THE BANJARAN HOTSPRINGS RETREAT IN ORDER OF ARRIVAL, FROM YOUR FIRST STEP INSIDE TO WANDERING AND WONDERING AT ITS NATURAL SPLENDOUR!
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THE BANJARAN HOTSPRINGS RETREAT
A BESPOKE HOLISTIC SPA & WELLNESS DESTINATION
WHERE EVERY SECOND IS AN EXPERIENCE
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Sunway Group’s and Malaysia’s first luxury natural wellness hot springs getaway, is nestled in a 16.19-acre valley cradled by lush tropical rainforest, geothermal hot springs, natural caves, cascading waterfalls and magical 260-million year old Paleozoic limestone hills.
This sanctuary of bespoke wellness is a 15-minute drive from the city of Ipoh, in the northern state of Perak; and two (2) hours from Kuala Lumpur. Since its opening in January 2010, The Banjaran which features a collection of 25 luxury Garden and Water Villas, a Spa and Wellness Centre offering authentic Asian holistic wellness and spa treatments, and a host of unique features, has become an acclaimed self-contained hideaway for the ultimate in relaxation, renewal and rejuvenation.
At the heart and soul of The Banjaran experience is its Spa and Wellness Centre. Here, a full team of wellness practitioners comprising an Ayurvedic specialist, Yoga instructor and personal trainer are available, designing a more holistic, purposeful programme for guests.
The Centre also offers more than 40 types of holistic treatments and therapies that are inspired by the ancient practices of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, using both pure and natural ingredients, as well as the purest extracts and essential oils from Aromatherapy Associates, an award-winning British product.
In addition to authentic Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Malay treatments, colon hydrotherapy, antioxidant restorative therapy and hydrotherapy, energy healing treatments such as Reiki and Chakra Energy Balancing, and a variety of massages, foot reflexology, organic facials and body treatments are also available.
The Banjaran’s Spa and Wellness Centre offers different consultations with a variety of readings and assessments to cater to the needs of guests. The Wellness Consultation is a 30-minute session which involves assessing a guest’s lifestyle before designing a treatment that will work best.
The Consultation consists of a holistic assessment of health, functions of body systems as well as total wellbeing in terms of a guest’s physical, mental and emotional health status. This also includes Fitness Consultation.
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Emphasizing natural therapies, the wellness retreat also provides Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor Consultation and Ayurvedic Doctor Consultation, using well-established Chinese and Indian diagnosis and analysis of the body’s well-being. Deeply rooted in culture and traditions, the retreat offers traditional massages of the Malaysian culture.
Massage therapy is aimed at being preventive and restorative; aiding in relaxation, relieving tensed and sore muscles, improving circulation and assisting in restoring balance to the body system.
The Banjaran Signature Massage combines a rich tapestry of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, bringing together the therapeutic and healing effects of their massage therapies. This 90-minute fusion of Eastern massage treatments covers the head to the toes, commencing with an Indian head massage, followed by the Urut Traditional Malay body massage and concludes with Chinese Pressure Point Foot Therapy.
Deriving its technique from the Ayurvedic Science of Life which is a 5,000-year old Indian healing system of the body, mind and spirit, the head massage in The Banjaran Signature Massage uses warm medicinal herbal oil that is slowly trickled over the third eye chakra or forehead, to relieve tension and transport one into a zone of complete relaxation. It is also beneficial in reducing migraines and headaches.
From the head to the body, the Traditional Malay Urut, a Malaysian massage technique designed to combine stretching, stepping, long kneading strokes and pressure with slow, flowing techniques of lymphatic manual drainage, is used to assist in the improvement of lymphatic circulation and enhancing the immune system.
The Malay Urut technique is a method passed down from one generation to the next, including the recipe for its distinctive herbal massage oil prepared by boiling palm oil with herbs and spices containing warming and detoxifying properties.
The Signature massage ends with the Chinese Pressure Point Foot Therapy. A practice which is over 1,000 years old and recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Traditional Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach to health with an emphasis on prevention. Guided by the principle of achieving balance and harmony throughout the body, the Pressure Point Foot Therapy allows the therapist to diagnose problem areas which affect overall body functions and well-being.
The foot massage at the end of the treatment therefore, promotes balance by applying pressure on key points on the soles of the feet and opens the body’s meridians to relax, ease stress and tension, improve circulation and help release toxins.
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The Spa and Wellness Centre at The Banjaran also features a range of other treatments inclusive of facials, body treatments, Personalised Fitness Programmes and Retreat Programmes. All programmes take a holistic path to wellness by incorporating meals, exercise as well as spa and wellness treatments.
Retreat Programmes include Detoxification, Weight Loss, Fitness, Rejuvenation and Longevity programmes. The Spa and Wellness Centre also has tailor-made programmes available for guests who prefer a treatment customised according to their needs.
Furthermore, holistic exercise disciplines like Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi are performed on the Open Deck, overlooking a hot springs lake against the breathtaking backdrop of its natural setting. The Banjaran’s wellness programmes integrate preventive medicine and detoxification therapy along with daily access to the retreat’s distinct offerings.
Characteristic features that have been created taking advantage of its surrounding environment, each present a benefit in wellbeing in line with offering guests a truly holistic wellness experience. These include Geothermal Hot Springs Dipping Pools, a Thermal Steam Cave, Ice Bath, Meditation Cave, Crystal Cave, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool, Jungle Walk, Fitness Centre and Freeform Swimming Pool.
A natural and relatively rare phenomenon, The Banjaran’s geothermal hot springs water flows naturally at the base of its hills. This fresh hot springs water billows up at a rate of 3 million litres per day or approximately 2,000 litres per minute from the ground below. Its source is a deep underground reservoir fed by rainwater that slowly percolates downwards through the limestone hills and underlying granite.
While cascading through the rocks, the water collects minerals and dissolved ions; making it ideal to supply the retreat’s hot springs dipping pools, feed the steam cave, fill the hot springs lake and warm up the swimming pool.
The Jacuzzi-style Geothermal Hot Springs Dipping Pools provide a leisurely, relaxing soak that also aids in alleviating stressed muscles and tired joints. Whereas, the Thermal Steam Cave which is fitted with a platform overlooking the body of crystal clear hot springs water with temperatures of 65ºC to 70ºC, presents a natural sauna that allows for restorative therapy to soothe, relax and detoxify.
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Following the Steam Cave, guests may plunge into the Ice Bath. Dousing in the freezing water helps increase circulation throughout the body, reduces blood pressure and strengthens the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. Here at The Banjaran, its limestone hills are made up of deep-marine sediments that have been deposited since approximately 260 million years ago during an age called Permian by geologists.
Having been dissolved by freshwater to form natural caves, these cave formations have further been embellished to present a Meditation Cave and Crystal Cave.
The Meditation Cave features limestone that is light grey with dark grey sedimentary laminations appearing as streaks. Its deepest part also holds remnants of a river which once flowed through the cave, producing cave walls with a polished appearance.
The cave with natural wall “paintings” that are awe-inspiring, offers ideal seclusion to focus the mind in silence for complete relaxation and contemplation. In the Crystal Cave on the other hand, amethyst and quartz crystals facilitate metaphysical healing. It is also the perfect setting for private energy healing treatments like Reiki.
A Doctor Fish Pool contains exotic Garra Rufa fish which provides a tingling yet relaxing sensation to the legs. Inspired by the treatment originating from Turkey, dipping legs into the pool helps eliminate dead skin cells, rejuvenates the skin and is aimed at alleviating psoriasis.
For the more adventurous, guests may take off on a half-hour jungle-trekking trail through the dense, deep limestone hill forests of the Lost World of Tambun. The Jungle Walk trail allows for exploration and appreciation of unique flora and fauna like the uncommon, luminescent green, single-leafed plants called the Monophyllaea horsfieldii which only grow on limestone-derived soils, swift-flowing waterfalls and mysterious caves.
Private guided trekking is also available, if so desired. The 20-minute trail leads guests to a private entrance of the Sunway Lost World of Tambun; guests staying at The Banjaran receive complimentary access into the theme park.
To keep guests enthused and motivated towards reaching their fitness goals, The Banjaran’s purpose-built, modern design fitness centre accommodates the latest fitness movements. It is equipped with a full range of quality fitness and training equipment for a total body workout.
Otherwise, leisurely laps can be enjoyed wading through the Freeform Swimming Pool which harmoniously blends in to the unique locale. The geothermal-heated pool’s warm water is also perfect for healing, relaxing and rejuvenating.
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The Banjaran’s holistic wellness experience is completed with healthy cuisine offered by Pomelo - its all-day restaurant which seats between 40 to 75 persons - presenting cosy indoor dining as well as al fresco dining within any one of the three gazebos that extend over the hot springs. Pomelo which acquires its name from the fruit that Ipoh is famous for, features a healthy and nourishing, yet flavorful fresh menu.
The freshest organic and locally sourced ingredients take highlight in recipes that are designed to be well-balanced and easily digested. Healthy selections of organic fruit, vegetable, fresh seafood and premium poultry are served as delicious appetisers, main courses and desserts.
These servings are also free of artificial seasoning and flavouring, and have their tastes accentuated with fresh herbs and spices. A variety of fresh vegetable and fruit juices as well as international organic wines are available from the Juice Bar for a perfect accompaniment to the meal.
For a night of unwinding, swirl, sip and savour any of the magnificent Jeff’s Cellar’s organic and rare wines. The private wine cellar’s setting within a grotto with some of the most spectacular cave concretions, makes it one of the most unique wine bars in the world. Its entrance is disguised in a medieval fashion with a deep well, and high steel grated gates bearing double crests.
Beyond the entrance, dim lighting with an ethereal feel, intimate cave interiors, and breathtaking natural water features which also give it a cooling effect together with hi-tech air-conditioning, guests are transported into another realm for a whole new encounter and indulgence.
Apart from rejuvenation and relaxation, The Banjaran is also ideal as a venue for private meetings, novel events and destination weddings. Refreshing ideas can be sparked in a small-group business review, strategy meeting or brainstorm held at the Meeting Room.
Similarly, for private events and parties, Jeff’s Cellar’s exclusive ambience adds stylish appeal and extravagance to significant occasions, launches and gatherings held in the limestone cave chambers. For a celebration of nuptials, guests can opt for the Observation Deck to exchange vows and make it an unforgettable destination wedding.
The environment and philosophy of The Banjaran are designed to encourage renewal towards wellness. In addition, it is built on eco-friendly practices with conservation given high priority. Melding into its natural surroundings, the retreat is committed to sustainable practices that include energy and water conservation, proper waste management and chemical reduction.
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For accommodation, a private collection of 25 exclusive Garden and Water Villas are dispersed across the sweeping valley floor. The Garden Villas measure 2,808 sq. ft. and feature their own secluded tropical courtyard, whereas the Water Villas have an area of 1,667 sq. ft. and rest on the banks of a water canal. Every villa is designed to blend the indoors with the outdoors.
Employing heavy wood, glass and Malaysian fixtures and furnishing, the villas exude a contemporary feel.
Each abode encompasses an extensive outdoor terrace that bears a plunge pool, living and dining area, and a state-of-the-art sound and music system that enhances its overall mood. Stepping in, the sumptuous bedroom suite comprises an oversized 7-foot king-size bed with 10cm thick “feather-bed” topped mattress, feathered-down duvet, cotton-rich linens and hypoallergenic pillows, a writing desk, a 40-inch high-definition LCD-screen television and cabinet, as well as other luxurious conveniences.
There is also an ensuite seating area, while the large bathroom is complemented by a walk-in closet, private outdoor rain shower, outdoor sunken Jacuzzi with natural geothermal hot springs water and an entire range of aromatherapy bath and body care amenities.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was the Winner of the Best Resort Development category for two (2) consecutive years in the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards in 2011 and 2012. It was Runner-Up of the Best Spa Retreat Overseas in Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards 2012, Best Natural Wellness Retreat in the Harper’s Bazaar Spa Awards 2012, and Best Spa Resort in Expatriate Lifestyle’s The Best of Malaysia Travel Awards 2012.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was recognized by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Top Small Hotels in Malaysia, Top Luxury Hotels in Malaysia, Hotels with Exceptional Service in Malaysia and Hotels for Romance in Malaysia categories.
To maintain tranquility and exclusivity, The Banjaran welcomes guests 12 years of age and over. For reservations or enquiries, please call The Banjaran at +60 5 210 7777 or email directly to email@example.com. To begin The Banjaran journey, Where Every Second is an Experience”, please visit www.thebanjaran.com
THE SERENE, WELCOMING LOBBY
WATER FEATURES GALORE
ORIGINAL LIMESTONE FORMATION THAT TOOK MILLIONS OF YEARS TO FORM!
MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD
THIS IS NEW
THIS POOL IS NEAR BOILING HOT AND FORBIDDEN TO ENTER
THIS MAIN MASSIVE GEOTHERMAL OUTDOOR POOL IS ALSO TOO HOT TO ENTER BUT THERE ARE 5 DIPPING POOLS BY THE EDGE FOR GUESTS TO SOAK
LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THE FLOATING ISLANDS IN 'AVATAR'!
OPENAIR POOL CONTAINING SKIN-NIBBLING FISH WHICH GENTLY EATS AS THEY SLOUGH OFF ROUGH, DEAD SKIN FROM YOUR FEET. THE OVERHEAD NET PREVENTS BIRDS FROM EATING THE FISH WHICH COSTS RM 12 EACH!
SENSATIONAL PHOENIX/PEACOCK MADE OF NATURAL DRIFTWOOD AND CARVED ACCORDINGLY
DATO KEE HUA CHEE DINING AT POMELO RESTAURANT
THIS IS THE MAIN AND SOLE POOL FILLED WITH NATURALLY WARM, NOT BOILING, WATER FOR GUESTS TO SWIM
VICTORIA REGIS, THE WORLD'S BIGGEST LILIES
GETTING FREE SKIN PEELING AND EXFOLIATION FROM FISH!
LEADING TO ' THE BALCONY' WHICH IS A LOOK-OUT POINT ABOVE THE WATERFALL
LOOKS LIKE A DICK!
STEPS LEADING TO THE BALCONY
VIEW FROM THE BALCONY!
OUT OF THIS WORLD VIEW FROM THE BALCONY
VIEW FROM THE BALCONY
DATO KEE HUA CHEE ENJOYING VIEW FROM THE BALCONY
STANDING TALL FOR BETTER VIEW
DATO KEE HUA CHEE
IT STARTED TO RAIN!
LOOK AT THE STEAM
DATO KEE HUA CHEE INSIDE CRYSTAL CAVE
OMIGOD, LOOK AT THE HEAVENLY LIGHTS STREAMING DOWN AND BLESSING DATO KEE HUA CHEE, A ONE IN ZILLION PHENOMENA PROVING DATO KEE HUA CHEE IS FAVOURED BY THE GODS AND GODDESSES!
NOW BACK TO NORMAL!
MOMENTARY SHOW OF APPROVAL FROM HEAVEN PROVING DATO KEE HUA CHEE IS SON OF HEAVEN
SEE THE HEAVENLY FLICKERING LIGHTS ON CAVE CEILING!
STEAM RISING FROM HOT SPRING POOL AFTER RAIN!
PRAISE GOD FOR THIS!
MAY THIS NATURAL WONDERLAND BE PRESERVED LIKE THIS 4EVER! AND IT WILL, THANKS TO TAN SRI JEFFREY CHEAH OF SUNWAY GROUP!