A stay in a heritage building is a rare opportunity to experience historical architecture from the inside, admire ingenious adaptive reuse, and imagine what life may have been like for its former dwellers. Melaka has ample opportunity to do just that, with homes and former business premises in its UNESCO Heritage Zone that date as far back as the Dutch colonial era.
A 3 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur along the East Coast Highway, Kuantan and Cherating have always made for an easy weekend escape, even for those living on the West Coast. However until recently stylish accommodation offerings were thin on the ground.
For an outdoors person, you’d assume I love camping. You’d assume wrong. I love a good night’s sleep as much as the next person. So the idea of glamping appeals to me a lot. Yet despite the proliferation of glamping retreats here in Malaysia, surprisingly only 4 are worth recommending. Here’s why and who they are….
There’s a Malay proverb that goes “kecil kecil cili padi”, meaning small but potent. It sums up Sweet Cili Hotel in George Town perfectly .
Kanchanaburi province’s exotic mix of natural beauty and historical sites are worth more than the day trip allotted to it by Bangkok day-trippers. Those who stay often opt for the livelier Kanchanaburi, but the tranquil Khwae Yai, where WW2’s most notorious bridge crosses the river holds undeniable charm. These four stylish stays are a convenient 10 minutes walk away of bridge and station.
U Inchantree Kanchanaburi wasn’t my first choice of hotel for my River Kwai trip, but I’m glad it’s where I stayed.
What happens when one of your favourite hotels is no more? Well, if you’re lucky, it’s been given a new name. a new look and still has all the conveniences that made you return.