I’m In Love With The Cameron Highlands

Recently I’ve been feeling a bit like a chicken in a pen: cooped up. Since coming back from Melbourne in late March, we hadn’t left our little enclave, and I was starting to feel it. Not that our life in Malaysia is bad — far from it. In fact, my unsettled-ness might be because I’ve lost touch with reality, as I spend my weekends enjoying pastries at Jason’s and reading amazing books like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.

Yes, life is sweet, but everyone needs a change now and then… which is why we decided to up and leave to the Cameron Highlands for a few days. And let me tell you (in case the title of this post wasn’t obvious enough), that I have seriously fallen for this stunning corner of the earth. 

We took a bus from TBS at 11:30 this morning, and after a decent ride (but a rocky one toward the end), we arrived at Tanah Rata (the local town) around 3. I feel at this point I must mention that we decided to ball hard on this trip, and instead of staying in a mid-price hotel, went all out for the Cameron Highland Resort. And goshdarnit, I think it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

Everything here is in the colonial British style: rich mahogany, understated elegance, and not a hair out of place. This is my jam. To give you a taste, here is what our sitting room looks like:

I'm In Love With The Cameron Highlands

When we arrived, we were both pretty tired from the bus ride and so I didn’t take too many snaps, but I’ll try and remedy that tomorrow. Honestly, just the fact that we have a sitting area with all this space is making me giddy.

One of the reasons I love Cameron Highlands already (and yes, it’s love) is because it’s so much cooler here. Not just metaphorically, but literally: I wore pants and a jumper today. I don’t think i can quite put into words how happy this makes me; that crisp chill in the air just warms my heart (ironically).

We went for a little walk earlier, and found a little section on the roof with a beautiful view (both the mountains and Gav, hehe):

I'm In Love With The Cameron Highlands

Of course, this weather goes hand in hand with the British influence up here. In fact, Gav was just reading about the explorer William Cameron, who was a Scot, and who came to these highlands because they reminded him of home. And for someone who hasn’t been “home” to the UK/Europe for so many years (when I used to go as a kid), I get that same nostalgic yearning for a little bit of the UK in my life.

And now I’ve got it!

Here’s just a taste of the style of the resort, along with some cheeky goldfish:

I'm In Love With The Cameron Highlands

We had a beautiful hot pot dinner al fresco, with hot pot and a ridiculous amount of fresh, juicy strawberries covered in chocolate sauce. It’s just a dream. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me, and most importantly, how refreshed I already feel.

I, of course, took an excessive amount of time to arrange my strawberries in a circle, and then douse them with milk chocolate and white chocolate sauce, chocolate buttons and crushed meringue and walnuts. What can I say… I’m not holding back!

I'm In Love With The Cameron Highlands

It’s funny how just a small trip can make such a big difference to your mentality, and your life. Just taking a little time out every now and then, to hit “refresh”, really puts everything in perspective. I feel so grateful to have this opportunity to stay here, and if you get the chance, I would highly recommend you do the same. After all, you deserve it!

It’s time for bed now, but I’ll be sure to report back on the next couple of days — I have my heart set on high tea tomorrow, complete with fresh strawberry jam and clotted cream. I’m in heaven!

Steph x