A LEG­END RE­BORN

Emerg­ing from an am­bi­tious over­haul, Langkawi’s most iconic re­sort is set to im­press the most de­mand­ing 21st- cen­tury trav­eler while stay­ing true to its roots.

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Since its de­but in 1993 above a se­cluded cove on the Malaysian hol­i­day is­land of Langkawi, The Datai Langkawi has wooed dis­cern­ing guests with its award- win­ning ar­chi­tec­ture, in­tu­itive ser­vice, and jun­gle- chic set­ting amid a swath of an­cient rain for­est. But that doesn’t mean this beloved re­sort has been rest­ing on its lau­rels. This Septem­ber, The Datai will em­bark on an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter when it re­opens fol­low­ing a 12- month, mul­ti­mil­lion- dol­lar ren­o­va­tion that en­com­passes a com­plete over­haul of its in­te­ri­ors and ex­te­ri­ors and a host of new or ex­panded fa­cil­i­ties. Reimag­ined by Di­dier Le­fort, the Paris­based de­signer re­spon­si­ble for The Datai’s orig­i­nal in­te­ri­ors, all guest rooms, suites, vil­las, and pub­lic spa­ces have been thor­oughly up­dated while re­main­ing true to their core DNA, which em­pha­sizes sim­plic­ity, lo­cal ma­te­ri­als, and in­spi­ra­tion from the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture. Three Rain­for­est Pool Vil­las have been added to the mix and now all eight units will each fea­ture an im­pres­sive deck and pool over­look­ing the limpid wa­ters of the Datai River. The new five- bed­room The Datai Es­tate, mean­while, spans more than 3,500 square me­ters, mak­ing it one of the largest vil­las of its kind in Asia. Com­pris­ing spa­cious liv­ing rooms, games rooms, and two 20- me­ter con­nected pools, the Es­tate will fea­ture 24- hour but­ler ser­vice as well as a pri­vate chef. The re­sort’s lobby and over­all land­scap­ing have un­der­gone the most dra­matic change of all, while a soon-to- be- com­pleted na­ture cen­ter will be run by a team of nat­u­ral­ists and ma­rine bi­ol­o­gists led by highly re­garded res­i­dent nat­u­ral­ist Ir­shad Mo­barak. In­spired by tribal bam­boo long­houses, the cen­ter will also host mini lab­o­ra­to­ries that will af­ford guests the op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover more about the ma­rine and for­est en­vi­ron­ment that sur­rounds them. Na­ture is also at the heart of the newly ex­panded The Spa, where skilled ther­a­pists de­liver treat­ments that draw on Malay heal­ing tra­di­tions and ra­muan “po­tions” made by in­fus­ing oils with hand-picked medic­i­nal fo­liage from the herb gar­den and sur­round­ing for­est. Ad­di­tion­ally, celebrity pedi­curist Bastien Gon­za­lez will be open­ing his first stu­dio in Malaysia at the re­sort, en­abling vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence his ex­cep­tional vir­tu­os­ity and ap­proach to hand and foot care. All told, The Datai Langkawi’s most sub­stan­tial en­hance­ment since its in­cep­tion nearly 25 years ago prom­ises to thrill a new gen­er­a­tion of trav­el­ers while en­sur­ing reg­u­lar guests still feel very much at home when they re­turn. Dur­ing the re­sort’s soft open­ing, a spe­cial 20% dis­count for stays be­tween 15 Septem­ber and 15 De­cem­ber 2018 is be­ing of­fered. Visit the­datai. com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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