As we pulled into the rocky driveway of Temple Tree Resort on Langkawi the sun was just starting to dip into the ocean, casting a beautiful orange light through the trees and onto the cobblestone path towards the reception area.
We were welcomed with a delicious pineapple mint tea which was slightly effervescent and helped us change into a truly relaxing mindset. I took a moment to browse through the impressive collection of books they had and couldn’t resist snagging one.
“The Rooftops of Tehran” by Mahbod Seraji was the perfect choice, and left me curled up on the welcoming sofa in a mountain of pillows while sipping tea all night long.
We strolled to the pool which is guarded by the kitties which live around the property as the owner of Temple Tree also owns LASSie foundation which supports the health and welfare of the local animals on Langkawi. They have a catch and release spay program to help control the population of cats, and also provide home to many kitties who need it. As I try to do my part in supporting responsible hotels this was a really important aspect in what made me choose the resort.
With such beautiful surroundings, it’s no wonder the cats are so relaxed. You can interact with them as little or as much as you want, and all are very friendly.
After getting a feel for the property we were shown to our room. We had the Black and White residence which… well, just take a look for yourself.
Decadent in every sense of the word. I never ever wanted to leave. Every seat in the house was more comfortable than the last. And all details were thought through. It’s all of a sudden raining and you need an umbrella? No problem!
And this bathtub… are you kidding me? Comfortable even without water as a little reading nook.
The bed was decked out in the best linens (obviously) and draped in a mosquito net to keep out any unwanted visitors. As the house is decorated with these beautiful wooden cutouts it’s not hard to imagine that the bugs from outside want to get in, too.
Luckily Temple Tree is ready to combat them with their detailed instructions on how to beat the little buggers. The best part was that the mosquito repellent was natural and essential oil based so it fills the room with a pleasant smell. The fresh flowers don’t hurt, either…
Breakfast is included in the room and is delivered the night before and stored in the fridge. The spread is simple fare, but a perfect start to the day. freshly baked breads, artisan cakes, yogurts, and fresh fruit with all the trimmings. The Jasmine Gold tea still lingers in my memory and is worth a visit in and of itself.
I loved every moment of my stay at Temple Tree and am already counting the days to my next visit and when I can visit the cute kitties again…
Let’s talk price : is it cheap? While the Black and White room is not cheap in comparison with local prices there are other units on the property which can be had for a very reasonable price. The grounds are available to everyone and the luxurious touches that make Temple Tree feel so tranquil are prevalent everywhere.
This is a resort which becomes an event in and of itself. I didn’t want to leave even to get lunch, or check out the beautiful beaches nearby, I just wanted to soak in every moment. This was one of my favorite travel experiences so far, and so different from the dirty days of extreme backpacking. Both are beautiful in their own right, but there is something undeniably amazing about being in a haven of comfort.
Please note: we were guests of Temple Tree for the purposes of this review however this resort is my favorite place in all of Malaysia, and a place I will return to over and over again, I’m in love. As you know, my opinion is always mine and never for sale.