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From the Temple Tree to the Majestic Hotel

Get ready to discover the charm of yesteryear in these impressive places heritage hotels in Malaysia.

Are you planning a vacation soon? Take a scenic malaysia road trip. Exploring the country opens a window to many possibilities filled with Malaysia’s pristine beaches, beautiful highlands, verdant jungles and colonial cities. However, with every adventure, choosing the perfect hotel that provides the right experience can be difficult.

Booking a stay at a property that offers rich history and marvelous architecture is a true breath of fresh air. With our guide, we’ve selected the best heritage hotels that feature comfort, historical stories, and that irresistible urge to return. In fact, these heritage hotels in Malaysia are unique to the region, and we’re here to tell you why.

Book into these historic hotels in Malaysia:

Temple Tree Resort

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Located in Langkawi, Temple Tree Resort is a peaceful escape from the hectic life. The hotel offers 21 unique suites and eight historic houses that took two years to find, dismantle and assemble. Located 10 minutes from the airport, these heritage homes are beloved by tourists and locals alike for their colonial influences and fascinating architecture. Once owned by families in the 18th and 19th centuries, the heritage homes are now between 80 and 100 years old. Guests who have stayed at Temple Tree Resort have expressed a desire to return and a desire to experience each home on each visit. If you are traveling with a large group, you can even book the whole house for a comfortable stay: the Straits House, the Penang House, the Negeri Sembilan House or the Colonial House. Prepare your cameras and get ready to take pictures at each house during your stay.

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Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Photo credit: Cheong Fatt Tze

This boutique hotel is no stranger to locals in George Town, Penang. Splashed with a deep blue hue, the Iconic Blue Mansion belonged to industrialist and philanthropist Cheong Fatt Tze. His love for traditional Chinese houses was a way to preserve his heritage by sharing his adoration for culture and tradition through architecture. After the death of Cheong Fatt Tze, the mansion was wanted to remain in the family. However, since the death of his youngest son, the mansion was then sold to a group of environmentalists who then restored the establishment to its iconic appearance today.

The Blue Mansion marries Hakka and Teochew styles with touches of Western craftsmanship. Here, you’ll see architectural styles ranging from Scottish cast iron balusters to Cantonese timer lattices. There are 18 rooms divided into five themes: the Ming collection, the Liang collection, the Tang suites, the Han suites and the townhouses. When you book your stay, take note and choose your desired view wisely. You can choose a view overlooking the breathtaking oriental garden, the swimming pool or the open courtyards.

Fun fact: Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was where the iconic mahjong scene was filmed. Asian Rich Boobies.

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Terrapuri Heritage Village

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Take a drive to Terengganu and immerse yourself in “The Land of Palaces”. Terrapuri (the Land of Palaces) consists of 29 heritage houses between 100 and 250 years old. These classic Malay Terraganu houses are beautifully surrounded by a picturesque fishing village of 17th century Malay architecture.

To identify a Terrengganu house is to recognize the steep, triangular-shaped gable roof that echoes a Cambodian and Thai house. A fun fact to know about these houses is that they are constructed from Cengal wood, where separate wooden panels are used to fit together using wooden joints – no nails are used.

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Macalister Manor

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The Macalister Mansion was inspired by the British Governor of Penang, Sir Norman Macalister, who reigned from 1808 to 1810. Originating in 1880, Macalister Mansion was first owned by an Indian pawnbroker before real estate magnate Choong Lye Hock doesn’t buy the breathtaking house. In the 1900s, the mansion was leased to the Penang Consumers Association before the restoration project began in 2010.

Today, the mansion remains a top tourist destination due to its unique character and allure. The eight luxurious and spacious bedrooms evoke a feeling of comfort and conviviality. Decorated with refreshing white walls and mosaics with touches of wood, the rooms are sophisticated and modern, perfect for a short getaway.

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Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Image credit: The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Built in the 1930s, Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is glorified as a national heritage monument populated by many people for social events, government functions and stays for prominent visitors. The colonial structure was designed by Dutch architectural firm Keyes and Dowdeswell and was steeped in neoclassical art deco styles. This influential heritage building is famous for its iconic curved driveway and covered porte-cochere, which still stands in all its glory.

Located along Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, the hotel has two wings to explore: the Majestic Wing and the Tower Wing. The luxurious suites convey the golden spirit of British Malaysia with old world charm and modern elegance. The Majestic wing has 47 suites in total, while the Tower wing houses 253 rooms and suites. Besides its beautiful history, another highlight is the breathtaking Winter Room dedicated to intimate events, afternoon tea and social gatherings.

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Featured Hero and Image Credit: Temple Tree Resort Langkawi

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur