The location is not easy to find in the sense that it is a spin off of road from the residential area next to an Indian temple and the road leading to the resort was very narrow going through the rainforest and quite bumpy. Not recommended for inexperienced drivers. We timed ourselves and we took about 15 minutes to drive in. It can get scary at night. But because we were in a group of 20 people with 5 cars it was actually quite fun and interesting (provided you are not the driver).
Once inside, we were thankful we could park our cars inside. The place is really in the middle of the rainforest and it was a pleasant surprise. Just beautiful. Everything was so rustique yet the furnishing of the villas were modern with a touch of vintage. Agreed with Miriam's review that it should be more environmental friendly. The place was clean and quite surprisingly, there was no bugs at all. The villas were also spacious and can sleep comfortably about 4 people per villa without any extra beds. Each villa has a slightly different layout and furnishing. Large living room space and dining area. Beautiful touches of deco here and there.
We had BBQ the second night there and the staff were helpful. They were also quite accommodating when we asked for extra bread for breakfast. There are also Karaoke facilities in one of the villa and the sound system is pretty good too. Swimming pool was clean (I was told they cleaned it up before we dipped in).
Overall, a good place to go to if in group and if you like a break from the city but still close enough to all the eateries in town. I've added some photos to this review.
On a personal note, thanks to Mr Soon for returning the two pair of shoes I left behind. Much appreciated.
- Also Known As:
- Fig Tree Hill Penang/Bayan Lepas
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ensconce yourself in the guilty indulgence of nature. Bask in the lush green valley of rich tropical surroundings, only to be interrupted by a placid estuary. This luxury of nature in Sungai Ara is accessible through a 30 minutes drive from Georgetown, Penang. With 5 lavishly different villas, our guests are sure to have a surrealistic experience rekindling with nature and all its beauty. Enhancing the experience, well equipped facilities and attentive staffs will be at the dispense of our guests. At a peace of mind, our resort invested a tremendous amount of efforts to ensure we preserve the integrity of the valley. We've incorporated as much recycled material as we can for the construction of the villas and taken appropriate steps to ensure our facilities are as green as possible. These initiatives can be seen throughout our resort with the staircases standing out from old train tracks.Finally, at Fig Tree Hill, we strive to provide you with the best possible services and hence welcome you back to nature. ... more less
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