We just returned from a 4 night stay at Temple Tree. It is difficult to sum it up adequately, because it is so unique. While Bon Ton, the sister property next door, is a collection of Malay huts, fitted out as hotel rooms, Temple Tree is a small selection of old wooden Malay houses harvested from various parts of Malaysia and reconstructed on the site. These are divided up to provide spacious accommodation, in as close a style as possible to when the house was first constructed. There are some nods to modern living, such as decent plumbing, TV in the bedrooms and I think there is wifi, although we didn't use it. But there are no house phones. The hotel's green credentials are pretty good, due to the extensive use of recycled materials and the fact that air conditioning is only available in the bedrooms. I believe a portion of the revenue from the hotels goes towards the animal rescue sanctuary that is located between Bon Ton resort and the main road.
What is easier to do is sum up what this place does well and on the other hand, why you might not want to stay here. Staying in these old houses provides a lot of space (our part of one house was as big as a large suite in a "normal" hotel) and a lot of style that comes from a bygone age. The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. Throughout our stay we were addressed by our names, not only by the manager, but other staff as well. The location, 10 mins from the airport and in the opposite direction, Cenang beach, is pretty ideal. Then there are the animals. There a quite a few cats, but a few dogs as well. The animals roaming the property are well looked after and this is clearly their home. For instance, there is a ginger cat called Alex who spends most of his day sleeping on a stool next to the reception desk, quietly vetting the guests as they come and go.
Do not come here if you are looking for a five star beach resort with multiple restaurants and a business centre. Do not come here if you have a problem with cats. Do not come here if the sight of a few insects bothers you (this is Asia!). Do not come here if (like one reviewer below) it is important to you that all the joints and floorboards in the rooms are flush - guess what, they are not meant to be! If any of these are a problem for you, then kindly choose a place more suited to your needs and leave these precious rooms/houses to those who appreciate them.
I think this is a wonderful place and I look forward to a return visit as soon as possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Though classified as B&B/Inn, Temple Tree is actually more of a boutique resort of many cultures, an eclectic mix of heritage chic...Antique buildings of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian origin, make up this 8 villa hotel, with 8 rooms & 6 suites now open. Each building has, over its 70-110 year old history, created its own heart and soul. Hopefully we have given due respect to each of these family homes with the restoration process. These houses are now the continuing the story of people who live in them, our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Temple Tree At Bon Ton Hotel Langkawi