By Lily Ong
February 12, 2020
When it comes to travelling, there’s plenty to explore in our own backyard. In the first part of this travel series, we take a closer look at where to stay and what to do in the northern region of Peninsula Malaysia
The Datai Langkawi, Kedah
With the forest at your doorstep, the 25-year-old Datai Langkawi recently underwent a complete makeover which hasn’t diluted its charm as a utopia of relaxation and solitude. A new addition to the resort is the Datai Estate Villa designed by Didier Lefort and boasts five bedrooms, two connecting pools and a gym.
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak
Discover massive natural caves and gaze upon ancient limestone hills at this retreat just minutes from Ipoh city centre. Besides soaking in pools fed by natural hot spring and yoga in a steam cave, one can also dine at an award-winning restaurant in a limestone cave, Jeff’s Cellar.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak
Loved by world-renowned celebrities from Helen Mirren to Joan Collins, Pangkor Laut Resort, which is also renowned for its Spa Village that features a unique pre-spa ritual based on bathing traditions from around Asia.
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Hotel Penaga, Penang
A collection of pre-war terrace houses, Hotel Penaga was redeveloped by architect Hijjas and environmentalist Angela Kasturi into a boutique hotel. Its elegant interiors add instant charm to its location in the heart of George Town Unesco Heritage Site.
Cheong Fatt Sze Mansion, Penang
Once the home of Hakka merchant Cheong Fatt Tze, also known as the ‘Rockefeller of the East’, this award-winning heritage hotel immerses its guests in an unforgettable experience of the old world.
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