Cameron Highlands Resort
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Set amidst tea plantations and rolling hills, this boutique hideaway is built in a forested mountainscape, 1,500m above sea level, in a long extension from an existing 1930s cottage. Promising splendour, romance and nostalgia, the interiors hark back to its grand colonial heritage with tall French doors, timber-beamed ceilings and plantation shutters combined with the colours and textures of Jim Thompson’s famed Asian silks.
I adore everything about the hotel, especially the real wooden beams and ceiling, which quickly send my mind to the good olden days. In fact the whole hotel will do just that the moment you climb the steps onto the lobby and reception. You'd easily feel like being in an English countryside home as the cool weather greatly instils that scenario. Endearingly known as the 'little piece of England in Asia', the cool climate on the picturesque plateau and its hilly greenery are tailor-made for rounds of golf, nature walks and rejuvenating life.
Location The Resort is strategically located between 2 small towns, Tanah Rata and Berinchang and to get anywhere is best just to drive it. We were told though that on weekends the roads leading up and passing the resort can get jammed with weekenders visiting the highlands, so do take note on this point if you do plan a visit.
Resort The property is rustically gorgeous and beautifully set opposite a golf course with hills in the background. Just sitting on the balcony sipping a cuppa of the local tea (one of the best in the world) is invigorating. The public areas at the hotel are delightful with an elegant colonial era decor. There is a piano player in the evening in the area off the lobby – referred to as the Jim Thompson tea room as they serve afternoon tea there.
Stay Spread over the ground and first floors, the rooms with high-ceiling are large, spacious and well laid-out. Each room has an attached balcony with seating that overlooks the golf course so it’s a great place to relax with your morning coffee or afternoon tea. There is an electric kettle with tea/coffee service, a mini fridge, flat screen TVs with cable channels. But I decide instead to pull down the blackout curtains and have an afternoon siesta. There is no air-conditioning, as it’s really not needed, but the rooms have fans and they recently had double glazing done so the noise from the street does not intrude.
Dine Breakfast is a buffet at the main Dining Room restaurant with a multiple choice of fresh, hot and individually plated mains and sides. Their range of fresh baked breads is delicious, especially the mini pain au chocolat. Indulge in the age-old ritual of English Afternoon Tea with oven-fresh pastries, delicate sandwiches, homemade scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam and plump strawberries complemented by fine teas at Jim Thompson Tea Room. The semi-alfresco Gonbei restaurant is a great Asian restaurant serving a very substantial steamboat, with a wide choice of broths, salads, meats, seafoods, vegetables as well as dessert. You cannot miss the British elegance of comfort and decadence at the Highlands Bar; snooker table and an extensive selection of whiskies, cocktails and other beverages.
Relax Spa Village is the branded spa outlet located at the hotel and offers a range of traditional spa treatments in beautiful, tranquil yet luxurious surroundings. Every treatment is preceded by tea, a soak and scrub in a hot tea bath and a little nap with a warm buckwheat pouch applied to your back and tummy. Post treatment, you are invited to lounge in their pavilion while being served tea and oat cookies. Amazingly restful!
One More Thing The resort also organizes complimentary guided nature walks and we participated in one called the Jim Thompson Trail that is highly recommended. It was a one and half hour trail along what is said to be the last trail that the legendary of Jim Thompson took before he mysteriously vanished. If you decide to take this tour then please be warned that you need some decent walking shoes! It’s not a long trek but it is steep and narrow in some parts and slippery especially if there has been rain.
Malaysia Airlines operates to major International airports worldwide and connects from KL and from Singapore to Langkawi, Penang and Medan. The budget carrier Air Asia connects from KL to all major Malaysian and Indonesian airports, including Langkawi and Penang, plus major southeast Asian airports. From the UK, you can fly Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow and Air Asia from London Stanstead.
Public transport in Malaysia is reliable and inexpensive, particularly in Peninsular Malaysia. Budget flights are a great option for hopping around the region, especially given that no ferries connect Peninsular and east Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak have their own travel peculiarities – in Sarawak, for instance, you’re reliant on boats, and occasionally planes, for some long-distance travel. Cameron Highlands can be accessed by road from both coasts, though most travellers enter from the west.
Cameron Highlands Resort
These rooms are furnished with a king four-poster bed or twin beds overlooking the lush green golf course. Each room features a comfortable seating area with French doors opening to the balcony. Polished timber floors, beamed ceilings and plantation shutters evoke a Colonial feel. Size: 38 sqm
These suites have one spacious bathroom between a double room with a four-poster bed and a twin room. Ideal for families with small children; accommodates 2 adults and 2 children or 4 adults. Size: 62 sqm
These spacious suites have studio style bedroom with a four poster bed and an adjacent lounge area with work desk both open onto the balcony which overlook the golf course. Size: 51 sqm
Cameron Suite & Jim Thompson Suite
These signature suites have 2 bedrooms, one with a king four poster bed and one with twin beds. The bedrooms share a common lounge furnished with comfortable settees. French doors open onto the balcony with panoramic views. Total: 2, Size: 76 sqm
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Cameron Highlands Resort
Tea Plantation There are many reasons to visit Cameron Highlands, one of it being the beautiful rolling hills and the perfect weather. In 1929, after the Second World War, a British pioneer by the name of J.A. Russell realised the potential of growing tea here. He was granted a concession of land to establish the very first tea garden in Habu, one of the major towns of Cameron Highlands. Today, it is a delight to drive along the narrow roads, ornamented with rows of tea plants. Guided tours are run every day except Mondays, from 9am to 4pm. A trip to the Boh Tea Plantation site is among the best things to do in Cameron Highlands.
Jungle Trekking Cameron Highlands is most popular for its jungle trekking. There are a number of trails in the area, with 1-10 rating, depicting the severity of the climbing. The most famous trek ends up at Mount Brinchang that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, and rolling hills. Some of the most prominent species you will see are wild orchids, pitcher plants, huge ferns and lipstick plants. There are also over seventy species of rainforest birds. You can even encounter a Black Panther, viper snakes, huge green lizards or even a civet. It is recommended you take a guide.
Strawberry Farms Cameron Highlands are also known for its agricultural farms since the temperature is favourable for planting a diversity of yields and taters. Fruit farming connoisseurs may visit the popular Big Red Strawberry Farm. The best time to enjoy the juiciest of strawberries is between May till August. These are the months with most rainfall, the cold and dry weather following the rain is an ideal weather for strawberry cultivation.
Butterfly Farm This is a one man’s passion of collecting and breeding different species of butterflies that has turned into conserving endangered and exotic species that are at high risk of extinction. The Butterfly farm may be a misnomer because the butterfly insects are not farmed, bred or cultivated, but rather restocked from wild specimens on the regular basis.
Cactus Valley Located on the hillside near Brinchang is a Cactus Valley that comprises a large variety of Cactuses, with different shapes and sizes, some as old as 60 years. These include; Calla lily, Ananas, Glory Bush, Geranium, Oncidium, Coleus and many others are just some of a huge variety of inclusive plants and shrubbery found here.
When to go The rainy season on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia typically comes between April and October but often the rains don't really arrive until June or July. Even during the monsoon, the rains tend to come in sharp bursts, usually during the afternoon, with sunshine for the rest of the day. Penang, however, does get heavy rains in September and October.
The east coast monsoon, which falls between mid-November and February, is more marked, churning up the seas and making some of the island destinations inaccessible. These rains also affect the interior of Peninsula Malaysia, and the whole of Malaysian Borneo. Temperatures tend to be cooler in the Cameron Highlands with temperatures ranging from about 17°C/62.6 ºF at night to about 25°C/77 ºF in the day.
Visa & Customs Malaysia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Kingdom for a stay up to 90 days. However, all travelers will need a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Malaysia. However, we strongly recommend traveling with 6 months validity on your passport at all times.
Most destinations, including Malaysia, require that you have adequate un-used pages in your passport. We recommend that you have at least two free pages in Visas section of your passport before any international travel.