A his­toric ho­tel gets bet­ter with age, The Ma­jes­tic Malacca

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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.

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