After a few busy days in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, I decided to venture out to the countryside to the highlands on Malaysia, to experience local life in the tea plantations and of course sample the fresh produce that the Cameron Highlands Malaysia are so famous for! My few days here were filled with delight and luckily for me being at the cusp of the rainy season, the sun came out to play for my few days here so I could enjoy all this area has to offer.
Introducing Cameron Highlands
The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most unique locations to visit. If you’re doing a tour of the country you might see yourself in the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, immersed in history in Malacca, sipping a cocktail poolside in Pangkor Laut, and at one with nature out in the rolling hills of Cameron Highlands.
The area is located just a 2.5 hour drive from Malaysia, though do be sure to eat light on the day you arrive by car (the only way to get here), as the roads are incredibly windy coming up to the highlands! The climate here is another big draw cards for visitors as it is much cooler than nearby KL or Pangkor Laut. Whilst here you’ll be able to enjoy some of the freshest produce in Malaysia, if not the whole of Asia… with incredible fruits and vegetables in this highly fertile region that produces quite literally, the sweetest strawberries known to man!
Checking in: Cameron Highlands Resort
I arrived at midday after the 2.5 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur and checked myself in to Cameron Highlands Resort. This is another property from the YTL collection, a hotels and resort chain that offer unique 5 star hotels throughout Malaysia and beyond (for very reasonable rates, too!)
As the leading hotel in the area, it comes at little surprise that I beyond enjoyed every single minute here. My suite, the Jim Thompson suite was incredibly large and spacious, but when I had a chance to view other rooms in the hotel I noticed they are just as generous – even the base deluxe rooms offer the same decor, just a more humble size. Sadly the restaurants don’t offer much by way of local Malay cuisine (I was eager to try as much as I could whilst visiting) but the international menu still offered very delicious food – particularly the afternoon tea (the scones, clotted cream and raspberry jam are to die for!)
Strawberries & (Clotted) Cream, Tea & Scones
One of the biggest draw cards for travellers visiting the Cameron Highlands is the fresh produce. The area is not only renowned for its tea plantations, but also for its incredible abundance of strawberries of the big, juicy and unquestionably delicious variety (sorry for repeating myself but seriously, these were the best strawberries I have ever tasted).
If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just willing to splurge for a few hours of complete bliss, then be sure to book the private afternoon picnic amidst the tea plantation. The affair comes with your own personal butler, SO much food (wraps, salads, pastries, cakes, finger sandwiches, juice… etc.), and an idyllic setting complete with pillows, a little table and a glorious picnic rug to sprawl out on and pass some time.
Indulge a little: Tea & Strawberry treatments
Another incredible indulgence during my time in the highlands was to splurge on a local strawberry spa treatment (yes, you read correctly). The treatment involves a bath full of strawberries, a head massage, a full body wrap in mushy strawberries and oats, plus an hour-long massage with strawberry oil. Yup! You’ll leave the highlands feeling sweeter than ever.