After 25 years in an expansive site of more than 46 acres, The Datai Langkawi is ready to reveal its newly refurbished interiors and facilities without compromising the Datai’s DNA, following a 12-month renovation programme.
Nestled in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, the late Australian architect, Kerry Hill, envisioned The Datai Langkawi’s main building on a forest ridge 40 metres above sea level and 300 metres away from the ocean. He was determined to preserve the pristine beauty of the coastline and unveil the hidden treasures of the rainforest. Assisting him was designer Didier Lefort of award-winning Paris-based design studio DL2A.
The refreshed resort will offer guests nature- and culture-based experiences, promote Malaysian hospitality to the world and reaffirm The Datai Langkawi as an unparalleled luxury destination.
A VISIONARY DESIGN CONCEPT
“The vision was very clear from the start,” says Arnaud Girodon, General Manager. “We wanted to refresh the spaces whilst maintaining the signature Datai DNA. We made sure local materials and inspiration from the environment, surroundings and culture were used so our regular guests will still feel very much at home when they return. We have ensured to preserve what our guests have always loved about the resort and also created incredible new experiences for them to discover. We are ready to embark on a new chapter for The Datai Langkawi and are looking forward to the journey.”
Interior designer Didier Lefort adds, “It was important to maintain a deep connection to the original vision of a luxurious retreat seamlessly integrated into the 10-million-year-old virgin rainforest. The approach marries simplicity, modernity and creativity with inspirations from the local environment, culture and materials. Accommodation is refreshed with lighting enhancements and a warm, sophisticated colour palette while the addition of the latest technology ensures the ultimate in contemporary comfort, with the signature Datai DNA still evident throughout.”
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. — Construction+ Online