Arriving at Temple Tree at Bon Ton in Langkawi was a little bit overwhelming. My eyes didn’t know where to look first because I was immediately surrounded by beautiful buildings! This boutique hotel is made up of several free standing buildings that were all salvaged and relocated from different areas all over Malaysia.
After taking a few minutes to admire our surroundings we sat down in the Straits Club House (where the lobby is located) and enjoyed a very refreshing drink that was a combination of iced tea, pineapple and mint. This exotic welcome drink was the perfect start to our memorable stay.
We stayed in “Estate 1” which was one of five estates in a beautiful blue and yellow building originally from Pasah Puteh. Inside our room was all white wood walls and there were the most beautiful ceiling beams. The room was spacious, but the light coloured wood and high ceilings made it feel even bigger.
We had a queen sized bed, desk, dinning table and living room. It was more than enough space for two people, and the perfect place to call “home” for a few days. The TV came with a DVD player and the lobby had a library of DVDs that we could borrow. The room also had free Wi-Fi, although I did find the connection to be a bit faster in the lobby area!
The bathroom was equally as stunning with a stunning bathtub that immediately caught my eye! The bathroom was so simple, yet so beautiful and the bathtub was the perfect place to relax during one of Langkawi’s many thunderstorms!
The bathroom also had two sinks and two showers. Having this extra space was wonderful, and again the beautiful white wood made the bathroom feel extremely spacious.
What really impressed me about Temple Tree at Bon Ton was their attention to detail. Nothing was left unnoticed in this hotel suite, starting with the bathroom products. Everything was beautifully packages and the lemongrasss soap was very luxurious. They included a few extra products like bath salts (to take advantage of the gorgeous tub!) and gamut cream & oil which is a local product used to treat bug bites.
The hotel even showed a fun sense of humour with their “Mosquito Guerrilla Warfare” box that included everything you’d possibly need to compact those annoying pests. Every night during turndown service housekeeping plugged in the mosquito repellents and this seemed to do the trick as we never had any mosquitos in our room.
There’s two pools at Temple Tree at Bon Ton, plus one additional pool at the neighbouring Bon Ton resort. Guests at Temple Tree have access to both properties. Neither property is too large, so having three pool between all the guests is quite a luxury. The pools were never busy and there was always plenty of sun loungers.
The pool at Bon Ton was my favourite out of the three because it was surrounded by some of the most beautiful buildings that were great to photograph. Both properties are very well taken care of, and you always see gardeners working around the resorts to keep everything looking perfect.
Breakfast at Temple Tree at Bon Ton was very unique, and unlike any other breakfast I’ve had included at a hotel. It was a fairly simple continental breakfast with high quality jams, hoemmade breads and cakes as well as the standards like yogurt, fruit and juice. What made this breakfast so different was that housekeeping delivered our breakfast the night before and stocked our mini bar. This way, we were able to eat breakfast anytime we wanted without waiting for it to be delivered. Our room came stocked with a kettle, toaster and all the plates and cutlery we would need. I really loved this concept!
There are also two other restaurants on site, including one at Bon Ton. The restaurants have a mix of both western and local dishes, all at very reasonable prices. Of course the location of the Temple Tree at Bon Ton is a short walk or taxi ride away from the main street in Langkawi where you can visit endless shops and restaurants.
Another thing that makes this property so unique is the owner’s commitment to local stray animals. The owner of Bon Ton is also the co-founder of Langkawi Animal Shelter & Sanctuary Foundation. The property is home to a shelter for stray dogs that you are welcome to walk or interact with if you wish! The dogs are located far enough away from the rooms that you never hear them barking, and they can be avoided if you’re not comfortable around dogs.
There’s also a beautiful store at the resort where you can buy local products and some stunning jewellery. Beautiful notebooks, cards and small gifts (all at reasonable prices) are the perfect Langkawi souvenir!
To book your stay at Temple Tree at Bon Ton check out their website for booking information. To see more from our stay check out our video above.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Temple Tree as guests, however our opinions remain our own.