“Half a billion years ago, the forces of nature conspired to create Langkawi, one of the most beautiful group of islands in the world...”
-Irshad Mobarak-

Conserving Nature's Beauty

Nature sits at the very core of The Datai Langkawi’s DNA – it is an integral part of who we are and what makes us unique. The wonderful natural setting and the environmental features – the sea, mangroves and ancient virgin rainforest – provide the very foundations for our offering of nature-related experiences combined with holistic and well-being programmes.

Just as nature has gifted us our environment and its fascinating inhabitants, we have a responsibility to conserve and strengthen nature’s increasingly fragile resources and to reduce the negative impact of our footprint on the environment. This responsibility – which has evolved into The Datai Pledge – has culminated into a robust programme of initiatives with the single-minded objective of creating a sustainable environment for the future. The Datai Pledge programme not only benefits the living creatures who share this spectacular island with us but also enriches the lives of our guests, team members and the local community through meaningful participation.

The Datai Pledge programme comprises a series of initiatives relating to our business operations, the land, sea, and youth. These four elements correspond to the four pillars of our programme: Pure for the Future; Wildlife for the Future; Fish for the Future; and Youth for the Future, respectively.

The Datai Pledge was conceptualised by Irshad Mobarak, a passionate advocate for the conservation of Langkawi’s fragile ecosystems. The programme was developed and realised by The Datai team selected across all aspects of our operations. It is thanks to their unwavering passion, dedication and perseverance that the ambitious precepts of The Datai Pledge became a reality. In order to create a meaningful programme that would bring about maximum positive impact, we engaged thought leaders and innovators in their particular field of sustainability. We also partnered with local NGOs who are undertaking important conservation and sustainability research projects and developed bespoke activities to achieve the objectives of each pillar.

Visit thedataipledge.org to learn more about our sustainable initiatives.

THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE DATAI PLEDGE

PURE FOR THE FUTURE

To make The Datai Langkawi's business operations sustainable and regenerate the environment and community.

FISH FOR THE FUTURE

To conserve coral reefs and marine life, and promote sustainable fishing.

WILDLIFE FOR THE FUTURE

To conserve Langkawi’s wildlife and regenerate the rainforests.

YOUTH FOR THE FUTURE

To nurture youth’s appreciation of nature through environmental education.

The Datai Pledge Memberships

REGENERATIVE TRAVEL

Founded in 2019, Regenerative Travel is a benefit corporation providing support services to a network of independently owned eco-luxury boutique hotels that are dedicated to the highest levels of social and environmental impact. Through sharing individual best practices and through collaboration, Regenerative Travel enables the Regenerative Resorts hotel collection to work together to achieve significant economies of scale and to make a deeper impact. Each Regenerative Resort is selected to join the collection based on their dedication to the highest levels of environmental and social impact. The hotels embody these standards: honours their locale, provides real hospitality that is authentic and respectful, is inclusive and egalitarian, operates responsibly and ethically, respects local and global ecosystems, communicates regenerative values and practices. Regeneration is about ‘co-evolving’ with the local ecosystem to create economic benefit and abundance for a larger set of stakeholders around the properties. Fulfilling this criterion, including the creation of The Datai Pledge programme, led to The Datai Langkawi being accepted as a Founder Member of Regenerative Travel in 2020.

THE CONSCIOUS TRAVEL FOUNDATION

The Conscious Travel Foundation was established during the global pandemic in 2020 to champion the positive impact of the travel industry on global communities, cultures, wildlife and habitats – raising much-needed funds for grassroots charities and high-impact projects around the world. The Datai Langkawi was accepted as a member of The Conscious Travel Foundation which will be immediately contributing to and benefiting The Datai Pledge. Their members-only community is a space to share ideas, foster new relationships with other like-minded industry professionals and gain access to some of the most inspiring, forward-thinking minds in travel. Together with The Datai Pledge, the aim is to promote and encourage the positive impact of the travel industry on the environment, protecting and conserving the planet for generations to come.