All over Asia, the name Jim Thompson is synonymous with luxury, but what really happened to him? This famous CIA agent was holidaying in the Cameron Highlands in 1967, when he went missing and was never to be seen again. In his memory, the reading lounge is named after him, keeping guests warm and toasty on cooler evenings in this colonial hill station.
Each of the 56 guest rooms at the Cameron Highland Resort harks back to a bygone era, and this nostalgic reminiscence is translated in the plantation shutters, wooden beams, timber floors, teak furniture, exquisite silks, and large four poster beds used. All the rooms with elegant French doors opening up onto a small balcony with views over the golf course just next door. Families are comfortably accommodated in the two bedroom Family, Cameron and Jim Thompson suites. Children are most welcome at the Resort but parents should be aware there are no facilities to keep the children entertained.
What the children would enjoy, is the wealth of outdoor activities primarily on foot – trekking through the waterfalls and nature trails, learning about the production process on the tea plantations, getting an insight to the indigenous culture at the Orang Asli Village, or getting their hands dirty in solving one of the best mysteries of our time in the exact spot where it occurred – Mr Thompson’s disappearance.
In the afternoon retreat after a morning’s activities for traditional English tea before a dinner at. Unwind just before dinner at either the Japanese restaurant or in the homely dining room with one of the more unique treatments such as a green tea bath.
Cameron Highlands Resort Information
- Location: Pahang, approximately 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur on the east side of the border between the states of Perak and Pahang in Malaysia, about 4hours drive from Kuala Lumpur.
- Accomodation: 56 rooms and suites
- Facilities: Restaurants and bars, tea room, reading room, Jim Thompson Boutique, spa and snooker.
- Activities: Visit tea plantations, waterfalls and nature trails, night markets or the Orang Asli Village.
- Weather: Enjoys a cool climate and fresh air. Temperatures fluctuate between 22° and 25° Celsius during the day and between 15° and 22° Celsius at night.
- Children: Welcome.