When Narelle McMurtrie found her sanctuary for homeless animals in need of additional funds she did what any resort owner might—she expanded. The result is Temple Tree, eight historic villas relocated from around the Malaysian peninsula to a piece of land next to her other venture, Bon Ton Resort. The villas—meticulously restored and magnificently decked out in McMurtrie’s trademark mix of period pieces, contemporary furnishings and bright hues—can be rented in entirety or as individual rooms. Each possesses a character all its own.
In romantic Chinese House, for instance, rich woods are complemented by black and shades of crimson, while the bright white walls and terracotta floors of the rooms in Estate, a former longhouse for rubber estate workers transplanted from Ipoh, project a casual vibe. Some accommodations boast luxe touches like soaking tubs and movie rooms. The Straits Club House, a yellow wood-sided, single-story Eurasian affair relocated from Penang, houses reception, a restaurant and bar (guests can also drink and dine at Nam, Bon Ton’s acclaimed “west-meets-spice” eatery), library and pool table.
What to do
Sunbathers are catered to with two pools and the golden sands of Pantai Cenang are just a 10-minute drive away.
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Telephone: +60 4 955 1688