A historic hotel gets better with age, The Majestic Malacca
Steps from the UNESCO World Heritage-protected quarter of Malacca lies one of the city’s oldest grande dames, a mansion built in 1929. It was once the private residence of a wealthy merchant who spared no expense in its construction. In the 1950s, businessman Lim Heng Fang transformed it into The Majestic Hotel and it hosted the area’s most fashionable crowd, including, according to local lore, Malaysia’s first prime minister.
In 2008, YTL Hotels acquired the property, transforming it into The Majestic Malacca. Though its new incarnation maintains the stately façade, a few subtle improvements bring it up to contemporary standards. For example, a 10-storey tower behind the main building houses suites with state-of-the-art amenities and vintage flair. Hardwood floors, marble details and claw-footed tubs keep the décor squarely rooted in the classic.
For all of the updates, though, the soul of the place remains intact. Upon arrival, guests sip whole-leaf tea brewed in a china pot, while a turndown service in the evening provides a multitude of traditional Malay sweets made from jaggery sugar, coconut and rice.
Those same morsels make an appearance at The Majestic Malacca’s unique spin on high tea. The hotel offers an alternative to the British ritual, one that honours the city’s diverse heritage. In an intricately painted, triple-tiered box sit an assortment of sweet and savoury Malaysian bites as well as a few dainty crustless sandwiches. Served in The Lounge, an airy salon in the centre of the original building, it’s an ideal way to while away an afternoon.
In many ways, The Majestic Malacca shares a great deal in common with the city that surrounds it.
After all, this is a hotel where history and contemporary opulence match beautifully, where exquisite craftsmanship is the greatest luxury of all and every element has a story to tell.
For more information, please visit www.majesticmalacca.com
HARDWOOD FLOORS, MARBLE DETAILS AND CLAW-FOOTED TUBS KEEP THE DÉCOR SQUARELY ROOTED IN THE CLASSIC.