The Majestic

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Nov, 2013

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As we drove into the area where The Majestic sits, we wondered if our pals at Selective Asia don't like us much at all. The tatty shops and the massive construction site doesn't inspire much confidence, why did they book us in here? Then The Majestic appears with calming colonial elegance and we are relieved that perhaps they do like us after all. Met by the staff, all dressed impeccably with historical elegance, a cool towel and drink accompanied the check in process. Taken to our room (Deluxe) in the newer extension (the original building dates back to the 1920s) we find our room framed by red ribbon to acknowledge Linda's birthday. The four poster bed with its fine linens has also been got at, with Happy Birthday laid out in leaves and orchids. A small birthday cake delivered later that day made Linda feel very special indeed. The warm dark wood floor and elegant furnishings give the feel of the square jawed British gentleman returning to his mansion, splashed liberally with 20th century comforts such as TV, Wi-Fi and fridge. We were served Lychee Tea in some beautifully decorated china before we were left alone to enjoy our surroundings. The other niceties are there, tea and coffee facilities, safe, hair dryer but no iron and board. The spacious in room bathroom with stand alone bath, and rain shower can be partitioned off from the rest of the room for privacy by rolling shutters. I was a bit worried about the noise with the road, shops and building site nearby but I slept like a baby in the comfortable king sized bed and didn't hear a thing. Staff were polite and helpful, showing us the pool, gym and spa on the way to our room. A handy map of the area was provided by reception, who gave us some pointers to orientate ourselves in the area. We took breakfast the next morning in the Mansion, which is up a flight of stairs from reception. Anyone who has mobility issues needs to check this out before booking as I didn't see any other way up here, plus dinner is served here too. A good choice of food is available from the standard cereals to more creative dishes. I had poached eggs in potato skins with mushroom sauce, mouth-wateringly delicious. We had lunch in the library (this is beginning to sound like a game of Cluedo) and all the food we had was beautifully cooked, presented and served. My initial impressions of the area were wrong and we felt perfectly safe wandering around after dark. All the main attractions are a gentle stroll away, so if you're visiting Malacca I'd thoroughly recommend The Majestic.

Steve Aldridge

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