About us: Family of three from San Francisco area of the US, two adults in the mid-50’s and one 11-year old son. Extensive travelers with a focus on variety. We travel to experience other cultures, food and explore world’s people and geographies. We enjoy active vacations with a variety of outdoor activities & adventures. We prefer staying in a variety of accommodations, from world class hotels and resorts to small, rustic boutique properties. When traveling, we look for clean & comfortable accommodations and usually will combine luxury hotels with rustic locations in our itineraries.
Property (4 Stars): The property is a former private estate consisting of a main two story structure. The ground floor is the lobby area and a large group dinning table. The second floor of this build has dinning deck, bar & library all surrounding a large Koi pond. The main gathering area is surrounded by eight guest rooms bungalows which are converted Thai rice barns. The pool area is small but nice with a pool large enough to swim laps. The property is on a 40-acre plantation of lush vegetation with a rain forest feel sitting atop a mountain with expansive views both East and West.
Staff (5+ Stars): All of the Staff at Molihom are amazing! We really appreciated their attentiveness and friendliness. The service was impeccable, they arranged great transportation, food was wonderful and service was 5-star! They really made us feel welcome and did an awesome job!
Room (3++ Stars): We stayed in the “Baanmai” room. Don’t let the 3-stars turn you away. Each room has its own semi private setting tucked away in the forest. With a Rain Forest setting comes the expected critters & AM/PM insects (at least when we were there). We didn’t mind as we expected it but some of you may want to be aware. So pack some repellant, thin long sleeves shirts & pants and enjoy the friendly lizards!
All of the rooms at Malihom are converted Thia rice barns. They are clean, comfortable and have a jungle rustic feel to them. The rooms on the East side of the estate will get the sunrise view and those on the West will get the sunset view. Our room was set-up to sleep three. Beds are comfortable and there is a small bathroom attached to the room with just a toilet and sink. The main bathroom for our bungalow was down a short flight of stairs off the deck. This bathroom is good size with a sink, counter, shower and secluded outdoor bathtub.
Food (5 Stars): The food was fantastic. We had a variety but for dinner we selected the Burmese option, delicious and highly recommended. You can get a good steak anywhere so try something different! Breakfast was good and the Basillo eggs were awesome!
Location (3+ Stars): Beautiful Rain Forest estate on the top of a hill with 360 degree views of the forest and ocean. It is remote so don’t plan on trekking of to grab food or snacks. Once there, I suggest planning on staying and enjoying the property.
Overall (4 Stars): Great boutique hotel in a unique setting. If you truly want to experience all of the Island, a few days in the mountains is a necessity. The staff is wonderful and the Malihom forces you to relax and enjoy the tranquil setting. Plan to just chill…
Things to note: Internet is unreliable so plan accordingly. Cell service seemed fairly good, but the data service did not work for us. The location is remote so, unless you have your own car, plan to eat and drink on the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Malihom, a private estate, perched on the crest of the southern end of Penang, offers a tranquil getaway. Our unique location offers stunning and uninterrupted panoramas from every room, providing all our guests with ever-changing but always immense and breathtaking views. The fresh air, myriad sounds of the birds and stunning views are a feast for your senses whilst delighting in our array of home cooked cuisine and carefully selected collection of wines. We are an intimate boutique Retreat offering a more personal style of service and an intimate atmosphere that is only found in boutique establishments. The estate comprises a cluster of traditional Thai rice barns which have been carefully converted with modern comforts while respecting traditional charms. There are generous indoor and outdoor seating areas to allow guests to soak in the views and the cool breeze from the horizon as well as yoga and holistic therapies offering an array of relaxing treatments. At the hub of the estate lies the main wing which centers the reception, dining and living areas. The barns are linked to the main wing by way of footpaths. Each barn, with its own unique character has a private garden or a deck. This arrangement provides guests with privacy and seclusion. Our unique picturesque settings will provide that unforgettable difference to any occasion whether a romantic stay for two, group vacation, a Conference venue with an edge or a unique Wedding reception to reminisce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malihom Private Estate Hotel Penang Island