|Clove Hall Central Foyer|
Years ago, Peter and I stayed in Penang, a Malaysian island renowned for its food (hence our visit)! Do I ever wish Clove Hall had been open then! At the time, Penang was populated with generic hotels, scattered along the beach, mainly catering to cheap beach holidays.
The Feb/Mar issue of Belle Magazine has a lovely article on Australian expats "helping to preserve a rich cultural heritage" in George Town, Penang. This is where I spied the "derelict wreck" Chris Ong has restored into a magnificent six suite boutique hotel. Chris had worked as an investment banker in Sydney before returning home to Penang, and was inspired by his great-grandfather's house, further along the same street. I think the result is just beautiful.
I love the burst of colour in an otherwise serene setting:
The suites are all spice inspired; Clove Hall is built on the original Sarkie Brothers coconut plantation known as Clove Hall:
|The Clove Suite|
|The Ginger Suite|
|The Cinnamon Suite|
|The Saffron Suite|
|The Cardamom Suite|
|The Star Anise Suite|
George Town is a frenetic, busy town, which makes the calm of Clove Hall all the more beautiful. To return here...
...take tea here...
...have a dip here...
...would be really, very nice.
All images via Clove Hall website.