Why go? Strawberries, tea and quaint English-style cottages with beautiful rose gardens are a few of the reasons to escape to the hills of Malaysia's Cameron Highlands. At 1,500 metres above sea level, the cool climate is also a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of the coastal plains. Traditional or contemporary? The resort is a bit of both. Nineteenth-century British civil servants would be amazed to discover the luxuries available at this new resort. It has 56 rooms featuring white walls contrasted with dark wood, four-poster beds, widescreen televisions, balconies and generous seating areas. What about dining? The resort has three dining areas. The Dining Room offers a relaxed ambience with views of the 18-hole Cameron Highlands golf course. It serves western fare along with local specialities, all prepared with ingredients from nearby farms. On the menu at the Jim Thompson Tea Room are sandwiches, pastries, home-baked scones served with Cameron strawberries and a selection of local teas. The resort also has the Cameron Highlands' only Japanese restaurant, Gonbei, which boasts a sake bar that carries a good range of traditional rice wines and whiskies. What about the spa facilities? Within this plush haven are the six treatment rooms, the four tea-bath rooms and the two outdoor cabanas of the Spa Village, which offers a range of treatments inspired by strawberries, tea, mint and the lore of the jungle. Tell us about the treatments: every treatment at Spa Village begins with a soothing tea bath that is said to harness the healing properties of the plant. It is based on an ancient bath ritual designed to relieve stress and refresh the skin. The area's British heritage can be remembered through the spa's rose-garden therapy, which uses the healing effects of rose essential oil. What else is there to do? Play a round at the adjacent 18-hole public golf course or simply drive around the area, visiting the main towns of Ringlet, Tanah Rata and Brinchang and stopping at waterfalls, butterfly gardens and strawberry farms. What's the bottom line? Prices start from US$200 per night for a deluxe room at the resort. A two-hour session at the spa costs from 400 ringgit (HK$930). The Cameron Highlands Resort is in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, tel: 800 9899 9999; www.cameronhighlandsresort.com .