Vast tea plantations, strawberry picking, chilly weather—As a Malaysian, you probably have a hint as to where this is headed. We’re talking about Cameron Highlands, the beautiful district set in Pahang.
Since its development in the 1930s, Cameron Highlands has become one of the oldest and most treasured tourist destinations. It boasts many scenic treks and Tudor style hotels that pay homage to colonial times.
All in all, it’s an idyllic place for us city folk to unwind and breathe some fresh air.
But where should one stay to create those endearing memories, you ask? Well, we’ve compiled a list for you; so whether you’re a history aficionado or possess more contemporary tastes, there’s a hotel out there that matches.
#1 Hotel De’ La Ferns
Named after the exuberant fern that thrives in Cameron Highlands, Hotel De’ La Ferns offers a rather English ambience with its Tudor styled facade. The warm, earthy tones of the decor give off a classic and homely vibe.
If you choose to stay at this quaint little spot, you won’t be far from the Orang Asli Village, where you can learn a thing or two about the indigenous culture. You may also catch the Golden Hills Night Market on the weekend and other cafes and restaurants around the area.
Address: Batu 39, Jalan Besar, Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang.
#2 Century Pines Resort Cameron Highlands
Perched gracefully on the land of Tanah Rata, Century Pines Resort has a traditional touch inspired by the locals’ heritage. Upon entering, you’ll be calmed by the warm colours and wowed by a beautiful chandelier hanging overhead.
Aside from its modern elegance, the hotel is close to various prominent attractions, including the Bharat Tea Plantations and the Cameron Highlands Tea Field Observatory. Trust us; the view is spellbinding. For adventurers, you can go the extra mile (literally) and hike into Parit Falls.
You may also opt for more relaxing activities, like visiting the strawberry, cactus or honey farm. Whichever piques your interest the most!
Address: Jalan Masjid, Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang.
#3 Avillion Cameron Highlands
Avillion Cameron Highlands is a towering complex that looks like a modern castle; one with chic and minimalistic studio apartments. The neutral colour palette has a soothing feel to it, and the beds are big and snug.
There’s a children’s playground smack in the vicinity centre, so the kids can play while the adults get a nightcap at the bar. Plus, it’s located in a shopping mall, so you’ll be spoilt for choice in the range of shops and restaurants without having to go far.
Address: C-3 Jalan Camelia, Tanah Rata, 39000 Cameron Highlands, Pahang.
#4 Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands
Another boutique hotel located in the Highlands’ largest town, Tanah Rata, is Heritage Hotel. Fringed by forested hills and mountains, the hotel’s design was also inspired by Tudor style architecture.
Here, there’s a whopping 238 rooms to choose from, ranging from traditional to modern. All of them boast private balconies with unperturbed views of lush greenery. Additionally, you’ll be getting a fine selection of dining options, including those buzzing at the town centre.
Address: Jalan Gereja, Tanah Rata, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang.
#5 Cameron Highlands Resort
Let’s not forget about this charming and luxurious place. Set in a historic colonial building, Cameron Highlands Resort exudes a sense of old-world allure, featuring period fixtures kept intact until now; complete with wood-panelled lounges, leather sofas, open fireplaces and other vintage influences.
Embrace the tranquillity as you sit out on the private terraces and take in spectacular views of the mountains. Get some pampering at the spa village before indulging in a scrumptious meal at the in-house restaurant and bar.
Aside from that, the hotel is near the Kasimanis Strawberry Farm and the Brinchang Night Market if you wish to immerse yourself in the timeless culture.
Address: Cameron Highlands, Pahang, 39000 Tanah Rata.
Whether you’re an intrepid backpacker or an easygoing vacationer, there’s something for you in the peaceful Highlands. Don’t forget to handpick some fresh strawberries to take home!
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