The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat
- Room Type : Garden Villa
- Stay Nights : 1 night
- Stay Num : 2 people
I chose "The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat" because of the hot springs and the fact that there is a cave restaurant. When I want to enjoy a hot spring in Asia, I'd like to stay at a hot spring hotel, but the choices are limited.This hotel villa where we stayed at has a private hot spring outdoor bath and pool, and you can play and relax while looking at the Ipoh's beautiful mountains. The hotel also has a cave restaurant serving as a chef at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, where you can enjoy a meal in the lit up cave.
What is the exterior of the hotel? Check entrance and reception
Scenery around entrance
A typical Asian resort like atmosphere.
Water is stretched around the aisle and it is very relaxing.
You ring this gong to go to the lobby.
The interior is unified in Old Wood and is full of Asian resort feeling.
There were a lot of sofas, chairs and tables around the front desk.
Before the front desk
The Malaysian staffs are friendly and relaxing (Some people might not like the too relaxed feeling.)
There are no windows and doors, it is a building that used luxury space, so there is a very open feeling.
The plants are neat.
This is also filled with water.
You can see the scenery with water from every part of the aisle, and the mind calms down.
Leave the building with the front desk and head towards the villa.
The road to the villa is also pleasant with lots of greenery.
There was a waterfall along the way.
Road around the villa
Room of garden villa?
When entering the entrance of the villa, there is a private pool on the left side and an open living room on the right side.
There was a deck chair and a sun umbrella on the poolside. You can see the mountains with forest and Ipoh's atmosphere, and the view is the best. Butterflies come into the villa, and trees have flowers on them. You can enjoy the atmosphere of the Asian resort.
The open-air living room is surrounded by greenery, and you get to feel the nature.
Sofa area. Because it is open, there is a feeling that you can only feel at this unique villa.
There was a table and a chair.
View of the sofa side from the dining table side.
Go straight ahead at the entrance of the villa and there is a door to the bedroom.
Bedroom entrance door
The bedroom had air conditioning.
Because the ceiling is high, the rooms felt wide. There was also a ceiling fan in the bedroom.
There is enough room for 3 people to sleep in the super king size bed, and you can sleep comfortably. The mattress was also of fine quality, so I could sleep well.
There was also a TV set opposite the bed.
There was also a dresser.
There were also small windows on both sides of the bed.
Next to the TV there was a door to the bathroom.
The foot side of the bed is a one-sided door.
The entrance door seen from the back of the bedroom
It looks at the door to a hot spring open-air bath from one with shower room. When entering the bathroom there is a shelf with a washbasin and amenities on the front, a shower room and a toilet on the right side and a door to a hot spring open-air bath on the left (photo door).
Shower room and toilet on the right side entering the bathroom. The left door is a shower room and the right side is a toilet.
The shower room had an overhead shower and a hand shower.
The water pressure is strong enough.
In the shower room, there is shampoo, conditioner, body soap prepared. When I use shampoo in foreign hotels, my hair usually gets frizzy, but that did not happen this time.
There was even soap and sludge. Personally, the point was high, plain sand was put together with amenity such as shampoo.
Enter the bathroom and open the door on the left side, there is a hot spring out side. There is a switch that becomes a jacuzzi in the hot spring, so you can enjoy bubbles. From the hot spring, you can see the mountain with Ipoh's atmosphere and you can relax. After swimming in the private pool, it is very comfortable to soak in the hot water. Your skin will become slippery.
The bathroom door seen from the hot spring side
Amenity has the same quality of amenities as regular five star hotels such as toothbrush, shaving, swab and cotton set, sewing set, comb, shower cap, sanitary bag, nail file, insect repellent spray and mouse refresher. I was able to use the Amenities without any dissatisfactions.
There was also a hair dryer.
Closet and Safety Deposit Box
As soon as I entered the bathroom, there were two closets on each side.
There was a safety box in this closet too. In addition, there was a laundry bag and a scale, too. Another closet also had a bathrobe.
There was a safety box in one of the two closets.
It was a common type where you set a personal identification number.
Mini bar / cafe
There was a cafe corner in the bedroom. There was a capsule type coffee machine, 2 coffee cups, 2 bottles of water, tea bags and etc at the cafe corner.
In the storage shelf in the living room, there was a tea set and an electric kettle.
There was a refrigerator, too.
Minibar includes mineral water of service from hotel and various soft drinks. This hotel is expensive for both guest rooms and restaurants, and this is the only cheap thing that you can enjoy. Because there are many Malaysians who do not drink for religious reasons, alcohol is not included in the minibar. It is recommended to buy alcohol at the airport and etc.
Restaurants and shops in the hotel
There was a cave restaurant called "Jeff's Cellar" in the hotel, and we had a meal there.
Inside the restaurant
"Jeff's Cellar" has a table in a lit up cave, and it has a nice ambiance.
It is a wonderful space where you can experience something extraordinary.
The restaurant only serves course meals.
One item in the course
"Jeff's Cellar" also has a bar.
We also ate at "The Pomelo".
A sign in front of the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
"The Pomelo" is a casual restaurant where you can drop in and stop by and order at any time of the day.
There is a tiger at the restaurant that was also on the sofa in the villa.
Breakfast is served at "The Pomelo", and you can order anything you like from the menu.
One item from the menu
Bread, cereal, yoghurt, drinks etc are buffet style.
Here, were making fresh juice.
Hot drinks such as coffee
Facilities in the hotel
There was an outdoor pool in the facility. The pool is in the center of the villa-lined hotel.
The swimming pool is a hot spring.
There was a deck chair and changing rooms were also in place. However, there are few guest rooms in this hotel even if it is fully booked. Because there are private hot springs and villas with pool, there were not many people swimming in this pool.
If timing matches, it will be pleasant as we can swim in the large pool all alone.
There was also an outdoor bath. You can take a bath slowly while looking at the cice nature.
There were four hot springs with a sense of privacy lined up.
There is also a natural cave in the facility. Here is the entrance to the cave for meditating.
Inside the cave of meditation
This is a crystal cave.
Inside the crystal cave
There are many doctor fishes in the outdoor pond, and they eat bad substances off your foot.
You can also see the waterfall!
There was a spa in the facility.
Spa waiting area
There was a fitness center, too.
There are few people using it, facilities are luxurious and up to date.
The facility is surrounded by greenery, and it seems to be comfortable to exercise.
There were facilities to do yoga as well.
There was also a library.
Inside the library
There was also a TV in the library.
Hotel surroundings environment
It takes more than 30 minutes by car to the city center and each sightseeing spot. There are cave temples, limestone caves, colonial period buildings, and Ipoh which is famous for gastronomic town. However, most guests do not leave the hotel and do not seem to be sightseeing, because they can spend a quality time in the hotel. It is recommended that you check in after procuring in the city, and buying what you need during your stay, such as liquor, tobacco and snacks.
The streets of Ipoh
Staff & Customers
The hotel has a very relaxing atmosphere and service. Even if you ask everything you ask, it may take a long time. It is important that you follow the township. Compared to other hotels in Malaysia, I think that the staff work hard and are educated.
I had the impression that customers were mainly Westerners, and rich Asians. No one acted rude like talked loud during dinner, and also there was no one who talked to use friendlily either.
It is around 20 minutes by car from the airport and I think the access is good. As the hotel is in the forest, there are few shops around. To do shopping, you have to go to a supermarket located about 5 minutes by car. People around the hotel are sparse so it may be dangerous to go out of the hotel at night. Ipoh is the third largest city in Malaysia, but in comparison with Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, I feel that security is good in the countryside.
I had a nice stay at this hotel. Overall, I am satisfied with this resort which had a 5 star quality. Compared to Bali and Phuket’s finest villa hotel, the quality is not as good as it is indeed. However, the price is cheap compared to those hotels, hot springs have a lot of hot water and high quality, I think that they are able to compete sufficiently. Compared to other hotels in Malaysia, I think it is one of the finest hotels. Malaysia has various religious circumstances, there are various restrictions such as not being able to cook pork at the hotel, but we were very impressed with the ingenuity of restaurant meal. Since the guests who were staying were good, I did not feel stressed and I was able to relax. People usually imagine staying at a resort by the beach, but I enjoyed staying in the mountains and the forests.