This month we shine a spotlight on The Datai Langkawi: a truly captivating destination with a lush 10-million-year-old tropical rainforest at its heart. Rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by National Geographic, Datai Bay is a completely unique destination. Here, The Datai Langkawi offers the perfect escape and allows you to nurture the wellbeing of your mind, body, and spirit; a serene haven where you can re-connect with nature.
Following a recent refurbishment that underpins the resort’s increased focus on sustainability and enhances an authentic rainforest guest experience, The Datai Langkawi aims to promote Malaysian hospitality to the world and reaffirm the resort as a most sought-after luxury destination with unrivalled experiences.
CONSERVING NATURE'S BEAUTY
Like VOYA, sustainability and nature sit at the very core of The Datai Langkawi’s DNA. Nestled in the heart of an ancient rainforest, its natural setting and environmental features provide the foundation for the experiences and holistic wellbeing programmes on offer at The Datai.
Based on the belief that there is a responsibility to conserve nature’s resources and to reduce the negative impact of our footprint on the environment, The Datai Pledge is a programme of initiatives with the single-minded objective of creating a sustainable environment for the future. This is not only to benefit the living creatures on the island but to also enrich the lives of guests, team members and the local community through meaningful participation.
Needless to say, the accommodation and dining experiences at The Datai Langkawi are just as spectacular as the setting – but at VOYA we are inspired by partners who give back to the environment and hold sustainability close to their heart. Some of the initiatives and experiences on offer at The Datai are especially inspiring.
The Lab is a space that was constructed using 7,968 wine, champagne, beer, and liquor bottles, and 280kg of crushed plastic for its back wall, designed to host sustainable workshop activities. Guests are introduced to artisanal craft-making skills like soap and candle making, while provoking thoughts about the ways in which we can live more sustainably – like breathing renewed life into materials after single or short-term use. This resonates highly with VOYA and our partnership with Plastic Bank, where we prevent 3 single-use plastic bottles from entering the ocean with every VOYA product sold.
Impressively, the resort also has a sustainable food production system with its Permaculture Garden. Representing The Datai’s continuous journey towards sustainability and self-sufficiency, The Garden is home to an innovative and sustainable zero-waste organic food production system that includes a closed-loop waste management process and traditional ingredients used by the spa in its authentic wellness rituals.
What’s more, The Datai’s surrounding jungle is host to a wealth of wildlife, some of which is endemic to the area. The Nature Centre features a library full of references to the natural world of Langkawi and Malaysia, a place where guests are invited to listen to stories from the wild by a team of resident naturalists and marine biologists. An outdoor pavilion leads to a nature trail to take you on a journey through different habitats.
Beautifully integrated into the backdrop of the ancient rainforest and in sync with the resort’s unique natural surroundings, The Spa offers an immersive journey of holistic wellbeing in harmony with nature. Situated along a small winding stream surrounded by the sounds and scents of the rainforest, you are invited to experience uniquely delivered treatments in a natural environment – the ultimate sensory journey.
Here you can experience a holistic VOYA skincare experience, offering our revolutionary range of results-driven seaweed based facial products to reconnect you with your true self.
Jewel of The Datai allows guests to experience the very best of VOYA. Beginning with a relaxing back massage to gently melt away any muscular pain, the treatment is followed by a 70-minute hydrating and purifying facial. A 20-minute massage and dual-action facial mask then utilises the exclusive re-mineralizing Laminaria seaweed leaves to deeply hydrate the skin: the perfect experience to help reduce deep set wrinkles and leave skin hydrated and plumped.
If you are in need of an ocean-inspired organic facial that is deeply detoxifying, look no further than the Radiance Facial, which helps to even out skin tone and increase clarity. This relaxing facial massage repairs and nourishes skin cells damaged by pollution and chemical exposure.
The Spa has five secluded open-air treatment villas that feature indoor and outdoor showers and a stunning river-view soaking tub, perfect for a couple to share and soak up the meditative sounds of the jungle.
Malaysia’s rainforests are among the oldest in the world and are home to a remarkable range of biodiversity including 15,000 species of flowering plants. Experiencing this immersive journey of wellbeing here brings to life the deep connection Malaysians have to the healing traditions of their ancestors, and a deep respect for the plants of the rainforest.
So, what else is on offer? Whether you’re planning a romantic escape or a family holiday, The Datai Langkawi encourages guests to enjoy a range of experiences.
This spans from lazing by the serene adult pool, walking along the soft sand of the curving Datai Bay beach – which is a fantastic place for wildlife watching – and snorkelling, to journeying through the forests and mangrove discovery experiences on a kayak.
If you need a place to unwind and free your mind, head to The Holistic Pavilion, where you can experience Yoga, Pilates, and Breathing Exercises to enhance your sense of wellbeing.
Put simply, all experiences at The Datai Langkawi are sensory pleasures, designed to restore and revitalise. Set against a wilderness backdrop of primordial mountains, it is a place full of magic and mystery that is waiting to be discovered, and it has millions of years’ worth of stories to tell.
For more information on The Datai Langkawi, please visit their website here. On their website you can read more about the inspiring selection of experiences and activities, and of course the full VOYA treatment offering at The Spa at The Datai Langkawi.