“Stylish living history at this delightfully different heritage project, on Langkawi island, off the NW coast of 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.
Breakfast is taken in your suite and more than keeps you going until lunchtime. Each suite is equipped with a toaster and tea- and coffee-making facilities. A couple of pieces of bread each, with butter and jam, some homemade cake, yoghurt, bottled juices and generous hunks of fresh fruit are left in the fridge overnight to be enjoyed at your leisure.
The Straits Club, located in the Clubhouse, serves lunch and dinner, as well as a cooked breakfast for brunch should you desire it. Expect western and fusion dishes, for example the big breakfast, an impressive spread of eggs, a lamb roll, a beef patty, fried potatoes, caramelised onions and chilli jam. For dinner, tuck into a 5-spice roasted chicken with cashew rice, or try the hot and sour mango salad. There’s also a bar; frozen daiquiris and margaritas come highly recommended at any time.
Guests are also welcome at the widely acclaimed Nam restaurant at Bon Ton for lunch and dinner. The dining area is extremely atmospheric in the evenings, with soft lighting, colourful textiles and a warm summer breeze drifting through.
Children are more than welcome.
Teens (over 12)
Penang 1 has a single daybed on its living room, Plantation 1 has a double and a single room, while Black and White House, Colonial 4 and Plantation 3, 5 and 6 have a double and a twin bedroom.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby listening/monitors are available on request.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking