Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Wedding Photo in Lone Pine Part 2 - Good Morning Balcony

Location: Batu Ferringhi, Penang isle, Malaysia

Note: This article was written base on experience of staying in Lone Pine Hotel's Deluxe room in January 2013. Experience may differ with other rooms of the same hotel.
A tired drive from Ipoh expectedly led to a sound dream on a fluffy pillow. To wake afresh to the morning sun was a bliss. Especially so when, upon exiting to the balcony, the tropic breeze brought with it the sounds of chirping birds and lapping waves. And we belatedly remembered that this was not home, but the coziness offered by Lone Pine Hotel misled us. 

Nothing beats the feel of a morning cup of coffee on the balcony amidst the chirping birds and swaying branches.

The room came with an air-conditioning unit as well as a ceiling fan, leaving the choice to the patron – a controlled atmosphere with air-con or a hypnotic whirling fan with the balcony door left open. The latter option would be the way to enjoy the tropical aura of Lone Pine Hotel but the continuous onslaught of mosquitoes made that choice an undesirable one. That did not automatically translate into switching on the air-con though, as the fan was strong enough to provide a healthy flow of air to regulate the temperature in the room. And that was how we slept and dreamt – under the blessings of whirling blades.

The view from the balcony would have been a postcard picture of a nice sandy beach, but a grove of trees clumped rightly between our room and the beachside meant only the sounds of the beach reached us. Nevertheless a short walk across the well-kept lawn will bring us to the seaside, so no big deal about this.

A view blocked by grove of trees, but that only strongly emphasized the tropical taste of Lone Pine Hotel. And what was that lurking under the veil of leaves? Was that a pool?

An impressive balcony fitted with a sunken bath was impressive the night before, but the morning sun brought it up another notch. I made a cup of coffee and brought my laptop to the coffee table, sipping the self-made 3-in-1 while surfing the net and listening to the call of the sea, punctuated by the chirping birds. That was the definition of tropical paradise offered by Lone Pine Hotel.

Of course we would not want to waste the bath for nothing, so even time disallowed us to soak fully into the water, we at least filled it with ankle deep water for us to dip our foot in. Carefully did we walk within the bath less we slipped on the onyx dark marble and turn the romantic outing into a sad holiday.

The onyx black tub looked more distinguished under the morning sun.

With the morning sun gaining height and the time to meet our photographer getting shorter, we embarked for our breakfast in Lone Pine Hotel's The Bungalow, a food adventure to share with the keen reader.

Environment:         A relaxing beach front facing the Malacca Straits
Suitable for:           Lounging in a hammock with loved ones (yes, there really are hammocks), fun with water sports, and definitely a romantic choice of stay

Opening Hours:      It's a hotel, so basically there are people 24 hours a day, but office hours are still observed.
Price:                       Room and RatesRM920 for the cheapest room (Deluxe) but if it is not a peak season, it usually get discounted to half the amount. Mail/call ahead to check on the details.

Contact:                  Phone (+604) 886 8686; Fax (+604) 886 8600
Address:                 97 Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Penang, Malaysia.    
Getting there:         Take a cab or drive there - this is Malaysia, public transport is never a good choice. Drive along the road to Batu Ferringhi, and you will first pass by Tanjung Tokong and start driving along a winding road with the sea on right side, the near vertical cliff wall on the left. Once you started seeing shops, you have reached Batu Ferringhi, and will be greeted by a traffic light at a junction (Holiday Inn should be at your right at the junction). Drive past this junction but stay on the right of the double lane. The entrance to the hotel is partially hidden and not very obvious, but it is the second entrance to the right after the traffic light. 

Website:                 Lone Pine Hotel main website

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