NAT­U­RAL CON­NEC­TION

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The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia has re­cently un­veiled fresh in­te­ri­ors and new ameni­ties, 25 years after its open­ing in 1993. The prop­erty was de­signed by the late Aus­tralian ar­chi­tect Kerry Hill, who chose to max­imise the views of the Datai Bay from the tree­tops by lo­cat­ing its main build­ing atop a for­est ridge. The re­sult is a tran­quil ex­pe­ri­ence with mes­meris­ing views of the sea and min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to the trop­i­cal fo­liage. It also sets the scene for com­muning with na­ture—the re­sort hosts guided na­ture walks for guests and has built a new na­ture cen­tre run by nat­u­ral­ists and marine bi­ol­o­gists. Its up­dated in­te­ri­ors are the work of French de­signer Di­dier Le­fort, who had col­lab­o­rated with Hill on the prop­erty’s de­sign from the very start. The new look in­cludes re­fur­bished in­te­ri­ors and ameni­ties, as well as a col­lec­tion of new vil­las and spa pav­il­ions. The prop­erty is note­wor­thy for the va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion types: the Canopy col­lec­tion of rooms and suites at the main build­ing within reach of the lobby, din­ing ar­eas and the main pool; the Rain­for­est vil­las set above a stream amidst the trop­i­cal for­est; the Beach coastal vil­las at Datai Bay, with di­rect ac­cess to the beach and but­ler ser­vice; and a stand­alone five-bed­room villa known as The Datai Es­tate.

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