The Datai Langkawi, Langkawi, Malaysia
The Datai Langkawi sits on Datai Bay which, according to National Geographic, is one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The hotel was built, and continues to be lovingly maintained, with utmost respect for its surroundings, thanks to its dedicated team of on-site naturalists and marine biologists.
Set within a 10-million-year-old rainforest and sitting at the base of Southeast Asia’s oldest mountain, Machinchang in Langkawi's Unesco Global Geopark, The Datai Langkawi has been hailed one of the world’s most beautiful resorts for its mesmerising natural surroundings and visionary architecture by Kerry Hill.
Ensuring the resort and the island are preserved for generations to come, the property conceived The Datai Pledge in 2018, which embraces the principles of interconnectedness and interdependence between community and ecosystems. The pledge encompasses four pillars: Pure for the Future, Fish for the Future, Wildlife for the Future and Youth for the Future, which focus on the resort's business operations and ethics in these areas.
This includes protecting the environment and community, conserving coral reefs and marine life, promoting sustainable fishing, conserving Langkawi’s wildlife and regenerating the rainforest. The resort has banned single-use plastics, and from 2019 to 2020, five artificial reefs were deployed and 300 coral nubbins transplanted to the Datai Bay reef, one hornbill nesting box was installed and over 100 seeds were collected and planted in the property’s Native Tree Nursery.