Where to stay in Ipoh: Resorts vs Hotels

By Nadia Sheng,

When it comes to accommodation in the fast gentrifying Ipoh, there’s lots to choose from. Owing to it being well situated near the sea, there are many nice resorts in the area just as there are trendy hotels.

Resorts

Pangkor Laut Resort

What makes a beach resort luxurious? There’s a fine line separating the good from the bad, and the bad from the ugly when it comes to bungalows built for holiday-making. Most negative user reviews for beach resorts include the phrases “rundown” and “no air-conditioning”.

The private-island Pangkor Laut Resort isn’t just a luxury beach resort in every sense of the word but is said to be among the best locations in the world. An award-winning spa, exclusive yachting experiences for guests, seven acclaimed and assorted restaurants, and huge villas with airy balconies…with the right people by your side, we can see how this could easily be the best place on Earth!

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The Haven Resort Ipoh

Ipoh is known for its stunning limestone hills. Imagine if the cliffs were the backdrop to your resort – you’d feel like you were on a fantasy film set. Well that’s how guests at the all-suite The Haven Resort Ipoh feel!

The infinity-pool blessed resort is perfect for all types of traveller, from young to young at heart. Nothing you wouldn’t expect from a top rated resort. Guests recommend the Lakeview Suite which, accommodating up to three adults, is the best value option.

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The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat. A “fountain of youth” type of holiday, perfect for anyone who’s been stressed out at work.

Features include geothermal-heated swimming pool, a garra rufa fish foot treatment pool, a thermal steam cave, an ice bath and more! If it weren’t for guest reviews of the amazing resort features as listed above, we wouldn’t believe any guests would be able to get anything done when given the chance of lying in a seven foot, 10-cm thick, feather topped mattress all day!

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Marina Island Resort Pangkor

Looking for a private island escape? Look no further than Malaysia’s Marina Island Resort in Perak! Top guest highlights include the private yet accessible location, spaciousness of rooms, and the friendly staff.

When on a private island all you want to do is be outdoors on the beach. When it’s time for bed though, you’ll be glad to know all bedrooms face the waterfront. The all-suite resort also promotes being outdoors with beach side dining, a Wibit water park, and open air swimming pool.

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Belum Rainforest Resort

For nature lovers wanting to trek and kayak, the Belum-Temengor Rainforest is Ipoh’s ecotourism holiday destination of choice. As the Belum Rainforest Resort isn’t as close to Ipoh as the others, this escape is best for those travelling with their own cars.

The expansive resort’s best value room is the Chengal Garden View as it has more space than many of the resort’s other room types but is cheaper because it doesn’t have a lake view. Top highlights include the infinity edge pool, the Puteri Dewi Spa, and the playroom for kids.

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Hotels

Malaysia is the place to go for trendy hotels and Ipoh has one of the highest concentrations of them. Here are our top picks!

WEIL Hotel Ipoh

WEIL Hotel Ipoh is the hotel with the best location and it boasts the only Cantonese restaurant in Ipoh! Both the infinity pool and modern gastrobar are both on the hotel’s 13th floor rooftop. We love a hotel that knows how to put its rooftop space to good use!

The best value room is the Studio. At just around SG$30 more than the 32 square metre Deluxe room, the Studio is a superior 42 square metres with the bonus of a nice living area with couches – perfect for groups. Ask for a room on the 11th floor for best views of the city!

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M Boutique Station 18

Located in the southern part of Ipoh city, M Boutique Station 18 is a trendsetter among the trendy Malaysian hotel crowd. Black and white and jazzy all over, the monochrome rooms are a nod to urban chic New York lofts. What’s a jazz-inspired interior without good coffee to savour it with? That’s where the hotel’s well-stocked premium espresso bar and good in-room coffee selection come in…

Besides the good service and design, guests highlight the comfort they felt during their stay. Must be something to do with the 12″ thick mattresses.

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M Boutique Ipoh

The flagship of the M Boutique brand, M Boutique Ipoh is conveniently located in the city’s old town. Speaking of old town… the hotel’s chic brasserie-style cafe-restaurant is none other than Old Town White Coffee!

Like it’s sister hotel above, return guests come back for the design concept and good food. And don’t worry about loosing the trendy lifestyle you adopt while holidaying here – you can take home everything from organic soaps to the plush cushions as they’re sold at the hotel shop!

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MÙ Hotel

Guests love staying at MÙ Hotel because it’s just so darned convenient! Just a 5 minute walk away is the famous Guan Heong Biscuit Shop – the best place in town to buy handmade, traditional Chinese biscuits! As Ipoh’s nightlife is in its “up and coming” stage guests will be happy to know that the hotel has it’s own nifty rooftop MÙ Bar!

The best value room is the Studio Room – at a spacious 32 square metres, it’s larger than the standard rooms and has a bathtub, which even the Deluxe Room (the room type above it) does not!

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