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Reviewed July 24, 2017

The room that we booked is 'dhamma'. The host was really kind to text us to inform us the light system, to go up the hill before we drove our car up the hill. The road was really steep and has a lot of sharp turnings. When we arrived, the host actually brief us and prepare us the issue about the bugs. We had a good night sleep and there's no bug at all. Even though the room is small and it had some mini spider webs here and there, it has the most amazing views from the hammock area! You can enjoy the wind and watching the city lights at night while swinging on the hammock. In the morning, you can just sit on the 'hanging' wooden chair nearby and listen to the sounds of nature. The staffs were with great hospitality. There was also a family of cats around. We enjoyed patting the cats and watching the kittens. I think it would be better if the pool can be cleaner. There were many falling leaves. But I would love to return to this place. The time spent here is definitely worthwhile.

  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alyznin
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

This place was a monumental disappointment. As much as I could not wait to see it, I wanted to run away even faster.

Priced higher than 5* hotel in KL, offered dirty, stinky and small house built of bricks. Dirty windows were facing dirty balcony with rusted chairs and trash all over outside. Small bad would not properly fit normal size man. Ants, mosquitos and all sorts of insects traveling in and out through completely un-insulated doors and windows made living there additionally challenging. Open air toilet sounds romantic until you will be eaten alive by mosquitoes trying to do what all of us have to do from time to time. Random appearance of almost worm - yes, I did not write hot (!) - water was irritating beyond imagination.

Don't misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with simple accommodation especially if it located in a middle of nowhere. But when you pay hundreds of Euros you expect a bit more than being surrounded by cruppy, cheapest stuff decorated with spider nets and be serviced by people barely speaking English - even if they smile nicely.

Totally overpriced food drives you crazy. You will pay 110 RM for dinner and 90RM for lunch and trust me, it is not worth it - simply eatable. 10 times overpriced. Dirty swimming pool also does not welcome.

Remember, you are in the middle of nowhere. You cannot even arrange another hotel as you have no access to internet. Clearly for a fraction of what you pay for the room you could have working internet there, but instead, management is saving pennies so that your life is miserable and you have to additionally get irritated by one more thing - that is random appearance of extremely slow internet connection.

I felt cheated like never before in my life. Also, we were there alone, so hopefully more people read reviews on TripAdvisor. Scam...

Room Tip: better don't come at all....
  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Tom4Asz
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

Good staff with great hospitality , close to nature very good pool and the bathroom inside is small but has one open in outside overlooking the green estate , wooden Lana type cottages from Thailand reconstructed , we have booked directly ... so expensive not given any reduction , I will advise better book through travel portals

  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
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Thank Prajikair
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

We spent one night in Malihom: our stay was great, the nature is gorgeous and the service is good. The pool is really nice. Beautiful sunrises/sunsets. The service was good and very honest from the heart. All in all a great weekend in a beautiful place in the nature. The Price was expensive even though we booked directly.

  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled with family
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Thank titusantony
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Reviewed June 25, 2017

We stayed in Malihom's Sripatum barn, and enjoyed the privacy of the entire sunset viewing deck (shared with two other barns) all to ourselves for the 3 nights we stayed there. We visited in early-June and the entire place was half-full most of the time, which meant our stay during that period was relatively tranquil and undisturbed. It was a refreshing retreat for us indeed. There were long stretches of time when we had the pool all to ourselves too, which was a beautiful spot to soak in the rosy sunsets. We were also free to laze around in various serene spots of the estate, such as the benches and hammocks around, to freely read and nap on.

The highlight of our trip was the 1-hour hike around the private estate, going through durian plantations, an abandoned artist's residency & gallery and some old houses. The stray dogs we encountered on this hike were friendly, and we enjoyed the exercise and fresh air. Do remember to bring and spray on a generous amount of mosquito repellent before embarking on walks outdoors!

The staff of Malihom were kind and honest. The waiters such as Miu took good care of us, especially during meal times. When we returned from a hike, they would also go the extra mile to provide us with cold nutmeg drinks to quench our thirst. The two drivers who did airport transfers for us to and from Malihom (Patrick and his brother) were friendly and knowledgeable about farm life and indigenous plants. Along the way up and down the mountain, they would stop and pluck some leaves for us to smell, as a little introductory tour of herbs and plants grown on the estate. Siau Fang, the manager, was attentive to our needs, and often chatted with us about life and the arts in Penang, and took time to personally drive us down the hill to Balik Pulau for some delicious assam laksa, penang fried kway teow, and the best treat of all - the famous durians of Balik Pulau, at a makeshift corner stall No. 101. We reckon that's the wholesaler, and hence the price was affordable (compared to that of imported durians in Singapore). We tried one for around SGD$16 for a 1.5kg durian. It was just the start of the durian season, and because of heavy storms, the harvest this year wasn't so good, so the prices of durians were considered high this season. We got ours at quite a good value (taste was fantastic), because some other stall owners might sell at SGD$30-$40 for 1 durian. For best durians, come around August, and the Malihom staff might offer guests free durians.

Owing to storms, there were a few power outages, sometimes happening in the night. That didn't disrupt our experience much (except an interruption in our viewing of a DVD movie in our room), because there is a standby battery-operated emergency light that would turn on in the bedroom itself, so we felt safe. Sleeping within the room at night was a relaxing experience, especially if we opened the windows to let the cool air and insect/ frog sounds from nature in. We enjoyed listening to this cacophony every night, but advise guests to keep the protective screens shut, so that mosquitoes and moths will not enter the room.

Wifi was very weak, only available at the family TV room, but the disconnect from the outside urban world was what we needed to get away from, so we didn't mind it at all.

We fell in love with the two resident cats (a mother and son) in Malihom. They enhanced our stay by staying close to us during meal times, and the playful ginger boy kitten followed us everywhere we went. We were thrilled to cuddle with him on the deck chair, or sit on a step with him on our laps. Having formed a bond with them, we affectionately named them Mali and Homer.

All in all, the entire estate and the barns had a rustic charm to them. The facilities were a little old, with an occasional loose wooden step which needed fixing, but all that didn't bother us one bit. We liked the surroundings as they were, because we weren't looking for the usual 5-star posh hotel vibe, but a down-to-earth place to be in. The plants and flowers in the estate were lush and the entire place seemed to breathe a life of its own within its calm ecosystem. The views (both overlooking the sea, or George Town) were stunning, and the infinity pool overlooking the endless mountains was gorgeous.

Our only two gripes were:
1. There could have been more local dishes offered within the full-board menu, which was also rather pricey. The items were limited and mostly western, but we knew Penang, being the food haven of South-east Asia, has so much more to offer. That being said, our favourite dish has got to be the White Fish with Laska gravy. The cucumber slices in the laksa soup enhanced the taste, and the dish has finesse. Perhaps it could have been served with white rice, for that additional comfort. The homemade lime cake was so rich and delicious - we wished it could have been served for more of our meals! There were plenty of fresh fruits which was served (especially during breakfast), and they were very welcomed as part of a healthy diet up on the mountain.

2. The double bed in Sripatum barn was too narrow and short. We are two asian ladies, and considered rather petite in size. We cannot imagine taller people sleeping in the same bed of such a size. It might feel claustrophobic. However, the pillows and mattress were super comfortable. We slept soundly on them. We also enjoyed the bathtub and design of the bathroom situated below our sleeping area.

Overall, we would recommend Malihom as a quality retreat for couples. We had a most pleasant and restful stay in this place and will return again.

Room Tip: For best sunset views and proximity to the pool, choose Sripatum.
  • Stayed: June 2017, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Pei Qin T
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