Awards and Accreditation

Total to date: 153

 

2020

1. ‘The Datai Langkawi… Forever After’ film (ranked 1st), Tourism Services, Tourfilm Riga 2020, International Tourism Film Festival, LV
2. ‘The Datai Langkawi… Forever After’ film (ranked 1st), Tourism Services, Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival, JP
3. The Spa, Best Couples Spa Experience, Bazaar Spa Awards 2020, Harper’s Bazaar
4. The Ultimate Travel Guide 2020, Harper’s Bazaar
5. The Best Hotels And Resorts In The World: The 2020 Gold List, Condé Nast Traveler, US
6. The Gulai House, Best Restaurants 2020, Top 20 Restaurants, T Dining awards, Malaysia Tatler, MY

2019

1. Hotel Design Of The Year (ranked 1st), Destination Deluxe Awards 2019, HK
2. Resort Of The Year (ranked 3rd), Destination Deluxe Awards 2019, HK
3. The 100 World’s Greatest Places of 2019, Time magazine, US
4. EarthCheck Silver Certification 2019, EarthCheck, AU
5. Best Family Hotel (winner), The Mr & Mrs Smith Awards 2019, AU
6. The Dining Room at The Datai Langkawi, Best of Award of Excellence 2019,
a. Wine Spectator, US
7. Green Hotel certification, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (valid 31 Jul 2019 – 31 Jul 2020), MY
8. The Best New Hotels In The World: The Hot List, Conde Nast Traveler, US
9. Grand Redesigns (runner-up), 2019 Big Sleep Awards, National Geographic Traveller, UK
10. Best Honeymoon Beach Resorts (one of nine), Brides Honeymoon Awards 2019
11. Top 25 Luxury Hotels – Malaysia (winner), Traveller’s Choice Award 2019, TripAdvisor
12. Best Hospitality Newcomer (winner), Connoisseur Circle Hospitality Awards 2019 at ITB Berlin, Connoisseur Circle magazine, DE

2017

1. Top 25 Hotels - Malaysia (voted 2nd), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017, TripAdvisor
2. Top 25 Hotels For Romance - Malaysia (voted 2nd), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017, TripAdvisor
3. Top 25 Luxury Hotels - Malaysia (voted 2nd), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017, TripAdvisor
4. Top 25 Hotels For Service - Malaysia (voted 3rd), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2017, TripAdvisor
5. Best Hotels & Resorts in Malaysia (ranked 5th), Readers’ Choice Awards 2017, DestinAsian magazine

2016

1. The Best Hotels in Asia & The Indian Subcontinent (voted 2nd), Reader’s Travel Awards 2016, Conde Nast Traveller UK
2. The Top 100 (voted 19th), Reader’s Travel Awards 2016, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. The Gold List (voted 5th), Reader’s Travel Awards 2016, Conde Nast Traveller UK (only Malaysian resort listed)
4. The Dining Room, Award of Excellence, Restaurant Awards 2016, Wine Spectator
5. Top 25 Hotels - Malaysia (voted 3rd), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2016, TripAdvisor
6. Most Outstanding Surabi Traditional Malay Cuisine, Modern Asian Cuisine Restaurant Awards, 2 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals, and 3 Bronze Medals, 16th Battles Of The Chefs 2016, Penang Chef Association, Malaysia
7. Best Beach Resort – Malaysia, Readers’ Choice Awards 2016, Going Places magazine
8. Best Overseas Resort – Gold List 2016 (ranked 12th), Luxury Travel
9. Customer Excellence Award 2016, British Airways Holidays (in recognition of consistently high Reevoo score of 9.5 out of 10, as rated by British Airways Holidays customers)

2015
1. Top 10 Hotels in Malaysia (voted 3rd), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015, TripAdvisor
2. Certificate of Excellence – Best in Business 2015, TripAdvisor
3. The Gulai House at The Datai Langkawi, Certificate of Excellence – Best in Business 2015, TripAdvisor
4. The Pavilion, Certificate of Excellence Awards – Best in Business 2015, TripAdvisor
5. The Dining Room at The Datai Langkawi, Certificate of Excellence Awards – Best in Business 2015, TripAdvisor
6. The Gold List (listed), Conde Nast Traveller Middle East 2015 (only Malaysian resort listed)
7. The Dining Room at The Datai Langkawi, Award of Excellence, Restaurant Awards 2015, Wine Spectator US
8. The Best Hotels in Asia & The Indian Subcontinent (voted 4th), Reader’s Travel Awards 2015, Conde Nast Traveller UK
9. The Top 100 (voted 27th), Reader’s Travel Awards 2015, Conde Nast Traveller UK
10. The Gulai House, Innovative Restaurant – Malay (winner), 19th Malaysia Tourism Awards 2014/15

2014
1. Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014, TripAdvisor
2. Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014, TripAdvisor
3. Top 20 Hotels for Service in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014, TripAdvisor
4. Top 25 Relaxation & Spa Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014, TripAdvisor
5. The Datai Spa, Best Luxury Destination Spa – Country (finalist), World Luxury Spa Awards 2014
6. Signum Virtutis (Seal of Excellence) – Hotel/Resort (winner), Seven Star Global Luxury Awards 2014 (currently known as Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality Awards)
7. Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2014 (listed), HR Asia Awards
8. The Datai Spa, Best Spa Experience (winner), The Best of Malaysia Award 2014, Expatriate Lifestyle Malaysia magazine
9. Excellence Award - Best Romantic Stay (winner), The Best of Malaysia Award 2014, Expatriate Lifestyle Malaysia magazine
10. The Gulai House at The Datai Langkawi, Best F&B Outlet (winner), Langkawi Tourism Awards (LITA) 2013-2014
11. Luxury Hideaway Resort – Continent (winner), World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014
12. Best General Manager – Country (winner), World Luxury Hotel Awards 2014 (Anthony Sebastian)

2013
1. Enduring Excellence (winner), Tatler Travel Awards 2013, Tatler Malaysia
2. The Datai Spa, Best Balinese Massage (winner), Spa Awards 2013, Malaysian Women’s Weekly Malaysia
3. Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013, TripAdvisor
4. Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013, TripAdvisor
5. Top 20 Hotels for Service in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2012, TripAdvisor
6. Best Romantic Stay – Excellence Award (winner), The Best of Malaysia Award 2013, Expatriate Lifestyle Malaysia magazine
7. Best Beach Resort – Excellence Award (winner), The Best of Malaysia Award 2013, Expatriate Lifestyle Malaysia magazine
8. The Datai Spa, Spa Awards 2013 – Exotic Locale (winner), Harper’s Bazaar Malaysia
9. Best Resort Hotel - Malaysia (winner), International Hotel Awards 2013
10. HAPA Resort of the Year – Best Discovery (winner), Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) 2013-2015 - Malaysian Series
11. HAPA General Manager of the Year – The Ambassador of Hospitality (winner), Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) 2013-2015 - Malaysian Series (Anthony Sebastian)
12. The Datai Spa, HAPA Indulging Spa of the Year – Tempting Experience for Hotels/Resorts (winner) Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) 2013-2015 - Malaysian Series
13. HAPA 5-Star Resort – Exceptional Experience (winner) Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) 2013-2015 - Malaysian Series
14. HAPA Masterchef (Asian) – Master of Authenticity (winner), Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards (HAPA) 2013-2015 - Malaysian Series (Chef Rihazul Othman of The Gulai House)

2012
1. Top 20 Hotels for Service in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2012, TripAdvisor
2. Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2012, TripAdvisor
3. Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2012, TripAdvisor
4. Top 25 Relaxation & Spa Hotels in Malaysia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2012, TripAdvisor
5. Certificate of Excellence Award 2012, TripAdvisor
6. Hot 25 Leisure and Spa Resort in Asia, Best in Travel Poll 2012, SmartTravelAsia.com
7. The Datai Spa, Overseas Hotel Spa (voted 8th), Reader’s Awards 2012, Conde Nast Traveller UK
8. Overseas Leisure Hotel - Asia & the India Subcontinent (voted 14th), Reader’s Awards 2012, Conde Nast Traveller UK
9. Best Luxury Island Resort – Global (winner), The Best of Malaysia Award, World Luxury Hotel Awards 2012, Expatriate Lifestyle magazine
10. Landscape Design & Planning Award – Honour Award, Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards 2012, Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (Malik Lip & Associates for The Datai Langkawi)
11. Excellence Award in the Best Romantic Stay – The Best of Malaysia Award 2012, Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine

2011
1. The Datai Spa, Overseas Hotel Spa (voted 10th), Reader’s Awards 2011, Conde Nast Traveller UK
2. Overseas Leisure Hotel - Asia & the India Subcontinent (voted 8th), Reader’s Awards 2011, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. The Gold List (listed), Reader’s Awards 2011, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. Leisure Hotels & Resorts (voted 7th), Best in Travel Poll 2011, SmartTravelAsia.com
5. The Datai Spa, Hot 25 Spa Hotels & Resorts in Asia (voted 12th), Best in Travel Poll 2011, SmartTravelAsia.com
6. Excellence Award - Best Eco-Resort (winner), The Best of Malaysia Award 2011, Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine
7. Best Resort Hotel in Malaysia (winner), Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2011-2012, Bloomberg US

2010
1. Overseas Leisure Hotel - Asia & the India Subcontinent (voted 3rd), Reader’s Awards 2010, Conde Nast Traveller UK
2. Best Beach Resort (voted winner), 21st Annual TTG Travel Awards 2010
3. The Gold List 2010 (listed), Condé Nast Traveler US

2009
1. The Datai Spa, Best Spa in Asia (runner up), Reader’s Awards 2009, Conde Nast Traveller UK
2. World’s Top 100 (voted 25th), Reader’s Awards 2009, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. Overseas Leisure Hotel - Asia & the India Subcontinent (voted 4th), Reader’s Awards 2009, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. Excellence Award, Best Beach Resort, The Best of Malaysia Award 2009, Expatriate Lifestyle magazine
5. The Gulai House, Best Malay Restaurant - Innovative (winner), Malaysia Tourism Awards 2008 – 2009

2008
1. Overseas Leisure Hotel - Asia & the India Subcontinent (voted 3rd), Reader’s Awards 2008, Conde Nast Traveller UK
2. The Datai Spa, Spas in Overseas Hotels, (voted 5th), Reader’s Awards 2008, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. World’s Top 100 (voted 20th), Reader’s Awards 2008, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. Distinguished Commitment to Quality Award for Asia Pacific 2008 (winner), The Leading Hotels Of The World

2007
1. Best Leisure Hotel & Resort in Asia (5th place), Best in Travel Poll 2007, SmartTravelAsia.com

2006
1. The Dining Room at The Datai Langkawi, Award of Excellence 2006, Wine Spectator US
2. Overseas Leisure Hotel - Asia & the India Subcontinent (voted 2nd), Reader’s Awards 2006, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. The Datai Spa, World’s Overseas Hotel Spa (voted 2nd), Reader’s Awards 2005, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. World’s Top 100 (voted 7th), Reader’s Awards 2005, Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
5. Commitment to Quality Awards for Asia/Pacific 2006 (winner), The Leading Hotels Of The World
6. Top 100 Hotels, Luxury - World, Travellers’ Choice Awards 2006, TripAdvisor
7. Best Luxury Hotel – World, Travellers’ Choice Awards 2006, TripAdvisor
8. Favourite Hotel in Africa/Asia/Australasia (winner), Elegant Resorts Preferred Partner Awards 2006 (as voted by the clients and readers of Elegant Traveller magazine)
9. Best Asian Hotel (runner up), The UltraTravel 100, The Daily Telegraph UK

2005
1. Overseas Leisure Hotel for Asia & the Indian Subcontinent (runner-up), Reader’s Awards 2005, Conde Nast Traveller UK
2. The Datai Spa, World’s Overseas Hotel Spa (voted 5th), Reader’s Awards 2005, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. The Datai Spa, Best Hotel Spa in Asia (runner-up), Reader’s Awards 2005, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. World’s Top 100 (voted 8th), Reader’s Awards 2005, Conde Nast Traveller
5. Excellence in Hotel Services for 5-Star Resort (winner), Malaysia Tourism Awards 2004
6. Best Beach Resort (voted winner), 16th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2005
7. Best Luxury Hotel in Asia (winner), Travellers’ Choice Awards 2005, TripAdvisor

2004
1. Overseas Hotel Spa Asia (voted 3rd) and World’s Top 25 (voted 9th), Readers Spa Awards 2004, Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
2. Overseas Leisure Hotel for Asia (voted 2nd), Reader’s Awards 2004, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. The Datai Spa, Overseas Hotel Spa (voted 4th), Reader’s Awards 2004, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. Top 10 Hotel (voted 10th), Reader’s Awards 2004, Conde Nast Traveller
5. The Zagat List listing, 2004 Top International Hotels, Resorts & Spa Survey (Zagat is the world’s leading provider of consumer survey-based dining, travel and leisure information)
6. Malaysia’s Leading Hotel (winner), World Travel Awards 2004
7. Malaysia’s Spa Resort (winner), World Travel Awards 2004

2003
1. The Datai Beach, World’s Best Beaches (ranked 7th), Discovery Travel & Adventure Channel (January 2003)
2. The Datai Spa, Overseas Hotel Spas (voted 1st), Reader’s Awards 2003, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. Overseas Leisure Hotels Asia (voted 2nd), Reader’s Awards 2003, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. Quality Assurance Award, Best Hotel in Asia/Pacific (winner) 2003, The Leading Hotels Of The World
5. Quality Assurance Award, Highest Scoring Hotel Overall 2003 (winner) 2003, The Leading Hotels Of The World
6. The Datai Spa, World’s Best Spa, Outstanding Service (winner), Travel Magazine Awards 2003, The Sunday Times
7. Excellence in Hotel Services for 5-star Resort (winner), Malaysia Tourism Awards 2003

2002
1. Asia Leisure Hotels (ranked 4th), Reader’s Awards 2002, Conde Nast Traveller UK
2. Overseas Hotel Spa (ranked 2nd), Reader’s Awards 2002, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. Island Hideaways of the Year (listed), Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report 2002 (Volume XXIV, Number 7)

2001
1. Hotel of the Year (runner up), Tatler’s Travel Guide 2001 edition
2. Excellence in Service (5-Star), Tourism Malaysia’s 2001 Awards
3. Overseas Leisure Hotel (voted 1st), Reader’s Awards 2001, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. The World's Top 100 (voted 1st), Reader’s Awards 2001, Conde Nast Traveller UK
5. The Datai Spa, Overseas Hotel Spas (voted 3rd), Reader’s Awards 2001, Conde Nast Traveller UK
6. Aga Khan Award for Architecture (winner), 2001 (awarded to Kerry Hill for architecture and Didier Lefort for interior design)

2000
1. Best of the Best Award (winner), Tatler's Travel Guide 2000
2. The Datai Spa, Best Overseas Hotel Spa (ranked 2nd), Reader’s Awards 2000, Conde Nast Traveller UK
3. Best Overseas Leisure Hotel (ranked 5th), Reader’s Awards 2000, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. World's Top 100 (ranked 14th), Reader’s Awards 2000, Conde Nast Traveller UK

1999
1. Best Hotel Worldwide (ranked 6th), 1999 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence
2. Best Beach Resort Worldwide (ranked 4th), 1999 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence
3. Best Overseas Leisure Hotel (ranked 5th), Reader’s Awards 1999, Conde Nast Traveller UK
4. World's Top 100 (9th place), 1999 Conde Nast Traveller Awards

1998
1. Super Star Award (winner), 1997 – 1998 Reed Travel Service
2. Best Hotel Worldwide (ranked 9th), 1998 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence
3. Best Beach Resort Worldwide (ranked 3rd), 1998 Gallivanter’s Awards for Excellence
4. Best Overseas Leisure Hotels (ranked 9th), Reader’s Awards 1998, Conde Nast Traveller UK
5. World's Top 100 (voted 18th), Reader’s Awards 1998, Conde Nast Traveller UK

1995
1. Grand Award (winner), Hideaway Report 1995, December edition - Vol XVII, No 7