Malihom was everything we hoped - private, peaceful, beautiful, even magical. Its buildings, traditional wooden rice barns, have character and charm. They involve steps, in most instances, and mosquito nets (we were actually not troubled by bugs of any kind), and some rooms - though not the bedrooms - are open-sided, so you need to be prepared for that degree of rusticity. You also need to be prepared for a very steep, very sharply zig-zagging drive to get there.
But what rewards await you! The air is cooler and fresher, because of the height, and the views are sensational. The pool is crystal clear and the gardens are meticulously kept, full of plants that are an absolute joy for any horticultural enthusiast. So even before you settle down to a meal in the lovely, open-sided restaurant, you feel relaxed and at home - and that feeling is only enhanced by the charm of the people looking after you.
We would go again in a heartbeat.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this rustic hilltop hideaway. The views are absolutely epic on both sides, the cabins charming and mostly spaced enough for privacy and the pool is surprisingly sizeable considering the location. If you’re driving you will firstly need to get up the precipitous driveway, which is an adventure in itself. There are some short, pleasant walking trails nearby. Food, as remarked by others, is limited in choice - basically home-cooked Malaysian Chinese staples. The staff do their best to make one welcome and be accommodating to guests’ needs. There is a genuine human warmth which can be lacking elsewhere.
It’s important to bear in mind that one is in the jungle, hence insects are to be expected. The team does provide all the necessary means to minimise mosquito bites, but they will happen regardless. Connectivity is limited - cellular and moderately slow WiFi, but fast enough for uploading photos. Housekeeping we OK but left our balcony door at one point (cue insects). There was a curious lack of hooks in the bathroom, which was inconvenient yet easily avoidable. Poolside safety is definitely an issue for children as there is no railing despite a sizeable drop off the side. This should be addressed.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay in this charming, laid-back, friendly, private rustic hill-top retreat and would gladly stay again.
You can not fault this location, it is absolutely stunning. It is very remote so you need to be prepared to be 'stranded' here (which isn't a bad thing) however, we found the food pretty disappointing and there is a distinct lack of drink options! ( literally tiger beer, one white and one red wine, full fat coke cans or tonic) there is also some maintenance required (my foot went through one of the planks by the pool!) Overall though stunning place and perfect for relaxing
If you are searching for a quiet, green and exclusive place on Penang island you should stay here and let time pass. To drop on of the hill you can not easily go by yourself or a grabcar, because the way is very steep, narrow and single lane. But the manager Sheau Fung or her staff will pick you up at the foothill and so it's no problem to get here. The big pool with its view is so amazing and one of the best we've ever seen. So take you're time, enjoy the surroundings, the fresh air, the nature and just relax.
Staying at Malihom makes you smile from the moment you wake listening to the wind rustling in the trees to the moment you fall asleep listening to the cacophony of the frogs . It is truly a special place, it has such a peaceful aura, it has lots of different spaces to sit and enjoy. A beautiful pool, your own barn with hammock and decks and our favourite spot to watch the sunset , a tower like Rapunzel in the fairy tales lol. We ate all meals here and the food was delicious and plenty of variety . We went on several walks around the estate and also a guided walk with Peter which were brilliant . The staff are so lovely, so helpful and friendly unfortunately I can’t remember the managers name but she is wonderful and Jo was great too
We loved it so much we would definitely come to stay again ,and again 😁