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21 November 2013

10 Attractions In The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh [Review] #TheBanjaran


Hot mist appearing on the hotsprings after rain The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Hot mist appearing on the hotsprings after rain

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh  - A place for you to enjoy your honeymoon

Finally I am going to share with you guys our 'honeymoon' experience at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, which we visited for a 3 days 2 nights trip. Seriously, you gotta spend at least 2 nights here at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat as this place is so huge to explore the whole place (They have this Jeff cellar, Meditation Cave, Steam Cave, Dr Fish Pool, Spa and many more). Since kids below 12 are not allowed to stay in this retreat, The Banjaran is definitely a good place for couple to enjoy their honeymoon quietly except accompanied by the nature sounds of birds and insects. I really love that feeling of spending time together with love one at a quiet place with good environment, including good spa & massage, food and accommodation. 

[If you have kids with you, best thing is to have your kids staying somewhere nearby as you are still allowed to bring your kids in for exploration as long as they don't stay overnight there.]

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh [Valentine's Day] 



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The signboard that lead you to the beautiful sanctuary The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
The signboard that lead you to the beautiful sanctuary The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

We were staying at the Water Villa @ The Banjaran, love the way they welcomed us with a special note mentioning our name and served us Ipoh famous fruit Pomelo. All we did during these two days were to enjoy the massage and spa included in our travel package and have delicious healthy food from the food corner as well. With such awesome experience we've got at The Banjaran, gotta say that the room rate is not cheap at all unless you are an employee working in Sunway Group that can get the room at better rate.

Do put in mind that The Banjaran Retreat is a place that is so different from the usual place that you visit, so it is really incomparable to a trip to Thailand for a beach getaway as this place is based on a hotspring and relaxing facilities that give you total different experience.

All right, let's scroll down to check out more details on what we've experienced:

Warm welcome note with our names mentioned on it. First time being served Pomelo fruit as welcome gift haha
Warm welcome note with our names mentioned on it. First time being served Pomelo fruit as welcome gift haha
We drove all the way from KL to Ipoh for this extraordinary trip. If you are driving to The Banjaran you'll need to pre-register your car plate number as there will be a guard house for security purpose =) (same goes to your visitor, make sure you give the reception their car plate number too). Arrived at the reception, given lemon-grass flavored welcome drink before we were transferred to our Water Villa on a 'golf-cart'. You will be given a bracelet-kind-room-key that you can wear all the time, it is waterproof too and it save the hassle of thinking where to keep your room key.

All right , let's check out our room Water Villa @ The Banjaran:



The master bedroom in Water Villa @ The Banjaran
The master bedroom in Water Villa @ The Banjaran

Features and Amenities of Water Villa @ The Banjaran:

  • A master suite comprising a luxurious 7-foot king-sized bed with 10cm thick “feather-bed” topped mattress, feathered-down duvet, cotton-rich linens and hypoallergenic pillows
  • An ensuite seating area
  • A patio with private pool, living and dining area
  • Private outdoor rain shower and a sunken Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot springs water
  • Aromatherapy body care amenities


Living and Dining area of Water Villa @ The Banjaran. If you open the doors it reveals the view of villas on water
Living and Dining area of Water Villa @ The Banjaran. If you open the doors it reveals the view of villas on water

A view of the make-up room and wardrobe which located between your bedroom and toilet @ Water Villa, The Banjaran. Spacious!!
A view of the make-up room and wardrobe which located between your bedroom and toilet @ Water Villa, The Banjaran. Spacious!!

Private outdoor rain shower and a sunken Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot springs water @ The Banjaran Water Villa
Private outdoor rain shower and a sunken Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot springs water @ The Banjaran Water Villa
Another view of the private pool and Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot spring waters @ The Banjaran Water Villa
Another view of the private pool and Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot spring waters @ The Banjaran Water Villa
I was really amazed with the spacious interior of our Water Villa @ The Banjaran. You can have your private pool and Jacuzzi moment within your own villa. How great is that? =D I love that our Jacuzzi can be filled with the natural geothermal hotspring water too. Since some of the decoration were made of wood, you might spot fungus/mushroom growing on it. I hope that The Banjaran will do maintenance from time to time to keep this place looks beautiful.

I am glad that there was a cleaner who clean up the pool and Jacuzzi for us during our stay. At least the pool doesn't contain tree leaves/insect when we want to use it. After all, this place is located so near to the nature, tree leaves are inevitable.

Since both the Jacuzzi and pool are outdoor, I was worry at first by looking up to see if there's anyone would see us from top. Perhaps just monkeys on the mountain haha. It was really relaxing when you dip yourself inside the warm Jacuzzi while listen to the sound of nature. Insects and sometimes bird twitting. 

Spa and Wellness Centre @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
Spa and Wellness Centre @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Dry sauna room @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
Dry sauna room @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

A very cool water-spa with aromatic oil in the water-massage bath-tub
A very cool water-spa with aromatic oil in the water-massage bath-tub

SPA AND WELLNESS CENTRE @ THE BANJARAN
Since we were there to relax, we visited the Spa and Wellness Centre to pamper ourselves. There were two different session. First, we went for the "Dry Sauna Room". I can't remember the actual name but you will be lying inside that room for 20 minutes and let your body sweat. If I remember it right, the room contain healthy negative ions that help recover your body tiredness. Well, I feel a lot better after came out from that warm room.

We then take turns to enjoy this cool looking water spa with aromatic oil therapy. You'll lie inside that bathtub and there will be pressured water massage running throughout the treatment. Just imagine water massaging your whole body including your butt with colourful lights changing from time to time lol.



The freshest buns and butter I ever had @ The Pomelo, Banjaran
The freshest buns and butter I ever had @ The Pomelo, Banjaran
THE POMELO @ THE BANJARAN
After enjoying the spa treatment, we were hungry and went to the restaurant called The Pomelo to have our dinner. We ordered 3 course meals and have different food for each other. Glad that they serve us fresh baked bun with the tastiest butter I ever had. To make it simple, the food served at The Pomelo is really good =) I will share more on what we ate the next day.

Imagine you always end your meal with a nice mango sorbet desserts @ The Banjaran
Imagine you always end your meal with a nice mango sorbet desserts @ The Banjaran

Raining at night @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh.
Raining at night @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh.

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Spa and Wellness Centre @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Spa and Wellness Centre @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
The next day morning, we visit the Spa and Wellness Centre @ The Banjaran again for another pampering session before breakfast. This time we took the 1 hour ++ massage treatment and really enjoy that moment. There are quite a lot different massage offered by The Banjaran, so do check it out and make appointment accordingly.

A selfie of us in the massage room @ Spa and Wellness Centre, The Banjaran
A selfie of us in the massage room @ Spa and Wellness Centre, The Banjaran
A picture with the helpful receptionist at the Spa and Wellness Centre, The Banjaran
A picture with the helpful receptionist at the Spa and Wellness Centre, The Banjaran
Breakfast @ The Pomelo, The Banjaran
Breakfast @ The Pomelo, The Banjaran
BREAKFAST @ THE POMELO
The breakfast offered at The Pomelo is above average. More food varieties available and their pastry is as good as the one being served during our dinner. Other food such as sausages, mee goreng, baked beans and dim sum available during breakfast too. Oh of course you may order fresh fried eggs too. *happy sunshine*


Lotus flower blooming in the pond of The Banjaran
Lotus flower blooming in the pond of The Banjaran

We went back to our room for 'morning-call' and saw cleaner cleaning our Jacuzzi and pool =)
We went back to our room for 'morning-call' and saw cleaner cleaning our Jacuzzi and pool =)


The Swimming Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
The Swimming Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
The Swimming Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
The Swimming Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh


SWIMMING POOL AND THERMAL STEAME CAVE @ THE BANJARAN
After breakfast, we then start to explore different places in The Banjaran. Above picture is the swimming pool that you can jump in. Towels are all ready on the bench. We then visit the Thermal Steam Cave that is so spacious and humid inside. I was risking my camera's life being affected by moisture that promote fungus growth just to show you how the interior of the Steam Cave looks like. [Do I deserve a FB Like? LOL]

Thermal Steam Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Thermal Steam Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

Thermal Steam Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Thermal Steam Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
As you can see, there are benches inside the Thermal Steamed Cave @ The Banjaran, different area will have different heat/humidity. I saw some tourist was having their sauna in this well lighted cave. Definitely more healthy way to enjoy your sauna if you've ask me.

Spotted something so weird but beautiful nearby the hotsprings @ The Banjaran
Spotted something so weird but beautiful nearby the hotsprings @ The Banjaran

Raja Brooke Butterfly spotted at the Hotsprings in The Banjaran
Raja Brooke Butterfly spotted at the Hotsprings in The Banjaran
SPOTTED BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES THAT CAN PEE @ THE BANJARAN
The most amazing thing that I've seen in The Banjaran is none other than these beautiful Raja Brooke Butterflies. I was shocked when I saw these butterflies pee out water from their butts. Apparently they were trying to acquire mineral salts by drinking the spring waters that coming out from the pipe and excrete excess water through their butt. Isn't that beautiful and interesting? I won't see this if I wasn't here at The Banjaran.

Garra Rufa Dr Fish Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Garra Rufa Dr Fish Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
GARRA RUFA DR FISH POOL @ THE BANJARAN
If you dislike sauna or trapped in a steamed room, you may try this Garra Rufa Dr Fish Pool as the tiny little fishes will come and help smoothen your skin (especially your feet if you liek to wear high heels) It was quite fun to let the fish come and eat the dead cells on your feet. Feeling really ticklish if a big swarm of the Garra Rufa came and 'tickle' your legs.

My girlfriend trying to resist that tickling feeling in the Dr Fish Pool hahaha Garra Rufa Dr Fish Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
My girlfriend trying to resist that tickling feeling in the Dr Fish Pool hahaha
Garra Rufa Dr Fish Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

My girlfriend was terrified when she saw this huge millipede crawling beside her shoes haha! This prove that The Banjaran is really close to the nature.
My girlfriend was terrified when she saw this huge millipede crawling beside her shoes haha!
This prove that The Banjaran is really close to the nature. 

Reflexology Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Reflexology Pool @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
THERAPEAUTIC REFLEXOLOGY POOL @ THE BANJARAN
There is a Therapeutic Reflexology Pool right beside the Garra Rufa Dr Fish Pool. You can have comfortable foot massage in the warm reflexology pool. Just remember to take off your shoes to have the real massage =) You will be covered by plants/trees under hot sun.


Crystal Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Crystal Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
CRYSTAL CAVE @ THE BANJARAN
If you enjoy a cooling place with natural crystals installed within the cave, make sure you visit the Crystal Cave in The Banjaran. It is air-conditioned and you can meditate or just enjoy the shimmering lights inside the crystal cave. Or.. you can do photoshoot like us haha

Crystal Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Crystal Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Ice Bath  @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Ice Bath  @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
We saw this little pool and according to the location map I guess it is the Ice Bath. The water was really cold and it was raining outside.


Walking up towards The Balcony @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Walking up towards The Balcony @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

Have a beautiful view of the surrounding from The Balcony @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Have a beautiful view of the surrounding from The Balcony @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
THE BALCONY @ THE BANJARAN
Despite the rain, we walked all the way up to The Balcony as that's part of our mission to explore the whole place in The Banjaran. Basically you can see the swimming pool and mountain views at The Balcony. It would be nice if can see sunset from here.

Lunch @ The Pomelo, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Grilled fish, Pumpkin Soup, Green Curry, Carrot Salad and Vanilla Dragonfruit icecream desserts
Lunch @ The Pomelo, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
Grilled fish, Pumpkin Soup, Green Curry, Carrot Salad and Vanilla Dragonfruit icecream desserts
Feeling hungry in the noon, we then visit The Pomelo again for lunch. Here are some of the food we had =) In overall, it taste great  and you'll never forget how the desserts taste like.

Beautiful butterfly and dragonfly spotted while on our way to  the Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran
Beautiful butterfly and dragonfly spotted while on our way to  the Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran


Waterfall @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Waterfall @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
WATERFALL AND MEDITATION CAVE @ THE BANJARAN
The Waterfall and the Meditation Cave really amazed me as I never expect this place to appear as part of The Banjaran. The entrance to the Meditation Cave is just right beside the Waterfall and it is quite dark inside. Therefore, take some time to adjust your vision upon entering the meditation cave. My girlfriend didn't feel save while entering the cave at all haha. For me, it is okay la, something really quiet for visitors to do meditation or even Yoga activities. However, I do advice you guys not to go there alone as it is a bit creepy if you are there alone in the cave but heard someone talking to you.... BOO!

Entrance to the Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Entrance to the Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

Decoration inside Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Decoration inside Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh


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Stairs to go down and surrounded by water in the cave Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Stairs to go down and surrounded by water in the cave
Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

You can either go down or up inside Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
You can either go down or up inside Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh


Selfie outside at the Waterfall and Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran
Selfie outside at the Waterfall and Meditation Cave @ The Banjaran
After visiting the beautiful waterfall and mysterious Meditation Cave, we went back to our villa for a good rest before meeting up with friends who wanna drop by for a visit at night. Dipped ourselves in the warm Jacuzzi with natural geothermal spring water is pretty awesome. Enjoy to the max! We took a nap on the huge bed afterwards.

Dinner at The Pomelo @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh Pomelo Salad, Green Tom Yam, Apple Crumble Icecream Pie, Clear Mushroom soup and Chocolate Volcano Hot and Cold! My favourite dinner of the day was the desserts!
Dinner at The Pomelo @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Pomelo Salad, Green Tom Yam, Apple Crumble Icecream Pie, Clear Mushroom soup and Chocolate Volcano Hot and Cold! My favourite dinner of the day was the desserts!


Jeff's Cellar  @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh Opening from 9.00pm to 11.00pm only
Jeff's Cellar  @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Opening from 9.00pm to 11.00pm only

JEFF'S CELLAR @ THE BANJARAN


"Set within a limestone cave, the magnificent Jeff’s Cellar is one of the most unique wine bars in the world. Savour a wide range of organic and rare wines in a setting where ethereal lighting, intimate cave interiors and breathtaking natural water features present a whole new encounter and indulgence. Jeff’s Cellar is also ideal for entertaining amongst a small group. It adds stylish appeal and extravagance to significant occasions and events."



Walking downstair to go inside The Cellar @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Walking downstairs to go inside The Cellar @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

Variety collection of wines inside The Cellar @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Variety collection of wines inside The Cellar @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

A group picture at one of the outstanding corner inside The Cellar @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
A group picture at one of the outstanding corner inside The Cellar @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Definitely an eye opening experience to visit this unique wine bar located inside The Banjaran. If you love to enjoy wine with a group of friends with an outstanding ambience and environment, feel free to visit Jeff's Cellar for unique dining and wining experience.

We brought our friends to the Water Villa and they were quite impressed with the room as well. Glad they brought extra clothes for change to enjoy the warm Jacuzzi with natural hotspring water. 



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The deck area right beside the Hotsprings Lake @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
The deck area right beside the Hotsprings Lake @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh 
There is an open area right beside the huge hotsprings 'lake' where you can enjoy the sunshine and do Yoga at the same time. I feel so refreshing and positive by just sitting doing nothing there too. I think Yoga is the best activities to do at that place. I guess you can always make special arrangement by having dinner/wedding ceremony at that place it self.


Beautiful mountains scenery @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Beautiful mountains scenery @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

Another selfie on the deck @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Another couple selfie on the deck @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

Gym @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Gym @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
GYM @ THE BANJARAN
Since we have some extra time before check out in the noon, we visited the last place that we haven't visit in The Banjaran, which is The Gym. All the equipments look so new and you can switch on music, fans, aircon and lights while doing exercise in the gym.

I personally think that I won't be visiting the gym if I were there to pamper myself. I mean, I can do so many things such as get traditional massage or pamper myself with a spa. Dip myself in the hot pots and smoother my skin at Garra Rufa Dr Fish Pool. Do not forget that even inside the room you can enjoy your own personal hotspring Jacuzzi too. I wouldn't bother to exercise these two days but to enjoy everything to the max. Good relaxation, good food, good sleep and a very good getaway for honeymoon couple!


Last photo before we leave this beautiful place @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh
Last photo before we leave this beautiful place @ The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh

OVERALL EXPERIENCE @ THE BANJARAN
If you are one lovely couple who like to stay in some where close to nature, especially hotsprings, you may consider to spend your honeymoon here as this place has only total 25 villas. Means maximum there will be only 25 couples who living in this place at one time. The room services may be a bit slow but I like that they provide good spa and massage at the Spa and Wellness Centre. Not to forget they have good food served at The Pomelo and extraordinary wining session at the Jeff's Cellar too.

Our 3 days 2 nights lovely journey in The Banjaran cost us around RM4,500++ including a few spa and massages, including breakfast, lunch and dinner as well. The only thing that you need to worry about is the little pricey room rate in exchange for a wonderful journey inside this place.  If you ask me where do I want to shoot my pre-wedding photos, I will definitely include this place especially the location near the waterfall and Meditation Cave. It just so beautiful!!

If anyone of you sweet couple looking for a photographer to shoot your pre-wedding photos in The Banjaran, feel free to contact me as I know a few beautiful spot to take photos already haha. Feel free to check out my Sky Arts Production FB Page/other blogpost for photos.

If you are interested in having us to review your hotel/villa and share our experience with readers around the world, feel free to contact us as well!



The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia +60 5 210 7777 info@thebanjaran.com
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3,
Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh,
Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
+60 5 210 7777
info@thebanjaran.com
I hope that I will able to visit this place again very soon and thank you guys for reading my review on The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. Feel free to ask me any question as I will try my best to share my experience with you =) If you love the detailed review, please press like or share with your friends~

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