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Seri Chenang Resort & Spa Langkawi, Malaysia

Seri Chenang Resort & Spa Langkawi

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These traditional villas are built to replicate Malay traditional houses representing several states in Malaysia, namely of Terengganu, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Selangor and Kedah inspired by the long-established architectural heritage which incorporates all the main characteristics of a typical "Kampong" abode.

Sophisticated and smartly fused with features such as renewable natural materials including timber on stilts and piles that elevates the house for natural ventilation and another prominent feature is the distinctive engraved roof gable-end boards. Choose from six traditional Malay villas and indulge in highly hand-crafted and brilliant furnishings of time-honoured Malay architecture.

Rumah Terengganu

Rumah Terengganu is a single-storey timber villa on stilts, which houses a self-contained studio unit with an open sky shower and bath. One of the traditional Malay houses that are found in Terengganu is the "Rumah Limas Bungkus", which means five-roofed house. It is popular among the Terengganu Malays since the 20th century. Unfortunately, none are found today and those that still exist dates back 40 to 50 years.

The "Rumah Limas Bungkus" can be easily recognised, the roof consists of a straight central ridge with four shorter ridges projecting down to the four edges of the roof. The edging beneath the roofing is decorated with wooden carvings. The uniqueness about this villa's structure is that it's built entirely from Chengal wood.

Rumah Pahang

The Rumah Pahang is a single-storey timber villa on stilts that incorporates a self-contained studio unit with open sky shower and bath, disability access via ramp up to the verandah. Architecturally, traditional houses in Pahang are more common with those of the west coast states, perhaps because the Bugis, seafaring people from Sulawesi built many of the early houses.

The traditional Malay house in Pahang is known as 'Rumah Serambi Pahang'. The villa uses smaller timbers and is less engraved but its long roof gable ends are edges with carvings. This particularly type is increasingly becoming extinct. However, it can still be found in several villages in Pahang .

Rumah Negeri Sembilan

The Rumah Negeri Sembilan is a single-storey timber villa on stilts equipped with a self-contained studio unit, an open sky shower and bath. Its roofs are curved, reminiscent of the Minangkabau roof of Sumatra.

They are long and at the two ends of the roof are the gable ends, which arch upwards similar to the buffalo horns. The house is much smaller compare to other traditional houses.

Rumah Melaka

The Rumah Melaka is a single-storey timber villa built lower to the ground level with 2 self-contained suites named after the cities in the state, Alor Gajah & Ayer Keroh. It can still be found in the whole of Melaka today.

This traditional Malay house can be recognised by its glazed and multi coloured tiles on the staircases which are imported from Europe and China. Flowers are a common motif. The house evinces a mixture of architectural influences, which are mainly adopted from the traditional Nyonya houses. The brilliant feature about this villa is the elongated roof finish which is elegantly crafted, and built of Chengal wood.

Rumah Selangor

A 2-storey timber villa on stilts with 2 self-contained suites named after the cities in the state, Shah Alam & Klang. The Selangor house dating back more than 60 years can still be found in the federal capital of Kuala Lumpur.

These houses closely resemble those in Melaka and Negeri Sembilan due to their historic ties. Characterised by its long roof and skeletal structure, the villa is formed by 12 main pillars with 6 tall pillars at the verandah area. The villa is also known as the "Long Roofed House" as its stretched, straight horizontal ridge and the roof ends are the gable ends made from double layered wood.

Rumah Kedah

Rumah Kedah also known as "Rumah Ibu" is the highest category of all the villas. On the upper floor, Alor Setar named after the city in the state of Kedah. On the ground floor, Sungai Petani and Kuah named after two cities in the state.

The location of Kedah and Perlis makes the shape of the Kedah Roofed House and Perlis Roofed House almost similar except for the arrangement of the various sections of the house. The exceptional trait of this villa is its multiple horizontal roofs with gable ends, noticeable on both front and back of the roof structural design.

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