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2015-02-07

Find Your Paradise In LOST PARADISE RESORT Penang


With every great resort one discovers, the descriptive “paradise” always comes to mind. A hidden gem nestled off the busy road of there renown Batu Ferringhi road in Penang,  LOST PARADISE Resort redefine the haven of paradise with a much more intimate approach. mylifestylenews writes……



Slow down your speed right after when you pass the Floating Mosque if you are driving from George Town as you may miss the sharp turn to the right entering to LOST PARIADISE Resort by spotting the colorful stoned signboard. Descending down a steep driveway, enter the Balinese gate that takes you away from the congested traffic into this “paradise”.  A quick change of atmosphere with a garden filled with exotic local botany, colour orchids, lush plants followed by a complete Balinese resort style of design.



Intricately carved wooden doors and archways contrasting pops of colour on ceramic tiles with the Minangkabau (An ethnic group indigenous from the west Sumatra in Indonesia) roof design on every houses that are featured throughout the resort as a recurring design theme.




There are massive authentic and original pieces of Balinese wood-carved doors and art works originated from Balinese being part of the collection and design features by the owner of the resort. Colour blocking on the external walls of each residential ‘house’ in contrasting blue and ochre also serves to create eye-catching palettes that quickly tell you this is not your typical resort, yet a rare find especially with Balinese design and style in Penang which is populated mostly by the Oriental Chinese influence.



 This is also echoed in the trellised landscaping with the wooden structures painted in bright colours and the gardener must be commended for such an attractive show of flowering trees, vines bushes and pot plants that creates the warmth and natural charm in which some resorts are missing.


We were allocated to a Mawar deluxe room - name of Rose in Indonesia on the first floor overlooking the garden pool sea view with two balconies, one facing the sea and the other facing the pool with a backdrop of a brilliant blue sky and blazing sun to welcome us to this lost paradise.



The room is of generous proportions all round, with solid intricately carved furniture and two different sets of wooden French doors opening onto the balconies. The large bathroom is a simple fit out with the use of stone pebbles on the floor and the old fashioned freestanding claw foot bath creates that cool feeling in such tropical heat.



Once you have taken the time to enjoy the environs of your room, the main focus outside the room is the infinity garden swimming pool and grassed sun lounge terrace that look back to the Malaysia peninsula through trellised flowering bushes. 




This focal point for relaxation has delightful touches in the use of brightly coloured paints and ceramic tiles surrounding the pool, juxtaposed with a background of Balinese wooden doorways of intricately carved designs. Do we miss any big resort pools where you are constantly dodging other guests, not to mention lots of children? No! This intimate terrace is most appealing.


Breakfast is simple, with hearty and tasty fare that varies each day. We loved the chicken curry with noodles and sambal on the first day and then eggs and bean the next.  For simpler tastes, a choice of cereals and toast catering for international guests. Quite an effective breakfast variation that sets you up for the day and yet it is a perfect antidote to all the rich Penang food that you inevitably eat.



The resort is intimate and charming and the photos on the website don’t do it justice, as it is better in reality. If you want a resort without all the ‘bells and whistles’ and do not wish to have that international branding, but wish to experience an intimate and more personal stay with its own charm, finding your way to the LOST PARADISE in Penang is the answer to your question: where will I go next?




Tried & Tested:
Location: 3.5/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Design & Decor: 3.5/5
Housekeeping: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 3/5
Service: 3.5/5

Highlights:
Garden Infinity Swimming Pool
Balinese Style of Design

Flaws:
No proper beach
Comfort of mattress

LOST PARADISE RESORT
262 Jalan Batu Ferringhi
Penang Malaysia
Tel: +6 04 890 4800