|Lone Pine Hotel|
|Casuarina Trees on the Beach|
Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferringhi, Penang
the parking. Exposed orange brick, neatly lined up vine strings and shady trees
marked each car space. If attention to detail was evident even in the car park,
it had to be a good sign for the rest of the property.
on Batu Ferringhi. With only 90 rooms, it’s classed as a boutique hotel, and
has won a number of awards for this category of stay. From two person Deluxe
rooms to Grand Premier Suites sleeping up to six persons, all face the sea and
all carry over the thoughtfulness given to the finer points as evidenced in the
temporary care for vehicles at the entry.
artist’s palette from which Lone Pine was fashioned. Parallel lines and right
angles assemble an orderly, uncomplicated structure. This streamlined and clean
finish makes an ideal base for the contemporary geometric artworks, using mostly
primary colours and black, that spruce up the walls. Clever landscaping has
rows of vines creeping from the roof to the ground in neat systematic columns.
facilities to not necessitate departure during a stay. A pool, gym, games room,
spa and three food and beverage outlets satiate activity, relaxation, party and
the early morning or late afternoon. The air-conditioned gymnasium has
sufficient cardio equipment (treadmills, bikes and a cross trainer), a few
weight machines and a stack of gradated dumbbells. The pool is of more than
sufficient length to get a good workout swimming laps and, a games room
provides a pool table and a few other amusements, great for rainy days. A fun
alternative to get the body moving, is a whirl on the dance floor at the
batubar where a DJ spins uplifting beats Friday and Saturday nights.
bathtub for choice.
pleasantly refreshed rather than itchy and irritated (as is the case with most
pools with chemical content). Grey and pale blue mosaic, tiles the base giving
the sensation of natural stone, a cool stream in the mountains. Chocolate sun
chairs, shaded with cream umbrellas, and tepees mark the pool’s edge. The
infinity pool splashes over into a line of white pebbles and a bubbly frenzy
churns a second pond of water Jacuzzi style.
Further along the property, orange and yellow deck chairs
form rows on the lawn protected by the high canopy of casuarina trees. A hedge
greens the barrier between the private resort and public beach, but the
soothing sounds of the sea hum the air and the smell of salt freshen it.
offers a decent range of treatments by expert therapists at reasonable prices.
Compared to other hotels on the strip, the menu is quite affordable. We tried
their signature massage and were pleased with both technique and strength of
be just the thing. All rooms feature either a free-standing tub indoors or, a
sunken bath on the balcony with views to the sea.
of accommodation you book, as every room faces the sea. Shutter windows allow
in the repetitive sounds of the waves, which lull you to sleep at night and
hush your pulse during the day.
fan and air conditioning, give a much-appreciated choice of cooling. The fan
complements the natural coastal breezes, making artificial chilling often
area, with a chair and office area off to the side. Again white is a feature
and simple lines support the notion of largeness.
seamlessly in line with the wall. Mosaic tiling replicates the glazed ceramics
of the original structure dating back to 1948 when the property was leased as
the first hotel in Batu Ferringhi. Use of glass and tall mirrors once more
craftily enhance the space.
thongs are extra touches making what to wear to the pool an easy decision.
means keeping connected is a cinch. A television and in-room DVD player provide
coach potato entertainment.
Buffet breakfast is taken here from 6:30am until 11am making it one of the
longest open breakfasts on the beach strip. A Tiffin Lunch set is a
bargain. Starter, soup, rice, dessert
and three Hainanese inspired dishes is a mere RM22 per person. Burgers, pasta,
noodles and local specialties can be enjoyed poolside or at the dining table
throughout the day. A Wine and Dine buffet runs Friday and Saturday evenings
making it an easy place to eat and drink with friends and family. The roast
duck and made-on-the-spot char kway teow
are not to be missed.
this is the place to savour the fruits of the sea and the best of the land. With
everything, including dressing and desserts, made in their own kitchen, taste
is uncompromised and a quality meal is guaranteed. Chef’s Sashimi Moriawase (sashimi platter) and his Macha Tiramisu with Orange Twist dessert should be on everyone’s
Friday night is Ladies’ Night where female friends drink for free and, an
excellent DJ spins uplifting beats in the chic setting. At other times, beverages
are reasonably priced (especially in comparison to hotel standards) and, a
range of tapas fill the tummy.
couples or friends wishing to have a relaxing few days away in a smart, yet relaxed, environment by the sea.
rooms offer a sea view, ideal for couples with no children, great pool,
spacious green environment, bright happy rooms