The Datai Langkawi in Malaysia has developed a number of fresh nature experiences, relaunched its flagship The Chef series and launched two new room categories, as Malaysia’s borders reopen.
New for 2022, the Datai Langkawi Nature Center invites guests to participate in reef protection activities at the centre’s new coral nursery, learn about the resort’s reforestation efforts at the tree nursery natives or discover how to harvest the complex’s unique Trigona itama honey. stingless hives with a new “beekeeping bee” activity.
Meanwhile, the resort’s sustainable craft center, The Lab – built from more than 9,000 used wine, champagne and liquor bottles – has also been expanded with an outdoor annex for hosting recycling workshops.
Outside, the resort’s inspiring Poet’s Trail was revived with a series of poems by Max Wallis, Khalil Gibran and The Datai’s resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak.
The Datai Langkawi is also once again hosting The Chef Series, a chef-in-residence dining experience that welcomes culinary stars to its kitchens throughout the year. Previously, guest chefs have included such luminaries as Michel Roux, Nils Henkel and Michel and Sébastien Bras.
This year, the focus is on ‘eclectic Malaysian’ dining, showcasing the country’s culinary talents. From April 22 to 23, 2022, Chef Azli Ahmad of OpenHouse KLCC, will champion Malaysian flavors based on recipes passed down by mothers and grandmothers.
For their menus, the chefs focus on local ingredients, especially those they can pick from the resort’s permaculture garden where the resort’s team grows turmeric, chilli, lemongrass, pandan and more. other essential ingredients for authentic Malaysian cuisine. Fresh fish and seafood come mainly from Langkawi fishermen and organic chicken is available from a local village farm.
Some of the chef residencies are accompanied by cooking demonstrations and cooking classes, where guests can have a hands-on gastronomic experience by creating and enjoying their own culinary creations, under the guidance of the chefs themselves.
The Datai Langkawi has also introduced two new room categories: the Canopy Garden and the Rainforest Premium Villa. The five new Canopy Garden Rooms are ideal for large groups, offering direct access to a private outdoor patio and lounge area, while the Rainforest Premium Villa offers more intimate views of the Anak Datai River and Sungai Datai.