Temple Tree

Langkawi, Malaysia

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Antique buildings of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian origin, make up this 12 room, 13 suites, 8 villa hotel. For Malaysia this is a new concept of hotel where the villas can be rented as one, or as individual hotel rooms. Each building has, over its 70-110 yr old history, created its own heart and soul. Hopefully we have given due respect to each of these family homes with the restoration process. They are the continuing story of families and people. This tradition is followed by our staff, who are proud to show guests a part of their culture. These houses are also the continuing story of people who now live in them, our guests. The hotel is a cross between a guest house and a luxury villa. Guests are treated as friends and house guests. They are welcomed not only to the estate but also to the island. The owner and staff personalize each guest’s individual stay. As the estate is small, guests become closer to the staff, their culture and their hospitality. Nothing is too much trouble; the atmosphere is informal down to the honesty bar in the Straits Club House. The 90 yrs old Eurasian House, now renamed the Strait Club House, welcomes guests to the estate and also houses the restaurant, library and bar. The restaurant serves a different set menu every night in the style of the house. Dining can be communal or individual, within the Club House or candlelit around the pool. From the Straits Club House, the main avenue of trees leads up to a simple temple which is sited around 2 trees which exist as one. This original temple has bought many lucky numbers to the Chinese who pray there. The guest antique villas are located within walking distance from both the temple and the Club House. 2 swimming pools are on site, one at 110ft is perfect for early morning lengths. The houses are 70-110 yrs old and made of beautiful old timbers The owner scoured Malaysia to find these homes. Some of them were derelict. They were then numbered and dismantled, then transported piece by piece to Langkawi. They were reerected to their original plan. The design had to work around the existing rooms. The interiors are styled with Asian antiques to feel like a private home. Every room tells a different story. Some of the houses are designed to accommodate groups of friends with up to 5 separate bedrooms and large informal living spaces with private bars. The project was conceptualized by the owner to be able to extend her other passion project, Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation (LASSie). The foundation needed to expand regular funding, thus Temple Tree Estate was planned. 50% of all profits go direct to LASSie, for the foundation to be able to continue its work on the island with stray animals. It really is heritage chic with a double cause. To conserve heritage and assist the foundation to receive, rehabilitate and care for neglected, abused and needy animals.

Complimentary Wifi Access, 2 Lap pools, Transportation (hire cars, taxis), Market and island tours/activities, Books, magazines, board games and cd/dvd library, Late check-out is available subject to availability, otherwise normal check-in time is 2pm and check-out time is 12pm midday, Airport transfers are not available at this stage, however taxis and rental cars are readily available from airport arrivals hall.

  • CHINESE HOUSE Viewed from the 110 ft pool, it is magnificent. Built by a Chinese family in Batu Pahat, Johor and located close to Singapore, this house has been relocated from the furthest distance. This was originally a farmhouse and built approximately 100 yrs ago. Some of the design is thought to have Taiwanese influence. Upstairs is one suite and downstairs is another. Both have large verandahs on 3 sides and wonderful views of the mountains. The decoration of both is very opulent and in Chinese colors of red and black which contrasts with the simple wood walls. Chinese 1, downstairs, has its own bar room, plus movie projection room. Chinese 2, upstairs, has a private Mahjong room and Chinese library
    1350.00 RYM
  • PENANG HOUSE Originally situated next to busy Gurney drive in Penang. This house was built in the early 1930s by a Chinese contractor and was very typical of its time. The original exterior color has been kept as with the two entrances. The front section is now one suite with one bedroom, living room and separate TV room, bathroom and additional bath/ massage room. The back suite has a living room, bedroom, separate dressing room and bathroom. The interiors are painted white with turquoise shutters and touches of raspberry & lime green. This house is perfect for a family, as the 2 suites connect with double doors, yet both have separate entrances & living spaces.
    950.00 RYM
  • BLACK AND WHITE HOUSE This beautiful Malay House was built in the ‘40s in Mantin in the state of Negri Sembilan, south of Kuala Lumpur. It’s a complete house with a living / dining area, and a great outdoor porch, perfect for writing that book. A huge bedroom with wooden bathtub, separate bathroom and adjoining mini gym. The colored glass windows in the living room really make this house very special when contrasted with its original black and white color scheme.
    1350.00 RYM
  • COLONIAL HOUSE This very large stately house came from Georgetown , Penang. Built by Arabs in the ‘20s who were goldsmith traders. They would have been rich and had a western style which shows with the architectural touches such as the cornices, floor tiles and fishscale design canopy over the porch. It is now the ultimate party house for five sets of friends or a large family. A huge living space with bar, dining table for 10 and lots of lounge spaces, combined with two bedrooms downstairs and three upstairs, making it a perfect space for a private venue. The two downstairs bedrooms both have separate entrances and outdoor private gardens with wooden tubs and sunloungers. Upstairs Colonial 3 is a large space with bedroom and living space as one and a separate bath hall with two wooden baths. Colonial 4, also upstairs at the front, is the showpiece of the villa, with separate living space, a family bath hall and 2 separate bedrooms both with ensuites.
    650.00 RYM
  • ESTATE 5 Originally situated 25 minutes from Ipoh in Pasah Puteh, which would have placed it half way between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Built in 1940s this building was a long house for Indian workers on a rubber estate. The style is very typical of Estate workers housing throughout Malaysia. It has converted superbly into 5 hotel rooms. All have terracotta-tiled floors, bedroom/ living space and separate bathrooms, with a verandah at the front. The all white painted interiors contrast with the thick wooden beams of the roof. Each room is totally different in furniture, antiques and decoration.
    650.00 RYM
  • PLANTATION HOUSE This double house is originally from a plantation area on Penang island. The first house was built by Malays in 1900. In 1920 they sold the house to a Chinese Hakka family, who then built an adjoining house in their own style. As the surrounding area was quite poor, it was known as “ Tua Chua” meaning the big house. The owners were the Cheong family who were both rubber and durian farmers. This house will now house 6 suites or can be rented as 2 separate villas.
    550.00 RYM
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