W Hotel is making inroads in the People's Republic, opening in Guangzhou in February.
Penang's George Town is one of the most atmospheric and likeable cities in all of south-east Asia.
Ben Groundwater is on the hunt for crazy stars, but finds a perfectly good holiday instead.
The pace may be sedate, but a trishaw is the only way to roll for Ben Groundwater.
John Brunton swaps the futuristic glitz of Kuala Lumpur for colonial-era romance as he heads north to Penang, the jewel in the country's heritage crown.
Thanks to some savvy innkeepers, Carol West finds a revitalised slice of Penang's history in the shop-houses of George Town.
The islands on Malaysia's east and west coasts are still low-key jewels, writes Michelle Jana Chan.
Historic buildings refashioned as guest houses reflect a region's myriad influences, writes Penny Watson.