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Temple Tree at Bon Ton
Ranked #6 of 145 Langkawi B&B and Inns
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Singapore
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“A perfect antidote to a modern city”
Reviewed 5 May 2013 via mobile

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.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

I have been to Langkawi previously and stayed in one of the five star properties that had a private beach.This time I was looking out for a boutique property, and agoda had a good rate for Temple Tree and I chose the property after closely looking at all the other reviews here on Trip Advisor.

I must say I agree with most of the people when they rave about this place. The property is indeed unique, and the overall concept is different from the norm. The cats and dog are adorable, my two year old son had a great time talking to all the cats on his walks outside the property.The breakfast was not what we would have ideally preferred as we usually like a hot breakfast on vacations, but it was more than adequate -the breads that they serve taste like home made ,each slice has a different herb, and the cakes were really to die for!

We stayed for three nights in Plantation two-2 adults and one baby, and the room size was very comfortable. I just wish that they had outdoor garden seating for breakfast or a night cap.

One can walk to Bonton next door and they serve free cocktails and a starter every evening between 7-8pm.We found out only on the last day after speaking to a fellow guest.

We had a lovely time and I wish there were more such hotel properties in Malaysia.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

I enjoyed my stay here simply because the concept is so unique and the folk so friendly and hospitable. Rustic traditional houses transplanted from their original location and moved to Langkawi. We booked 2 nights at Colonial 4 which accommodates 4 adults - 2 bedrooms (2 singles and a double) both with ensuite bathrooms. Colonial 4 is located at the front section of the upper floor of Colonial House and has a well equipped family hall with a rather large wooden bathtub and a living hall with 2 bookcases (filled with good books), dining table, minibar and most times the really intelligent resident cat (trust me - this cat has character) will love keeping you company.

You'll enjoy a really traditional feel to the stay and if you love cats and animals, this place is perfect for you. The owner of the property has set up an animal shelter here and there are free roaming cats and several dogs at both Bon Ton and Temple Tree (note though that the Temple Tree resident pooch, JJ has a great dislike for other dogs)

Breakfast (continental) is delivered every evening (together with the turn down service) in the refrigerator to be enjoyed at your own leisure. Great quality tea and coffee, home made bread, cake, yogurt and juices.

For those who expect 5 star comfort, you may be in for a disappointment as the property is more rustic than luxury but that really is part of the whole charm.

I would certainly visit this resort again. Excellent hospitality and the staff are all wonderful here.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

we stayed at the colonial 1, well furnished with vintage pieces around the room, 2 shower heads and a cute outdoors bathtub. good sized room and bathroom. The property is very charming, quaint vintage houses with a small pool and cats wandering around plus the resident dog.
The service was amazing!!

the only downside was our neighbours upstairs who kept us from sleeping. the walls are really thin! we were woken up by what sounded like a water pipe bursting in our room and which can only be the toilet flushing upstairs, followed by running feet, and conversations and what sounded like a bathtub being filled at....3 am in the morning? we laid awake in bed listening to a lady going on about her failed relationship (lol), burps and what not, until well past 4 am.

Room Tip: Colonial 1 is very pretty but watch out for your neighbours upstairs! walls are paper thin, you will...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

When we booked this hotel we had no idea how wonderful it would wind up being. We were welcomed with refreshing pineapple mint tea and a friendly smile. The resort has so much character we couldn't stop talking about how much creative effort had to be put into producing the innately tranquil atmosphere. All of the homes were beautifully decorated with oriental antiques with an at home feeling bc of all the attention paid to the little details in every corner. They have cats roaming around the whole property and we felt like we had our own pets away from home. I actually have an allergy to cats, but in this setting, I guess I didn't have a problem bc they weren't confined to the rooms but free to roam so my allergies didn't act up at all. The staff was helpful and attentive and the resort even offered yoga sessions on request. The main pool was like no other, and although Langkawi is known for its beaches, laying by this pool made you somehow feel like you were in the middle of the bush lands in South Africa despite all of the colorful Chinese homes surrounding you....difficult to describe.
After just a short overnight stay here, we seriously considered modifying the second leg of our itinerary to try and squeeze another couple days of temple tree in if that tells you anything.
We were also lucky enough to have the migrating night food market nearby the night we were staying and definitely suggest it if it happens to be close to you that night. We had one meal at straits, the resort restaurant it and it was also wonderful.
You will not regret staying at temple tree, and after you do, you will want to stay again. It's truly a unique experience and I wish it were closer to home so that I could visit again and again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 7 April 2013

Stayed 3 nights at the Temple Tree section of the joint Bon Ton/Temple Tree resort in April 2013. Where Bon Ton offers traditional Malaysian cottages on stilts brought up to modern standard, Temple Tree section offers old colonial buildings from Malaysian mainland. These have been transported and re-erected on Langkawi. Really cool idea! This review will cover both Bon Ton and Temple Tree as they are on the same property and under same management, but different in appearance.

Getting there: Easy with taxi from airport. About 5-10 mins journey, at appx RM20-25.

Location: Not along the beach or shore. This is an inland resort, with partly swamps near by. Nothing dangerous resides in these swamps, however! The resort is 3 mins taxi ride from the Chenang beach "strip", where lots of shops and restaurants ++ can be found.

Facilities: The villas on both sections of the resort are really cool, and individually different. Standard is more than adequate for most. Be aware that those travelling with children or persons over 190 cm, should opt for Temple Tree because of available space and entrance doorway height.

The resort is nicely maintained, and offers several swimming pools of the long and narrow kind. Quite stylish, although not the kind children normally prefer.

The Bon Ton restaurant is excellent, and also welcomes diners from other nearby hotels. There is also a restaurant at the Temple Tree side, but with a more western food orientation and thus not so exiting for those looking to try the local cuisine.

For those loving animals, the resort also house an animal shelter for cats and dogs. So you will find alot of cats around the resort. Dogs however - except Temple Trees' JJ - are restricted to the shelter facility.

Price: Expensive, but worth it as this is a one-of-a-kind resort offering a different experience.

Conclusion: This is definetly worth the visit! An interesting and exiting place. The colonial athmosphere of Temple Tree is really cool, and we had a great time at the resort. Service levels are great, and staff very friendly. In fact, the staff offered many useful and honest advise on things to do and not to do, so this was particularly helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

Well I have now lost count quite how many times I have returned to this beautiful resort in Langkawi, once again we were greeted personally by the team and enjoyed our welcome drinks before checking in to the 'Chinese House' which in my opinion holds the best setting in Temple Tree, we had the whole house as 3 of us travelling so we had both upstairs and downstairs, upstairs offering a superb balcony with beautiful views over the lagoon towards the mountains in the distance, the pool is some 100ft in length and again is right in front of the house, we stayed 4 days and it felt like we were staying in our private villa, we had run of the pool pretty much most of our stay as many people go out and about sightseeing during the day. we moved to Penang House during our stay to sample another house which is next to Chinese and again had the whole house both 1 & 2, it is also incredibly beautiful and is lighter and on one level, it has a TV room, multiple other rooms, ample wardrobe space, fridge, safe etc We dined in sister restaurant Bonton next door most evenings and had lunch at templetree every day, the food continues to be INCREDIBLE, the famous Nam restuarant at Bonton continues to be one of the very best on the Island and it is hard to go anywhere else as the food is so excellent especially the Laksa for lunch and the seafood platter in the evening, just delicious, the resort also mixes up a seriously mean cocktail and every evening they now do a complimentary cocktail hour on the susnset deck, a really nice touch to sample a few cocktails to start your evening, I always feel a bit guilty as when I stay here i tend not to move but that is what is wonderful about Temple Tree and Bonton, chilled water throughout the day by the pool, snacks in the evening, great food, great company, great cocktails, great setting, unique and historic accomodation, if its a truly relaxing unwinding break that you need I cannot think of anywhere better than this spectaular resort, thanks to Alison and all the team who once again made our stay so very special, cant wait to come back soon

Room Tip: Any house, they are all wondeful in their own way
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Temple Tree at Bon Ton
Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 145 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Temple Tree at Bon Ton 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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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