We stayed here at the Bon Ton resort on a recent trip across the straits from Penang to the magical island of Langkawi.
A small cluster of eight old village huts, lovingly restored by Australian owner Narelle McMurtry, are spaced out around a small but beautiful pool.
Our little hut, ” Blue Ginger”, was small but very comfortable, although we would have liked a private outdoor seating area or verandah, like some of the bigger huts, still that didn’t stop us from really enjoying ourselves and I can see why Tatler Magazine has recently voted it one of the top 101 hotels in the world.
Describing it as ” A little secret shining star on an island of grand dames. Fix up, look sharp and hurry here. It’s a heartbreaker: the eight antique Malay houses perched at the edge of the wetlands sway and creak and make you fall in love with them. In the morning, mango, watermelon and papaya await you in your fridge – left there overnight by the breakfast fairies. There’ll also be a wedge of chocolate cake, or a Rice-Crispie cupcake. Everything here is perfectly timed. Rick Stein is a noisy fan of the prawn and pineapple curries. There’s no beach, but who needs one when views across the lagoon encompass egrets, herons and the odd sea-eagle, the peak of Mount Mat Cincang on the horizon and the most perfect sunset you’ll ever see”
The huts, or villas as they describe them, all have tea and coffee facilities, a fridge, wifi throughout the resort, slippers etc, all very nice, it’s a bit far from the beach though, too far to walk which we found out after wandering down the road and getting slightly lost, we would have used a bike if there was one to use.
The restaurant, ” Nam”, is beautiful, one of the best on the island and if you ever find yourself in Langkawi and not staying at Bon Ton, it’s worth dropping in for a long lunch or dinner, it’s not just for residents.
We tried their house special laksa over lunch and at dinner their Nyonya Platter, a mixed plate of Malay and Chinese specialities, both very tasty and beautifully presented.
Since our visit the resort has spread it’s wings a little, adding a series of larger houses next door, all have their own style and design, more expensive and larger, buy still in the same Malaysian style as the original resort.
And the owner Narelle has opened a new branch of her ever expanding empire, the Straights Collection in George Town.