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28th November 2016, Langkawi, MALAYSIA – Malaysia’s leading luxury resort, The Datai Langkawi will embark on an extensive renovation from 4th September 2017, signifying the most substantial enhancement project since its inception over 23 years ago. To ensure the resort retains its much loved ‘Datai DNA’, the management has appointed renowned interior designer Didier Lefort of DL2A, who along with visionary Australian architect Kerry Hill, was responsible for the original designs at launch in 1993.

The redesign will include renovations to the resort’s guestrooms, suites and villas; the construction of a Nature Centre; additional spa pavilions; a refreshed retail space; and a fitness centre by the beach as well as an overall enhancement of the landscaping.

In order to fully execute and expedite the extensive renovation, The Datai Langkawi will be closed for approximately 10 months and is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2018.

Award-winning interior designer, Lefort, will be leading the renovation programme, bringing with unrivalled knowledge of the resort, its structure, history and unique surroundings as part of the initial Kerry Hill Architects team. He will oversee the overall design concept for the refreshed The Datai Langkawi, including managing the structure of the additional spa villas and new fitness centre by the beach as well as the remodelling and interiors of the resort’s guestrooms, suites and villas. This will ensure that The Datai Langkawi honours Kerry Hill’s original vision of a luxurious hideaway set amidst a 10-million year old rainforest backed by the pristine Datai Bay.

The reconfiguration and creative overtures will continue to juxtapose the natural beauty of the locale with understated functional modern amenities. The new interiors will ensure the ultimate in comfort and style are combined with the facilities that discerning luxury travellers expect.  The additional spa pavilions and fitness centre by the beach will further enhance the resort’s offering, while the dramatic arrival experience, integrated with the extraordinary tropical surroundings will be heightened with new world-class service standards.  An increased focus on sustainability is underpinned by the construction of a dedicated Nature Centre, which will be run by the resort’s renowned resident naturalist, Irshad Mobarak. 

“This renovation is a testament to The Datai Langkawi’s commitment to providing unmatched luxury accommodations, the highest level of service, and the modern amenities that appeal to today’s luxury global travellers,” said Arnaud Girodon, General Manager of the resort. “Temporarily closing the resort will allow us to complete this refurbishment as quickly as possible and allow our guests to return to our island paradise in mid-2018”, he added.

Upon completion of the project, the refreshed look and feel of the resort is set to personify the resort’s signature luxury hideaway that distinctively reaffirms The Datai Langkawi as Malaysia’s most sought-after destination with unrivalled luxury experience. 

About The Datai Langkawi

One of the world’s most stunning hideaways, The Datai Langkawi is situated on the northwest tip of the island Langkawi in Malaysia. Located in a 10 million years old rainforest that teems with 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 mesmeriing nature, visionary architecture, luxury and bespoke service.

The Datai’s 54 well-appointed rooms, 42 rainforest villas, 12 suites and 14 beach villas 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 award-winning dining outlets pay homage to the exotic flavours and culinary tradition of the region. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools; an award-winning spa and Els Club Teluk Datai - the most scenic golf course in Southeast Asia designed by the golf legend Ernie Els.

The Datai Langkawi is managed by Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels, an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations.

Contact: Neha Singh / +65 6908 0769

About Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd.

Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. is an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations. Established by the Malaysian Government’s strategic investment fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, TAR&H serves as a catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry by bringing premier world-class hotels, resorts, golf courses and attractions to the region.

Its current key investment portfolio comprises Desaru Coast – a premium integrated destination resort, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort - the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the first in Asia, KidZania Kuala Lumpur & KidZania Singapore - an indoor family education and entertainment centre, Puteri Harbour – a quay side lifestyle retail and family entertainment complex, SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN – the first of its kind outside of Japan, Thomas Town – an indoor theme park that features the famous Thomas & Friends® characters on multiple themed rides and Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour at the luxury waterfront of Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri (formerly known as Nusajaya), along with the award winning The Datai Langkawi and the first Els Club in Southeast Asia – The Els Club Teluk Datai in Langkawi. The Els Club Desaru Coast – Ocean Course is now open and will soon be joined by another spectacular golf course, Valley Course which is scheduled to open in early 2017.

Working with renowned global and local partners and brands, TAR&H aims to be the leading Leisure & Tourism Group bringing world-class destinations to South East Asia, creating over 15,000 jobs.

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