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3 storey Villa with private garden in lush, peaceful surroundings
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3 storey Villa with private garden in lush, peaceful surroundings
Guarded entrance to the Villa
Direction to the Villa
The clubhouse and swimming pool
The clubhouse which has a fitness centre and a yoga studio
The fitness studio
The yoga studio
Neatly manicured lawn
The fish pond at the Villa
The fishpond (rearview) at the Villa
Living room with a 40' HD TV, blu ray player and Xbox Kinect that comes with 50 game-titles
The marble-top dining table. The door at the side opens out to the patio
The kitchen installed with conventional & microwave ovens, fridge, induction cooker, etc.
1st Master bedroom with 40' HD television
1st Master bedroom
1st Master bedroom
Ensuite bathroom in the 1st master bedroom
Wash basin in the ensuite bathroom of the 1st master bedroom
The 2nd master bedroom on 3rd floor. It has sky ceilings with views of the stars at night
Inward view of the 2nd master bedroom.
The 3rd bedroom
Open, ensuite bathroom of the 3rd bedroom
The 4th bedroom
The lounge on the 2nd floor
5th bedroom
Open, ensuite bathroom of the 5th bedroom. The lush mountain behind exudes clean mountain air.
Lounge at the 3rd floor
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6 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Penang

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clee2014
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Clean modern and spacious but bathrooms need fixing up.”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 for a stay in January 2014
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We stayed at this villa for 3 days with a group of 13 family members in total ,coming together for a family reunion. It was a bit of a shock on arrival to find the villa located amongst construction of other villas. But fortunately that did not disrupt our holiday, although members staying in the back bedrooms complained about being woken up early by the construction noise coming from the site behind us. It was a WOW effect when we entered the villa as it was modern and spacious, over three levels. The ground floor open living dining kitchen was huge and works really well with such a big group like ours. Our only complaint is that 2 of the bathrooms in the back bedrooms on the second and third floor cannot be utilised as construction workers on the construction site behind us(this site is on a much higher level and it is fairly close) can look into our bathrooms. The bathrooms/toilets have a really odd design as they are located on a semi enclosed balcony and feels like a sauna when you walk out there. Because of the privacy issue, it was rather inconvenient as both the couples staying in the back bedrooms ended up having to use the bathrooms in the 2 master bedroom ensuites. The 2 master bedroom ensuites are very open, bathromm doors are made of clear glass so that meant the occupants of the master bedroom have to vacate the bedrooms before the other couple can use their bathroom. Sounds confusing but it is all to do with the impractical design of the bathrooms. Albert the caretaker says the owner may do something about it, ie. to have the balcony covered or some blinds or shower curtain put in, but really if this is not done, the villa should not be advertised as having 6 bedrooms 6 bathrooms (advertised as 7 bedrooms but 1 was locked up and not available for use). The bathrooms are very modern but certain things spoil the look. There is a planterbox in the master bedroom ensuite on the top floor, but there are no plants(which is understandable), instead the cemented floor is covered with green mould, not a pleasnat sight at all when you rae using the bathroom. The stainless steel water drainer/cover inside the shower has gone all rusty. Again not a pleasant sight. The floor vinyl beside the double sink in the master bedroom have lifted, so much so that we have to put a bath towel on it so it does not cut our feet when we stand there to use the sink. The air condition in the single bedroom downstairs did not work. We also had a blocked toilet in one of the bedrooms on arrival, however Albert was very efficient and got onto it, that was fixed but again on the day we left, it was blocked again. Poor Albert. We took Albert's advice and tried out some recommendations on places to eat and were not disappointed.
Apart from the bathroom issues, this villa served our purpose because of the spaciousness. And I would recommend it to big groups. Location is a good walking distance from the beach, we had cars so did not walk. Also we were told it may not be safe walking from the villa to the beach.

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Liked best: spaciuosness
Liked least: bathrooms, hard high pillows
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Jan 2014
Hi Christine,

Thanks for taking time to post your review.

Albert has mentioned to me about the issues with the 2 bathrooms you highlighted. I'm happy to let you know that I have had roller-blinds installed in those 2 bathrooms to maintain privacy.
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dlusiondo...
Perth, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Secluded Gem”
Reviewed January 2, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
3
people found this review helpful

I travelled to Penang with 8 other people (9 in total) for xmas. Highly recommend it, especially for large groups or family vacation.

Tropika Ferringhi is a newly established estate, so a lot of construction is still going on around the place but I honestly didn't notice the workers the entire time we were there. It's located about a km up the road from the Holiday Inn off Jalan Batu Ferringhi. Uplands International School can be used as the landmark for taxis (don't pay more than 7RM from the main Batu Ferringhi strip).

The place is 3 stories. Just about every room has a private bathroom, some of which are semi located outside. Place looks just as advertised and packed with a/c and fans.

Albert, the host/guide for T.F. is an assett. He knows all the good spots (food and tours). Was difficult getting the cabbies to find the spot but Albert was more than happy to speak with them.

Location is very secluded and quiet but I'd definitely book again with a large group.

TIP: The trek up and down the hill each day & night was a bit of a hassle so we booked scooters to transport us up and down the hill each day.

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Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 25-34
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avya98
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful and modern villa, well furnished. Highly recommended.”
Reviewed November 12, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

The villa is in a gated and guarded area so security is good.
2 master bedrooms with king size bed, 3 other rooms with queen size bed and 1 room on the ground floor with a single bed.
If you're planning to go to Teluk Bahang Escape Adventurepark, this villa is ideal as it's pretty close to Teluk Bahang. Also close to beautiful Batu Ferringhi beach.
Exceeded my expectations because toiletries, extensive cutlery, towels, coffee and tea were provided. Everything was pretty fresh and clean.
Construction around the site didn't bother me much as we were out in the daytime anyway.

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Liked best: Facilities and cleanliness
Liked least: The pillows
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Thana P
Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
“Beautiful and peaceful villa”
Reviewed November 9, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

I stay in this villa in August with my family. This is my second time in Penang. The first time we stay in Georgetown.

We really enjoy our stay in this villa. It is very clean and big. The furnishing is high standard. It is better then many other hotels. We like the bed. The mattresses really are so comfortable.

I like the location of the villa too. The surroundings is quiet. Only setback is it take 10 minutes to walk to the main road. Better if you have a car.

I would definitely recommend this villa.

Travelling group: Other
Your age range 25-34
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Alan D
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice When Finished”
Reviewed October 19, 2013 for a stay in September 2013
1
person found this review helpful

We rented the property for almost three weeks in September as a base in Penang whilst we traveled around Malaysia and Indonesia. The rental process was easy and the owner friendly and accommodating so we where very excited at the prospect of staying there.
This excitement however soon disappeared as we drove in to the property to see temporary fencing, a temporary security hut and building work all around us. In September 2013 there were approximately five houses inhabited in the entire development which resembled a ghost town. This disappointment was compounded by the Agent, who despite having agreed to specific arrangements to meet kept us waiting at least 45 minutes.
Once the Agent finally arrived to hand over the keys the house proved to be exactly as advertised, modern clean and extremely well furnished. During the initial meeting we expressed our concerns regarding the unfinished nature of the surrounding area, however we were assured that this will not affect our stay as no noise or dust would be generated by the construction work. This turned out to be a complete tissue of lies as we were all awoken by the sound of construction the very next morning.
We complained several times to both the agent and the owner however they did not accept the fact that they had both mislead us by not revealing the "new" nature of surrounding developments. This incidental became a norm for the Agent who I believe to be unreliable, less than punctual and prone to stretching the truth. This in my opinion however does not apply to the owner who I consider to be extremely genuine and trustworthy, his judgement however may be impaired by his staff in Penang.
Instead therefore of writing a glowing review of this lovely property I must caution any potential visitors that they shall encounter the same problems as we have until, I would suggest the end of 2014. Please see the attached photographs to back up these opinions and be aware.

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Liked best: The house is lovely
Liked least: The Agent is pathetic
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
11 Nov 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post the review.

The construction you mentioned is that of a development called Ferringhi Residence by one of the top development companies in the country, the Mah Sing Group. The actual work currently taking place is at a corner of the land away from Tropika Ferringhi.

I have spoken to other guests who stayed at Tropika Ferringhi and they have informed me that they did not find the construction to be of any problem at all.

I do apologise for my agent's non-punctuality. I have spoken to him and reminded him of the importance of being punctual.
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