My husband and I chose to hold our intimate wedding ceremony and dinner reception for 50 guests at the breath-taking Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran last week. We both hail from the quiet city of Ipoh and our parents actually live just 10 minutes away from The Banjaran! However we took the opportunity to book a garden villa for the night of the wedding. Even before the event (since last year), we were met with exceptional service from staff members while going back and forth to plan the wedding, in particular Adeline who is the Sales Executive for the retreat. She was ever accommodating and worked closely with our wedding planners (as we both live overseas) to ensure the wedding of our dreams.
The garden villa was extremely comfortable and clean, with our own private plunge pool and hot dipping pool. All staff members were readily at our beck and call, we even had a personal welcome from the General Manager upon arrival. The complimentary buffet breakfast the morning before check out was really relaxing and had a relatively good variety of hot food, cereals, breads, fruits and drinks. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to enjoy all of the retreat's facilities as we were tied up with other wedding events, but I personally had the chance of experiencing a short spa session last year which was incredibly wonderful.
I don't know where to start about the wedding - in a nutshell it was absolutely perfect, and all our guests were awed by the fact that it was held in a natural limestone cave which was done up very nicely! We were initially quite sceptical about the food as we weren't able to do a tasting and they had hired a new chef recently, but I can tell you that everyone including ourselves raved about the buffet and the desserts in particular! Food was of top quality and we honestly cannot find fault with any of the dishes. Hats off to the chef! A huge thanks also to the waiting staff at the reception - they were all very attentive and made sure our guests had their drinks constantly topped up!
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat - Malaysian hospitality at its best. Thank you for sprucing up our quiet little city of Ipoh! Many people have commented that it's very pricey to stay here but if you look at the number of staff members, the attention they pay to each guest and the effort they put in to maintain the entire place, I'd say it's all worth the price.
- 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 22.7 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 45 luxury villas offering holistic wellness and spa experiences inspired by authentic Malaysian practices. ... more less
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- The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Hotel Ipoh