The Istana

Istana is a Malay and Indonesian word meaning 'Palace'.

Travel back in time to celebrate the Art, Soul & Romance of ‘old’ Malaya -
in three 200 year old Terengganu Heritage Kampong Houses →, that have been crafted - by using a sophisticated architectural vocabulary rich in symbolism and a blend of traditional and contemporary styles and materials - into one.

Browse through our private collection and the 'Malay world' aesthetic with wood-carved pieces – furniture, architectural panels, doors, windows, friezes, 'Indonesian-Chinese' wedding beds; ethnic textiles; brass 'Dragon' gongs, bells and 500 year-old ceramic jars that tell stories of tribes, master craftsmen, shipping wars, unique experiences and start planning your own 'Story to Share'

Embraced by lush jungle foliage, you will wake up to the orchestra of jungle birds, frogs and crickets, and as you unwind on your private verandah, you get to spot squirrels and monkeys jumping from tree to tree.

Buluh Gading

The Walkway & Wakaf

The Serambi Dining Room

The Living Room

The Suites

The 'Wan Ali' Master Suite

Master Bedroom

Bedroom 2 with 'Moon Deck'

Bujang 1

Bujang 2

The Patio

The Saltwater Swimming Pool

The Blue Room

The Kitchen


  • - Saltwater Swimming Pool
  • - Televisions, Astro, NETFLIX, DVD players
  • - Wi-Fi, Telephone
  • - Library, Board Games, Books, CDS & DVDs
  • - Gym, Sauna, In-room Massage, Alfresco showers
  • - Alfresco Dining
  • - Outdoor Furniture
  • - Gated Property
  • - Air-conditioning
  • - Mini-Bar, Kettle, Tea and Coffee
  • - En-Suite Bathrooms with hot and cold water, Shower, Bathtub, Hair Dryer
  • - Slippers, Dressing Gowns
  • - Fresh Floral Arrangements
  • - Fresh Fruit Basket and Filtered Drinking Water
  • - Safe Deposit Box
  • - Local Newspapers on request