Melaka, Malaysia and Borneo
Formerly owned by a family of wealthy rubber planters, this lovingly restored Pernakan shophouse on Heeren St (aka ‘Millionaires’ Row’) has been converted into a quaint heritage boutique hotel. Behind the elaborately decorated Neo-classical façade, many of the original furnishings and fixtures survive in the 100-metre-long property, from the English quarry-tile mosaic floors to the framed Chinese calligraphy hanging on the walls, elegant spiralled staircase and richly carved furniture in the little museum room. The guest rooms are much more clean-lined and modern – impeccably comfortable and superb value for money. You’re also guaranteed a warm welcome from genuinely hospitable staff.