Langkawi is a an archipelago of 104 islands located off the Malaysian Peninsula, famed for its duty free status, its Skybridge and GIGANTIC statue of the Garuda (that’s an eagle-like bird), but here’s something you may not have heard about Langkawi – Temple Tree Resort is the best place to experience this jewel of the Andaman Sea.

A new innovation from the owners of Bon Ton, Temple Tree comprises eight traditional houses from various eras, and locations around Asia, meticulously taken apart, shipped across and painstakingly rebuilt on the resort grounds to make up a distinctly different resort experience settled right in the heart of a tropical island escape.

Staying in the upstairs quarters of the Chinese themed house we were absolutely amazed at the dedication that went into sourcing all the furniture in keeping with the theme. Each and every piece of furniture and styling detail was in tune with the oriental flavour of the house, we were ensconced in wood tones – the chests and cabinets all carved intricately, the artwork and detail all offering up a story of a village, a battle or a time in life that conjures up the imagination of life way back when. The Chinese house overlooks the 34 metre freshwater pool and beyond that the grasslands and great rising mountains of the island – with these calm vistas we found it all very peaceful!

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The resort supports a rescue shelter on the grounds that cares for and re-homes stray animals and as a guest you’re welcome to assist by walking the pups or helping with other tasks. This struck a chord for the animal lovers in us.

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Then there is JJ the resident Temple Tree pup who everyday positions himself on the porch to watch the goings on. JJ is so cute and personable he’ll have you wrapped around his paw in no time. Guests are welcome to take him for walks and with Jem and I were really missing Bear and we jumped at the opportunity and went on many many strolls through the grounds and surrounds. Just note don’t let him out of your grip or he will bolt for the dogs over at the neighbouring Bon Ton resort and you’ll be army rolling under fences to catch him!

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The resort is completely self sufficient, in the same building as the reception you’ll find a fully stocked bar, superb restaurant, library and pool table. We do recommend dropping in at the restaurant at Bon Ton. With an impressive menu, serving up mostly local delicacies sourced locally and an even better wine cellar taking up a whole house it’s not hard to see why it’s ranked as the best restaurant in all of Langkawi!

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Temple Tree is conveniently placed, about a 5 minute drive or 15-20 minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the main beach Cenang and is located right around the corner from the International airport. We recommend booking your stay with our friends The Luxe Nomad. When you get there make sure to give JJ a big pat from us!

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