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THE HAVEN: LUXURY AND NATURE COMBINED

Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Ipoh, the capital city of the state of Perak, The Haven (thehavenresorts.com) is not an ordinary place where you sit, sleep and relax. This 5-star award-winning accommodation is more than a mere hotel, going above and beyond to deliver a luxurious experience to those looking for quiet rest in the arms of nature.

Located within a prehistoric valley dating back some 200 million years old and against a backdrop of stunning limestone outcrops, The Haven is, quite simply, a serene resort that exudes a chill and relaxed vibe. Stepping into its grounds, one can heave a big sigh of relief as though a huge burden has been lifted off one’s shoulders.

Perhaps it is the primary forest that surrounds the area, a green lung that supplies an abundance of oxygen, so you can breathe easy. Perhaps it is the calm natural lake at the heart of the resort which beckons you to release all worries. Or perhaps it is the air of tranquillity that seems to envelop the entire space.

For nature lovers, the place exceeds all expectations. The resort blends itself well with nature. In fact, not a single tree was cut or a hill blasted during its development. The gigantic 14-storey high 280-million-year-old limestone rainforest outcrop amidst the pristine lake was preserved and is now a major landmark of the resort.

Meanwhile, the landscaping in the area creates a garden ambience that even attracts birds, butterflies and other insects. Trees, shrubs, creepers and flowering plants have been cleverly used to define areas, provide shade, improve air quality, conceal security fences, create a smooth flow of passage, and provide a habitat for natural wildlife; several species of tropical plants were incorporated into the garden as natural mosquito and insect repellent, too.

Set against this lush flora and fauna is a 600-metre jogging track that loops around the lake, a restaurant, badminton, squash and tennis courts, a gym, a clubhouse, a 60-metre sea-horse shaped swimming pool, full conference facilities, a spa, and more.

Its garden setting is a choice wedding venue, especially for those who prefer an outdoor party with a difference.

The Haven takes pride in its 100 renewable energy practices from composting to rain-harvesting, from usage of LED lights with sensors to architecture that enhances the natural flow of wind, air and light – and aims for a cleaner and greener earth.

Just a 15-minute drive from Ipoh, the capital of Perak, The Haven offers 150 units of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom suites. Each comes with a spacious living hall, dining area and balcony.

With all facilities and amenities in place to cater to any traveller, this Malaysia Tourism Award-winning resort is the ideal place to unwind or chill with family members – or all by yourself!

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The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka – For a Luxury Stay Over

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka


Melaka was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008 for possession of various relics and valuable historical sites. The greatness of A’Famosa, Jonker Street, Stadthuys, Hang Li Po’s Well, Masjid Kampung Hulu and Maritime Museum puts it among the places that should be visited by the tourist in Melaka. Your trip to the historical city of Melaka will be complete if you have a comfortable accommodation. In fulfilling this requirement, The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka, opened in November 2011 offers great many services for its guests.

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka

Strategic location in the heritage zone certainly is among the factors to fully enjoy the atmosphere of luxury accommodation at The Sterling Hotel, a boutique hotel which applies a touch of English architecture.

Rooms

The boutique hotel has 37 luxurious rooms with contemporary style. The Sterling Hotel offers six types of rooms with interesting names such as The Leyton the Stoke Mandeville, The Windsor, The Riley, The Brighton and The Churchill as an option for the guests.


Leyton is a standard that is suitable for not more than four persons. Stoke Mandeville name was taken from a city that introduced the first wheelchair recovery in Britain. For families, the Windsor was also an option for a two bed ‘king’ and the total area of ​​40 square meters allows visitors to add a sofa bed.

Additionally, Riley, Brighton and Churchill rooms also offer a well-equipped and comfortable luxury as well as the use of a Jacuzzi inside or outside the room while enjoying the beauty of the sun from the balcony. The Churchill Room streamlined with a living room and a private lounge measuring 46 square meters.

Amenities

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka provides in-room services like mini fridge, LCD television, tea and coffee making facilities, IDD telephone, newspapers and a safe deposit. The Sterling Hotel not only presents the architectural uniqueness applied in each luxuriant room, but also makes full use of LED lights and power generation using solar energy and rain water that form part of the exclusive features as support the ‘Go Green’ state government.

Eco Friendliness

The Sterling Boutique Hotel Melaka use of LED lights that can save energy up to 90 percent and durable than conventional bulbs. It also uses a centralized air conditioning system to suit the customer flowed and energy efficient. Solar energy is used in water heating systems that meet the needs of hot water in the rooms. It has a rainwater collection system for natural plants and 320 liters for cleaning.

The Loft

Visitors have the opportunity to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a birthday or a romantic dinner in Melaka at The Loft restaurant, which can accommodate up to 70 guests. The dining room is comfortable and quiet, serving a selection of delicious menu of Western or Asian. Relax in the open space at The Balcony with a choice of cocktail or mock tail with sliced ​​fruit while watching the sunset and twinkling lights of the city of Malacca.

The Loft restaurant opens for breakfast from 7.00-11.00am served to order; 12.00-3.00pm for lunch and dinner from 6.00-11.00pm. The Balcony opens from 6.00pm-1.00am daily.

No wonder, The Sterling Boutique Hotel Malacca has always been the focus of both local and foreign tourists. Other services include a shuttle bus to the city of Melaka, parking and Wi-Fi service. Located in Jalan Temenggong near Restaurant ‘Satay Dip’ and ‘Little India’ or 5 minutes walk to the famous Jonker Walk and is surrounded by the world heritage sites, which obviously makes The Sterling Hotel right choice for those who crave a luxurious stay in the middle of the city.

Related Article: Best Hotels in Melaka

Address: Lot 232 Jalan Temenggong 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-283 1188

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THE KAHAANI MALACCA

Stately charm of The Kahaani Malacca

By ROBIN AUGUSTIN | [email protected]

MAGICAL: A stay at The Kahaani is an experience to treasure

MALACCA: THE Kahaani Malacca gets its name from the Hindi word which means story, but spending a night in the lavish mansion is nothing short of a fairytale.

Formerly an official residence of the Malacca state governor, The Kahaani sits on a 0.6ha of land in Taman Tasik Utama, a mere five minutes from the Ayer Keroh Tol Plaza.

The mansion exudes prestige and class with its massive gates, driveway and lawn. The state’s emblem at the entrance serves as a reminder of the mansion’s past status.

Residence Hotels Resorts took over the reins of management last year and spent three months restoring the mansion to its former glory.

The interior decor of the The Kahaani is a tasteful blend of colonial and Peranakan furnishings, antiques, lighting as well as a red-carpet lined spiral staircase.
The management has also brought in new furniture and bathroom fixtures that compliment the mansion’s character.

The Kahaani has six suites under three categories. Each suite is named after a traditional musical instrument. There is Rebana, Angklung, Serunai and Kenong suites. The creme de la creme is the Nafiri and the Japanese styled Tsuzumi, which have their own living rooms.

The largest of the suites is the Nafiri, in which Bollywood superstar, Datuk Shah Rukh Khan has stayed in.

Aside from the Rebana, the other suites each come with an extra king-sized bed and a hot tub. All rooms are large enough to accommodate up to four persons, with extra beds available upon request.
Inside, the rooms are the epitome of luxury. The sheer size and furnishings of the rooms are astounding and are equipped with high speed wireless Internet, an LED television, Astro and a DVD player.

The hallmark of the Kahaani is its personalised butler service, which explains the omission of a mini-bar, coffee making facilities and ironing board from the rooms.

Like the magical cartoon servants that look after the castle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, operations manager Kamal Mohd Zani and his staff of nine, work around the clock, happily serving guests and ensuring the mansion remains spotless.

“Here, guests get to enjoy a first-class colonial experience. Our butlers pamper guests, doing everything for them,” said Kamal, adding that The Kahaani is the only place in Malacca with a personal butler service.

Dining at the mansion is a privilege exclusive to guests staying at The Kahaani. From breakfast to dinner, all meals are served in sets. There are also colonial styled and Nyonya tea sets featuring cakes, scones, authentic Nyonya kuih and, of course, a selection of fine tea.

The quality of food served is immaculate and the portions are generous. For breakfast, which is complimentary, guests have a choice of either continental or American breakfast sets, complete with a selection of eggs, juice, breads, cereals, sausages and more.

Lunch and dinner is a Western affair complete with an appetiser, soup, main course and dessert.
Local delicacies are also available upon request.

Aside from lunch and dinner, light snacks can also be prepared to satisfy those late-night cravings.
The delectable meals can be enjoyed in the cosy setting of the Nyonya Room, outside by the pool, or common balcony. Guests can even have their meals served to them in the comfort of their suites.

If you manage to resist the urge to stay in bed, then head to the mansion’s stunning pool which is surrounded by a wading area with hydro massage jets, a mini-island and water features.

A popular feature of a colonial mansion is a library. The Kahaani has a spacious library and games room with a selection of books, traditional games like congkak and popular board games for adults and children alike.

There are two function rooms in the mansion. The Batik is a board room styled meeting room, equipped with a projector, laptop and audio-visual facilities.

The Batik can accommodate 10 people and also function as a dining avenue.
The Sutera function room is suitable for small dinners or events to the tune of a 100 guests. It is encased by glass walls, giving guests a great view of the pool.

Naturally, the uniqueness and charm of The Kahaani makes it a popular venue for weddings and private functions, which can be organised on the mansion’s vast lawn.

Guests who wish to enjoy Malacca’s many tourist spots can do so as a limousine service can be arranged. Airport transfers to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Low Cost Carrier Terminal are also available.

Rates at The Kahaani start from RM1,500+ per night, but promotional rates are available.
For reservations, call 06-231 3712 or email [email protected]

For more details, visit www.thekahaani.com/

Read more: Stately charm of The Kahaani Malacca – Central – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/stately-charm-of-the-kahaani-malacca-1.333796#ixzz2dnhUhfGI

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Bright beacon

The paintings during a Trick Art Museum during i-City are two-dimensional, butpainted in a approach that gives an sense of abyss where there is none.The paintings during a Trick Art Museum during i-City are two-dimensional, but
painted in a approach that gives an sense of abyss where there is none.

AS NIGHT falls, i-City Shah Alam is remade into a enchanting universe of lights. The city of digital lights comes alive, bright by a crowd of phony LED lights.

A small gem tucked divided in a dilemma of this fairytale land is a Trick Art Museum, that showcases a ancient art of trompe l’oeil (French for “to mistreat a eye”). Often employed in murals, this technique gives a apparition of picturesque imagery.

All a paintings during a museum are two-dimensional, though embellished in a approach that gives an sense of abyss and volume where there is none. The romantic paintings in this museum are divided into 5 themes: masterpieces, Egyptian, sea life, animal dominion and complicated classics.

A revisit here creates for a lot of fun generally as visitors are speedy to be partial of a scene.

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MID AUTUMN FESTIVAL THIS SUNDAY

All Chinese around the world will celebrate the mid Autumn Festival on this coming Sunday. This festival is held on the 15th. Day of the eight month of the Chinese calendar where lanterns will be lit and mooncakes will be eaten.

In the old days, people will eat the mooncakes at night and drink tea under the moonlit night and admire the fullmoon. This tradition is still being carried out in some countries. A good excuse to enjoy the different varieties of mooncakes and the peanuts.

Children enjoy walking around their neighbourhood with their lanterns brightly lit by candles or by modern LED lights which are safer. All good fun for the kids and their parents.

In multicultural Malaysia, this festival is being celebrated by all races especially in the lantern festival or commonly called the Tung Lung festival. Good fun as the children mingle among each other for a night of fun and celebration. Hopefully, this unique Malaysian celebration will continue in years to come.

HAPPY MID AUTUMN FESTIVAL and ENJOY

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