Sunway City Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, August 24, 2020 / TRAVELINDEX / The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Sunway Hotels & Resorts’ naturally luxurious wellness resort in Ipoh, Malaysia, is inviting guests to unwind in a spectacular and serene setting with a series of truly unique experiences.
Nestled in a 22.7-acre valley blessed with lush tropical rainforest, geothermal hot springs, cascading waterfalls and limestone caves, this award-winning sanctuary is the perfect place for an enchanting and eco-sensitive escape. Showcasing its organic surroundings, The Banjaran is now allowing visitors to embark on a journey of culinary discovery in a vast cavern.
Enclosed in the cave’s illuminated chamber lies Jeff’s Cellar, a remarkable restaurant and wine bar. Within this otherworldly atmosphere, guests can sip the world’s finest wines and savour exquisite local and international cuisine at a private table, next to natural water features and with stalactites hanging from the ceiling.
Under the resort’s signature “Dine and Dream” concept, couples can enjoy an unforgettable epicurean adventure as they share a stunning seven-course meal. It is little wonder that this was named as one of the five “Most Magnificent Bars in the World” by CNN, and one of Tatler’s “Top 20 Restaurants in Malaysia 2020”. Alternatively, guests can dine on the Star Deck which overlooks the amazing hot springs lake, under a galaxy of twinkling stars that can be viewed through a telescope. Prices start from MYR675 nett per person.
The secluded caves at The Banjaran also provide an opportunity for guests to enhance their spiritual and physical wellbeing. Harnessing the Earth’s geological power, the Crystal Cave is an ethereal arena for energy healing treatments such as Reiki, while the Meditation Cave allows travellers to focus their mind and achieve a deep sense of inner peace.
The Geothermal Hot Springs Dipping Pools provide a relaxing soak that also aids in alleviating stressed muscles and tired joints.
Alternatively, visitors can choose from an extensive selection of body treatments at the Spa & Wellness Centre, soothe their senses in the Geothermal Hot Spring Dipping Pools, warm up in the Thermal Steam Cave, cool off in the Ice Bath and even cleanse their feet in the Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool. There is also a Jungle Walk that puts travellers in touch with the environment and a well-equipped fitness centre for energising workouts.
Feeling fully restored and reinvigorated, couples can conclude their evening in style at the resort’s Sky Bar, which promises breath-taking views over the hot springs from its upper deck – the perfect end to the perfect day while sipping a drink.
“At The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, we specialise in exquisite experiences that go beyond guests’ expectations and transport travellers into a world of wonders. Our pristine wilderness is the ideal place to come and press your ‘reset’ button. With original activities such as cave dining and meditation, guests can discover the joy of nature when they stay with us,” said Michael Schaer, General Manager, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.
All 45 villas at The Banjaran are self-enclosed and surrounded by nature. The 81-square metre Lake Villas feature plunge pools and hot tubs, while the 155-square metre Water Villas are set on the banks of a canal and offer outdoor rain showers and hot tubs with geothermal spring waters. Guests seeking additional space can opt for the 260-square metre Garden Villas, which promise private outdoor rain showers and hot spring Jacuzzis. Rates start from MYR1,450 nett per night, inclusive of breakfast for 2 people.
To ensure the highest standards of health and hygiene, Sunway Hotels & Resorts has implemented the “Sunway Safe Stay” programme which incorporates five core pillars comprising almost 30 protocols of enhanced cleaning and wellbeing standards. This initiative, which adheres to the standard operating procedures outlined by Malaysia’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, has been in place since early January 2020 and is continuously practised throughout all Sunway properties, allowing guests to relax and enjoy safe, stress-free stays.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is easily accessible, with direct flights to Ipoh’s Sultan Azlan Shah Airport from Johor Bahru or Singapore, and rail services from Kuala Lumpur. For the ultimate personalised escape, chartered helicopter services can be arranged.