Famous for its lush tea terraces and old colonial bungalows, the Cameron Highlands is set in the Malaysian state of Pahang. Developed in the 1930s, it’s one of the oldest tourist spots in the country and boasts as many chances for trekking as it does for relaxing and playing a spot of golf. There’s something for everyone in this laid-back part of Malaysia – from adventurous backpackers to those who wish to get away from it all.
There are places to stay to match, too. Choose from a stylish hostel where staff can arrange social events and activities, or opt for a sprawling resort that plays on the area’s colonial past, with Tudor-style facades and deluxe rooms. You could even stay in a historic building and hark back to the heyday of the Cameron Highlands.
Situated in a classically inspired building with a stylish black-and-white facade and peaked roofs, Strawberry Park Resort is set on the side of a hill and surrounded by tropical nature. This hotel boasts a whopping seven restaurants, so you’ll never go hungry, plus an indoor swimming pool and even a squash court. The rooms here, some of which have balconies, are simple and stylish, with wood floors, large windows, and monochrome tiled bathrooms. The resort is just five minutes’ drive from the Cameron Highlands Golf Course, and close to the interesting Weekend Market, where you can pick up a souvenir or two.
This budget-friendly option provides pod style beds for a capsule hotel feeling. Each ‘pod’ comes with its own privacy curtains, plug sockets, and fans for a comfortable and cozy place to sleep. There are shared bathrooms at Sleepbox Hotel, which are tiled and well maintained. The hotel features an onsite cafe complete with an outdoor terrace for a chilled place to sip a coffee. In terms of location, this place is a fantastic choice for those who are arriving by bus, as it’s just 300 meters to the Tanah Rata Bus Terminal. There are also a whole lot of food stalls and eateries on the doorstep of this hotel.
A large, impressive building that looks like a modern castle, this sprawling complex is an amazing place to stay. The selection of studio apartments on offer are very stylish, with ultra-minimalism and neutral color palettes; don’t worry, the beds are still big and comfy. The space and facilities mean they’re suitable for families, too. Guests will find a children’s playground on site, and there’s a restaurant and bar for evening drinks. Situated in a shopping complex, there are a variety of shops and restaurants to choose from just on the doorstep, meaning you’ll never have to travel far for a bite to eat.
High above everything else at 1600 meters above sea level, Copthorne Cameron Highlands is a Tudor-style sprawling resort which is impressive and eye-catching from the moment you lay eyes on it. Even the lobby is a grand entrance hall featuring pillars and impossibly high ceilings, complete with chandeliers. Rooms at the hotel have fantastic views of the highlands, of course, and are bright and homely, with traditional style wooden furnishings; you can also opt for different apartments in this village-like complex. Amenities range from a choice of dining options and an indoor swimming pool to a children’s playground and sports bar. The Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm, amongst other attractions, is within easy reach of here.
Another of the Cameron Highlands’ Tudor-style, modern buildings, the Hotel De’ La Ferns is a very comfortable and quiet place to base yourself in this beautiful part of Malaysia. The decor is decidedly traditional and English-feeling, with plenty of earthy tones and warm colors to make the rooms seem homely and classic. The location of this hotel means you will be close to the Orang Asli Village for an interesting glimpse of indigenous culture, as well as the Golden Hill Night Market, with restaurants and cafes in the vicinity. The hotel itself boasts its own restaurant where you can dine on the terrace.
Located in the town of Tanah Rata, this hotel has an incredible 238 rooms for you to choose from. Designed in Tudor-style, the boutique hotel is surrounded by the dramatic hills and mountains of the area; it comes with an impressive entrance hall and unfussy rooms that range from traditional to modern, all of which boast private balconies for unrivaled views of the natural surroundings. There are a selection of dining options at the hotel as well as a bar. In terms of location, the Heritage Hotel Cameron Highlands is very close to the town center, where you will find cafes and restaurants.
This hostel boasts a fresh, urban aesthetic and makes for a stylish budget option in the Cameron Highlands. The rooms feature pod style beds with privacy curtains and soft mattresses for extra comfort. The shared bathrooms are modern and clean with white tiles. There’s a shared lounge at the Traveller Bunker Hostel, where you can meet fellow travelers, as well as a shared kitchen so you can keep costs low and cook some of your own snacks. Staff arrange quiz nights and hikes in the local area, too. Location-wise, this hostel is set in the heart of Tanah Rata, meaning plenty of eating options.
The Cameron Highlands Resort is a truly luxurious place to stay. Set in a historic colonial building, this hotel boasts wood-paneled lounges complete with leather couches, antique touches, and open fireplaces. It’s a big dose of old world charm, with many period features kept intact while being beautifully renovated. Rooms boast ceiling fans, four-poster beds, and incredible views of the mountains from their private terraces. As well as the sumptuous lounge, this heritage resort has an in-house restaurant and bar; there’s even a spa with views over the golf course. Like stepping back in time, this hotel is also near the Brinchang Night Market and the Kasimanis Strawberry Farm.