I’ve rarely been disappointed in the hotels I’ve stayed in during trips to South East Asia, probably down to all the research my beloved Justin spends on finding ‘Keri-friendly’ accommodation. But one of the hotels I particularly loved was Lone Pine in Batu Ferringhi. Penang.
The Malaysian island of Penang is a wonderful place to visit in the region, with lots to do, and I discovered that Lone Pine was the perfect base for someone like me – a lover of affordable luxury.
Batu Ferringhi is one of the main tourist areas on the island, where you’ll find the majority of beachfront hotels. Lone Pine was one of the area’s first, starting as a modest 10-room family run hotel, with these rooms still standing today. Now owned by the renowned Eastern & Oriental (E&O), unsurprisingly the hotel grown over the years, most recently with a refurb and expansion that was completed in 2010.
Overlooking the Andaman Sea, today’s Lone Pine still holds onto its original colonial feel, and this luxury boutique hotel now offers 90 rooms still with enough spacious grounds that the place never feels crowded.
Well-placed too, the brilliant Batu Ferringhi night market starts just outside the main gate and as well as several restaurants, spas and massage parlours on your doorstep, the heavenly Long Beach food court is just a short walk away.
Even so, when inside the hotel, or by the pool, the hotel is almost always quiet and serene. The only time this was broken was when a wedding took place one evening, and we discovered that the pretty wooden shutters don’t protect you very much from the noise below, but to be fair the party quietened down at a decent hour…
A deluxe room at Lone Pine, Penang
We chose a deluxe room at Lone Pine for our stay and were suitably impressed with its size and layout.
As you open the door you’re faced with a short corridor to the main space, with a sliding door on your right leading to the bathroom. The bedroom area is large and airy, the bathroom is spacious and with the sliding doors allows the rooms to feel even bigger. Then, beside the glass doors to your balcony there’s even a ‘living room’ with table and day bed for you to chill out between your Penang adventures.
Our balcony overlooked the sea, although this was blocked by several trees. This didn’t bother me though as it gave me some privacy to enjoy my morning cup of tea listening to the sea and watching the local birds flit amongst the trees. It also allowed me to feel more relaxed when I enjoyed my sunken outdoor bath!
Lone Pine hotel amenities
Lone Pine offers all the usual hotel amenities you expect – spa, games room, gym, bar and restaurant, but the thing I loved most I found in our room.
This tea lover enjoys a big breakfast mug when at home, but often when travelling I have to make do with tiny cups that I can gulp down in one. But oh no, not here!
In our room we found epic Lone Pine tankards that were perfect for lazy morning cuppas. We loved these so much that we bought ourselves a pair to bring home from the hotel shop and now enjoy an epic-size cup off tea every weekend while thinking back to our time in Malaysia.
But away from my tea-drinking obsession, I also loved the hotel’s pools and grounds, which provided more than enough loungers both around the pool and on the lush green grass, shaded by the tall casuarina trees.
From images I’d seen before travelling I’d expected to see hammocks hung between these trees, but sadly none were up during my stay, but this was made up for by the tepee-like pool-side beds with curtains that protect you from the sun if you want to have an afternoon snooze.
From the pool it’s a short walk to the beach, but with hawkers constantly milling around past the gate, I found it was much more peaceful to enjoy the sounds of the sea from the quiet of inside the hotel grounds. Plus, as it’s recommended that you don’t swim in the sea in this area, as it’s quite dirty, why leave the comforts of Lone Pine?
However, if you’re looking to explore more of the island, especially the capital of George Town, you’ll be happy to know that as the hotel is part of the E&O group, it offers a free shuttle between Lone Pine and the wonderful Eastern & Oriental Hotel Penang, which is on the edge of the city. Why not pop over there for a tasty afternoon tea?
Lone Pine review – would I stay at there again?
Most definitely yes. I really don’t have a bad word to say about this hotel. The only thing that let it down during my stay was the noise from the wedding party, but that’s just me being an unsociable bugger I’d say!
Breakfast in the outdoors restaurant overlooking the sea was delicious, and we had a great laugh with the lovely chefs that kept trying to get us to try out some of their local delicacies. The pool was a peaceful haven away from the bustle of the beach and our room was just wonderful.
When I return to Penang (and it really is a when, not an if) I won’t even bother looking into other hotels, I’ll be booking myself straight back in here!