Colonial chic comes naturally to Australian interior-designer-turned-hotelier Narelle McMurtrie, the owner of Temple Tree resort on the east coast of Langkawi. A collection of nine antique houses from across Malaysia, Temple Tree follows in the footsteps of McMurtrieâ€™s two other heritage properties, the neighboring Bon Ton resort and 110 Armenian Street in Penang. Each house is unique in design and decor: the 1920s-era Colonial House, once the home of gold traders in George Town, has hand-painted floor tiles and a fish-scale porch canopy, while the 80-year-old, turquoise-hued Penang House has accents of an Art Deco cottage, adapted for the tropics with shuttered windows and wooden floorboards. Hotel life revolves around the Straits Club House, with a restaurant serving the same excellent foodâ€”chicken tikka wrapped in pita; Malacca-style laksaâ€”as Bon Ton (Pantai Cenang; 60-49/551-688; templetree.com.my; doubles from US$140).
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