THE CANOPY WALK, THE DATAI LANGKAWI’S NEW ATTRACTION IN MALAYSIA
London, 15 April 2019: Nestled in the heart of a 10 million-year-old rainforest, the legendary The Datai Langkawi unveils the latest addition to its unique nature experiences programme, The Canopy Walk. Led by renowned naturalist and author Irshad Mobarak, guests are invited to head out on the Rimba Trail, an informative walk that runs through the coastal forest to an 18-metre high canopy walk overlooking the surrounding 750 hectare rainforest.
The first of its kind in a five star hotel, the new Canopy Walk immerses guests into the unique surroundings of the estate on which the resort sits, and invites them to connect with its extraordinary biodiversity and wealth of flora and fauna. The famed nature-centric walks and activities, led by world-renowned Resident Naturalist Irshad Mobarak and his team of passionate naturalists and marine biologists, begin at The Datai’s new Nature Centre. A rallying point for nature enthusiasts and passionate environmentalists, the Nature Centre offers opportunities for guests to participate in conservation and scientific research activities. Inspired by a tribal bamboo longhouse, the unique open-air structure provides a lounge in which to relax and learn, a library full of references to the natural world of Langkawi and Malaysia and a tea corner serving specially curated teas by Dr Ghani, Langkawi’s well known traditional Malay medicine guru, using herbs and spices from plants native to the rainforest.
The new Rimba Trail starts from the Nature Centre and leads guests through three distinct ecosystems on to a 70-metre-long elevated walkway over mangrove habitat and through lowland forest in to the heart of the rainforest. The walk opens to the foot of the Canopy Walk; a 20-metre-long wooden bridge suspended between two strangling fig trees 15 metres above the forest floor. From the observation platforms guests will witness the awe-inspiring views across the rainforest canopy where they can watch the famous colugos, or flying lemurs, gliding from tree to tree, a family of dusky leaf monkeys playing amongst the branches, the echoes of birdsongs from the hornbills, and the almost invisible water monitor lizard crawling among the foliage. Guests are encouraged to bring binoculars to catch ornithologists’ most sought after bird: the orange breasted trogon, thought to be a true bird of paradise or the collared kingfisher and peregrine falcon.
In addition to the new trail, the walk takes in the rehabilitation of the coral reef and fish aggregation projects, designed to sustain and increase fish supply. Additional excursions include off the beaten track nature trails, UNSECO Mangrove Cruises, birdwatching, kayaking and swimming adventures.
As part of the resort’s recent substantial enhancement project, every aspect of the guest experience has been reassessed and the property’s focus on sustainability bolstered further, with the aim to assert the status of The Datai as one of the best luxury resorts in Asia.
Booking is recommended as groups are limited to a maximum of six people (aged 6+) and costs RM 100 per person.
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Healing Holidays (healingholidays.com; 0207 843 3597) offer a seven night stay at The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia from £1,769.00 per person sharing. Price includes flights, transfers, accommodation in a Canopy Deluxe room, daily breakfast and one complimentary guided nature walk by the Resident Naturalist.
ABOUT THE DATAI LANGKAWI
One of the world’s most stunning resorts, The Datai Langkawi is situated on the northwest tip of the island Langkawi in Malaysia. Located in a 10-million-year-old rainforest rich in wildlife and overlooking the tranquil Datai Bay that has been awarded by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Beaches Worldwide, the iconic property enchants with mesmerising nature, visionary architecture, luxury and bespoke service. All of the 121 rooms, villas and suites at The Datai Langkawi, including the five-bedroom The Datai Estate Villa, offer breathtaking views of the surrounding nature. Elevated among treetops, set in the very heart of the rainforest or located directly on the coastline, the dining outlets, which include the award-winning The Gulai House as well as The Pavilion, The Dining Room and The Beach Club, pay homage to the exotic flavours and culinary traditions of the region. Leisure facilities include two swimming pools; a state-of-the-art fitness centre; an array of wellness activities; the award-winning spa and Els Club Teluk Datai - the most scenic golf course in Southeast Asia designed by golf legend Ernie Els. The Datai Langkawi is managed by Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd, an investment holding company incorporated to develop, manage and operate hospitality and attraction destinations.
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