Do you love verandas, cool summer temperatures and sipping tea in enchanting old-world tearooms? Cameron Highlands – Malaysia’s highest point accessible by car, is where the finest colonial-era boutique hotels serve the best afternoon tea sausage rolls amid pristine rolling hills. And it’s where you should be.
Where to stay in Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands Resort
Flying into Ipoh and taking the bus to the highlands will feel like ascending into the mythical land of Shangri-La. And if you continue your journey all the way up towards Cameron’s highest peak you’ll find luxury Cameron Highlands Resort. Each room has French doors that open out onto balconies overlooking the highland’s only golf course and the area’s lush tea plantations.
Tip: get a massage as each treatment at the Spa Village starts with a complimentary, soothing black-tea bath which guests rave about as much as they do the massage!
The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands
Escape your busybody reality by stepping back in time and into a Tudor-style weekend home in Cameron Highlands. The Lakehouse, located on Habu lake, is the ideal respite for overtaxed Singaporeans. Managed by HPL (who manages Hard Rock) with just 19 rooms (including a family room) the Lakehouse upholds the service and privacy you’d expect from a luxury accommodation (despite its three star label).
Tip: guests who’ve stayed in the Cameron Suite love how spacious it is, that it comes with a fireplace and a four poster bed.
Strawberry Park Resort
Even further up the hill from Cameron Highlands Resort is the airy Strawberry Park Resort – the only hotel on our list with a pool and sauna. Studio Rooms are plenty spacious with balconies, oversized bathrooms, and either a king or two super-single beds – ideal for couples or friends. Close by are two pick-your-own strawberry farms – Big Red Strawberry Farm and Kok Lim Strawberry Farm – an experience you shouldn’t miss!
Tip: stay in a room higher up for better ventilation as there’s no air conditioning.
Also facing the golf course is the last in our series of Tudor-style hotels – The Smokehouse. Meaty main courses that give it its name, afternoon tea in the manicured garden, and nightcaps by the roaring fireplace – the English charm is cranked up all the way at this rustic hotel that will have you dreaming you’re really in the English countryside. The closest hotel to the town of Tanah Rata, guests can reach the centre in under 30-minutes by foot.
Tip: order the hotel’s signature Beef Wellington!