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Known as the 'little piece of England in Asia', the Cameron Highlands Resort stands 1,500 metres above sea level, within the undulating hills of Pahang State. The hotel has grown out of an original 1930's cottage, and is crafted in a classic style, harking back to its colonial heritage.
With a unique position in the region, all the rooms overlook the sprawling hills and surrounding plantations that make up the landscape. With 56 rooms and suites in Cameron Highlands Resort, all are elegantly decorated with ensuite bathrooms. The exterior of the building is particularly reminiscent of its history, with a French architectural design, and large white shutters on the windows.
Two restaurants make up the cuisine during a stay here, one with traditional Malaysian fare, and the other serving up international delights aplenty. There is also the Jim Thompson Tea Room, the ideal place for a cuppa and a game or two of snooker.
Activities are most definitely the highlight of a stay in this rural part of Malaysia, with jungle trekking, local flower market hopping, and fruit and vegetable farm visits all on offer. An 18-hole golf course is also on hand, should a round appeal to those hoping for a gentle few hours wielding their clubs. For something a bit different, a murder mystery or picnic experience are also possible to arrange. Though if this all seems a little arduous, the award winning spa at the hotel offers therapeutic treatments that utilise the healing qualities of the tea from surrounding plantations.
North of Kuala Lumpur and slightly cooler due to its height above sea level, the Cameron Highlands is the only area in Malaysia capable of growing strawberries and tea and we can think of no better spot to enjoy a classic cream tea than in the elegant Jim Thompson Tea Room.
Holly, Original Traveller