Sunday, June 19, 2011

Hotel Review: Cameron Highlands Resort

Malaysia, our home, is a fantastic part of the world, however the heat can be overwhelming at times... we have discovered that during prolonged hot/dry periods, a respite from the heat can be embraced at Cameron Highlands, approximately 200km north of Kuala Lumpur. We are repeat customers at YTL resorts around Malaysia and have no hesitation promoting Cameron Highlands Resort as a world class, rejuvenating, local retreat.

Our early morning drive from KL to Cameron Highlands was in itself a pleasure - as we motored along the open road ahead, while everyone else seemed to be heading in the opposite direction to the office. The climb up to Cameron Highlands by car offers up some decent scenery and the cool air is quick to greet you and instill a welcomed sense of well being, especially when the mercury in the city is boiling. The average daily temperature at Cameron Highlands Resort is around 20 deg C which usually presents itself as nice blue skies with a welcome cooling breeze.

Numerous plantations are encountered at Cameron Highlands, showcasing fresh fruits and vegetables and of course tea. YTL's Cameron Highland's Resort is a charming 56 room boutique hotel. The purpose of our trip was to showcase the nearby BOH Tea Plantation to visiting relatives from the UK. We chose this hotel after a very positive first visit back in 2007 and once again, we were made to feel very welcome and were pampered by the management team and staff of the resort.

Be prepared for a twisting and turning journey in order to climb the highlands and experience the cool air, but trust me, it is worth it. The Cameron Highlands Resort is located opposite the 18-hole golf course, Kelab Golf Sultan Ahmad Shah (SAS). Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and seated opposite reception where we were served a very refreshing welcome drink and given a hand towel each to quickly refresh ourselves after our road trip. Check-in was efficiently done, and before long, we were guided to our rooms.


Cameron Highland Resort frontage


Welcome drink


The hotel was just as I had fondly remember it. Clean, classy and cooling.

Bright and breezy classic interior


The gardens around the hotel are immaculately presented and the floral displays in the hotel public spaces are truly beautiful.

Bringing outdoors indoors


Hubby is a big fan of the decor at this hotel.


Classic Ornaments


In good company


Regular award winner



A four poster bed was deemed a must for our new home following our first trip; the beds at CHR are both comfortable and fantastic to look at. The deluxe rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished.


Luxurious four poster


Spacious yet homely rooms


Doors opening onto the balcony



Private balcony with lush green golf course views



Ample secure car parking


Since our party was made up of 4 adults from the same family, we opted to have adjoining rooms which allowed us the luxury of enjoying the balconies together and the ability to open the doors between the rooms should we so desire.


Luxurious Comfort


Sitting area

There is no shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables in Cameron Highlands. This fruit basket was presented in our room upon arrival.


Welcome gift


Ornate Fish Pond


A future blog entry will be written to cover the dining experience at CHR, there are several fantastic dining options at the resort. Breakfast is served in The Dining Room while lunch is served in the Jim Thompson Tea Room. Guests can choose to have dinner in either The Dining Room or Gonbei Japanese Restaurant.


Relaxed Dining in Jim Thompson Tea Room


Afternoon tea is also served at CHR, many individuals or groups will visit the resort simply to indulge in the afternoon tea.

An appropriate location for Afternoon Tea


Cooling environment


Alternative spot for afternoon tea



The Highlands Bar serves an extensive collection of cocktails, whisky and other drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Restaurant guests can also enjoy a game of snooker here.


Highlands Bar


Full size snooker table


Enjoy an evening drink in the lounge by the fireplace



The Reading Room, situated by the entrance of the hotel is comfortable and ideal for lounging in during the day or evening. Plush leather seats and the warm fireplace makes up the perfect ambience for some quiet chit chat after dinner at The Dining Room. We enjoyed a few glasses of red wine here in each other's company. Complimentary wifi is available here, as well as in all guests rooms.

The Reading Room

Wood burning fire

On our first night, we returned to our room to find a single pink rose and some fresh strawberries, courtesy of turndown service. On the second night, there was a box of 4 chocolates awaiting us.

Good Night


Rest Well


Indulge


Turn down service, with chocolates..

...and a flower


Rooms with balconies



Every morning after breakfast, we were treated to a complimentary 5 minutes neck and shoulder massage by the experienced and friendly staff from Spa Village Cameron Highlands. A really great way to start the morning!


Complimentary neck and shoulder massage



You will also find a Jim Thompson Boutique, which offers clothing and accessories made from fine Thai silk.


Jim Thompson Boutique

Our beloved guests enjoying the cool air one last time before we headed back to the city.


In conclusion, Cameron Highlands and specifically YTL's Cameron Highlands Resort Hotel is a great location to relax and enjoy some cooler weather for a few days. The luxurious accommodation, attentive service, good food and naturally cooling environment combine to create a fantastic break from the city.

Stay tuned for our reviews of the various restaurants located within Cameron Highlands Resort, as well as a list of Things to do in Cameron Highlands.



Price: RM649 per person for the YTL Platinum Plus Luxury Escape Package which includes accommodation for 3 days / 2 nights in a deluxe room, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

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Location: Cameron Highlands Resort, By The Golf Course, 39000 Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Tel: 05-491 1100

GPS Coordinates: 4.469834,101.369433

Website: http://www.cameronhighlandsresort.com

* This post is a collaboration between ChloeandDanielsdaddy and Baby Sumo.

14 comments:

  1. Cameron Highlands Resort Ist Class Holiday

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  2. looks like a little spot of paradise. only three hours from kl, right? :D

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  3. Margaret: YTL Resorts are great, going to PLR this week :)

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  4. Sean: We used the Simpang Pulai way, it's a 4- 4 1/2 hr drive depending on the speed you're driving.

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  5. Looks like they did a great job renovating the place. Lovely place to chill

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  6. Boo: Oh when were you there last?

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  7. It looks so inviting, great to know for a weekend away. Looking forward to the recommended restaurants, Shu x

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  8. Haven't been to Camerons in AGES! Last time we went was to check out the rafflesia - twas in full bloom. What a hike! Well, time for a visit!

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  9. Love the shots, and a great getaway there. Just 'Like'd the page for more information.

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  10. Shu: This may be a great place for you to bring your bf to when he visits, much cooler climate there.

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  11. Ciki: How does a spa here after a hike sound? :P

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  12. J2Kfm: Sometimes you can get some good room deals from their FB page.

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  13. Hello Friends,

    The Hotel reviews are unbiased comments and ratings based on a number of criteria, from the check-in process to cleanliness of hotel rooms, from guests who have previously stayed at a hotel. Thanks a lot for sharing your views.
    Business Hotel Orissa

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