Monday, February 18, 2013

Get that top of the world feeling at Malaysia’s Hill Resorts

Cool climes, a taste of the colonial life, wildlife and wild rides are just some of the attractions awaiting you at Malaysia’s hill resorts. You’ll find them tucked away among the main mountain ranges of the Peninsula, and in Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo. Here’s you can enjoy the serenity of lush tea and strawberry plantations, discover intriguing members of the plant and animal kingdoms, and play 18 holes of golf at 5000 feet above sea level.

Savour the rustic charm of the Cameron Highlands: Enchanting Tudor-styled inns and expansive tea plantations, a rainbow of pretty flowers and fresh fruits is what Cameron Highlands has to offer. Here, in the largest Malaysian hill resort, you can visit butterfly, strawberry and honeybee farms, and stroll back in time through scenic villages. Major tea plantations include Sungai Palas, the Blue Valley Tea Estate, Bharat Tea Estate and the Boh Plantation, still run by its original English owners. Delight in the profusion of flowers - roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, dahlias, geraniums, and more. Cameron Highlands comprises a series of tiny townships that include Ringlet, Tanah Rata, brinchang, Trinkap, Kuala Terla and Kampung Raja.

Tanah Rata: The Smokehouse Hotel and Bala's Holiday Chalet & Restaurant gives you an authentic English country home experience, with latticed windows, rose garden with wrought-iron furniture, antiques, rich carpets, and four-poster beds. Other attractions are the Nine Emperor God Temple, the Parit Waterfall, the Hindu temple and the Rainbow Garden. Accommodation is available for all budgets - first class hotels, motels and apartments.
Escape to tranquility in Bukit Larut: It may be the smallest hill resort in Malaysia, but Bukit Larut in Taiping is a big draw for nature lovers.  The name came from George Maxwell, a British resident of Perak, who set up the hill station about 100 years ago as a cool retreat for colonial officials. Located 1035 metres above sea level, it’s the perfect hideaway lying amid lush greenery, towering trees and serene lakes. It has only 8 bungalows for accommodation – built over a century ago, which are very homely and comfortable.
Ride up to serenity at Penang Hill: Take the country's oldest funicular railway up the hill and you’ll be amazed by the picturesque scenery, rich vegetation and even Macaque monkeys. There’s a food court, fruit and souvenir stalls, as well as the original funicular train on display here. Several Victorian-styled bungalows dot Penang Hill, among which is the hill's oldest bungalow, 'Bel Retiro', the holiday residence of the Governor of Penang. The Bellevue Hotel - the only remaining hotel on the hill - offers panoramic views and a very popular menu for lunch and dinner. In its Aviary Garden, you’ll find a unique collection of pheasants, pea fowls, crowned pigeons, parrots, hornbills, macaws, Bali mynahs and Nicobar pigeons. Art works by local and regional artists are displayed all around the hotel.

Enjoy French & Japanese attractions at Bukit Tinggi: Berjaya Hills lies amidst tropical rainforests and 16,000 acres of rugged hills. Bukit Tinggi – a new resort – has two main attractions: the French-styled Colmar Tropicale Resort and the environmentally friendly Japanese Village.
Colmar Tropicale is a replica of the original 18th century Colmar Village in Alsace, France. Tastefully decorated rooms cluster around Colmar Square – a cobblestone courtyard where you can enjoy your meals and street performances. There are a host of French attractions all around – from the wishing well to the cuckoo clock tower, enchanting restaurants and sidewalk delis, aromatic bakeries and wine & cigar shops, mysterious souvenir shops and interesting craft centres.

So enjoy the experience and relish that top of the world feeling only in Malaysia.

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