The chaos of the city felt so far away. The curated playlist for the day was the sound of nature that surrounded. Ahhh I have arrived at the Temple Tree at Bon Ton in Langkawi, a piece of serenity on this Malaysian island.
A living museum is the best way to describe Temple Tree at Bon Ton. What does that mean anyway? Well, the owner is a collector. A collector of antique colonial-era buildings that are of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian origin. Upon purchasing these antique buildings, they are carefully dismantled and then brought here onto the Bon Ton estate, rebuilt and delicately restored.
When it comes to accommodation in Langkawi, there are plenty. But if you are after a resort with a difference that offers an authentic, unique, and great quality experience, then the Temple Tree at the Bon Ton in Langkawi is definitely the spot for you.
Located just 15-20 minutes’ walk from Cenang Beach, Temple Tree at Bon Ton houses 8 Malaysian heritage homes with each building being over 70-110 years old. It is possible to rent just a room or a whole house – either way, whether you’re a couple or a family or a group of friends, there’s something for everyone at Temple Tree.
And the best part of all of this is that 50% of all profits generated by Temple Tree goes directly to LASSie, the Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation. A passion project by the owner of Temple Tree, LASSie aims to rehabilitate and care for neglected, abused and needy animals.
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Star Rating: 4-star
Location: Cenang Beach, Langkawi (Malaysia)
Number of villas: 8 Malaysian Heritage House
Our Stay at Temple Tree at Bon Ton
It was mid-afternoon when we arrived to Temple Tree. We parked our GoCar and walked into the Straits Club House where we were greeted by a friendly receptionist. Being welcomed in the 90-year old Straits Club House was a beautiful start to our weekend here.
She checked us in and offered us a welcome drink – from wine to beer to a soft drink… it was possible to pick any drink to start off our holiday. But it was the pineapple mint iced tea that caught my heart and what a refreshing drink it was.
We stayed in the Colonial House, which found its origins in Georgetown, Penang. Built in the 1920’s by rich goldsmith traders, the Colonial House has been built with Western style touches while still maintaining the Peranakan aura.
Oh if only these walls could talk, imagine the stories and tales it would tell of a historical Georgetown.
Colonial 3 was our home for the weekend. It was generous in size, with a king-sized bed, a sitting area, a bathroom with not one but 2 rain shower nozzles and 2 bath tubs. It was the perfect room for a romantic getaway.
The room was beautifully styled to suit the characteristic of the Colonial House. Asian antiques graced the room, giving the room a feeling of warmth and coziness. It’s impossible not to notice all the little detailing in the room. From a well-stocked pantry full of a variety of loose and bagged teas to a fresh bottle of local gamat to heal insect bites to sarongs hanging in the closest… ohh and have I mentioned that the tap water is also drinkable? Temple Tree at Bon Ton have thought about it all.
And to those millennials, fear not, this resort is not all antique. The room comes equipped with a flat screen TV paired with a DVD player (and a library of DVDs to choose from), hair dryer, safe, plenty of power plugs, air conditioning, a number of fans… it’s enough to keep you comfortable. The only issue is that the Wi-Fi is a bit patchy, but you know what…you’re on holiday so go ahead, take a digital break and relax the serenity of Temple Tree and Langkawi.
Each evening, your continental breakfast is brought to you and placed neatly in the mini fridge in the room. The breakfast selection is made up of house-made bread and cake, yoghurt, fresh fruit, and juice. So if you happen to sleep in till late morning, there’s no need to rush to the restaurant to catch the end of breakfast… it’s breakfast on demand here because it’s already in your fridge.
The Estate & its Facilities
At the entrance to Temple Tree is the Straits Club House, which was built back in the 1920’s by a Eurasian family. Here you’ll find the main reception, restaurant, bar, library, and a pool table. The restaurant serves an array of western and Asian style dishes, with daily specials found on the blackboard.
As you meander through Temple Tree towards the centre of the estate, you’ll find the 100-year old Chinese House which overlooks the pool. Chinese House is eclectic, filled with color and exudes history where it once was a farmhouse in Johor, Malaysia. The pool stretches 110ft on the estate and is the perfect sanctuary to rest and relax. And if this pool isn’t enough, you are able to also use the pool at the Bon Ton resort, which is just next door.
Then at the heart of the estate is a Taoist shrine – the very influence that has given Temple Tree its name. The shrine sits at the foot of two different trees, which now exists as one. It is said the temple has bought many lucky numbers to the Chinese who have prayed there.
Continuing to wander around the estate, you’ll find an eclectic village of antique buildings. And you’ll even meet a few friendly cats along the way, who are cuddly and sociable.
And if you are a lover of animals, the LASSie shelter for stray dogs is just a few minutes’ walk from Temple Tree. Here you are welcome to walk and interact with the dogs, which are beautiful and friendly. The cats that you’ll find at Temple Tree are also furry residents of LASSie.
Getting Around Langkawi from Temple Tree
Temple Tree is just a few minutes’ drive away from Cenang Beach and the airport, and the best way to get around is by hiring your own car. There’s free parking on-site. So if you’re after hiring a car, do check out GoCar.
GoCar is an on-demand car hire platform, which means that you can hire a car at any time of the day. Whether it’s per hour or per day, GoCar offers flexibility… meaning you only pay for what you use. Currently GoCar is available in over 50 locations across Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in Malaysia.
Get RM30 off your GoCar rental by entering the promo code HELLORAYA30 upon booking. This is valid for new members and for travel up to 28th February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur or Langkawi.
A beautiful sanctuary on the lush island of Langkawi, the Temple Tree at Bon Ton is a must stay. This resort is a living museum that is full of eclectic personality, with every nook and cranny of the estate sharing its own story and history.
Prices start from RM810 (A$262 / U$198) per night for a room and is inclusive of continental breakfast… plus or minus depending on the season you travel and availability of the room type.
We loved our stay at Temple Tree at Bon Ton and are still daydreaming of our serene weekend away.
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