Broadbeach Waters, Australia
January 25, 2004
The accommodation is made of five restored and individually decorated traditional Malay houses, each over 100 years old.
Set up off the ground, each house has been kept as true to form as possible, including the interior, with the exception of the bathrooms (they are complete with a modern shower and toilet). The furnishings are simple yet stylish. Most of the soft furnishings are covered with crisp white linen and bright splashes of colour coming from cushions and throws made from Malaysian Songket, a traditional fabric of bright colours interwoven with gold thread. Each side of the houses have traditional shutters that open out to allow the breeze and the light in during the day and allow for privacy at night. Even if you do not stay, ask one of the restaurant staff to let you have a peek as it is really worthwhile.
Also located on the resort, Chin Chin Bar is a restored Chinese shop-house and offers the choice to have a drink after dining in the restaurant. It is filled with unusual antiques and full of atmosphere.
Then, interestingly enough, there is the cat hospital. This has been set up to help the locals look after their cats as well as the many strays. There are loads of cats of all shapes, colours, and sizes on Langkawi, but no dogs. The locals do not tolerate dogs, but have millions of cats. Not just any cats though: these all have a kink in their tails. Apparently, it is an inherited trait.
Bon Ton Resort is a beautiful resort and Cahaya Villas offers a unique option for accommodation.
From journal Lazing on lush Langkawi