The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat5.0 out of 5.0
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I’m not usually very critical of all inclusive resorts as long as there’s a pool, bar and a view...which I can’t argue, this place has. However, it doesn’t really offer much more relative to the cost. We stayed for only one night because we had engagement photos taken there. It was a nice touch, they have a package specifically for this. Right after we checked in, the concierge started to tell us about “a secret door” where we can find refreshments and snacks. I was all excited. I was like “there’s a hidden bar in the rainforest? I’ll find it! “. We looked for it for a day just to find out it’s a refrigerator in a fake tree stump with coke and yam popsicles. This is no exaggeration...it’s a refrigerator. Any “chill” I attained from my massage was lost because I checked out after that. When we got to the car we realized we left something in the room. After waiting over 10 minutes for someone to come to the front desk, they claimed to have sent someone to the room. Another 15 min later she returned and claimed she couldn’t find anything. I insisted she take me to the villa to check for myself. I was in the villa all of 6 seconds and found what i had left. They obviously never checked. Lastly, the only reason they get 3 stars is because of Jeff’s Cellar. Dinner was amazing, the service was awesome. All around highlight of the visit.
Pros -friendly and helpful staff -amazing view -breathtaking scenery -cooking atmosphere -lovely private pool Cons -a bit pricey -food’s bad -overcrowded Overall a good experience. Highly recommended to anyone looking to go for a short getaway from a hectic working life front the city.
We couldn't have enjoyed our stay at the Banjaran more. Our stay (in Villa 12) was the perfect get-away. The GM, Alex, was so friendly and introduced himself and gave us a tour during our check-in. The Director of Operations, Raymond, looked after us each time he saw us and the rest of the staff was well trained, courteous and pleasant the whole stay. Because we had a private pool and geothermal spa in our villa, we didn't use the public areas that much, except for the "foot spa" with fishes and daily yoga with the lovely Doctor that runs the spa and wellness center. My husband bonded so much with him that he participated daily (which is a high accolade, I assure you). Breakfast was part buffet, part a la carte, which was nice. Everything we tried was delicious and plentiful. We chose to Uber into Ipoh for cheap eats at dinner (see my other reviews) but that was mainly because we get many "fancy" meals in California and wanted the local dining here. I went running one day and noticed a few local restaurants and shops in the mini-malls across the road where I got a fantastic haircut and shave at a barber. The excursion to Lost World animal and water park was worth the time as well - with free admission to Banjaran guests. In the end, the staff couldn't have been more lovely and made the stay worth every penny.
I am impressed with not a handful but all of the staff in the resort who takes initiative to offer their kind assistance. From sending us to the nearby eateries to allowing us to take a shower after checking out time. Such goodness will be remembered. Of course not forgetting the wonderful villa we had.
We booked a wedding photoshoot package which cost us more than $700, incl a water villa, set dinner for two and a massage session. First of all, the dinner was under average. Starter was a chicken thai salad but there was only raw lettuce (a lot of it) with a few pieces of shredded chicken that tasted just plain. Second course was a choice of salmon or burger so we went for salmon and burger to try both. The burger was ok, not too bad but the salmon was horrendous. It was cold and tasted like old frozen salmon. However, the dessert (chocolate lava cake) was absolutely amazing. It wasnt in the menu but since i couldnt eat white chocolate i asked for something else and they switched to chocolate lava cake which i was so happy about. Noone told us about we have been booked at 6pm for our spa session. I even called them in the afternoon to inform them that we would arrive late, about 7pm and even at check in no one let us know they have booked spa for us at 6pm. When the lady butler who checked us in sent us to our villa, she said that since we have missed the spa, we only had choice of 12pm until 2pm next day. I asked her for 1pm next day, she was on the phone with the spa, and confirmed it was ok. Then after our dinner, someone called and said that 1pm has been booked out so we could only do 12pm or 3pm. I mean, we came there and paid so much money for 1 night for the photoshooting, it was the main purpose, and check out was at 12.30 (we tried to extend) so we couldn't make it at 12pm and we missed the spa. So it was a completely waste of our money. Even thou they offered to change our session to 3pm but we needed to leave to go home. It was such a disappointment. Another thing is our package include minibar but the minibar was locked??? until we called someone to open it for us. However, to be honest, the resort is beautiful and the villa is amazing. You just need to work on services...
What can I say? I was only visiting some friends from UK and fell in love with the place. It's hard to imagine that there exists such tranquility and serenity just a few miles away from the busy city of Ipoh. Staying here is a truly immersive, yet a surreal experience. Utopia!
We had a wonderful time during our 5-night stay at the Banjaran Hotsprings. The setting and service really made it a special experience. We had originally booked to stay in the water villa, but were pleasantly surprised to receive a complementary upgrade to the garden villa on arrival. The service we received never let down that positive first impression. Staff remember your name and say "hi" if they see you. The Director of Operations is always chatting to guests to make sure they're happy. On the welcome tour, our attendant took a photo of us at the geothermal lake. We were overjoyed to find a framed copy of the photo waiting for us in our room a day later. Through our stay there were lots of little things like this that made us feel like special guests. The Banjaran is centred around a geothermal pool, nestled within three nearly-sheer mountains. To get a feel for just how the mountains frame the location, do yourself a favour and look it up in 3D view on Google Maps. Believe the photos. If anything the location is more impressive in real life. In many ways, the water villa was our own little self-contained resort. The outdoor area was spacious and comfortable, as was the bedroom. But the real highlight was having our very own pool *and* geothermal hot-tub. The whole villa is completely private, walled off from the outside. Wifi was really important to us, and we were very happy with the coverage. In our 5 days, we experienced maybe an hour of unstable connectivity. It looks like each villa has its own dedicated wifi access point, and the coverage is good across the rest of the retreat. Mobile phone reception was also fine. Probably the only thing that didn't blow us away was the food. Dinner in Jeff's Cellar was lovely, though outshone by the location (a stunning limestone cave). The food at the Pomelo, though, wasn't special. It certainly wasn't unpleasant, and we found a few things we liked on the menu. We just felt it just wasn't that different from what you'd find in any old resort. Given how extraordinary the rest of the Banjaran is, the Polemo being just "ordinary" stood out more than it otherwise might have. Overall, we had a wonderful, relaxing time at the Banjaran. The villa and service were unlike anything we've experienced before, and we'll be pining to return to that gorgeous setting.
Took an accomodation, food and massage package. Own villa with pool, hot springs jacuzzi and lots of privacy. Fine dining in extraordinary surroundings. An ideal place to relax and unwind. With the package, we got everything and more! Very generous and no nitpicking from the establishment (as opposed to AirAsia where anything and everything costs you $$). Pricey, but we loved it. Should try at least once in a lifetime. The staff were polite, efficient and unobtrusive.
You know sometimes when people say "it's so good, it's bad..." That's exactly how amazing the short little retreat was. Ever since we left Banjaran, we've never had such an amazing sleep again. Everything was smooth from arrival to check-out. The staffs were really friendly, trying to make sure that we were well taken care off. Although we were told that the place was fully booked, you don't see the place being very packed, which also means that you generally get a lot of privacy even when you're enjoying the amenities provided such as the hot spring dip pools, the reflexology & dr. fish spa, the caves etc The private villa is so lovely (we got upgraded which truly was the cherry on top). Oh and have I told you the bed is amazing! After getting in and out of the geothermal jacuzzi in the villa and enjoying the other amenities in Banjaran, we had the best sleep of our lives. I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this place. But I think whoever is reading this should go experience it yourself to find out. Hope to be back soon!
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Onsite dining
Located within a leisurely stroll of Lost World Tambun, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is within a 10-minute drive of Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park. This 25-room, 5-star hotel has private in-room plunge pools along with a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. It's in the mountains and also close to Kinta City Shopping Centre.
Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service. Start your day off with full breakfast, available for a fee.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat's 25 rooms are air-conditioned and provide private plunge pools, private spa tubs, and minibars. 49-inch LCD TVs come with DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, free newspapers, and free bottled water are other standard amenities.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat features a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a health club. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle during limited hours for MYR 650 per vehicle one way. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this adults-only hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room.
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95% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 779 reviews