Sleepier and more laid-back than other Southeastern Asia getaways
07000 Pulau Langkawi
Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
T: +60 4959-2500. US$ 340-
A stylish and secluded romantic hotel on Langkawi island, Datai sits in a lush
forest between the Andaman sea and the mountains.
The green hilly Pahang countryside filled with tea plantations was once a popular get-away for British colonists. Located 120 miles north of Kuala Lumpur.
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
T: +60 32783-1000. 56 rooms. US$ 250-
With four poster beds, timber-beamed ceilings, plantation shutters and afternoon tea, Malaysia's British colonial heritage feels alive in this 'little corner of England in Asia'.
Penang Island contains George Town, an 18th century British East India trading port full of impressive Colonial and Chinese architecture. A strong heritage movement has preserved many of the old shophouses in this gentrifying area.
T: +60 4264 2333. 18 rooms. US$ 185-
Two 19th century townhouses beautifully restored and furnished with unique antiques. Premises include a small swimming pool, restaurant and antique shop.
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
14 Leith St.
T: +60 4262 0006. 38 rooms. US$ 100-
Definitely authentic and one-of-a-kind, the mansion received a 2000 UNESCO award for excellence in historical preservation. Nicknamed the "Blue Mansion", it was the setting for the Oscar winning Indochine movie starring Catherine Denueve.
11 Clove Hall Road
T: +60 4229 0818. 5 rooms. US$ `175
A former Edwardian Anglo-Malay colonial residence, it has been elegantly restored and furnished with locally sourced antique furniture by the owner. A stylish romantic hotel located in a quiet side street.
This former Portuguese, British and Dutch colony is Malaysia's oldest city. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city's romantic past is reflected in its unique architecture and cuisine.
Casa del Rio
88, Jaleri Kota Laksamana
T: +60 6 289 6888. 66 Rooms US$ 150-
Recently built romantic boutique hotel inspired by Malacca's Portuguese heritage. Book a room overlooking the river.