Our suite at the Cameron Highlands Resort
Once rested and refreshed, Mr Singh escorted us up to our room and was considerate enough to make his introduction to the suite as brief as possible to ensure we could relax and enjoy our surroundings. For our stay we were provided with one of the four Junior Suites, upon entering the suite the décor and furnishing screamed ‘Colonial, Class and Refinement’ at you, a fall-back to the luxury vacations that people would have experienced 50-60 years ago. Polished wooden floors, thick carpets, beamed ceiling and plantation shuttered windows all add to the charm and nostalgia.
The Junior Suite consisted of a main bedroom with mahogany four poster bed with soft feather filled pillows and quilts, ample storage space, period desk, on one side a door to one of the two balconies that looks out over the golf course and a door on the other side to the bathroom. The bathroom continued the theme found throughout the suite with a deep cast iron bath, white painted pedestal wash basin on turned legs, W.C and large walk in shower all cosseted with black marbled tiling.
Off the bedroom can be found your own personal lounge, with comfy chairs, sofas and cushions, this decent sized room also has a door onto a further separate balcony that once again looks out towards the golf course. Another large desk containing the mini bar is provided for extra convenience along with a separate W.C/Cloakroom for guests. As we turned on the TV, we were pleasantly surprised to find a very wide range of Channels including a popular Russian lifestyle channel that was a thrill for my Russian born wife Natasha, other channels included dedicated European channels, local and Asian TV and the ever popular BBC news. The 35 channels at the resort provided more than enough variety for us to sit down and relax in lounge during the cool evenings with a hot cup of high quality tea and condiments.
The Facilities at Cameron Highlands Resort
After a short break, it was off to explore the delights of the Cameron Highlands Resort, as we mentioned earlier the hotel is a well proportioned wide building so the facilities are conveniently located adjacent to each other along the buildings interior and exterior. The first place we walked to was the reception area, a welcoming area with friendly and helpful staff in gleaming white tunics, the type of reception area that no only continues the quality luxury theme but is non-intrusive blending into the vintage styled décor. The reception leads straight into the Jim Thompson tea room, a room named after the American Silk Magnate that disappeared in mysterious circumstances, we will cover Jim Thompson a little later in this feature and my successful attempt to solve the 45 year old mystery of his disappearance.
The tea room is a large relaxed dining lounge where most guests sit down within an informal environment for lunch and English afternoon tea. Dressed in my Henry Cotton sports jacket, crisp Charles Tyrwhitt shirt, pressed cream Chino’s and brown Loake brogues, I felt that I perfectly complemented the rooms ambiance. As I sat back and looked around at the brass lighting, rattan ceiling fans, ornate plants, ornaments and grand piano where resident pianist Steven entertained ourselves and guests it became more apparent that I was indeed staying somewhere special.
Lunch time in the Jim Thompson Tea room is a relaxed affair with a well complemented menu, meal choices include home cooked pies, salads, European and Asian cuisine. The afternoon tea we mentioned earlier is a must try, a three tiered silver cake stand is brought out with a variety of finger sandwiches, ornate cakes and scones with Devon cream and locally made strawberry jam coupled with the ever present Boh tea all served with fine China.
Adjacent to the Jim Thompson Tea Room is the Highlands Bar, the perfect venue for a refreshing drink or cocktail. The bar is open all day and is reminiscent of a typical high class British Bar, guests can sit in relaxed conversation or play on the well maintained full sized snooker table. Within this area guests can book a romantic and pampered meal by the the large open fireplace, and if you are very lucky the management may even allow you the distinct honour of taking part in the ceremonial fireplace lighting.
From here, you can take a walk past the Koi Carp filled water features to the Jim Thompson boutique. The boutique, named after the Silk Magnate offers an extensive range of silk garments and products perfect as a treat for yourself or as a special present for a loved one.
Photographs shown throughout the Cameron Highlands Resort feature were taken using the new Sony 24.3MP SLT-A77 – the World’s fastest* camera with record-breaking 12fps continuous shooting speed. You can read more about the Sony / Luxurious Magazine partnership on the About us page.
*Among interchangeable-lens cameras with an APS-C sensor as of August 2011.