Can you imagine waking up in a room, villa or suite that makes you feel as though you are at one with the incredible lush forest that encompasses the whole resort? You can’t help but relax, unwind and exhale as this beautiful destination envelops your very being. Designed by a visionary architect, Kerry Hill, who was initially drawn to this place by the beauty of the bay, the resort was built with the greatest respect to the location on a forest ridge 300m from the sea. He couldn’t bring himself to reshape the land directly on the coast.
Some saw this as a gamble, but it worked; this nature-inspired resort was built with sustainability in mind and an emphasis on green innovation at its heart. Elephants were used to fell trees and a design that honours the Malay, Chinese and Indian heritage was used throughout.
Datai Bay is an extension of the tranquillity afforded you by the resort. National Geographic rate it as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, while the jungle is home to some incredible species of wildlife just waiting to be spotted by keen-eyed visitors.
What You Can Spot
The flora and fauna greet you in abundance here. Under the shadow of Machinchang, Southeast Asia’s oldest mountain, you don’t have to go far to see some wonderful creatures. Here is what you can look out for:
- Great Hornbills – there is a resident pair at the resort
- Long-Tailed Macaque
- Dusky Langurs
- Tokay Geckos
- Sunda Colugos
Your evening tipple can be enjoyed against the backdrop of the Common Tree Frog chirrup in the lily pond.
A Resident Naturalist
The hotel is very fortunate to have a resident naturalist, Irshad Mobarak, whose team of naturalists and marine biologists are on hand to help you discover all that the resort and its surrounds have to offer. Our escorted tour involves a pre-breakfast walk around the grounds to take advantage of Irshad Mobarak’s extensive knowledge of, and passion for, the Datai’s unique habitat.
The Nature Centre
To help you further understand the magic and mystery of this area, The Nature Centre, a bamboo longhouse, has been filled with a reference library full of relevant information. There is a lounge area here too, which makes the whole place even more relaxing. Past guests have said that the local restorative herb or spice tea at the Centre is a real treat.