For some reason Malaysia isn’t seen as a major holiday destination in Asia for folks from the UK; the more famous cousins i.e. Thailand, Bali and Vietnam seem to be more popular so I thought I would share 10 very awesome reasons why you need to visit Malaysia.

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The Food

Seriously…a picture says a thousand words…I could never get sick of the beautiful flavours, the quality and the freshness of the meals that we had while in Malaysia.

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The Best Spas

The spas in Malaysia are just glorious…you will feel like a pampered princess and leave utterly relaxed.  If you’re like me…you’ll book yourself into the spa two days running as they’re that good; just refrain from booking a tummy massage (ouch!)

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^^That’s just the pool area for the folks using the spa at Pangkor Laut Resort

The Luxury Hotels

Often seen as a backpacker destination, the luxury hotels in Malaysia are super impressive and the locations are just mind blowing!  From the private island, to the jungle to tea plantations…there is seriously something for everyone.

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The Beautiful Beaches

White sand beach and crystal clear waters…what’s not to love…you want to visit Malaysia now don’t you!

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The Great Brew

Malaysia produces a lot of tea…I mean, more than I could ever drink in a lifetime…visit the Tea Plantations in the Cameron Highlands when visiting Malaysia and enjoy afternoon tea at The Cameron Highlands Resort.

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The Diverse Beauty

I get bored quite quickly…(if I see more than 3 roman ruins in a row I start to yawn) so the diverse beauty on offer in Malaysia definitely will keep you on your toes…from beaches (see above), to tea plantations, to jungles and massive skyscrapers in the capital…you won’t want to shut your eyes for one moment while visiting Malaysia.

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Sunrises and Sunsets

I love sunrises and sunsets; it’s something a lot of travellers miss out on (mainly the sunrises, I like snuggling in my bed till 10am too) but watching the glorious sunrises and sunsets makes me appreciate the beauty that the world has to offer.

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The Weather

This is such an English thing to add in (and I ain’t English!) but the weather is pretty good…just avoid the rainy season if you can but even still you won’t need a jumper.  Just take an umbrella and avoid wearing a long dress.

Le Shopping

Shopping in Malaysia is amazing, the Pound Sterling to Malaysian Ringgit conversion is pretty darn wonderful at the moment so that designer handbag becomes a lot cheaper…the Gucci handbag stayed in the shop (the word mini worried me…I carry a lot of crap in my handbag)…not sure why as I really needed a blue handbag…I really really really do!

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The National Airline

My very first ever flight was with Malaysia Airlines (and it did briefly cross my mind it might be my last, it wasn’t obviously) however the food and service were exceptionally good and much better than British Airways…if I had to choose between the two airlines then Malaysia airlines all the way.

Have you visited Malaysia before?  Did you love the country?

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I’m not sure what made me book a nine night holiday in Malaysia but I’m so glad that I did; just the small area of Malaysia that G and I visited, we were blown away with it’s beauty, the kindness of it’s people and the rather great shopping (hello favourable exchange rate!).

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I’ve done all the hotel reviews of where we stayed while in Malaysia (apologies if you hate hotel reviews!).  After a rather dodgy start to our holiday, all thanks to a car hire firm…honestly I don’t like care hire companies…I gave the firm that we originally booked with the short shove and G went and found us a new car with sat nav, a map and petrol…it wasn’t that difficult…here’s our little bat mobile…and all our luggage…we had a bag full of gluten free food with us!

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Our first stop was the Pangkor Laut Resort on the coast; it was a rather long drive…over 4.5 hours from KL airport…but we got to paradise and had a rather relaxing three nights on a private island…we are so going to be doing this again…

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…and of course this!

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I think it was safe to say we left Pangkor Laut Resort pretty relaxed and blissed out after numerous spa treatments and just enjoying the sunsets and crashing waves at Emerald Bay.  It’s definitely worthy of a visit if you’re in Malaysia and it was G’s favourite hotel from our trip.

We jumped back into the Bat Mobile with all our luggage…it felt like we had actually accumulated more luggage even though we hadn’t bought anything…the joys of a private island…you can’t go shopping!  We were staying at The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat in Ipoh; it was another retreat where the emphasis is on pure relaxation; we left in a gooey relaxed mess…albeit G had managed to get bitten by every mosquito in Ipoh…hmmm rainy season!

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Once again we didn’t actually leave the retreat…I promise we did see a bit of Malaysia during our visit.  Yoga classes are a must at The Banjaran…just don’t smother yourself in mosquito repellant prior to attending a yoga class…you end up all a little slippery and falling out of yoga poses…p.s. giggling when someone farts in a yoga class is frowned upon…just putting that out there!

After two nights in Ipoh, the Bat Mobile was loaded up again and we were off up to the Cameron Highlands on some very twisty roads…it kept G entertained…while I checked out the road side shops….I needed a shopping fix…

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As it was the end of Ramadan, every man and his dog were descending on the Cameron Highlands (apparently it’s always rather busy during the weekends anyway but add a public holiday…eek!) so it was pretty packed…and there were traffic jams.  We bought some strawberries and chocolate sauce to take back to the hotel so we could devour them while reading our books…G ended up falling asleep and woke up to only one strawberry left in the container…you snooze you loose.

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We managed to get ourselves on a private sunrise tour while staying in the Cameron Highlands which I highly recommend doing as it’s just a beautiful way to really appreciate the beauty of the area…waiting for the sun…

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…hello Little Miss Sunshine…

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…the reason for our visit…the tea leaves!

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^^You think being on holiday I would have given myself a manicure!

Our tour included a wander through the Mossy Forest…it was a bit cloudy unfortunately.

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We headed out to visit the BOH Tea Plantation but due to the public holidays there was no display so we visited the gift shop and loaded up on a lot of tea…and I mean a lot!

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On the way back to the hotel we left the car on the side of the road like everyone else seemed to be doing…and did a spot of strawberry shopping…I talked myself out of the strawberry jandals…then G talked me into buying them…and then I talked myself out of them again!  I should have bought myself a giant strawberry cushion though…souvenir buyers remorse right there folks!

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Mum, please tell me you’ve bought these self plucking strawberries for the garden….if not, you need to buy these plants from Malaysia.

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We left the Cameron Highlands in a rather refreshed state of mind…it was so much cooler…no humidity for two nights was heaven!

Our drive back to Kuala Lumpur Airport to drop off the rental car was easy peasy…and we jumped on the train into the city centre.  I may have picked up some chocolate bars for the journey and got a tad excited to find a golden ticket inside my Diary Milk…then G got one…I almost cried….I thought I was special.

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The lovely concierge at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur advised us that most of the big tourist attractions were closed…drats drats drats…including the viewing area at The Towers…I wasn’t disappointed about this…thank goodness….G was almost in tears..it just means another holiday to Malaysia.

We wandered around the beautiful old colonial railway station…

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…and the mosque, I looked for pretty doors…G doesn’t understand my fascination with photographing doors!

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We did a spot of shopping at Pavilion…a seriously good shopping mall…we spent hours inside…and I needed macarons to keep up my energy…it was macarons or a new Gucci bag…I went for the cheaper option!

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Of course we visited The Towers at night time; aren’t they beautiful all lit up!

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And then ventured into the night market…I loved the flower shop….

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…and all the pretty lanterns….

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…and then my camera lost charge…bollocks!

Too soon we were boarding our Malaysia Airlines flight back to Hong Kong

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…but as you can see; we were super relaxed after our holiday in Malaysia and get a touch better at taking selfies.

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I know we only visited a tiny section of Malaysia so please feel free to give me your recommendations on places to visit in future as I will definitely be back at some point.

I was rather surprised on how much I enjoyed Malaysia as I’ve always seen Asia as a dodgy backpacker destination (and yes I did backpack through the Middle East, Africa and Europe many years ago) however  that’s not the case…there are glorious luxury hotels just waiting to be discovered along with great food, culture and natural beauty.

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Our final hotel for our last two nights in Malaysia was The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur; one of Asia’s most iconic hotels and it was a bit of a beauty.  I’m rather a fan of iconic oldies; I love their history, their beauty and they normally have pretty grand service to boot!

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We arrived back into Kuala Lumpur via the train station and got picked up by the complimentary shuttle service…you can’t miss the wonderfully dressed gentleman at the train station…so getting the hotel was a breeze.

I had managed to score us a pretty sweet little deal thanks to a special package, if you stayed three nights at the Pangkor Laut Resort (which we did), you were provided with a free night at The Majestic Hotel KL in a standard room. So I booked another night and on check in, asked if we were in the old part of the hotel (there is the old and new wing – I wanted the old wing…I’m a fussy traveller!) and paid for upgrade…it was £60 all up and this included us moving from a standard room to a suite in the old wing of the hotel…butler service, free mini bar, free chauffeur service around the city and the best bit….they would wash our clothes…

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…needless to say, we happily accepted the upgrade and paid…clean clothes!  The reception is pretty swish in the main hotel lobby…you probably want to know if there is a limit on the laundry service…there wasn’t…we gave our little lady butler a 50 litre bag full of two weeks worth of washing..she’s probably still in shock.

So are you ready to have a snoop inside our suite (room number 311)!

We were shown to our suite which was all rather grand…the lounge…

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…our bedroom…

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…the bathroom; this was a seriously good bathroom…

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…and the mini bar selection!  I was surprised to find alcohol in the free mini bar as this isn’t normally the case.

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As soon as we stepped out of the suite, you could see the beauty of the old hotel…and we could spot ladies enjoying afternoon tea.

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G went to the cigar lounge to surprise surprise, smoke cigars…I’ve told him he’s going to die from lung cancer but he assures me he’s going to die anyway so he’s going to enjoy the cigar…we ordered a spot of lunch…it was a painful experience to say the least.  G had placed a gluten free food order for me as I was taking pics of the hotel…so imagine his surprise and mine when they turned up 20 minutes later saying that they couldn’t make the gluten free meal…so back to the drawing board…the food was the major let down in this hotel.

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^^on the right hand side is some pics from breakfast…I ate rice, fish and fruit but there was a good selection of other items.

^^^^I won’t even begin to tell you the story about trying to order a gluten free meal via room service…I would need a pina colada…the blog doesn’t need another rant especially not after my recent BA rant.

We obviously tried out the afternoon tea at The Majestic Hotel; it would be rude not too really!

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I love a good snoop around the hotel…so I went in search for the Orchid Conservatory…unfortunately they won’t allow you in there unless you have a booking (this was taken through the glass)…

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…and the colonial cafe which is rather pretty even though the floral displays were looking a bit droopy.

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You can take elevator selfies…mum that’s two photos of me in two posts…I’m not sure what’s going on with my forehead…this must be my concentrating face!  The un-ironed dress is from Boden (sorry mum)…it looks like a maternity dress but perfect in high humidity.

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The weather was a bit pants while we were in KL…the joys of visiting during rainy season…my goodness when it rains…it really does rain so we never tried out the pool.

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Now I know they say you should never air your dirty laundry in public but they never said anything about clean laundry…

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While at times I did find things a little bit rough around the edges mainly when it came to ordering food and getting timely service from the kitchen this really was my only complaint.

The butler service had impeccable service and we used the chauffeur service a number of times (the hotel provides you with a mobile so you can call your butler to book a return journey back to the hotel; it’s all rather easy peasy) and we loved the concierge whom loved his city and looked after us extremely well during our stay even though most of the city was closed as it was a public holiday.

Would I recommend the hotel – I would especially if you went for the suite option as I thought it’s really great value for money; free drinks, no worries about taxis and all our clothes washed for free.  We ended up paying £140 all up for our two nights in a suite!

Have you stayed at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur; what did you think of the hotel?

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I couldn’t visit a new country without trying at least one gluten free afternoon tea; so we decided to check out the Afternoon Tea at The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur where we were actually staying for our last two nights in Malaysia.

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Sandwiches

There were two buns stuffed with Tuna and Smoked Salmon and salad fillings (the vegetables were a little too thick for the size of the bun), chicken skewers which were lovely and a juicy mushroom.  The gluten free buns were a little heavy for my liking so I just ate the fillings.

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Scones

The gluten free scones passed my scone test…they were easy to cut into, they didn’t break any teeth and they were yummy however they were very crumbly as you can tell from the photos.

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One thing that I did like, was that we both had our own little set of jam and cream…G and I are normally at war with each other at afternoon tea as we don’t like sharing the jam…this is what normally happens when we go out for afternoon tea together but didn’t this time…this picture is just for show!

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Pastries

Now I was rather impressed with the gluten free pastries on offer which include a blueberry muffin, mini meringue cases filled with grapes, mini chocolate cakes and a sugary marshmallow topped with white chocolate lego pieces (G ate those as I’m not a fan of white chocolate).  I thought the variety on offer was excellent and there was something for everyone.

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For the Gluten Eating Monsters

Now if you’re a gluten eating monster then this the offerings at the afternoon tea at The Majestic Hotel; G had no complaints and managed to scoff the whole cake stand in minutes!

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Tea

The Majestic Hotel serves a traditional black BOH tea (where we actually visited in the Cameron Highlands) however I find that I’m quite partial to a white tea so we ordered a large pot of white tea.

Unfortunately the first lot of tea was luke warm…okay that is being kind…it was cold…we ended up drinking a cup as we couldn’t catch the eye of a waiter to complain…the next lot of white tea was hot thankfully.

Atmosphere

Afternoon Tea at The Majestic Hotel is served in three different areas and if you want to book the afternoon tea in The Orchid Conservatory then you need to book months in advance.  Unfortunately I booked quite late (surprise, surprise) and we ended up in the Colonial Cafe which is lovely however we didn’t have the best table and it’s rather noisy…we had a hen party behind us and were surrounded by children (some were well behaved and others weren’t – it took the gloss off the experience slightly). 

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Service

Hmmm well I had to wait almost 40 minutes for our afternoon tea to be served even though we had a booking at 3pm, we were on time…the food wasn’t and everyone else was getting served around us.  I’m now used to this kind of service as gluten free customers tend to get appalling service and have to wait and wait and wait….I was slightly frustrated and when I started looking at my watch with flaring nostrils…I finally received an apology and told that it was coming (so was our flight back to Hong Kong!)…35 minutes into our wait!

The service wasn’t exactly brilliant unfortunately.

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Would I recommend the Afternoon Tea at The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur – I think there isn’t anything really wrong with the afternoon tea especially when you see the price however the service was pretty hit and miss unfortunately which let down the whole afternoon tea experience.

If you’re gluten free you need to order the afternoon tea at least two weeks in advance, yes two weeks!

Prices start at RM 48 per person for the Tea Lounge (£8 pp approx), RM 68 for the Drawing Room (£11 pp approx) and RM 88 per person for afternoon tea in the Orchid Conservatory (£14 pp approx).  Rather cheap when you compare it to London prices!

Have you visited The Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for afternoon tea; what were your thoughts and experience?

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