This Langkawi Boutique Hotel Has 8 Historic Buildings That'll Transport You To The 1930s

Charming and quaint, this hotel emulates an old-school vibe while maintaining a luxurious feel.

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Lavishly landscaped, the hotel grounds possess eight historical buildings from all over Malaysia, that were relocated to Langkawi to create the Temple Tree Resort

While six of the structures act solely as accommodation for the resort, the other two buildings (combined) act as a restaurant, bar, reception, and additional ensuite guest rooms

With each building possessing a special feature representing its own unique history, let's explore each of them before moving to the other amenities this alluring hotel has to offer.

1. Negeri Sembilan House

Built in the 1940s, this Malay kampung house was originally from the town of Mantin in Negeri Sembilan

With stained glass incorporated into the windows of the many rooms in this dwelling, a spacious living room and traditional ligneous dining set greets you at the entrance of the home.

Together with a master bedroom that possesses a wooden bathtub and an additional bathroom, there's also an adjoining bedroom with two single beds perfect for a small family.

2. Johor House

Built over 100 years ago in Batu Pahat, Johor, this house was created and designed by a Chinese family. A key feature of this locale are the Taiwanese accents scattered throughout the quarters. 

After going through a beautifying facelift, the Johor House has two suites: one upstairs and one downstairs. With verandas located on three sides of each suite, this house manages to look brand new while holding onto its antiquities.

3. Penang House

Originally built in the 1930s, Penang House was originally located next to Gurney Drive. With vibrant exterior colours, the inside has been up-kept without changing key aspects of the assembly. 

Described as ideal for larger families, Penang House has two connecting suites. Nonetheless, if you're the kind of person that craves your privacy, each suite has its own separate entrance and living area.

4. Colonial House

As one of the bigger structures in Temple Tree Resort, the Colonial House was built by the Arabs in the 1920s in George Town. With ample space for entertaining and accommodating company, bring a colony of your friends if you choose this house for your stay.

Downstairs lay two bedrooms, each possessing their own entrances and gardens, with lounges outside for sunbathing, and wooden bathtubs if you're feeling a little extra during bath time.

On the upstairs floor, a large open space used as a living room connects to a separate bathroom, making up one suite. Separately, the biggest room of the entire Colonial House encompasses a shutter veranda, a living space, and two bedrooms with their own ensuite toilets

5. Estate House

The only antique house from Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, this house was used as accommodation quarters for Indian rubber estate workers in the 1940s.

Converted into a five bedroom bungalow, every single room has their own verandah, a private garden, and ensuite bathroom. The most charming part about this historic home are the decorative aspects, as they differ from room to room.

It should be noted, however, that only three of the five bathrooms retain showers and wooden bathtubs, while the remaining two only have showers. 

6. Plantation House

The third and final building structure from Penang, this Malay artisan house was built in the 1930s, and possesses imperial-styled shutters with a central courtyard. 

With six separate suites in tandem with three different living areas, this house can hold up to 18 people at once. Evidently, this would be a great treat for a large group of friends, or even for vacations with extended family members.

When it comes to the dining options, you'll be spoilt silly with the food at Temple Tree Bar & Restaurant

All the local and house specials are served up between 8am to 11pm, daily. With breakfast taking up the 8am to 11.30am slot, the lunch, snack, and dinner menus are open from 11.30am until 10pm.

If you're looking for a drink at the bar instead, fear not! The bar is open all day. To check out their breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and drinks menu, click here.

With two beautiful outdoor pools, you'll get to enjoy the stunning sunsets of Langkawi while taking a dip or laying back on a lounge chair

While you can only see this beautiful sunset from one of the two pools, a special feature of the beach at Temple Tree Resort is its location. 

Situated just a few minutes away from Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, this strategic location makes it easy to access the party-central of Langkawi, and still totter back home without needing to lug around a car or worry about travel time.

And if all these options aren't enough, the resort organises multiple outdoor activities on their premises, and around Langkawi

Charter a boat, and sail around the island.

If you want to spend the day kicking back and having a jolly ride throughout all of Langkawi (and if you have some extra cash on you too), then hop on the 'All In', Temple Tree's 44ft power catamaran, while downing complementary wine and snacks. 

If you're looking for something more adventurous, get on the 21ft 'Satu Besar' boat and embark on a private commercial island-hopping journey. Upon request, a picnic basket can even be set up for you and your loved ones.

For more information on organising one of these rides, click here.

Rich in heritage and modern elements that pull people into the luxury of its essence, Temple Tree Resort is a must-visit hotel in Langkawi

Lot 1053, Jalan Pantai Chenang,
Pantai Cenang, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.

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