I have just returned re-charged and rejuvenated, in every sense of the word , from an extraordinary out-of-the world geothermal getaway, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat , just a 2-hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur, the booming capital city of Malaysia. My only regret was why I had not discovered it earlier as I understand it's already two years old and I had been scouting around for a clean, well-maintained low density resort that focussed more on the "wellness" concept; but now that I have visited it and stayed there for 2 nights, I can't help wanting to re-visit it quickly - that's how I instantly fell in love with it the moment I strode into the serene resort.
The air of tranquility envelops you the next few steps you take into its beautifully-landscaped gardens amidst a backdrop of limestone caves, a mountain range (hence the name "Banjaran" meaning "range" in the local language) and rolling hills.
What makes this resort so special? It doesn't have a beachfront but besides the private very well-maintained swimming pool that comes with each villa - there are only 25 villas in all : the Garden Villas and the Water Villas - there is an added unusual feature in this resort that really fascinated me and my spouse the most - the natural clean geothermal jacuzzi in the villa - a private one just for the two of us and situated beside the swimming pool so that you could dip into its cool waters , in your birthday suit if you so chose , after a hotspring spa that has massaged you and done the proper blood circulation in your body. Like everyone else we spoke to, we were thrilled with this jacuzzi concept - the jets were powerful enough to satisfy every muscle in our limbs - and were in it before going to bed and in it the first thing in the morning - and finally, we felt we couldn't get out of it and of course didn't have enough of it in our 2 nights' stay; hence, the longing to get back there. The privacy and the cleanliness when it's just for the two of you - that bought us immediately! "Wow! Wow! " is what everyone we met said about it!
Then when we explored the resort further, we entered the steam cave - also a natural one with the gradual heat coming from the hotsprings in it. Another worthwhile feature that we liked for healing and wellness. It was a natural spa and we guessed it opened all our pores and cleansed the toxins away . The heat was natural!This we enjoyed very much.
As we were looking for a short vacation that would de-stress us quickly, we felt this sprawling resort did more than that. It gave us inner peace as we marvelled at one of God's best natural creations for therapy of the body, mind and spirit. And, on our own shores as we didn't have to travel further and have the hassle of taking flights.
Then, we went jungle-walking. Another neighbour friend of ours who also happened to be at this resort at the same time as us - and it surprised us it was her second visit in so short a time , Mrs Leong and her hubby did the jungle-trek a few times, to and fro, as they loved the gradient - the slope was gentle and the air was invigorating , far from the noise and pollution of the traffic in the city.
Finally, there were no bulky keys to carry around with us as the resort has a unique way of making your stay convenient. All of us wore a band each on one of our wrists and with a touch of it to the door latch or knob, it was "Open Sesame" .
Everything in the villa was state-of-the-art quality. The furniture, the soft huge king-sized bed , the many soft pillows , the easily dimmed lights , .... I could go on and on ; but suffice to say I have found a quick getaway to be rejuvenated quickly. Initially the up-market price did bother me but once I got there and saw that the number of workers/ employees/ helpers and butlers far exceeded the number of villas and those in other resorts, I began to understand the need to pay a high price for the impeccable service and maintenance.
The private butler and the exceptional service speaks for itself. We felt pampered all the way from the jockey parking that my hubby was not used to at resorts and the personal butler taking us around our huge exceptionally spacious villa - Villa 9 - and the buggies transporting those who didn't want the strolls, we were treated like The Maharajah and The Maharani of India.
We owe a very special thanks to all those who made our stay out of the ordinary at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. Special mention must be made of course to the Chief Operations personnel Olivier Robinet who made it a point to greet us and show us around and asked if there was anything more that we wanted , the energetic and efficient Carl Selvarajah who took a lot of his invaluable time off from his busy schedule there to guide us around this resort, Ishak our trekking guide who insisted on leading us there, Bruno the new French chef (I hear he is creating a new menu to suit everybody's tongue and taste buds - I'm coming soon to evaluate your cuisine ) ,Chef Shan, Jay, Kamal, Murali, Connie, Balan, Faridah, Thurai, Nadirah and all in The Banjaran Team that served us and pampered us all the way.
We enjoyed your excellent service, your amazing cleanliness and maintenance, your service with a smile, and the many comforts and amenities in the hotsprings retreat that have made this 3D2N stay at your haven of tranquility out of the world. We are coming back - and soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is an integrated luxury wellness and spa retreat in Ipoh. The 5-star retreat is situated on a 16.19 Acre valley nestled within a cluster of towering limestone hills and features a combination of natural caves, pristine jungle, waterfalls and geothermal hot springs. It is a self-contained sanctuary consisting of 25 luxury villas offering holistic wellness and spa experiences inspired by authentic Malaysian practices. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Hotel Ipoh