Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, Malaysia

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, Malaysia

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Lone Pine Hotel
Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Casuarina Trees on the Beach


Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferringhi, Penang

The first hint that we’d like our stay at Lone Pine Hotel was
the parking. Exposed orange brick, neatly lined up vine strings and shady trees
marked each car space. If attention to detail was evident even in the car park,
it had to be a good sign for the rest of the property.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Parking Lot
Lone Pine is an intimate retreat amongst the larger resorts
on Batu Ferringhi. With only 90 rooms, it’s classed as a boutique hotel, and
has won a number of awards for this category of stay. From two person Deluxe
rooms to Grand Premier Suites sleeping up to six persons, all face the sea and
all carry over the thoughtfulness given to the finer points as evidenced in the
temporary care for vehicles at the entry.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Reception
White, bright green, orange brick and, glass form the
artist’s palette from which Lone Pine was fashioned. Parallel lines and right
angles assemble an orderly, uncomplicated structure. This streamlined and clean
finish makes an ideal base for the contemporary geometric artworks, using mostly
primary colours and black, that spruce up the walls. Clever landscaping has
rows of vines creeping from the roof to the ground in neat systematic columns.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Colonial Architecture
Lone Pine considered a small hotel. There are however enough
facilities to not necessitate departure during a stay. A pool, gym, games room,
spa and three food and beverage outlets satiate activity, relaxation, party and
food cravings.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Lobby
For the active, the sandy beach frontage is a lovely run in
the early morning or late afternoon. The air-conditioned gymnasium has
sufficient cardio equipment (treadmills, bikes and a cross trainer), a few
weight machines and a stack of gradated dumbbells. The pool is of more than
sufficient length to get a good workout swimming laps and, a games room
provides a pool table and a few other amusements, great for rainy days. A fun
alternative to get the body moving, is a whirl on the dance floor at the
batubar where a DJ spins uplifting beats Friday and Saturday nights.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Batu Ferringhi
Relaxation is a breeze too with spa, pool, lawn, sand and personal
bathtub for choice.
Using spa salt, the pool water is soft, leaving skin
pleasantly refreshed rather than itchy and irritated (as is the case with most
pools with chemical content). Grey and pale blue mosaic, tiles the base giving
the sensation of natural stone, a cool stream in the mountains. Chocolate sun
chairs, shaded with cream umbrellas, and tepees mark the pool’s edge. The
infinity pool splashes over into a line of white pebbles and a bubbly frenzy
churns a second pond of water Jacuzzi style.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Pool
Lone pine hotel, penang
Bubbling Pool

Further along the property, orange and yellow deck chairs
form rows on the lawn protected by the high canopy of casuarina trees. A hedge
greens the barrier between the private resort and public beach, but the
soothing sounds of the sea hum the air and the smell of salt freshen it.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Deck Chairs on the Lawn
Additional unwinding can be purchased at Pure Energy Spa, which
offers a decent range of treatments by expert therapists at reasonable prices.
Compared to other hotels on the strip, the menu is quite affordable. We tried
their signature massage and were pleased with both technique and strength of
hands.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Welcome Drink
Alternatively, for a no cost de-stress, a bubble bath might
be just the thing. All rooms feature either a free-standing tub indoors or, a
sunken bath on the balcony with views to the sea.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Rooms with Views
Ocean vistas are a luxury for all, no matter what category
of accommodation you book, as every room faces the sea. Shutter windows allow
in the repetitive sounds of the waves, which lull you to sleep at night and
hush your pulse during the day.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
View from Room
Extra tall ceilings give a sense of space and, both a ceiling
fan and air conditioning, give a much-appreciated choice of cooling. The fan
complements the natural coastal breezes, making artificial chilling often
unnecessary.
A super king size bed is the centrepiece of the sleeping
area, with a chair and office area off to the side. Again white is a feature
and simple lines support the notion of largeness.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Deluxe Room
Giant sliding doors open or privatize the bathroom, running
seamlessly in line with the wall. Mosaic tiling replicates the glazed ceramics
of the original structure dating back to 1948 when the property was leased as
the first hotel in Batu Ferringhi. Use of glass and tall mirrors once more
craftily enhance the space.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
Bathroom
Bathrobes and slippers are the expected, but a sarong and
thongs are extra touches making what to wear to the pool an easy decision.
Complimentary broadband access in rooms and around the hotel
means keeping connected is a cinch. A television and in-room DVD player provide
coach potato entertainment.
Three dining options keep hunger pains at bay.
The Bungalow is Lone Pine’s all day dining restaurant.
Buffet breakfast is taken here from 6:30am until 11am making it one of the
longest open breakfasts on the beach strip. A Tiffin Lunch set is a
bargain.  Starter, soup, rice, dessert
and three Hainanese inspired dishes is a mere RM22 per person. Burgers, pasta,
noodles and local specialties can be enjoyed poolside or at the dining table
throughout the day. A Wine and Dine buffet runs Friday and Saturday evenings
making it an easy place to eat and drink with friends and family. The roast
duck and made-on-the-spot char kway teow
are not to be missed.

Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Feringgi, Penang, best hotel in penang
The Bungalow – all day dining restaurant
Japanese flavours are found at Matsu. Stylish, yet relaxed,
this is the place to savour the fruits of the sea and the best of the land. With
everything, including dressing and desserts, made in their own kitchen, taste
is uncompromised and a quality meal is guaranteed. Chef’s Sashimi Moriawase (sashimi platter) and his Macha Tiramisu with Orange Twist dessert should be on everyone’s
order.

japanese restaurant, lone pine hotel, penang
Matsu
When the heat gets too much, batubar will cool you down.
Friday night is Ladies’ Night where female friends drink for free and, an
excellent DJ spins uplifting beats in the chic setting. At other times, beverages
are reasonably priced (especially in comparison to hotel standards) and, a
range of tapas fill the tummy.

lone pine hotel, penang
batubar – Ladies’ Night – DJ and complimentary drinks for the gals
This boutique hotel on Batu Ferringhi is a good choice for
couples or friends wishing to have a relaxing few days away in a smart, yet relaxed, environment by the sea.

Reason to visit: all
rooms offer a sea view, ideal for couples with no children, great pool,
spacious green environment, bright happy rooms
Lone Pine Hotel
97 Batu Ferringhi
11100 Penang
Malaysia
+61 04 886 8686


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9 Comments

  1. Seems so quiet, so peaceful and serene – best place to unwind and rejuvenate!

  2. One of our fave stops in Penang after our round island drives! This is certainly making me miss Penang!

  3. Man, this place has changed since… well, since I last went there some 20 years ago. Great now I feel old. lol

  4. I like the pristine white outlook!

  5. Beautifully designed hotel by the looks of things. Rather serene compared to other garish sections of that overdeveloped stretch of water…it makes me sad whats happening to penang 🙁

  6. Hmm… it seems like they have renovated the place quite a lot, the pool looks like a perfect place for a morning dip 🙂

  7. wow.. this place sure has changed so much… its really lovely… makes me want to stay there…

  8. ooo, i've never stayed here before, but the view outside the room makes me want to! 😀

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