The Majestic Malacca is a historic boutique hotel in Malacca, Malaysia. Growing up, I’ve spent many weeks in Malacca due to having family members there. Now being older when I visit, I can choose where I want to go and what I want to do… one thing being afternoon tea.
From my research, The Majestic Malacca is one of the only hotels in the city that serves afternoon tea so naturally I had to visit. While I have my suspicions about stomach issues being a result of this afternoon tea (please see my final thoughts section), I really enjoyed learning about the Nyonya culture and the atmosphere at The Majestic Malacca.
Malacca is a city in Malaysia with a rich history dating back to the 1500s as a major trading center. It’s about two hours away by car from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur.
The Majestic Malacca Hotel is located right by the Malacca River. It is (speaking as a New Yorker) within walking distance to Malacca’s must see attractions like Jonker Street (for street food) and The Stadthuys (for Dutch architecture), but because of the intense heat and humidity in the city, I’d recommend taking a car to get from place to place if you’re staying at this hotel.
I arrived at the hotel and instantly fell in love with the colonial architecture and furnishing. The hotel was once a private home built in the 1920s, and it feels like the hotel has stayed true to their roots. For afternoon tea, I was shown into the Library, where I was greeted with original green and red tiling, leather chairs and green bookshelves.
There are only two tables in the Library but there are also tables in the lobby area to have tea. It was a weekday during my visit, and though other guests were seated and having drinks, my cousin and I were the only ones having afternoon tea.
It was quiet and relaxing, with ample light shining into our corner of the Library and with much needed air conditioning as a relief from the Malacca heat.
I ordered the Cameronian Gold Blend, since I was in Malaysia. This tea comes from the Cameron Highlands, a mountainous region of Malaysia, about a five hour drive from Malacca. The smooth golden blend uses only the tender shoots of the Manipuri and rajghur jats – a true masterpiece cultivated in Cameron Highlands.
Other tea options include mango, earl grey with tangerine, peppermint, cinnamon, vanilla and lime and ginger. If you just want to try any of these teas at the hotel, it is RM 12 per pot (about $3).
There is one afternoon tea package at the Majestic Malacca. The pricing goes by person. RM 70 for one and RM 130 for two. This review shows a one person package.
You’ll see that it’s actually a lot for one person. My cousin and I decided to split a one person portion because we were in Malacca during Chinese New Year – basically a holiday where you are required to eat all day long. So we were saving room for a dinner that our grandmother was making that night.
What I love about this tea is the Nyonya influence. This culture is a mix of traditions from Chinese immigrants from China and the local Malay people of Malaysia. It results in an interesting history, including the food, which can be sampled at The Majestic Malacca’s afternoon tea.
The Savory – (seven varieties)
Four savories included popiah, a type of spring roll with egg and shredded vegetables, chicken satay (meat on skewers), a fried spring roll and samosa.
Savories also included three vegetarian tea sandwiches with tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise.
The Scone – (one scone per person)
There was one scone per person that came with a strawberry jam, cream, chili sauce and my favorite – a coconut jam. A similar jam is one of my favorite things to eat when I visit Malaysia. It’s called kaya and is made from eggs and coconut milk, usually eaten with a piece of warm toast. From what I’ve seen, the jam is typically light brown in color, but this one is yellow and essentially tastes the same.
The Sweet – (seven varieties)
A selection of Nyonya desserts, called kuihs were served. The layered pink one is called kuih lapis. The green coconut covered kuih in a banana leaf is onde onde.
They all have different names, but to me since all are glutinous rice and coconut based, they taste very similar.
Additionally, there were two traditional desserts including a madeleine and chocolate cake.
You won’t find a traditional three tiered afternoon tea tray here. Instead, keeping in tradition with the Nyonya culture, the hotel serves their afternoon tea food in a traditional Nyonya tiffin carrier, which was traditionally used to store food.
The tiffin carrier had three tiers, one for the sweets and two for the savories. Additionally, the plates, tea cup and pots are made exclusively for YTL hotels (the company that owns this hotel, and also the Majestic Hotel in KL) by Luzerne, a ceramics company from Singapore. Jam and creams for the scones were brought in a separate holder.
There was one person who serviced the few guests who were having afternoon tea. Everything arrived at our table in good timing. No complaints.
WiFi was available for guests. As with most hotels, it’s worth asking your server if they can give an access code for the WiFi if you’re not staying there. You’ll get access the majority of the time.
Social Media Aspect
The Majestic Malacca does not have social media accounts dedicated to the hotel. However, you can follow YTL Hotels (who own the hotel) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for occasional posts about their properties around the world.
So here’s the thing about this afternoon tea…
A few hours after we left The Majestic Malacca, my cousin kept saying her stomach wasn’t feeling that good. She was still able to get through the day. However, the next day, she stayed in bed most of the day. Meanwhile, I didn’t think much of it because I was feeling fine until later in the afternoon about 24 hours after having afternoon tea.
My stomach hurt so bad that I missed an entire day on my visit to Malacca due to having to lay in bed. The pain was worse at night. I’m not sure if it was food poisoning necessarily, but all I know is that I couldn’t eat like I normally would’ve for about a week, even missing some good food at more family reunions in Kuala Lumpur.
I won’t say that it was definitely this afternoon tea that caused our stomach problems. But we were in Malacca with 15 other family members. And we were the only ones who had this afternoon tea. And the only ones who experienced stomach pain… so unfortunately, I have my suspicions that there was something in the food at this afternoon tea.
Cost: RM 70 (about USD $18) per person for afternoon tea (in this review), RM 130 (about USD $34) for two
Tea Time: Daily 3 – 6 pm at The Lounge at the Mansion at The Majestic Malacca
The Majestic Malacca
188 Jalan Bunga Raya