Cameron Highland Resort Review
I stayed at the lovely five star colonial themed Cameron Highland Resort, away from the hustle and bustle of work and the hot weather in Singapore.
At first, I thought it was beyond my budget when I saw the pictures from the website which screamed:” Pricey!” However, thanks to internet deals and omitting the breakfast which is like SGD 25, it worked out to be around SGD90 (excluding taxes per night).
Anyway, I decided to write a Cameron Highland Resort Review as there was certain information that I couldn’t find while researching on it and thought that this might help others in future.
Location wise, it is not as convenient as other hotels. You have to take a taxi if you want to dine in the other towns as it’s somewhere in between and a taxi ride costs around MYR10 to Tanah Rata or Brinchang.
The rooms at Cameron Highland Resort
I bunked in with my pal in the twin sharing deluxe room while the adjacent connecting room was taken by the couple in the group.
As you open the door, a dining/lounging area greets you and the room sure is big for the price that I paid. Walking across the polished dark timber floor, a balcony awaits for you to bask in the sun while you sip tea and read your book.
There is no air-conditioning, only a lone ceiling fan but that is okay as the natural fresh and crisp air circulates around the room giving it a nice idyllic temperature to relax in.
The bed is ultra comfy although I think the pillows could be a bit more firm, my head kept sinking in. The toilet (no bathtub) comes with a rain shower head in addition to the normal shower heads and the bathroom amenities are quite nicely packaged.
Around the Cameron Highland Resort, facilities and services
There is a Jim Thompson Boutique although I hardly saw anyone in there every time I passed by.
The reading room is an area where a large fireplace, gorgeous leather couches and chairs invitingly draws you to want to sit down and read a book even if you hate reading. With free wifi and a collection of books to borrow from, it is the perfect place to chill if you don’t feel like doing anything in particular.
Jim Thompson Tea Room
No stay can be complete in Cameron Highlands if you do not have afternoon tea with scones and what better way to experience it then at the Jim Thompson Tea Room.
The afternoon set at (MYR70++for two) comprises of:
- Bite sized desserts like strawberry tart, chocolate mousse, lemon cake and fruit cake
- A selection of finger sandwiches like cream cheese with cucumber, smoked salmon, egg and tuna mayonnaise
- Scones baked to perfection with clotted cream, butter and their famous strawberry jam as accompaniments.
- Choose from a wide selection of BOH tea flavours. I chose the Lemon with Mandarin Tea which complemented the taste of my delightful little morsels.
Whether a hotel has a gym is very important for me and I tried to google to see if they had one because I couldn’t find any information on whether they had one or not, not even on their website and I couldn’t find any on tripadvisor too.
Anyway, I crossed my fingers and it paid off. The Cameron Highland Resort gym or fitness centre as you may call it is open 24 hours to hotel guests.
Located on the first level, you walk past a nice pond filled with koi and after passing more guests rooms, you will definitely see it. With an open air concept, this is the perfect gym for me as I like working out in cold weather as you tend to perspire less and cool down quickly.
It’s not very big but then again, not many people patronised it while I was there. In fact, I was the only one. I love it when no one uses the gym, makes me feel that it’s my own private fitness centre.
The Spa Village
Next to the fitness centre is the award winning Spa village. Check out their menu and prices here
They have other equally amazing spas in Tanjong Jara, Pangkor Laut, Kuala Lumpur among others.
I booked the Chrysanthemum and Avocado Escapade to reward myself after the climb up Mount Brinchang.
Service is better than expected and my masseur was very attentive to my needs. A welcome drink of camomile tea was served alongside hot towels after which I was lead to the changing room to put my belongings in a locker and asked to undress and use the bathrobe.
The Chrysanthemum Flower and Tea Bath was ready for me to immerse myself and when I did so, the warmness immediately enveloped me and I felt so soothed as all my tension slipped away.
After 20 minutes, my soak was over and I was brought to a lounge area to relax for about 5-10 minutes.
Next up was the Avocado oil massage which is apparently good for nourishing and maintaining skin tone. Again my masseur was really deft as she applied the right pressure that kneaded away all the knots I had in my body. The combination of firm strokes and massage techniques was one of the best I have encountered. My only gripe was that it was way too short.
The avocado scalp treatment was just as good as the massage as my tresses were lovingly coated with a special scalp treatment that will promised to leave me with luscious locks and improve hair growth. How true that is, I don’t know, I only know the head massage felt damn good after a long day.
Plus it was raining heavily all this while which only added to the pleasant sensation that can be akin to one sleeping in on a rainy day.
On the whole, a really pleasant stay and I wouldn’t mind staying here again as I find the price really reasonable for a five star hotel.
Hoped you found my review of the Cameron Highland Resort helpful
Note* in the end I found the info on the gym, it was together with the spa information and not on the hotel’s main site.