There are plenty of great hotels in Melaka but none manage to capture the imagination of guests quite like The Rucksack Caratel, winner of Best Hotel Melaka at The Dot Property Malaysia Awards 2017. The Hip and Happening Group, the company behind the property, wanted to bring about a refreshing change to Peranakan-themed accommodations found in Melaka.
In this search they came up with the idea of a caravan hotel, a concept inspired by road trips they had taken around the world. Now almost two years old, The Rucksack Caratel provides travellers with an oasis where they can relax and rejuvenate while spending time in Melaka, a UNESCO Heritage site.
Rooms for resting
After a day of adventure in Melaka, you’ll need some rest. The spacious rooms at The Rucksack Caratel are the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. Each room at the property has air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. There is also an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and free slippers to use.
Each en-suite room at the property has air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Certain rooms offer views of the gardens and pool at the hotel while others feature views of Melaka’s historic streets. While admiring the view, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee thanks to the in-room electric kettle. Most importantly, free Wi-Fi is provided in all the guest rooms and common areas of The Rucksack Caratel.
There are several different room types available at The Rucksack Caratel, including the Deluxe Caravan Rooms, a unique accommodation offering and the Buddy Caravans, which sleeps four and are great for friends to share. There is also the Garden Suite with Jacuzzi, a popular choice amongst couples looking for a romantic ambiance.
The most unique amenity at the property has to be the Caravan Park which boasts a foosball table, rustic swings, a basketball hoop, stationary bikes and cushy seats where you can sit and mingle with other like-minded travellers. It’s a unique space that offers a chilled out vibe not available elsewhere.
Those who want to literally chill out can take a dip in the swimming pool. The pool area features lounge chairs for those wishing to work on their tan and the space overlooks the lush, floral garden of the nearby Melaka Sultanate Palace.
The Rucksack Caratel also has a sound stage with a full console system, four microphones and two standing speakers should you feel inclined to show off your musical prowess.
As a UNESCO Heritage site, there is no shortage of things to see and do in the city. However, the location of The Rucksack Caratel puts many of the city’s iconic destinations within walking distance. Melaka Sultanate Palace and Christ Church are a short stroll from the property while the famed souvenir shops of Dataran Pahlawan and Jonker Street are easily accessible.
Known as Malaysia’s “Historic State”, the colonial town centre is a melting pot of different cultures with Malay, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and British influences all present. And while people come for the culture, they fall in love with the delicious food. Visitors from around the world have become smitten with Melaka’s countless charming restaurants, cafes and food stalls.
Grab your rucksack
Whether you are mingling in the Caravan Park at The Rucksack Caratel or relaxing in your room after a day of fun in Melaka, the hotel is the place to stay in this historic city. Congratulations to The Rucksack Caratel for winning Best Hotel Melaka at The Dot Property Malaysia Awards 2017.