The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat - Holistic Wellness Experience in Malaysia

24 August 2014 Written by   Published in Where to Stay
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat (Ipoh, Malaysia) The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat (Ipoh, Malaysia) Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
Deep in the lush tropical rainforest, surrounded by magical towering Paleozoic limestone hills, lies this small retreat. Captivated by this hidden-gemish picture, I looked into details to find out this hotel, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, is located in Malaysia.
From the picture, I guessed it must be the place far reach from the rest of the world. In fact, however, it's not! It's 2.5-hour journey to 'Ipoh' on the ETS Express Train from Kuala Lumpur. Then, only 15 more minutes by car from 'Ipoh' station to this hotel.
An unexpectedly easy access made me a little excited. Additionally, we have wallet-friendly LCC, AirAsia, from Japan to Kuala Lumpur :)
. . . so I started to check out the features of this hotel.
[A little bit about the hotel]
  • Aside from the tucked away location surrounded by towering limestone hills and deep green rainforest, the retreat features geothermal hot springs. (This area, Ipoh, is famous for hot springs, by the way.)
  • The retreat offers wide variety of holistic wellness and spa experiences including detoxification and yoga programmes that will help to restore your body and soul.
  • There are unique natural caves within the resort such as 'Thermal Steam Cave' incorporating geothermal hot spring water, and 'Crystal Cave' with amethyst and quartz crystals that facilitate metaphysical healing. Meditation in the caves . . . why not?
  • The restaurant serves seasonal, low-fat, organic and whole foods. (Not only fruits and vegetables, but also fresh seafood and meat is served. And organic wine too.)
  • It's a small luxury hotel with only 25 villas. Guests can select from either 'GARDEN VILLA' with a private courtyard (2,808sqft, 260sqm), or 'WATER VILLA' overlooking a water canal (1,667sqft, 154sqm).
  • Every villa has a private pool, outdoor rain shower, and a sunken Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot springs water.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
'WATER VILLA' overlooking a water canal (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
'GARDEN VILLA' with a private courtyard (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Master suite features 7-foot king-sized bed and high ceiling (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Living area where you can sit back and relax (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Love the wood shelves (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Private Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot springs water (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Not too large, not too gorgeous, just about the most comfortable size resort (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Love the thatched roofs blending into deep forest green (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Yoga in the early morning sun . . . Just imagining that makes me relaxed and refreshed. (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
'Crystal Cave' with amethyst and quartz crystals that facilitate metaphysical healing (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
'Thermal Steam Cave' with a platform overlooking a body of crystal clear geothermal hot springs water (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Natural hotsprings source (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia
Jungle walk (Photo courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat)

 

What I like about this hotel:
  • Imagine restoring your body and soul by relaxing and detoxing, healed by power of nature. This is what I want for vacation, away from everyday life.
  • I love this small and simple luxury better than large scale resrot hotels.
  • It looks as if it's located in a hidden jungle, but actually it's pretty accessible.
  • Eco-consciousness throughout the resort is a plus too. (2012-2013 Best Sustainable Hotel in Malaysia)

 

This luxury hideaway retreat would be perfect for a special treat for yourself.

To fly from Japan to Kuala Lumpur, luckily we have Air Asia. So you can spend less for air tickets and spend more for where you'll be staying if you want.

When available, Air Asia X's Premium flatbed seat is a good option too.

Please visit The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat official website (www.thebanjaran.com) for more information.

How to get there:
It's about 2 hours drive from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia. Or, if you choose to travel by train (I would), you will first need to get to the KL Sentral Railway Station (about 30 minutes by KLIA Ekspres from the airport). From there, enjoy 2.5 hour train ride to Ipoh by ETS. Transfers from the Ipoh station to The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat can be arranged (about 15 minutes by car).
All photos courtesy of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

 

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