Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

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Penang is a vibrant multicultural island off the north-west coast of Peninsular Malaysia – it entices visitors with its colonial charm and mouth-watering mix of cuisines. Tucked away in the heart of George Town sits one of the Far East’s most prestigious and historic hotels – the Eastern & Oriental. This hotel takes you back to a time of elegance and sophistication and makes you want to stay forever.

Situated in George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the E & O is 20 kilometres from the Penang International Airport and within walking distance from the food havens, shopping complexes and entertainment outlets of the downtown area. Guests walking into the E & O are immediately transported back in time to an era of total refinement and classic style. From the mahogany check-in desks in the original building with pigeonholes for their 100 suites, the doormen in khaki clothing with pith helmets, the waiters with crisp white shirts and jet-black bowties to the traditional outfits of the chambermaids – all of these elements recreate the golden age of travel.

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All of the hotels suites are magnificently furnished, extravagantly spacious and come in eight different types, with either city or sea views. Each suite comes with modern day amenities and every guest who stays at the E&O Hotel receives individual attention. The hotel’s round-the-clock impeccable butler service guarantees that guests’ personal needs and comfort are a constant focus from the moment they arrive. Personalised attentive service standards with old world charm are the hallmark of the E&O Hotel.

The recently opened Victory Annexe offers guests luxurious accommodation and includes 118 Studio Suites and four Corner Suites. All Studio Suites feature a bedroom, bathroom with twin vanities and private balcony. A separate living room, unique rainforest shower and dining area with 270º view of the sea are standard in the Corner Suites. In keeping with the original colonial styled guestrooms of the early 1900s, all suites feature Victorian details such as en-suite bathrooms fitted with claw footed long baths, pedestal ceramic basins, lazy ceiling fans and breezy private balconies. While embodying the opulence of a grandeur age, the hotel offers all the necessary modern facilities and the latest and the best technology give guests’ instant access to the wireless world.

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For visitors seeking to unwind or to energise the body, mind and spirit the hotel’s swimming pool faces the sea and is set amidst lush tropical greenery in a beautifully manicured garden. For the ultimate experience in relaxation head to the Pañpuri Organic Spa Penang—nestled in the Victory Annexe on the 6th Floor. This award-winning pampering haven offers its clients luxury organic treatments in an elegant environment. The signature of Pañpuri Organic Spa Penang is the broad range of exotic, authentic therapies from across Asia performed by carefully selected, well-trained hands from all around the world. In addition, each luxurious treatment is further underscored by only the finest natural and organic Pañpuri products that contain hypo-allergenic, natural plant-based ingredients.

The E & O’s restaurants also have a celebrated reputation for serving an extensive menu ranging from Penang’s local delicacies to European fine dining. The tantalising medley of flavours and aromas will satisfy the most sophisticated palate.

Definitely a unique sanctuary – The Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang is more than a return to elegance – it is “a place where there is always enough time for the things that really matter”.

This article was published in the March 2016 issue of Inspire Living Magazine. Download it here!