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“A Private Resort With So Much Character!”

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Temple Tree at Bon Ton
Ranked #6 of 165 Langkawi B&B and Inns
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

The Temple Tree was amazing! From the food, to the accommodation and staff - it made our stay in Langkawi so pleasurable. Thanks to Jason who was so helpful and also the rest of the attentive and polite staff.

This is a perfect place to getaway and have some private time away from it all. It's quiet, unassuming and peaceful. Our room was simple, clean and smelled so fresh after they cleaned it.

We had a late flight on a sunday night at 10.40pm. The one thing that blew us away was how cool the staff was about a late checkout. They told us we could check out at 9PM! I've stayed in hotels and resorts across the world and have never been given this late a checkout without being charged for it!

Room Tip: We loved our room in Colonial 2 - It had a queen bed, a dining table, 2 chairs, a flat screen TV, dv...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

Our last-day cruise in Langkawi was cancelled due to bad weather, so we decided to splurge on accommodation for our last night. A friend suggested Bon Ton. We arrived via scooter very wet and bedraggled. Found the two ladies on duty at Bon Ton to be a bit "snooty", so we were relieved to be told that Bon Ton was full, and were referred to Temple Tree, the sister property next door. What a fantastic place this is, and we had a genuinely friendly welcome. Relocated traditional Malay Houses, and villas built in Malay/Colonial style. Huge rooms with everything you could ask for, and such a luxurious calming environment. The bar and restaurant staff were very attentive and helpful (special thanks to Lee). Enjoyed a game of pool at the reception/restaurant/guest lounge area. Can't fault Temple Tree - except that we could only stay one night. We'll be back, and for much longer next time! Superb, the nicest place we've ever stayed.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

Having read all of the very good to excellent reviews and having never been to Langkawi. I thought i would take my chances. The experience was outstanding. So much so i barely left to look around the island! Service throughout was excellent, room was spacious and nicely decorated, gorgeous views... oh and compliments to the chef! Ate delicious and well cooked dinners every night of my stay. Really well done all around and can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

The Temple tree is really an outstanding place! The owner has brought together authentic traditional houses from different places in Malaysia and has renovated them with a mix of modern and traditional furniture with an exquisite taste! Be informed that there are many cats hanging around the houses so it is better if you like them...Staying at Temple Tree is the best choice for a trip to Langkawi!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

This resort would have to be one of the most perfect and wondrous places we have ever stayed. The Chinese House, which was our home for 4 nights, was dismantled in its original location in Batu Pahat, Johor, moved to Langkawi, and reassembled by Narelle and her team who have been running Bon Ton Resort for nearly 20 years. Of all the houses at Temple Tree, it was relocated from the furthest distance, and was originally a farmhouse built approximately 100 years ago. We were lodged upstairs in ‘Chinese 2’ with exceptional views of the pool, the marshlands beyond with their water buffalos, and the mist covered mountains in the distance. The food at Bon Ton and Temple Tree was DEFINITELY something to write home about – inventive, exciting and so very, very tasty – each dish flirting with the many culinary influences of Malaysia. Absolutely loved every moment of our stay.

Needless to say we ate many, many meals and indulged in much, much relaxation – BLISS! Of all the meals we ate (sharing ourselves between the Straits Club and Nam Restaurant at Bon Ton, 2 minutes walk from Temple Tree), a particularly memorable dish was the Seafood platter at Nam – grilled rock lobster with chermoula butter, snapper fillet, peppered prawns and calamari with lemon harissa aioli. Perfect! For the true vegetarians, other hits included: vegetable platter of yellow rice, chermoula, spinach, herb yoghurt, eggplant with tomato jam, green beans with chermoula and harissa dressing, tomato sambal, mango and cashew nut salad and roast pumpkin; and a favourite was pepper leaf green salad with roasted cherry tomatoes, avocado, pine nuts with soy and lime dressing. And this list of delights appears endless. Oh, I forgot to mention the joy of the ginger and lemongrass ice cream – divine!

To be honest, apart from a walk into town and another to the jetty, our time at Temple Tree was pretty much spent by the pool, having drinks and snacks brought to us by incredibly intuitive staff who catered to every whim, and on the sweeping verandah of the Chinese House watching the storms approaching from afar. It was one of the most relaxing and peaceful holidays in memory, and we would not hesitate to return – the sooner the better!!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at the original Bon Ton (next door to Temple Tree) in June 2010 and it was so amazing, I can't believe I forgot to add a review straight away!

Langkawi is a pretty island off the west coast of penisular Malaysia but It has to be said that it is also a bit touristy, tacky these day. Not so, the delightful Bon Ton resort, which consists of a pretty garden adjacent to bulrush and lotus packed marshes which eventually give onto the sea. The feel is rural rather than beachside. Its claim to fame is that each of the seven guest rooms scattered around the garden are old Malaysian timber houses saved from ruin on the mainland and lovingly restored. Raised on wooden stilts, with thatched roof, timber shutters and beautifully crafted fretwork, the structures may be traditional, but the interiors are contemporary classic, and would grace the pages of a glossy magazine. We even have a bath made from teak on our private terrace.

A long, thin, rectangular blue swimming pool – its chlorine-free water the perfect temperature for lazy laps – forms a centrepiece to the garden, with enough teak loungers shaded by white parasols for every guest, and attentive waiters on tap with chilled water and refreshing fruit. Bon Ton also has the best restaurant on the island – serving the best mashed potato in the world. You don’t have to take my word there are restaurant reviews to prove it. With all this on hand, who needs to venture out to the touristy part of the island?

Some of the hotels’ profits support a dog and a cat sanctuary. The dogs are in kennels somewhere but there are a dozen or more lucky rescue cats wandering round the grounds thinking "this is the life". If you don't like cats, that's something to bear in mind, but as I have two of my own, we were more than happy to watch the sun go down, sip a cocktail and be entertained by the resident cats chasing lizards up trees.

Room Tip: All the rooms are individual and fabulous.
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  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

We usually go to new places on vacation, but we wanted somewhere tried and true, so we went back to the Temple Tree. We weren't disappointed. It's so relaxing, and the staff are all fantastic. My husband loves that there are plenty of pool chairs for everyone, and the view of the mountains from the pool. I love that the staff is so helpful and personable. The food is all great....no, it's fantastic. On our last visit, they had a European chef, but this time, their chef is Shariffudin, who, I was told, studied in Malaysia. He planned a fantastic private 3 course meal for us and it was lovely. We loved the food so much, we ate all but 2 meals at the Temple Tree and Bon Ton Restaurants. I know that the Bon Ton restaurant is very popular, but I think anyone who tries the food there should go to the restaurant at the Temple Tree too!

I did find that the Estates are louder than the Colonial, where we stayed last time, but that was not surprising. If I could, I would change 1 thing...just the pillows!

Thanks to all the staff for making our second stay so wonderful!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Jalan Pantai Cenang, Langkawi 07000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Kedah > Langkawi District > Langkawi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 165 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range: $117 - $298 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Temple Tree at Bon Ton 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Though classified as B&B/Inn, Temple Tree is actually more of a boutique resort of many cultures, an eclectic mix of heritage chic...Antique buildings of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian origin, make up this 8 villa hotel, with 8 rooms & 6 suites now open. Each building has, over its 70-110 year old history, created its own heart and soul. Hopefully we have given due respect to each of these family homes with the restoration process. These houses are now the continuing the story of people who live in them, our guests. ... more   less 
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