Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat at Ipoh, Malaysia

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The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a luxury spa and wellness resort with 25 villas set on the edge of jungle close to Ipoh, Malaysia.

The resort’s garden villas have private courtyards. Each one has a hot tub, a pool and a dining area. The water villas, meanwhile, overlook a canal. Malaysian furnishings are used along with a blend of traditional and contemporary design to make the accommodation cosy.

A private pool at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.
A private pool at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

Geothermal springs heat the Banjaran’s dipping pools and steam cave, which is set within the side of one of the steep limestone hills that characterise this region. 2,000 litres of hot water flows from an underground reservoir every minute.

Meditation and rare wines

You don’t necessarily need to come above ground to enjoy a visit to the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. If you enjoy inner peace then spend time in the subtly lit meditation cave. Rare and organic wines are served within Jeff’s Cellar, a chic underground bar in which the stalactites and stalagmites are illuminated. For an energy boost you could spend time by the amethyst and quartz crystals in the resort’s crystal cave.

Jeff's Cellar at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.
Jeff’s Cellar at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

Yoga sessions are held by the thermal pool each morning and a personal trainer is available.

One of the key draws of a visit to the Banjaran is its high quality wellness treatments. Holistic programmes, based upon Ayurvedic knowledge, and utilising Malaysian and Chinese massage techniques, are available. The durations of the individually tailored programmes, which begin with a 30-minute consultation, vary from between two and 21 days. One-off massage treatments are also available.

Relaxing by the pool

If you simply want to relax you can spend time on one of the sunloungers by the freeform swimming pool.

The meditation cave at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Malaysia.
The meditation cave at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Malaysia.

If you’re up early and want to learn about the local flora and fauna join a guided jungle walk through the resort’s lush forestation.

A legacy from World War Two

Japanese soldiers spent R&R time here during World War Two. You’ll be able to see their graffiti etched into the limestone.

Felix Eppisser and Lucia Franziska are the Swiss husband and wife team who manage the Banjaran. Between 2011 and August 2014 they worked together at Le Planteru Restaurant and Lounge in Myanmar (Burma).

Ice cream, mango and sago served as a dessert at Pomerol restaurant at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.
Ice cream, mango and sago served as a dessert at Pomerol restaurant at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.

Pomerol, the Banjaran’s open-fronted restaurant, serves a menu of beautifully presented healthy dining cuisine, meaning you can dine well without worrying too much about calories.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat (Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Malaysia) is located within walking distance of the Lost World of Tambun and is a ten minute drive from Ipoh’s Chinese cave temples. The resort makes a positive impression and is a great spot for relaxing in a natural setting.

Getting there

Malaysia Airlines flies from destinations around the world to its hub at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Travel information

Find out more on the Tourism Malaysia website.

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