In all the English colonies well-to-do Brits established hill settlements where they could retreat to escape the tropical heat. These spots tend to benefit from the best breezes, wonderful views and often a charming blend of local and European architecture. And the Cameron Highlands is probably one of the best known examples. On this lush plateau in the middle of dense jungle the temperature rarely rises above 25 degrees, perfect for golfing, dairy faming, plant nurseries, vegetable farming, tea estates, a boarding school and some very beautiful mansions and inns - still some of the best places to stay in the Cameron Highlands today.
All these facilities sprang up about 100 years ago, aiming to provide respite for homesick Britons. So it's no surprise that strolling round the region you'll find some very fine mock-tudor mansions and beautiful plantation style manors.
Aside from all the comforts of the British countryside - including Malaysia's only strawberry farm, the area has some more unique charms of its own. All of which can be enjoyed from the best places to stay in the Cameron Highlands.
Obviously the first thing to mention is the landscape. This is not the tidy lanes of ye olde anywhere, this is the Malaysian hills, densely covered and cut through by great, white waterfalls, dotted with small towns and the sudden order of a tea plantation. So this makes wonderful countryside for trekkers.
The flora and fauna is pretty special and there are several butterfly gardens. You just have to look around you to see something unusual.
This is a great spot for tea tasting, there's also a honey farm, and a number of quite unique temples - the kind of special places you only find in the back of beyond.
It might not sound that appealing on paper - why come to Malaysia and then seek out somewhere more like Europe? But many modern visitors feel the same way about the dense humidity and heat as the early Brits did, and after exploring the humid heat of the jungles, the humid heat of Kuala Lumpur's wonderful markets, languished on the heat of the beaches, it's quite a reprieve to sleep somewhere cool.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Cameron Highlands, or contact a friendly guru for advice. Alternatively take a look at our other recommendations in Malaysia.
Pahang, Cameron Highlands
A country house hotel near the Lake with a long Scottish heritage. A charming Highland sitting room, English high teas, Scotch whisky, and fantastic views over the lake. Bedrooms, suites, and family suites have fireplaces, four poster beds, and sumptuous fabrics. Ideal for an escape to the country.
Cameron Islands, Cameron Highlands
An award-winning hotel set in the luscious Cameron Highlands. Plenty to do from the 18 hole golf course, to trekking in the jungle, relaxing in the Village Spa, or dining in the Japanese restaurant. Luxurious rooms and suites have four poster beds and chic boutique furnishings.