The Lake House ,
Malaysia, Western Malaysia
Info : The Lake House
The Lake House is an old Tudor-style property in Malaysia’s highlands, originally built for a British Colonel who dreamt of starting up his own bed and breakfast in 1966. He ran the house across his retirement but on his death, his descendants didn’t want to take on the property as a B&B and the house was sold and has become the boutique hotel that exists now.
The resort has the charm of an old-world English hill station and the temperatures of the highlands are very pleasant – certainly for those less used to tropical temperatures. It suits those wanting a luxurious stay with home comforts.
The surrounding area is absolutely stunning, the views over the Sultan Abu Bakar Lake are particularly beautiful and guests can gain insight into the local production of tea on the nearby plantations. There are various nature trails and forest treks on offer for those wanting some outdoor adventures. You can also make use of the onsite spa for a more sedate form of relaxation.
With only 19 rooms in total, the resort has an intimate and homely feel. All have been furnished with antiques and modern conveniences. The Family Suites are particularly suitable for, surprise, surprise: families with a master bedroom and twin room both adjoining a communal lounge area.
Do note, due to its rural setting, Wi-Fi can be intermittent. The Lake House is also located near a highway which means the resort has easy access, it’s important to note though that it’s not a completely secluded getaway in this respect.
In summary, this is a homely getaway for couples and families wanting a cooler and luxurious experience in Malaysia’s highlands. It’s particularly good for those wanting to disconnect from the digital world, get back to nature and be inspired by Malaysia’s stunning highland landscapes, all from a very homely base.
Comfort - This is our lead in category. There will generally be a no frills approach and while some will be characterful, some will do exactly what it says on the tin - provide a clean, comfortable and good value place to spend the night. These places are normally 3* hotels.
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