In Spring, 2010 while reading the weekend papers, Mr. E.N.L. came across an article on a boutique hotel in Penang, Malaysia. I knew he was already mentally packing his suitcase by the end of the article and by the time I got on the website, I was also!
The article was about Clove Hall which is Penang’s first boutique luxury homestay hotel, and is testament to the passion of an Australian called Christopher Ong, who has turned the shell of a derelict Edwardian-era mansion into a beautiful boutique hotel.
Every piece of furniture contained within, every fixture and fitting tells a story. Fabulous ornate desks, hand-carved antique teak tables, a glorious four-poster bed, decorative candle holders, stunning wooden and tiled floors, the verandahs, the ceiling fans and the long wafting curtains.
Each of the suites are named after a particular spice – along with understated whitewashed columned grandeur, oversized tiled lobby, gardens and pool.
This colonial gem is situated in Georgetown and from there sightseeing of Georgetown and Penang to experience the rich melting pot of cultures from all over Asia can be done. Georgetown has stunning refurbished temples, churches and mosques jostling for space with elaborately tiled houses in a maze of narrow streets.
Clove Hall welcomed us warmly, with smells of spices from the lush gardens and afternoon tea, served at 4pm daily, which we chose to take seated outside underneath the huge ceiling fans at the entrance of the house.
We loved every minute of our stay in this beautiful place and can’t wait to return again very soon!