Luxury resort The Datai Langkawi will be closing its doors from September 4, 2017 to undergo a substantial 10-month renovation, reopening in the summer of 2018.

The Malaysian property is set to receive a redesign from interior designer Didier Lefort of studio DL2A – one of the original designers of the property in 1993 along with Australian architect Kerry Hill – ensuring the resort gets a modern refurbishment while retaining its original DNA.

The overhaul will cover all of the property’s 54 rooms, 42 rainforest villas, 12 suites and 14 beach villas, along with its retail space and landscaping. Meanwhile, a new Nature Centre, run by the hotel’s resident naturalist Irshad Mobarak, will be added with the aim of enhancing the resort’s focus on sustainability. A beachside fitness centre is also planned to be introduced.

“This renovation is a testament to the Datai Langkawi’s commitment to providing unmatched luxury accommodations, the highest level of service and the modern amenities that appeal to today’s luxury global travellers,” said the hotel’s general manager, Arnaud Girodon. “Temporarily closing the resort will allow us to complete this refurbishment as quickly as possible and allow our guests to return to our island paradise in mid-2018.”

Set amidst a ten-million-year-old rainforest on the northwest tip of Langkawi in Malaysia, the property also benefits from views of Datai Bay and features two swimming pools, a spa, and the Els Club Teluk Datai golf course.