Guests visiting the overhauled resort will experience updated luxury accommodation and have the opportunity to indulge in Michelin-star cuisine
Much-loved tropical resort The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia will reopen this December following a 12-month, USD $60 million refurbishment.
25 years after the resort first opened, the property will relaunch in the same, unparalleled location in the heart of a virgin 10-million-year-old rainforest, this time with a new level of luxury befitting the modern-day, global discerning traveller.
Enhancements to the resort include a remodelling of the interiors of the guestrooms, suites, villas and public areas. Three new Rainforest Pool Villas have been added to the existing set of five and a new five-bedroom The Datai Estate will be one of the largest villas of its kind in Asia. Other additions include the expansion of The Datai Spa with a celebrity Bastien Gonzalez salon and a dedicated The Nature Centre, led by renowned naturalist and author Irshad Mobarak.
“After much anticipation, we’re excited to welcome guests to The Datai Langkawi and celebrate the rebirth of this truly global icon,” said Arnaud Girodon, General Manager of The Datai Langkawi. “We have ensured to preserve what our guests have always loved about the resort but also to create incredible new experiences for them to discover.”
Kicking off these new experiences will be a reimagined Signature Chef Series, and on opening The Datai Langkawi will welcome revered father and son chef duo, Michel and Sébastien Bras of the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Suquet in France, for two exclusive culinary occasions. Hosting an eight-course cocktail dinner on 19 and 20 December 2018, the showcase events will reintroduce the resort’s Signature Chef Series and sets the tone for further gourmet experiences to come in the new year. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and learn from two of the world’s most celebrated chefs and indulge in exceptional gastronomic fare in a unique setting.
With nature at the heart of the Bras family’s daily endeavours to produce locally sourced dishes, preserve the natural world and conserve local traditions, Michel and Sébastien’s intuitive cuisine is well positioned to showcase the exceptional natural produce offered by The Datai’s surrounding ancient rainforest. “Nature is our defining influence, for she decides what she provides! Our cooking follows the rhythms of nature,” commented Sébastien.
Signature dishes will include Gargouille, an innovative medley of vegetables, root purees and edible plants; as well as L’Aligot, a truffle-infused mashed potato blended with cheese from the l’Aubrac region of France.
The award-winning chefs will also be accompanied by master London sommelier, Laurent Chaniac at the Chef Series Dinner, whose recent contribution to the renovation of the London Cinnamon Club wine list led to the restaurant being awarded sixth in a list of 250 top London restaurants.
The Chef Series Dinner is bookable directly with the resort, with tickets costing approximately RM860 (AUD$ 292) for the dinner and an additional RM345 (AUD$116.00) for the wine-pairing menu.