Penang, Malaysia and Borneo
Having seen its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, the Lone Pine recently had a major refurbishment and is now by far the most stylish and characterful place to stay in Penang’s famous beach area, Batu Ferringhi. All of the rooms and suites open on to sea-facing terraces, balconies or private courtyards. The interior décor is fresh and modern, with a few subtle nods to the building’s heritage, such as polished parquet floors. For relaxation, you can lounge by a generously sized pool or in one of the hammocks strung between the casuarina trees in the garden. And the beach is on the doorstep.