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Reviewed 9 November 2017

After completing the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, my husband and I flew to Malaysia. Our first stop was the Malihom Private Estate. An absolute must. Nestled in a tropical forest, the property offers private rice houses, an infinity pool and delicious meals! The views are extraoridnary and the staff are wonderful. Peace and quite is at the top of the menu! Only 45 minute drive from downtown Penang. So, so great!

Room Tip: We stayed in Alumn. Fantastic!
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Catherine S
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

My wife and I (in our late sixties) had just spent time jungle treking on the mainland and following our stay at the Malihom had booked time to explore Georgetown and the Langkawi. We, therefore, booked the Malihom as a place to relax for 3 nights and 4 days and found it to be the perfect retreat. The Malihom is a retreat at the top of a rainforest outside of Georgetown, the location is breath taking with great views of the rainforest, georgetown (particualrly at night) and the malacca straits. From booking the Malihom and throughout our stay we found all staff to be helpful and friendly, they arranged airport transfers, taxi to Georgetown and made sure that we had an enjoyable stay.
We booked the Sanook barn on the advice of the lady who took our booking as it was next to the pool and only a few metres to the bar and restaurant. The barn was perfect for us as it had a large balcony and great views of the rainforest and the Malacca Straits, the barn was on two floors with the upper floor being the bedroom and the lowerfloor being the bathroom and balcony, the bedroom had a small WC so you did not have to go down to the bathroom at night.
The environment we found to be a delight, a back to nature experience with all the smells and noise of the rainforest, why some people have complained about the noise that the insects and other rainforest creatures make during the day and night I find hard to understand as it is a rainforest, so would suggest that people make sure this is the environment for them. Equally it may not be the best location for anyone with mobility issues.
The Malihom has only 8 barns and during the time we were there it was quiet with only 2 or 3 other barns occupied so we were able to enjoy the serenity that the Mlihom provided. To pick up on a point some other reviewers have mentioned that the place is untidy, we did not find this to be the case, the pool was always cleaned every morning and we saw no extrainious rubbish. Yes there are a lot of leaves all over the estate, but you are in a rainforest and by nature they have a lot of trees, though I would agree that some of the outside furniture would benefit from a fresh coat of paint.
Regarding food, breakfast was adaquate without being extensive; fresh fruit, eggs cooked in a variety of ways, fresh juice, toast and tea or coffee. We did not bother with lunch but had dinner on each of our three nights, the first night western and on the second and third nights burmese. I would definately recommend the burmese, the food was very tasty and the selection different on both nights. Prices are a little high, particularly compared with street or cafe food, but are comparable with most hotel prices. The Malihom is the ideal place to relax, breath fresh air and experience nature.

Room Tip: The Sanook barn is right next to the pool and has fabulous views over the Malacca Straits
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

I still remember the trip up from the Penang Intl.airport. As your ascend, you'll see lush pristine rainforest, and a cool breeze as the temperature drops, and there'll be views of both the sea (Straits of Malacca) and Bayan Lepas (a town with dozens of electronics and semiconductor plants that lits up at night).
Once you enter this place, the architecture of the lodges, he pool, the koi pond, the restaurant and the surrounding hills and trees will captivate you. You'll feel the wind, the sound of leaves ristling, the view and sound of birds and insects and the sense of privacy and serenity.

The Burmese staff serves high quality western cuisines amidst a backdrop of gorgeous scenery. I can't never forget the image and experience of this place. We only hope owners of the nearby surrounding hills do not indiscriminately choo down those pristine leafy trees. Malihom is worth the trip and the experience. I misses it!

Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Saiyeen
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

This was a very nice stay and we have excellent memories from it. The burmese staff is very smiley and friendly.
Do not expect a luxury getaway though. The common areas are quite dusty but it seems in the middle of the jungle, spider webs come back everyday and the atmosphere can be quite humid. Please expect all sorts of bugs around, which nature lovers will enjoy and seasoned city dwellers may find harrowing! We did not find the cooking to our taste and tried to go down to Balik Pulau or Teluk Kumbar for food. The staff kindly drove us down and up the steep hill, and we laboriously got some Uber or Grab to pick us up at the shelter down the hill. I definitely recommend Balik Pulau for food, especially Nan Guan!
At night, the jungle makes quite a rucus. The rooms are definitely not sound proofed (no glass and only mosquito netting) and black-out of windows a little random. The mattress was also on the hard side. Light sleepers may be better served with sleeping mask and earplugs. You are warned.

Room Tip: Sanook room by the pool has very nice views and is quiet. It can accomodate a child bed.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Virginie G
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Reviewed 24 July 2017

The room that we booked is 'dhamma'. The host was really kind to text us to inform us the light system, to go up the hill before we drove our car up the hill. The road was really steep and has a lot of sharp turnings. When we arrived, the host actually brief us and prepare us the issue about the bugs. We had a good night sleep and there's no bug at all. Even though the room is small and it had some mini spider webs here and there, it has the most amazing views from the hammock area! You can enjoy the wind and watching the city lights at night while swinging on the hammock. In the morning, you can just sit on the 'hanging' wooden chair nearby and listen to the sounds of nature. The staffs were with great hospitality. There was also a family of cats around. We enjoyed patting the cats and watching the kittens. I think it would be better if the pool can be cleaner. There were many falling leaves. But I would love to return to this place. The time spent here is definitely worthwhile.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alyznin
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