THE DATAI LANGKAWI
The Datai is a luxury resort hotel on the island of Langkawi in the natural forest of Datai Bay. The sustainability works started with an assessment at the end of 2017 when the hotel closed for extensive renovations.
Part of the rebranding of the hotel includes major sustainability initiatives and every aspect of the operation was put under the sustainability microscope so that the negative impact on the magnificent natural forest can be minimized.
The initiatives include a drinking water bottling plant, a permaculture-designed garden by Mark Garrett, and a PURE Center where all the hotel’s waste will be sorted, processed, and prevented from going to landfill by employing a circular economy model to the waste stream. (Zero Waste To Landfill) The newly built Nature Center concentrates on keeping the wildlife, forest, and ocean pristine and showcasing it to the discerning guests of The Datai.
The Hotel has achieved EarthCheck ECO Certification in November 2019.
THE PERMACULTURE GARDEN AT THE DATAI
The Permaculture garden at The Datai was designed by Mark Garrett, an internationally acclaimed designer.
The main goal was to utilize the food waste from the kitchen and the landscape waste to produce compost for the garden. The garden also utilizes the treated wastewater from the hotel for irrigation. The treated waste from the hotel’s wastewater plant is further cleaned through a constructed wetland and stored in a retention pond from where the garden is irrigated with the nutrient-rich water. This prevents waste water from going to the ocean. Food waste from the hotels is used in compost making as well as 9 worm farms constructed from old baths from the renovation project.