Refurbishment of the Datai Langkawi

Langkawi, Kedah

The Datai is a five star resort, situated on the island of Langkawi, in Kedah, Malaysia. Launched in 1993, The Datai was designed by the late Australian architect Kerry Hill; a pioneer in sustainable, tropical architecture in Asia. Built on a forested ridge, 40 meters above sea level and 300 meters pulled back from the beach, The Datai design preserves the pristine beauty of the coastline with minimal impact towards its natural rainforest terrain.

After 25 years since its opening, a major refurbishment exercise was initiated, to include a complete overhaul of the resort’s 121 guest rooms, main building and rainforest villas. A nature centre was added so that guests could immerse themselves in the unique offerings of Teluk Datai’s flora and fauna.

It was important that the restoration project retained the original ‘Datai DNA’ and where existing architectural language remained unchanged, yet enhanced through new design interventions. GDP Architects and Didier Lefort Architectes Associés (DL2A), were engaged on the project that was completed within a tight 15 month deadline. The result is a striking updated Datai that offers guests a seamless, luxury experience, while being steeped in nature and local Malaysian culture.

In collaboration with DL2A.

Malaysia Landed Property
Site Area
3,975.41 sq. m.
Completion Year