Indulgence Boutique Hotel, Ipoh, Malaysia


The beautifully restored colonial building – Indulgence

Bathroom in the Moroccan suite



All guests are greeted with welcome drinks and a sweet and savoury finger food platter
+ Plenty of room to keep your bags and belongings organized


Colourful areas for resting, conversing, reading, enjoying the art

It’s the fine details in every corner that have you intrigued for hours of wandering, exploring every nook and cranny




One of Julie’s walls of fame and another tempting corner

Lamps in every shape, size, colour and texture make each space unique and brings hours of visual entertainment









The Rococco Suite – Julie’s personal favourite



The Beverly suite – Jessy, the manager’s, favoyred room

The Contemporary – note the carpet – hand designed by Julie by dropping roses on a zebra rug and then contracting her carpet maker to duplicate the effect



Besides bountiful boscage, amiable locals and a reputation for scrumptious street food, Ipoh Perak, just two hours drive from KL, has another allurement. Indulgence Boutique Hotel and Restaurant is the bait snaring me hook, line and centre, coaxing my thoughts northbound. This seven room boutique hotel is an exquisite couple’s escape, weekend hideout, artist’s inspiration and/or ideal location for an intimate event.

A colonial mansion, on a large block of greenery mere minutes from the town centre has been fully resuscitated. While its historical charm has been maintained the whole feel has been reenergized with  artistic flare of which only Julie Song, owner and entrepreneur extraordinaire, is capable. Each room is uniquely designed down to every detail – lighting, furnishings and fittings – all working towards an individual theme. From funky Contemporary to classic English Country to exotic Moroccan, any fantasy can be dreamed out here. Every space is thoughtfully fitted exceeding all expectations. Think… not only a flat screen TV in the living room, but also a mini one for viewing from the bath; luxurious body products; abundant foliage; sumptuous bedding; and art, antiques and distinctive illumination at every turn.The experience at Indulgence however, goes beyond aesthetically pleasing surroundings and extends to welcoming and considerate service. Upon arrival guests are greeted with drinks of their choice and a platter of sweet and savoury hors d’oeuvres. After freshening up guests have any number of interesting nooks within the hotel itself to pass the afternoon: curl up with a book in the upstairs lobby; catch some rays on the sunny balcony or partake in a glass of wine at the bar. A turn-in service closes thick curtains over your bedroom doors after you retire for the evening keeping out any stray light or sound, and you wake to a choice of gourmet breakfasts the following morning.

Although Ipoh is a candy box of possibilities, you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from this mansion where all of your culinary needs are catered for in a chic and charming setting. The seven uniquely designed rooms inspiring return visits range in price from 420++RM to 790++RM per room. The rate includes accommodation, welcome beverages and bites and a substantial breakfast. Reservations can be made by email or over the phone.

Reason to visit: inspiring artistic and comfortable rooms a short distance from Ipoh town centre

14 Jalan Raja Dihilir
30350 Ipoh, Perak,
+6 05 255 7051


  1. Very nice decor at this place. Love that she has so many different kinds of lamp all over the resort.

  2. That's a lot lamp in one house… love the quirky design

  3. This looks like a great place for a weekend getaway.

  4. When I’m on vacation in South Africa I love staying in a Boutique Hotel in the Paarl area.

  5. Anonymous

    OMG please, PLEASE tell me where I can get those gorgeous Moroccan/Arabian lamps if you have any idea….

  6. Anonymous

    (^ forgot to say, in kuala lumpur) Btw, beautiful blog [bookmarked!]

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