• 13 Jul - 19 Jul, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

Batu Ferringhi is Penang’s foremost tourist beach, and Lone Pine sits on the same sandy stretch as several international chain hotels. The back of the hotel leads onto a public beach, which is used mostly for jet-skiing. If you’re into watersports, then it’s great – but don’t expect secluded sunbathing and do expect daytime noise. For food and other essentials, the hotel is just a couple of minutes walk from a few restaurants, convenience shops and hawker stalls.

The hotel was named after a casuarina tree in the garden, which the original owner mistook for a pine tree. Now majestically tall, this row of trees lends natural privacy to the resort. Beyond, there’s a beautiful view of the Andaman sea and the hilly outcrops of Penang island.

The hotel’s communal areas are tastefully designed. There’s a salt water infinity pool, as well as poolside chairs and cabanas with beanbags. The large garden also has several hammocks. There’s a spa, gym, games room, gift shop and a reading corner with second-hand books. The service in the hotel is genuinely warm and friendly.

Most rooms are double rooms with sea views, though there are also a few suites suitable for families. The rooms are spacious, with lovely wooden parquet floors. The highlight of the rooms is the balcony, which has an outdoor plunge bath and daybed.