The Neem is a quaint collection of four rustic chalets that were once the workers’ living quarters of a Dutch Colonial coconut plantation belonging to one of the last Dutch Governors of Malacca. The chalets are collectively known as the Neem due to the magical and therapeutic Neem trees found on the common grounds of this homestead together with the humongous Ketapang trees, coconut trees, mango trees, frangipanis, ixoras and the odd kelor tree.
The chalets were built around what used to be the supervisor’s quarters which was unfortunately badly damaged during the Japanese occupation. The supervisor’s quarters which still occupies the same site was rebuilt sometime after the second world war. Today it houses the reception lobby for the Neem, a boutique gift shop, a central kitchen and staff quarters.
Miraculously through the vestiges of time all the chalets, that were once the original staff quarters, have survived. Through a very painstaking process and without sacrificing the old world charm of a bygone era, the chalets were delicately restored and refurbished to offer guests some form of modern amenities such as air-conditioning and hot water showers. In doing so a lot of care was taken to use recycled timber for the roof trusses and even the Marseille roof tiles originally from France were salvaged from a Catholic church. A pool and giant trampoline were also added for recreational purposes.
What is however appealing about the whole concept of the Neem is the cross breeze blowing from the coastal areas or the interiors of Melaka and the rustling of leaves from the many trees around which by itself envelops one with an immense sense of peace, serenity and tranquility.
The cool shade from the numerous trees at the Neem offer many a weary traveller a place to seek shelter and solace from the sultry afternoon sun of historical Melaka.
The Cocos, Ketapang, Kemboja and Ixora all distinctly unique have been named according to the trees already found on the grounds of the Neem. Interestingly enough, all four chalets have their own unique characteristics and personalities in terms of size, layout, furniture and niche areas for personal rest and recreation.
For further information, contact Jun Kiat (012-2132836) for reservation.