The charm of The Datai Langkawi, famed for its eco-friendly opulence, is instantly noticeable. Nestled within a rainforest dating back 10 million years, the resort creates an atmosphere of enduring serenity. Surrounded by ancient trees and the murmurs of the Andaman Sea, it echoes with stories of age-old secrets and peacefulness.

The Datai

Sustainable Architecture at The Datai

Architects Didier Lefort and Kerry Hill set foot on the untouched shores of Langkawi, Malaysia in the early '90s, determined to build the nation’s inaugural luxury resort. Captivated by the stunning beach adjacent to an ancient tropical forest, the duo pledged to not only preserve the old-growth jungle but to also design the resort in a way that it would unveil the hidden wonders of nature.

Their design philosophy and commitment to safeguarding this segment of the rainforest and its indigenous culture garnered them the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001. Nearly thirty years on, with the resort showing signs of time, manager Arnaud Girodon sought the founders' vision for a thoughtful renovation that would maintain the resort's unique character.

The restoration was mindful, with timber from fallen trees repurposed for structural elements like roofs, frames, and stilts, and local artisans enlisted to craft bespoke carpets and chandeliers, thus retaining the resort's soul and sustainable ethos.


Accommodation: A Blend of Comfort and Elegance

The resort boasts 121 rooms including jungle villas and beach villas with private pools, each offering an enclave of comfort and splendor. The Datai Estate Villa, with its lavish five bedrooms, twin pools, and a suite of amenities complete with dedicated butler service, stands as the epitome of indulgence.

Beach Villa Suite

Pool Pavilion Beach Villa Datai

Suite Datai

Jungle Villa

Dining at The Datai

Within the expansive grounds of the resort, guests can discover a variety of tranquil dining locations, each offering its unique culinary experience. From dining by the seaside, where a rich array of seafood is served against the backdrop of gentle waves, to the flavorsome offerings of Thai cuisine, every meal is an adventure. Additionally, guests can indulge in the rich, diverse flavors of local Malaysian cuisine, providing a taste of the region's culinary heritage set within the rainforest.

The Gulai House: Authentic Malaysian Dining

Within the dense rainforest, The Gulai House invites guests to a sensory adventure that is truly Malaysian. This award-winning restaurant, with its traditional Malay kampung house style and rustic seating, offers an authentic dining experience that celebrates Malaysia’s rich culinary heritage.

Gulai House

The Beach Bar: Sunset Views and Signature Cocktails

Adjacent to The Beach Club, The Beach Bar offers a relaxed atmosphere under the shade of trees with views of the Andaman Sea. It's the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail, light snacks and the beautiful sunset.

Beach Bar Datai

The Beach Club: Casual Dining by the Sea

The Beach Club at The Datai Langkawi is more than a dining spot—it's a lively gathering place. Offering everything from hand-tossed pizzas to the freshest seafood, this outdoor venue is perfect for a day spent by the sea, from breakfast through dinner.

Eco-Innovation blending luxury with sustainability

The Datai has embraced eco-conscious practices in its everyday operations, from using leaf baskets that can be reused to providing toiletries made of wood and bamboo. Guests are invited to harvest herbs and spices from the on-site permaculture garden for cooking classes.
The hotel has implemented systems to collect rainwater, purify wastewater and recycle materials such as glass, plastic and food scraps. The recycled organic waste is converted into compost to enrich the soil of the vegetable plots.
Even the spa treatments are infused with local herbs, prepared by Dr. Ghani, a respected practitioner of traditional Malaysian medicine. These are just a few of the many captivating features that define this low-key yet luxurious eco-sanctuary.

The Datai Spa

Golfing in Paradise: The Els Club Teluk Datai

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy The Els Club Teluk Datai, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ernie Els, set against the lush rainforest and emerald sea.

Golf Datai

Departure: The Lasting Impression of The Datai Langkawi

A visit to The Datai promises to be an unforgettable experience, creating memories that last a lifetime. Ideal for families, the resort offers calm seas perfect for numerous water sports, ensuring fun for all ages.

It's equally suited for a romantic retreat, with its tranquil ambiance and stunning surroundings. Even when the resort is fully booked, its vast grounds provide a sense of spaciousness and privacy, so it never feels crowded.

The Datai is a destination that truly delivers on its promise of a unique and satisfying experience, making the journey there well worth it. Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, this resort will not disappoint.



November 15, 2023 — Flaxfield Linen

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