Lakehouse Cameron Highlands Review
Cameron Highlands is a beautiful highland tourist destination located in Pahang. It is discovered by Sir William Cameron in 1885 and it consists of three main districts, Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Ulu Telom. The highland is at 1,100 metres to 1,600 metres above sea level making it a great place to plant teas and vegetables. Thus, the highland is a great tourist destination as the temperature averaging around 20 degree Celsius all year round.
It has been more than ten years since I visited Cameron Highlands and the highland is getting more popular with many new access roads. Back in the old days, I travelled to Cameron Highlands through the narrow and curvy Tapah road but now the highland can be accessed with three other roads through Simpang Pulai, Gua Musang and Sungai Koyan. With four entry points, Cameron Highlands is often packed during weekends and holidays. The highland is only around two hour car ride from Kuala Lumpur without traffic jam thru the Tapah entry.
To enjoy Cameron Highlands with hassle free, try going on the weekdays as there are no traffic jams, lesser crowd and cheaper hotel rates.
Talking about hotels, there are dozens of hotels, apartments and homestays available at the highland. After an extensive search, I choose to stay at Lakehouse Cameron Highlands. If you look at the reviews and the images of this hotel, it is not hard for you to choose them.
When you drive from Tapah, you can easily spot the hotel on the left side opposite the dam on the right. It is a short drive from the towns of Tanah Rate and Ringlet and also many tourist attractions in Cameron Highlands.
The Tudor style hotel is built by the late Colonel Stanley Jack Foster in 1966. He was a retired British Army Officer and owner of the Lakehouse and he took four years to complete building the property.
Between 1970 and 1977, Colonel Foster was running both The Lakehouse and The Smokehouse. In 1977, he sold The Smokehouse to a local businessman but continued to manage The Lakehouse till his demise in December 1984. As the colonel’s grown up children were not interested in running a hotel, The Lakehouse was then put on sale and in 1989, HPL Hotels & Resorts took over the property and has been managing it since then.
You will be greeted by smiley staffs when you step into the hotel. There are designated car parks for guests and there are two blocks of the hotel. I stayed at the main block and the main block consists of lobby reception and restaurant.
For your info, there are only 19-rooms so the hotel is very quiet and ideal for a holiday retreat. Even though the property is built over fifty years ago, it is still well maintained.
For my room, it comes with a beautiful wooden Queen sized bed and also other antiques. Except the modern buttons, it comes with an antique phone, TV, fan, working desk and air conditioner. The room is clean and there is no smell of aging.
The bathroom is coloured with black and white tiles. Thus, it comes with a standing shower and a bathtub. There is a heater and you can turn it on and off.
For breakfast, you have a choice of western or Asian food. I chose the latter which is the Nasi Lemak. You can’t go wrong with nasi lemak.
They have set dinner menus from time to time. You can drive out for dinner but I will recommend their dinner set menus. Why do you need to trouble yourself driving out when you can have the comfort in the hotel?
Overall, I enjoyed my relaxing stay at Lakehouse Hotel. As I mentioned before, visit Cameron Highlands during weekdays are the wiser choice. Thus, I will recommend travellers to use the Tapah road to enter Cameron Highlands. Even though the roads are narrow and there are more short curves, there is least accident at this stretch and you are more careful driving in this type of road conditions. As rooms are limited at LakeHouse Hotel, please book their rooms in advance at https://www.agoda.com/the-lakehouse/hotel/cameron-highlands-my.html
The Lakehouse, Cameron Highlands Address and Contact:
30th Mile Ringlet,
39200 Cameron Highlands,
Tel: +605 495 6152
Fax: +605 495 6213