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Travel Live Like A Crazy Rich Asian At The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion In Penang

Live Like A Crazy Rich Asian At The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion In Penang

The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in George Town at dusk.
By Samantha Lim
By Samantha Lim
August 20, 2018

What's it like to reside on a movie set? Step into the shoes of a Crazy Rich Asian by booking the entire Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion for 24 hours. The UNESO award-winning boutique hotel is one of several locations where the highly-anticipated movie was shot.

Fondly dubbed The Blue Mansion, the property is offering a one-of-a-kind package to the public: up to 36 pax can indulge in an unforgettable night of revelry with specially curated activities, from a private 'guzheng' concert to a hot and heavy mahjong match. All meals, including fine dining at Indigo restaurant and breakfast in bed, are inclusive.

The grandiose entrance to The Blue Mansion.
The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion in George Town at dusk. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Check in to the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion on Leith Street. This is where your holiday of epic proportions begins.

Commissioned by Cheong Fatt Tze (1840–1916) aka the ‘Rockerfeller of the East,' the eponymous property turned derelict after its owner's demise, but was restored to its former glory thanks to a team of Penang conservationists. Since then, the UNESCO award-winning heritage site has served as the backdrop for the following films — Oscar-winning French film 'Indochine' (1992), Malaysian movie 'The Red Kebaya' (2006), murder mystery 'The Blue Mansion' (2009) and comedy-drama 'Crazy Rich Asians' (2018)

Must-read: 10 Clues You're A Crazy Rich Asian

 

The Ming Collection at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
The Ming Collection at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Lavish welcome gifts await you in your room. Accommodation at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion encompasses the Ming Collection, the Liang Collection, the Tang Suites and the Han Suites. Draw straws to decide which guests get to snag the Ming Collection—the only suite providing direct access to the pool and the garden.

The Mandarin Room in the Han Suites.
The Mandarin Room in the Han Suites. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

That being said, each suite in The Blue Mansion has its perks. The Mandarin Room in the Han Suites comes with a sitting room—perfect for whiling away a hot afternoon with a good read.

Also see: 5 colonial hotels around Malaysia that will take you back in time

The bathroom connected to the Han Suites.
The bathroom connected to the Han Suites. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Weary from your journey to the property? Let your travel-induced stresses melt away by taking a relaxing soak in the clawfoot bathtub in the Han Suites.

Spiral stairway at the Blue Mansion.
Spiral stairway at the Blue Mansion. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Beauty is around every bend in The Blue Mansion. Explore the double-storied property's nooks and cranies to jazz up your Instagram feed. Come elevenses, regroup with your travel squad for a Nyonya-style tea, followed by a mahjong match.

Did you know? The Blue Mansion stood in as a mahjong parlour in 'Crazy Rich Asians.' Watch out for the the high-tension scene staring Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu) and Eleanor Young (played by our very own Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh) in theatres this August 22.

See also: Picture-Perfect New Resorts & Hotels To Visit In Malaysia

The swimming pool at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
The swimming pool at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Can't seem to memorise the rules of the game or the mahjong tiles? Soak up some sun by the pool instead.

Butler service at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
Butler service at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Canapés and cocktails can be delivered to the poolside via butler service.

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The Scholar Wing in the Cheong Fatt Tze at dusk.
The Scholar Wing of the Cheong Fatt Tze at dusk. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Wind down and doll up before sunset in the Pearl of the Orient. Proceed to one of the mansion’s five courtyards for a private guzheng performance accompanied by more tipples.

Contemporary culinary gem Indigo.
Contemporary culinary gem Indigo. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Whet your appetite for a 5-course meal at Indigo, one of George Town's most fêted restaurants. Penang-born executive chef Beh Weng Chia, who trained at Le Corden Bleu in San Francisco, combines cooking techniques from two culinary mavens: the French and the Japanese.

These snacks from Penang and Ipoh are merely a click away.

Signature salted egg yolk grouper with torched octopus and squid ink risotto.
Signature salted egg yolk grouper with torched octopus and squid ink risotto. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Fans of salted egg yolk are likely to fawn over Chef Weng's signature salted egg grouper with torched octopus and squid ink risotto.

Dessert at Indigo restaurant at the Blue Mansion.
Beef short rib with lobster at Indigo restaurant. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

The Jasmine tea, pandan and jackfruit dessert—the crème de la crème of Indigo's sweet treats—mimics a crumble, but swaps out apple compote for local nanga.

See also: Yap Kean Chuan's Top Tips To Becoming An Award-Winning Pastry Chef

Executive Chef Beh Weng Chia leading a toast at Indigo restaurant.
Executive Chef Beh Weng Chia leading a toast at Indigo restaurant. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Eat, drink and party late into the night with your possé. After all, the Mansion is yours for the day! How often does one get to live like a 'Crazy Rich Asian'?

See also: The Real-Life Story Of Kevin Kwan That Inspired "Crazy Rich Asians" 

The Old Kitchen and 50s rooms have jacuzzis to unwind in.
The Old Kitchen and 50s rooms have jacuzzis to unwind in. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Before winding down for the night, turn up the heat with your significant other. Arrange for wine to be sent to your suite or flower petals to be scattered on the sheets. 'One Night At The Mansion' can be tailored to suit your demands.

See also: Planning A Couple's Retreat? These 9 Romantic Getaways Will Do The Trick

Ornate balustrades at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
Ornate balustrades at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Come daybreak, take your breakfast in bed (with more French bubbly, if you believe in the 'hair of the dog' rule) or adjourn to the Couryard for an al fresco brunch of nasi lemak and Nutella crepes.

Fun fact: Architect Laurence Loh fused Western and Eastern design and ideas in the mansion, such as art nouveau windows, Chinese porcelain carvings, British geometric tiles, and Feng Shui principles.

19th-century relics from the glory days of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion.
19th century relics from the glory days of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

History buffs should take note: you can hire a guide to unravel the stories behind The Blue Mansion. The UNESCO award-winning heritage site also houses a modest museum containing 19th century relics.

The open-air courtyard in the Cheong Fatt Tze.
The open-air courtyard at the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion. Photo: Courtesy of Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

Would you fork out RM50,000 for the 'One Night at the Mansion' experience? We think it'd be worth celebrating a stag night, a hen do, a milestone birthday, a major wedding anniversary, or a landslide business deal. 

Email onenight@cheongfatttzemansion.com for inquiries and reservations.

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