Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Our Blog, Press Releases

datai logo



datai picture with captions

London, 5 June 2018:  Iconic Malaysian resort, The Datai Langkawi, has announced it will be re opening its doors on Monday, 10 September 2018. One of this year’s most eagerly anticipated openings, The Datai Langkawi has undergone an ambitious 12-month renovation that encompasses a complete overhaul of the interiors and exteriors following an investment of USD60 million (click here for a sneak preview behind the scenes). From 10 September, a soft launch period will see all the restaurants and public areas in operation, except for the celebrated Gulai House which will be open from November 2018 onwards. A grand opening will take place in December to mark the final completion of the works.

“Embarking on such a renovation project with very limited impact to our rich natural surroundings and award-winning architecture has proven to be quite the challenge, but one we are immensely proud of. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our guests back to the incomparable new Datai Langkawi, said Arnaud Girodon, General Manager.

The most substantial enhancement since the resort’s inception nearly 25 years ago, the project is being led by Didier Lefort of award-winning Paris-based design studio DL2A, who was responsible for the original interior designs back in 1993.  Lefort brings with him an unrivalled knowledge of the estate, its structure, history and unique surroundings, along with a deep connection to the original vision of a luxurious retreat seamlessly integrated into the 10-million-year-old virgin rainforest, backed by the pristine Datai Bay.

The renovation has seen a complete overhaul of the interiors of the guestrooms, suites, villas and public spaces, all designed with simplicity and Lefort’s unique style which is true to its origins.  Local materials and inspiration from the environment, surroundings and culture are at the core of the vision, along with the signature ‘Datai DNA’, ensuring regular guests still feel very much at home when they return, whilst delighting new visitors alike.

Refreshed bedrooms and additions to the inventory will ensure the needs of the most demanding 21st century traveller are met.  Three Rainforest Pool Villas have been added, located along the Datai River running through the 750 hectare rainforest, featuring an impressive deck and pool overlooking crystal clear waters. The new five-bedroom The Datai Estate spanning over 3,500 square metres will be one of the largest villas of its kind in Asia, comprising spacious living rooms, games rooms, two 20 metre connected pools, 24-hour butler service as well as a private chef.

The lobby and overall landscaping have undergone the most dramatic and notable change of all, whilst a brand-new dedicated The Nature Centre will be run by a team of naturalists and marine biologists led by Irshad Mobarak, the resort’s highly regarded resident naturalist.

The Datai Spa draws heavily on local traditions and includes a treatment list based on philosophies of the Malay concept known as ramuan or ‘potions’, made by infusing oils with hand-picked medicinal foliage from the herb garden and surrounding rainforest, performed by highly trained and skilled therapists. In addition to this, the philosophy of beauty through health is complemented by the international expertise of Bastien Gonzales. Opening his first studio in Malaysia at the resort, he is renowned for his exceptional virtuosity and approach to hand and foot care. Other highlights at the spa include an exclusive scent and amenities produced with Langkawi rainforest elements, healing surrounding walkways incorporating the flora used in the treatments, as well as The Datai’s signature open air treatment villas for guests to connect with the sights and sounds of nature.

The Datai Langkawi prides itself as a destination resort that has nature truly at its heart.  Where man and nature live as one and where everyone – from guests to associates – has the luxury to be their natural self.

During the resort’s soft opening, a special 20% off for stays between 15 September and 15 December 2018 will be offered.
Visit for further details.



One of the world’s most stunning resorts, The Datai Langkawi is situated on the northwest tip of the island Langkawi in Malaysia. Located in a 10-million-year-old rainforest rich in wildlife, and overlooking the tranquil Datai Bay that has been awarded by National Geographic one of the Top 10 Beaches worldwide, the iconic property enchants with mesmerising nature, visionary architecture, luxury and bespoke service.  All of the 121 rooms, villas and suites at The Datai Langkawi, including the five-bedroom The Datai Estate, offer breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. Elevated among treetops, set in the very heart of the rainforest or located directly on the coastline, the dining outlets, which include the award-winning The Gulai House as well as The Pavilion, The Dining Room and The Beach Club, pay homage to the exotic flavours and culinary traditions of the region. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools; a state-of-the-art fitness centre; an array of wellness activities; the award-winning spa and Els Club Teluk Datai – the most scenic golf course in Southeast Asia designed by golf legend Ernie Els.  The Datai Langkawi is managed by Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd, an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations.

For further press information, please contact Sarah Harvey ( or Flora Gandolfo ( at Bacall Associates, T: +44 (0) 20 7630 2880

Leave a Reply