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Temple Tree Resort, Langkawi

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An exceptional hospitality experience awaits at Temple Tree, Bon Ton’s sister resort on the island of Langkawi. The establishment made the Condé Nast Traveler US Hot List in 2009, an accolade that celebrates the best new exclusive and exotic hotels around the world. A stay at Temple Tree is both a voyage in time and a cultural discovery in an informal atmosphere that invites gentle indulgence.

Eight stately Chinese, Malay, Indian, Arab and Eurasian villas were salvaged around the country and rebuilt on a coconut plantation to form a unique 14-suite boutique resort. Each house has its own distinctive style, furnished with antiques and fitted with modern amenities. The chic Black & White Suite consists of a whole Malay house featuring hardwood floors, colonial shutters, double showers in the bathroom and a large wooden soaking tub next to the four-poster bed. The Chinese House boasts large verandas on three sides and is opulently decorated in red and black colours. The Estate House, originally a longhouse for Indian workers on a rubber plantation, was converted into five rooms complete with terracotta floors and thick wooden roof beams.

Temple Tree’s reception, restaurant and bar are housed in Straits Club, a house built in the 1920s in Penang. Even the lap pool has character, graced by a typical Malay village house from the state of Kedah painted yellow and featuring lovely carvings. Guests are thoughtfully looked after: fresh fruit and iced water appear as they soak up the sun, and they are introduced to the fare of the land with the highly popular signature Malay set dinner at Bon Ton’s Nam Restaurant. Amenities on loan from the resort include tripods and binoculars for bird watchers and photographers, yoga mats and a guitar for those who want to practice, as well as the more familiar board games, books, DVDs and WiFi.

The soulful, welcoming ambiance extends to four-legged guests and part of the resort’s profits help finance the Langkawi Animal Shelter & Sanctuary Foundation (LASSie), which was founded by the same owner to care for the island’s stray animals.

Where

Malaysia, island of Langkawi, near Pantai Cenang (beach).

Written by  Francoise Ohayon.

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