Malaysian artisans and designers.

Special occasions – The Datai Langkawi is ideal for small to medium sized events; corporate retreats, personal celebration and of course boutique weddings.

Excursions around the island are available for guests to explore its unique paleo geological history, biodiversity and landscapes.

For more information or reservations, visit www.thedatai.com, email reservations@dataihotels.com or. call +60 4 9500 500.

Source:  The Datai