On the original site of our Editor-in- Chief’s family shop-house now stands the beautifully restored Muntri Grove Hotel, part of a sublime collection of heritage, boutique and ultimately, gay-welcoming hotels – a rarity in more conservative Malaysia. Featuring just 16 suites in the UNESCO zone, a short walk away from the delights of Muntri Street and Love Lane, the big selling-point of this property is its location, right in the core of the old-town. This is one of those time-traveller properties, harking back to the sophistication of Penang’s past, yet providing everything that a modern traveller would ever need or want. Four posters and luxurious ‘opium’ day-beds grace each suite, with floor to ceiling sliding doors on one side of the room and small, shuttered original windows on the other. Outside, we spent time lounging in the hotel’s plunge-pool, a much needed respite from the searing island heat.

www.muntrigrove.com