Are you looking for a staycation any time soon; to satisfy the adventurous streak in you or merely wanting to embark on a historical tour; look no further than Melaka, Malaysia.
Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO, Malacca or Melaka has so much to offer to all. From the renowned Peranakan cuisine which can be traced back to the 15th century when Chinese traders entered the port of Malacca to sell silk and porcelain, the amazing architectures such as A’Famosa built in 1511(although only a lone gate (Porta de Santiago) remains) by Alfonso de Albuquerque, The Stadhuys – a massive bright terracotta-red riverfront building that was once the official residence of Dutch governors and officers, believed to be the oldest-surviving Dutch building in the East and the ruins of St. Paul’s Church, constructed by Portuguese fidalgo (nobleman) captain, Duarte Coelho, in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for saving his life during a storm at sea. For bike enthusiasts, venture to the off-beaten track and get on the bicycle to discover the ‘real’ Melaka.
If art and history is your cup of tea, a visit to the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum is a-must! Built in 1986, the townhouses is an excellent example of Chinese-Palladian style architecture and comprise of a collection of three beautifully restored houses arranged to look like a typical 19th-century Baba-Nyonya residence.
And don’t forget to check out the amazing artworks by Ping Lian Yeak (www.pinglian.com), the world-renowned prodigious savant artist (autistic) at The Settlement Hotel Melaka, a charming boutique hotel offering 5-star hospitality. The hotel is restored from a 1963 old government building and lovingly fitted with original works of arts and beautiful rejuvenated furniture and fittings.
A night at The Settlement Hotel Melaka begins with a special promotional rate of RM200 + 6% GST for two persons in a deluxe room without breakfast and at RM230+6% GST inclusive of breakfast for two or pamper yourself with a night in the Junior Suite for just RM350+6% GST inclusive of breakfast for two, in-room welcome surprise and sweet dream turn down service, 45-minute traditional massage and a further 20% off from The Library Spa Menu, late check out (subject to room availability) and RM100 discount off on your next stay (applicable for villas) and the option to upgrade from a Junior Suite to a Private Villa for an additional RM100 more.
Located along the Food Trail of Jalan Ujong Pasir and on the fringe of the famed Portuguese Settlement, The Settlement Hotel Melaka is a charming 4-star boutique hotel; converted from a 1963 government building. Rated as the Top 4 hotels in Melaka by TripAdvisor, the hotel offers 45 guestrooms and suites; and 4 private villas, a Dipping Pool, Upper and Lower Dining Room, a Banquet Hall, The Library Spa and is home to the Yeak Ping Lian Gallery. Other interesting features include the 27’ feet long dining table and the Rooftop Garden, ideal for exclusive dinner parties and entertaining or special celebratory occasions.