Tea Plantations and Strawberry fields: Cameron Highlands Malaysia

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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.

Cameron Highlands tea

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!

Cameron Highlands Resort

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!)

Cameron Highlands Resort Dinner Cameron Highlands Resort Picnic

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.

Cameron Highlands Resort

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.

Cameron Highlands

Thanks to YTL hotels for welcoming me to Cameron Highlands to experience the hotel & surrounds. My opinions are as always my own.

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    What a perfect view!!! Ahhhh

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    February 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I am saving this one because this looks so amazing!

    Keri @ Ladies what travel
    February 1, 2016 at 4:45 am

    You’ve really sold it to me – your pics make it look so lovely. Not that it would take much though, I’ve heard great things about the Cameron Highlands from several blogging friends and have wanted to go for a few years. It does sound like a wonderful place to unwind though, I hope I make it there sooner rather than later!

    January 31, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    It sounds all amazing! I’m visiting Malaysia in April/May, so I’m very excited! The Pangkor Laut island, how far is it from Cameron Highlands (I suppose you came from Cameron Highlands haha)? And is taking the car the best option? Have a nice trip!! I’m following all of your journeys and they are amazing

    January 30, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Wow this sounds really cool ! I’d love to try the treatment with strawberries, how did it feel ? 🙂

    Kenza from

    Half This World Away
    January 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I visited the Cameron Highlands almost 3 years ago now, and the landscape was just breathtaking! I am so glad it hasn’t changed. I had never heard of this part of Malaysia before, and one day in Thailand on the back of a van, a random traveller said to me “Do you want me to show you a photo that will make you drop all of your plans and head to Malaysia?”
    So, of course, I said yes.
    Then he fired up his laptop and showed the a vivid green photo of the Cameron Highlands, it was so beautiful. And I done exactly as he said, I dropped all of my plans and headed there. The landscapes and hikes are just stunning. Highly recommend!

    January 29, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful! I’ll have to keep this in mind when I visit Malaysia, because after exploring tea plantations in Darjeeling, I’m now obsessed =)

    January 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    The bath tub looks so relaxing!

    January 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    This looks so lovely! Especially THAT BATH. #dreamingnow

    January 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Wow! This sounds so incredible… Especially that spa treatment!
    Thanks for sharing!

    January 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Looks so amazing and lush, I really enjoyed your snapchats too.

    January 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Are you still in malaysia? and are you planning to drop by to Bali? You’ve come this far. Should have roam around SE Asia! 🙂
    If you decided to come to Bali, I would love to show you around! (Check my instagram maria.lim22 if you wonder where to go or what to see)

    Kayti Clayton
    January 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    This looks amazing. I’m not one for “food-based” baths but this one looks amazing. And the tea in the plantation fields looks so beautiful.

    January 29, 2016 at 7:33 am

    It looks so amazing there! I was obsessed with your snaps when you were at your picnic! so pretty :]

    January 29, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Oh that brunch in the fields looked incredible!! Wish I could go there.

    Love, Kerstin