We stayed only two nights on our honeymoon (at this price it was hard to justify longer) but it is absolutely divine and relaxing - WELL worth it.
Amazing resort with breathtaking peaceful surrounds. The Garden Villa was outstanding - every facility you could need. Private pool awesome! Geothermal personal spa was particularly wonderful - but you'll love the dipping pots in the main area too. Love the reflexology walking pool!! There were so many separate areas to enjoy.
Spa was excellent - great treatment - we got the accomm package including massages
Food was really very good, we had a meal out in one of the over-water huts/gazebos which was beautiful, private and memorable with the lights shining and steam rising across the hot spring. Just get in quick at breakfast if there is a buffet that day and there are large groups/ families staying - or you might miss out on the croissants ;)
Jeff's cellar amazing to say the least - can't get anything like this in Australia.
We did the jungle walk ourselves (no guide needed really) which was great and scenic.
There seemed to be some limitations on ordering alcohol - as we were on honeymoon we were keen for cocktails and wine but you just need to request the wine list at dinnertime. It is promoted as a 'retreat' so that's probably why - we manage our own health/fitness so we don't worry too much when on holiday!! The yoga would have been nice to do but we didn't fit it in.
We were lucky to stay during the week so it was nice and quiet -but i imagine it gets busy on weekends with weekenders from KL, singapore etc.
Went into Ipoh city one afternoon for lunch (Foh San - excellent yum cha) and a look at the colonial architecture - was good to see.
Would HIGHLY recommend for couples wanting a peaceful time away from the bustle.
PS. Banjaran can help you book a car from or to KL and bill to your room - this was very helpful for us as we wanted to think as little as possible! Still not sure what happened to my sun-hat; it went missing in between the car dropping us & luggage off and the porter taking my bags to the room at check-in .. but it was a cheap purchase in langkawi so doesn't matter :)
- 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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