Temple Tree

Malaisie / Langkawi / Kedah

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.