Rimba Hang Kasturi Airbnb is a guesthouse located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jonker Street, Melaka. The strategic location of this guesthouse itself has put the place to an awesome start!
However, our host, Ms.Rachel, shared with us a story of how Rimba Hang Kasturi came to be, and the story has only made the place much more special.
Living Room attached with Courtyard
Here’s a sneak-peek for you – if you love greenery, cooling pools and the old-school heritage homes, you’re going to love this place.
Like most other Airbnbs that we have interviewed in the past months, Rimba Hang Kasturi Airbnb puts a delicate balance between a simple, minimalist design and nature, with a special focus on plants and water features.
Learn more about what this lovely guesthouse has to offer!
1) Please tell us about yourself and the story that contributed to you becoming an Airbnb host.
2) Can you please tell us the origin of the name of “Rimba Hang Kasturi”?
Hang Kasturi meanwhile was inspired by the name of the road where the residence located at.
I believed that including the street name in the name of my guesthouse and was wondering if this could be easier for guests to search this up-comping guesthouse in the future, that is why I named it Rmba Hang Kasturi, Melaka Heritage Residence.
3) Can you share the history of this heritage Rimba Hang Kasturi Airbnb with us?
4) What inspired you to have this open concept interior design for Rimba Hang Kasturi Airbnb?
All heritage shophouses are built up with an open courtyard space. When I initially planned to turn this into a Rimba Hang Kasturi Airbnb Guesthouse, I try to maximise potential with the available space, especially the open courtyard elevated.
The design that I ended up with gives the guests the experience of spaciousness. When they stand in the courtyard, they can see towards the end of the house. That, I think, is part of the beauty of a heritage residence’s open concept design.
5) What is the biggest challenge to refurbish an old shophouse to a large green courtyard with a private pool?
The challenge was mainly with building the private pool. We were unable to dig deep into the ground. The old shop lot was built atop of black mud ground, which is not suitable for the installation of a deep or large swimming pool.
6) Can you please tell us why you have this great idea to build a dipping pool in the middle of house?
7) There is a lot of plants inside, could you give us some tips on how to take care of it?
8) Do you have any special reason why you want to keep the old water well in the open courtyard?
9) Have you ever met any special guest that make a great story to Rimba Hang Kasturi?
10) Can you tell us more about the neighbourhood surrounding your place? Any hidden gem to share?
There’s also an old uncle operating a metal sheet shop right opposite the guesthouse. It might not seem like much at first glance, but every product here is handmade and personally customized. You can’t find much of these around anymore these days.
11) What’s your recommended food in your area?
If you’re visiting Melaka, you have to try the Baba Nyonya food. There’s the Peranakan Place at Jalan Hang Jebat and Wild Coriander at Jalan Kampung Pantai, which I personally recommend for an authentic peranakan experience.
12) Any plan that coming soon in the near future?
13) Anything else you'd like to share with our friends that I didn't ask?
These bedrooms aside, I personally recommend the Master Bedroom Suite with Loft experience which can accommodate up to 8 people. The space was optimized for the heritage house height, and there are two bathrooms in this master bedroom suite too!