9. Lone Pine Hotel, Batu Ferringhi, PenangPhoto: lonepinehotel.com
The Lone Pine Resort has a vintage feel to it, though it was recently renovated. Originally built in 1948, the resort was the first hotel in Penang. Nearly all the spacious rooms are equipped with balconies overlooking the sea. If you prefer fresh water to salt, you’ll enjoy the designer pool available to guests. You can relax out of the sun poolside in one of the many Arabian tents.