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Temple Tree

Langkawi, Malaysia


Each of the houses that make up the resort has its own story, and together they tell quite a tale of Malaysian architectural history over the past century. The Colonial House comprises 4 units, the Penang and Chinese 2 apiece; then there is a long Estate House with 5 separate rooms. Two Plantation Houses total 6 units of various sizes and, finally, we stayed in the stunning Black and White House, which holds a single suite.

The suites share common characteristics: plenty of natural light and cool breezes circulating, helped by fans (or air-conditioning if necessary); lots of authentic antique objets - vases, lacquered boxes, intricately carved furniture and woven tapestries, sofas littered with bright throw cushions, wide firm beds in pristine white cotton, a generous selection of books and magazines, a large DVD-only television (satellite TV is available in the Clubhouse), double rainfall showers and a quirky wooden bathtub, more often than not in an atmospheric outdoor bathroom. Each has its own distinct identity though - we loved the red and black luxe of the Chinese House, and the meditative greens and blues of the Penang House.

Our own, the wooden Black and White House, proved our favourite. Set on stilts, it’s immaculately painted (as you may imagine) in black and white, with stained glass shutters that let in the breeze during the day and filter light in the evening. It’s a successful combination of themes and textures: an ornately carved wardrobe and black ivory-inlaid lacquered box complement the patterned satin throw cushions and red Chinese lantern vase. Somehow, it just works - an inspirational space of total tranquillity.

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Features include:

  • TV
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • Internet Connection
  • Safe box
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Fan
  • Mosquito net
  • Baby Cots
  • Extra Beds
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea making
Save to favouritesPrintMailTemple TreeTemple Tree is a dream for architectural students; for the rest of us, a beautiful, unique haven. The concept? A collection of classic Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian houses from all over Malaysia, painstakingly reassembled, and divided into 20 [r:MY004:rooms and suites]. Owner Narelle is the brains behind neighbouring [h:MY001:Bon Ton Resort], and the execution of this living museum is spot-on. Each house maintains its own character and Narelle’s eye for interiors is evident in bold colour schemes, which effortlessly blend antique pieces with modern flourishes. It's a fascinating insight to traditional Malaysian living, with the bonus of excellent service. Communal life centres around the beautifully laid-out 90-year-old Straits Clubhouse with its [eating:MY004:restaurant], games room, library and bar. The houses are arranged down a ‘main street’ where saplings sway in the breeze, leading to the resort's swimming pool. Hit the beach for sunbathing or watersports; hire a car to set your own island agenda. Or stay put - the houses are so delightful, you might not want to leave.

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