Years before the war in Melaka, in Jalan Tokong, six shop-houses stood where different families resided. Sometimes before 1939, these six families left and the different shop-houses were renovated and transformed into a new home for a single family. Fast forward to now, in the 21st century, the prewar structure is given a new life and is called Liu Men Melaka. A 30 rooms charming boutique hotel situated in a heavily adorned street appears to be conjured from Asian romance novel.
Liu Men or ‘six doors’ holds special meaning. Six or (六, LIÙ), is an auspicious number and is believed to be the inspiration behind the name. Liu Men Melaka is a perfect harmony of East and West, a celebration of 1930s colonial art deco influences and added with distinctive Eastern twist of vibrant reds symbolizing joy or luck in playful chaos. It is what is identified within Peranakan culture.
Peranakan culture is breathed in Melaka, one of Malaysia’s oldest cities. A soothing and comfort escape from big cities, it hides underneath a foundation of vibrant and eclectic multiculturalism that dates back hundreds of years. With Melaka’s flourishing economy under the British colonial rule as a port city, the blooming economy paved the way for the rise of communities in the late 1930s.
Communities that are steeped in different cultures such as Kristangs settling in Portuguese settlement where fishing has always been their way of life. The Indian community, descendants of spice and textile traders where we can still explore the fabric stores along Jalan Bendahara and the exotic taste of authentic south Indian cuisine with local Malay spices. The Chinese migrants, who came as traders and craftsman then settling in Jonker, Melaka. The Chinese Peranakan Baba and Nyonya shop fronts assimilating colonial style with Chinese and Malay culture seen in the white colonial pillars and dark wood, perfectly combined with vibrant reds.
Liu Men Melaka is a label of Préférence Hotels by Tauzia. Préférence Hotels offers a unique selection of hotels with distinctive surroundings. Each one represents distinct ambiance along with the charming local history. Liu Men Melaka becomes a shining addition showcasing the unique, authenticity and allure of Melaka to the world.
“We are thrilled to welcome each guest through the eminence six doors with open arms as a family member would be,” said Dadang Setiawan, General Manager Liu Men Melaka, ”There is no stranger in Liu Men Melaka, everyone is part of extended family treated with honor, warmth and thoughtful service.”
“Our hotel is also a gate to the Peranakan culture, to guests who are looking to immerse themselves in a world of colors, art and culture in personable atmosphere,” he concluded.