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Saturday, 7 February 2015

"Cameron Highlands Resort", the most elegant, exquisite & best location hotel to stay at Cameron Highlands (Malaysia)


Cameron Highlands, one of Malaysia's most extensive hill station, also as size of Singapore and where's it name comes from Sir William Cameron, a British surveyor who was commissioned by the then colonial government to map out the Pahang-Perak border area in the 1885Located in the state of Pahang, approximately 200 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur (4-hr bus journey) and approximately 90 kilometres from Ipoh (2-hr bus journey).

Cameron Highlands is a beautiful holiday destination and the only place where you can find tea plantations and strawberries in Malaysia. At about 1,500 metres above sea level, it is the highest area on the mainland and enjoys a cool climate and fresh air, with temperatures ranging between 15° and 25° Celsius, perfect place to unwind,  get in touch with the nature and to feel breezy & colder weather in Malaysia.
  
Developed in the 1930s, the tableland is one of the oldest tourist spots in Malaysia Apart from its tea estates, the plateau is also noted for its cool weather, orchards, nurseries, farmlands, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, wildlife, mossy forest, golf course, hotels, places of worship, bungalows, Land Rovers, museum and its aborigines.  

Boh Tea House

Wherever I go or travel, I always search for the most "elegant", "exquisite" and "best location" hotel to stay. As I have planned to go to Cameron Highlands, I'm glad I have found myself staying at "Cameron Highlands Resort" http://www.cameronhighlandsresort.com/   for 3 days & 2 nights last weekend.

From Singapore, I traveled smoothly for 9-hr bus journey via "One Travel & Tours Bus" and booked in Easybook http://www.easybook.com/ , for the departure of 10:30pm, which only cost S$46.50 and arrived  the next day at 8am in Cameron Highlands.

Entrance to Cameron Highlands Resort

Cameron Highlands Resort

Cameron Highlands Resort (under the prominent & prestige YTL Hotels Group), is ideal all year round for families, honeymooners and holidaymakers out to satiate their appetites for trails, tales and tradition.. Set amidst tea plantations and rolling hills, this boutique hideaway promises all the splendour, romance and nostalgia of Cameron Highlands’ grand colonial heritage.Tall French doors, timber-beamed ceilings and plantation shutters add colonial charm and a touch of nostalgia to our rooms.

Cameron Highlands Resort is situated on the largest hill retreat in Malaysia, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, lush greenery, rolling hills and Tudor-styled cottages. The luxurious boutique hotel features 56 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites, and fronts Cameron Highlands' 18-hole golf course. It also houses the third wellness centre of the award-winning Spa Village group, which offers exotic treatments focusing on the healing and restorative properties of tea.  


Warm Welcome from the staff Ver and Eric

Happy Guest during his Check-out

And, only after 5 mins , I am ready for check-in, and my "Junior Suite" http://www.cameronhighlandsresort.com/accommodation/index.htm totally WOWed me for it's classic theme.  The Junior Suite is 51 square metres and is perfectly designed, providing spacious comfort and style. A studio style bedroom with a four poster bed and an adjacent lounge area with work desk both open onto the balcony which overlook the golf course, which only cost MYR700++ (S$265)/ per room per night with daily breakfast for two.


My Bed at Junior Suite

My Bed at Junior Suite

My Bed at Junior Suite




Junior Suite

Can't help but to take selfie

Welcome Fruits

My TV and welcome fruits

Junior Suite Bath Tub

Since I arrived early morning, I had my lovely breakfast on their fine restaurant,  "The Dining Room" http://www.cameronhighlandsresort.com/dining/index.html, where you can savour a cascade-style breakfast featuring freshly baked pastries, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, eggs, pancakes and even local noodle dishes in our sun-filled dining room overlooking lush mountaintops and the golf course.


Dining Room Restaurant

Breakfast in the Dining Room Restaurant

Dining Room Restaurant

Pancake

Egg, Corned Beef and Beef Bacon

After chillaxing, relaxing and enjoying my room, I had my lunch in "The Jim Thompson Tea Room" . At Jim Thompson Tea Room, the elegance and warmth is reminiscent of Jim Thompson's legendary hospitality. The à la carte lunch menu offer a variety of starters and classic dishes with tempting desserts for a sweet finish. 


Jim Thompson Tea Room

Grand Piano in Jim Thompson Tea Room

Bento Box at Jim Thompson Tea Room (MYR70 or S$27)

Creme Brulle at Jim Thompson Tea Room (MYR35 or S$14)

In the afternoon, I experienced one of the best SPA Treatments in the "SPA Village, Cameron Highlands" http://www.cameronhighlandsresort.com/spa-village/index.html , where I have tried their one-of-a-kind spa treatments "Tungku Batu" (Heated Stone Therapy), which only cost MYR400 (S$152) and "Rose Petal Facial"MYR200 (S$76), this comes with signature tea bath.

The tranquil ambiance of the Spa Village in the lush surroundings of the highlands will enhance the restorative treatments provided. Spa Village Cameron Highlands features 6 Treatment Rooms, 8 Tea Bath Tubs, 2 Outdoor Cabanas and a fully equipped Gymnasium. The treatments at Spa Village Cameron Highlands feature healing therapies based on produce from the surrounding jungle and ancient tea rituals. This authentic blending of culture and product is what makes Spa Village Cameron Highlands such a unique and therapeutic healing retreat. 



At Spa Village Cameron Highlands, spa experiences include a series of special body treatments packaged to reflect the therapies and healing traditions found in the region. Choose your highlands spa experience from Rose Garden, Camerons Mint, Fresh Strawberry Escapade, Chrysanthemum and Avocado Escape or The Semai Spa

 
SPA Village waiting lounge

Can't help to be excited for almost 3 hrs SPA Treatment

SPA Village Treatment Rooms

Tea Bath

Amazing Tea Bath (one-of-a-kind SPA experience)

Soooo relaxing (must try in Cameron Highlands Resort)

SPA Treatment Room

Preparation for my Treatment

My Rose Petal Facial Ingredients

In the evening, I have a fine dine-in experience at their prestige restaurant at "The Dining Room. In the restaurant, candlelight softens the room ambiance while their chefs serve up colonial classics, western and local specialties followed by sinful desserts.


Dancing Prawns (MYR45 or S$17)

White Cod Fillet (MYR95 or S$36)

After my sumptuous and satisfying dinner, I went to Jim Thompson Tea Room, where I've listened to Mr. Steve, whom one of the best pianists for me.

Jim Thompson Tea Room at night

Jim Thompson Tea Room at Night

Meet Mr. Steve (one of the best pianist I have listened to)

Mr. Steve playing my favorite soundtrack from the movie "Somewhere in Time"

The next day, I went for the half day activities, with their most famous tour activities at Cameron Highlands, "Jim Thompson Mystery Trail" and "Tea Plantation Tour", which were arranged by Cameron Highlands Resort.

Jim Thompson Mystery Trail

This tour is such a-must tour staying in Cameron Highlands Resort, where I have learned a lot of the mystery disappearance of  Jim Thompson. Set in the 1960s, Murder Mystery in the Misty Mountains features Jim Thompson, the legendary American businessman known as the Thai 'Silk King' who mysteriously disappeared while holidaying at the Moonlight Bungalow in Cameron Highlands in March 1967. This exclusive whodunit has been developed specifically for Cameron Highlands Resort, unravelling an exciting plot, which exists nowhere else. Whether for small party on a celebrative weekend in the highlands, a corporate getaway, or a company brainstorming icebreaker, the Signature Murder Mystery in the Misty Mountains Experience makes a fresh and exciting event, bound to invoke raucous bouts of laughter and inspiration. 


Jim Thompson Mystery Trail is available daily at 9am and 3pm and approximately two hours of gentle trek and complimentary for Cameron Highlands Resort guests only.




Jim Thompson

My Tour Guide







2 hrs. of Trekking

Finally reached the Top

BOH Tea Plantation Tour

No trip to Cameron Highlands would be complete without visiting the local tea plantations. In 1929, John Archibald Russell, who was the son of a British administrative officer started a tea plantation which is now the famous BOH Tea Plantation. Later, other tea plantations were established in Cameron Highlands, namely the Bharat and Blue Valley plantations.


BOH Tea Plantation estate is wonderfully manicured and visitors are welcome to view the factory production process and enjoy a 'cuppa' at the tea shop, part of a new visitors' centre which provides spectacular views of the plantation. The view of tea trees grown on terraces following the contours of the hill will take your breath away.


This activity or tour can be availed at Cameron Highlands Resort together with Gunung Brinchang Trails, which only cost MYR200 nett (S$76).

BOH Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands 



BOH Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands

BOH Tea Plantation House

Boh Tea is the largest producer of tea in Malaysia, based primarily in Cameron Highlands with three large plantations across Ringlet and Brinchang. The main estate sits at Habu in Ringlet next to its immediate neighbour Fairlie Garden, while Sungai Palas is a sister plantation about 20km away in Brinchang.

One of Cameron's favourite tourist attractions, Boh Tea features a colonial-era tea processing factory open to public, shopping gallery, bush walks and open-air cafe that serves light snacks and signature tea. Open daily from 9am to 4.30pm except Mondays (closed), the 7km access route to Boh lies about 3km after Ringlet town or 6km before Tanah Rata along the main road.


BOH Tea  Plantation House




After my almost 5 hrs of enjoyable and exciting tour of "Jim Thompson Mystery Trail" and "Tea Plantation Tour", in the late afternoon, I've had my delicious Classic Wagyu Burger at The Jim Thompson Tea Room.

Classic Wagyu Burger (MYR55 or S$20)

Around 5pm, I've tried their "Afternoon Tea" at Jim Thompson Tea Room for only MYR45 (S$17), where they served oven-fresh pastries, delicate sandwiches, homemade scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam and plump strawberries. This is complemented by a selection of specialty teas from Cameron Highlands.



Jim Thompson Afternoon Tea
Jim Thompson Afternoon Tea Menu

After my afternoon tea, the staff of Cameron Highlands Resort surprised me with "Lighting of the Fireplace" at Highlands Bar, which is perfect for cold weather of Cameron Highlands.


Lighting of the Fireplace at Highlands Bar
Enjoying lighted fireplace at Highlands Bar
Enjoying lighted fireplace at Highlands Bar

In the evening, I went for dinner at their unique & prestige restaurant, "Gonbei Restaurant" http://www.cameronhighlandsresort.com/dining/index.htm. Gonbei's open dining concept presents a unique experience surrounded by lush greenery. Select your preferred hotpot style for a heart-warming meal, perfect with the crisp highland air, which only cost MYR100 (S$38)/per person.

Gonbei Restaurant

Gonbei Restaurant

Gonbei Restaurant

Gonbei Restaurant

Lovely Architecture of Gonbei Restaurant

Hot Pot Menu Ingredients where you can choose from

Hot Pot Menu Ingredients where you can choose from

Hot Pot Menu Ingredients where you can choose from

Dessert at Gonbei Restaurant

Dessert at Gonbei Restaurant

Hot Pot Menu Ingredients where you can choose from




 Meet Ms. Sherry Villareal (The Filipina Guest Liason Executive of Cameron Highlands Resort and OIC-Mgr of the Hotel during my stay)


The next day in the afternoon, I already checked-out and took bus going to Kuala Lumpur Sentral (4-hr journey) from Cameron Highlands, which only cost S$20 and have flown via Air Asia Airlines from KLIA2 to Singapore, which only cost S$100. And, only after 45-min, I reached Singapore. However, you can try alternative route, flying from Ipoh (Sultan Azlan Shah Airport)  to Singapore.
 
After a 3 day 2 nights stay and as an Avid Traveler having been a lot of luxury hotels, "The Cameron Highlands Resort" totally exceeds my expectations. My stay in this hotel is one of my top favorites. I can't wait to come back to this luxury resort and for it be my "Home", once again when I want to relax, unwind and have a great weekend getaway at Cameron Highlands. Excellent service, excellent hotel and for me, the one and only decent hotel after I've tour around the Cameron Highlands.





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