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Temple Tree at Bon Ton
Ranked #6 of 141 Langkawi B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kuching, Malaysia
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly Good Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

By Malaysian standard, this is very good hotel. Slow-paced and relaxed vibe. Swimming pool is a little small. The owner succeeded in making the place comfortable without being too touristy. Staff are very friendly and engaging. Missus loves animals, so the cats around the resort is an added bonus!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

We stayed with our four children for three nights at Temple Tree; in two different tree tops houses. This was a magical place with sumptuous fabrics and colours and a fusion of ideas; creaky floor boards and fans; wooden showers and worn out shutters. The fridge was stocked each day with the most incredible treats: home-made sweet and savouries breads; amazing raspberry and chocolate cake etc. Cocktail hour at neighbouring Bon Ton was made special by the hospitality of the staff and the food was out of this world - we have never had such an amazing frozen chocolate and nut desert as we we sampled there. We had a wonderful time and would recommend this lovely place to anyone.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have just left Temple Tree. It delivered everything we as a family expected and it was great to get away from the standard tourist hotel. The staff are very friendly and extremely helpful. We stayed in one of the plantation houses, with 2 bedrooms it was easily big enough for a family of 4 and all the creaks, etc of the old style house only added to the experience in my view. Breakfast was great, we loved the concept of sitting around in our pjs eating the great home made bread. I loved the caramel shortcake we got one day. There was bread, yoghurt, juice and lots of fruit, more than enough to keep the kids full until lunch. The cats are everywhere and not a problem and even though there are many insects outside, the inside, some ants apart, are remarkably clear of insects.
5 minutes transfer from the airport and another 5 minutes into the main tourist beach area. We loved the quiet and would love to come back.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed at Colinial House 2 - an apartment with ensuite washroom and a wooden bathtube in the courtyard. You feel in every detail the owner wanted to preserve the look and feel of an old house - and it is a success: Old style furniture, wooden windows, old tiles - all interior details show history, but they don't feel weared off!

The breakfast put every night in the fridge consists of bread, confiture/honey, yoghurt, orange juice, cake and fresh fruits. So you don't need to consider breakfast times and can even have a breakfast in bed! ;-)

Very nice: Everynight there is a happy hour at the pool of Bon Ton Resort (just some steps away from TempleTree) - with a free cocktail and a snack - the views of sunset are breathtaking, but be aware of mosquitos!

Two things you should consider before booking:

First, the resort is pretty far away from Cenang beach - it is a minimum 20 minutes walk along the main street with no sidewalk - and pretty dangerous at nights with cars going fast! So you need a car or motorbike (better choice for us!) for all the days! Second, you better like cats - they are everywhere and you feel they are the true masters of the resort.

Room Tip: Every room is special - please go on their website and check! If you want to have a spcial room - wr...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Temple Tree at Bon Ton is a beautiful and tranquil place to chill out by the pool overlooking the lagoon. The food is very good and we ate there most nights. The breakfast is fruit/cakes/bread, which is placed in your fridge daily. The rooms are really cool Malay buildings that have been transplanted onto the site from around Malaysia. The staff are great - really friendly and helpful. It's a shortish walk to the beach, but you will probably need a car to explore the island. Cats and insects were no problem - not sure what other reviews are on about.

We paid about $90 / night for a double room, which I think is about right - It's an amazing B&B - but not a "barefoot luxury" place - check out the Datai for that.

5* luxury it is not; 4* rustic should be your expectation - which I really liked - and be on the lookout for deals to get the price down.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 5 nights. Lovely, tranquil spot. Rooms beautiful, old restored colonial and workers houses . Not too far from the main town.
Breakfast could do with improvement. Like the idea of in your own time but bread stale and fruit not fresh.
Overall great experience not to be missed.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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177 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Temple Tree is not your typical resort. I went thinking I knew what I was getting myself into, but I was in for a surprise still. I stayed at the Black & White house, a spacious and well appointed Malay house ..

The bits I love:
1) This place is unique - the rooms / suites are all heritage homes from various parts of Malaysia, and is a great way to experience old Malaysia.
2) The sister resort, Bon Ton, is right next door, and you can use their facilities as well.
3) The cocktail hour - everyday, for 1 hour, 1 free drink served for guests at the resort.

The unusual bits that I didn't mind, but might put some folks off:
1) This isn't your typical resort with 5 star facilities. The staff members are friendly and helpful, but if you shouldn't expect a Shangri-La experience here either.
2) Cats! There are cats roaming all over the resort, and that's in part due to the resort's affliation with an animal shelter,
3) Insects! Because the houses making up the rooms and suites in the resort are old, restored houses, they aren't insect proof. The resort makes a lot of effort to keep mosquitos and other insects out, for example, providing insect repellent kits and putting out mosquito mats in the evenings, but you will still get your fair share of insects.
4) Breakfast. Continental breakfast consisting of bread, cake, fruits, yogurt, and fresh milk is brought to the room the evening before ... you'll have to wake up and make your own breakfast. There is a toaster in the room, along with your own electric kettle, and French press coffee maker. You'll have to make your own tea / coffee.

The part I did not like:
1) No sound proofing! These are really old houses, mostly constructed from wood. As a result, the walls are really thin - I could hear conversations from quite a distance away from my room, and if it rains, the zinc roofs will make quite a racket!

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a unique experience, perhaps wanting to stay in heritage homes and get a feel of how it would be like to be a Malaysia perhaps 60-100 years back. However, be prepared to give up some of the creature comforts you expect in conventional hotels.

Room Tip: Black and White suite is really nice, but is also closest to main road and reception, so expect some...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Temple Tree at Bon Ton
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 141 B&Bs / Inns in Langkawi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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