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Explore Malaysia's Greatest Hidden Treasures with Zhi Hoe.

Being a Malaysian, I always found Malaysia's historical sites fascinating. With Small Luxury Hotels of The World, I recently found myself exploring the most dazzling cultural and historical gems I never knew existed in these luxury hotels till now! Look beyond the historic-looking facades, or the peace and tranquility of luxury hideaways, because inside each one is a treasure to be unveiled.

Historical Malacca

Malacca, a popular weekend getaway for Malaysians and Singaporeans alike, is renowned for its Chicken Rice Balls and Durian Cendol. But do you know that Malacca was originally conquered by the Portuguese, or that the Straits of Malacca was one of the most important shipping lanes in the world, and that the name Malacca originates from a tree?

Step inside a stunning 1920s colonial mansion in the heart of Malacca overlooking the river - The Majestic Malacca is designed to echo the multi-cultural history and culture of the city, beguiling visitors and guests with her beautifully-appointed 54 rooms and suites. Sample the scrumptious and lovingly prepared Nyonya cuisine in Melba At The Mansion, even the spa offers unique Peranakan-style therapies.

Reflecting a melange of Eastern and Western cultures, The Majestic Malacca fascinates with its original porcelain flooring, intricate artworks, antiques, teak wood fittings and adornment of beautiful silks, bringing alive every aspect of old world charm and a glorious bygone era. The rooms and suites are housed in a new building that cleverly mirrors the original colonial architecture.

Whimsical Penang

Asam Laksa, Char Kway Teow, Chendol, Art Murials...what travellers usually look for in Penang. But there is more! George Town, A UNESCO World Heritage Site, is built on 500 years of trading. During World War II, Penang was conquered and occupied by the Japanese Empire from 1941 to 1945. At the end of the war, Penang was also the first state in the Malay Peninsula to be liberated by the British.

Presiding over historical George Town, The Edison is a vision of architectural splendour. Heritage features meet period furnishings for a whimsical journey into Penang’s past. Linger over cocktails in the shady cabanas, or unwind next to the swimming pool. Then head out to experience the tastes and temptations of the city beyond.

For your stay, expect elegant suites decked out with intimate details and artisan accessories. Vibrant jade accents bring the timeless grace of this old mansion to life. Then there’s the bright, central courtyard that provides a place to pause and reflect, or indulge in the comfort of The Edison’s library.

Magical Borneo

Gaya Island is a sizeable Malaysian Island of 1465 hectares just 10 minutes off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and forms part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park - a conservation-based statutory body established in 1964 to conserve the scenic, scientific and historic heritage of Sabah. Historically, Gaya Island was also the site of the British North Borneo Company's harbour, razed by folk hero Mat Salleh on 9 July 1897. 

Fringed by a golden beach and backed by lush rainforest, Gaya Island Resort is a welcoming and romantic retreat set on this island in the South China Sea. Surrounded by abundant coral reefs for diving, indigenous flora and fauna for nature walks, and an award-winning spa in a unique mangrove setting, four restaurants, and a lounge bar overlooking the pool, it has a real back-to-nature appeal.

With its exotic island ambiance, Gaya Island Resort is a magical blend of stylish comfort and natural beauty - totally conducive to utter relaxation. Nestled into the rainforest are 121 Hill Villas with a variety of views including mangrove, canopy, tropical rainforest and Mount Kinabalu in the distance.

Guest might be interested to know that conservation fees are collected by the resort and handed to Sabah Parks towards preserving the rich ecosystem of the destination. Borneo is also one of only two places besides Sumatra, where the Orangutan can be found.

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