The Banjaran Hotsprings
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, No 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is nestled in a 22.7-acre valley cradled by lush tropical rainforest, geothermal hot springs, natural caves, cascading waterfalls and 260-million-year-old Paleozoic limestone hills. This sanctuary of bespoke wellness is a 15-minute drive from the city of Ipoh and two (2) hours from Kuala Lumpur, featuring a collection of 45 luxury Garden, Water and Lake Villas, a Spa & Wellness Centre offering authentic Asian holistic wellness and spa treatments, a host of unique natural intrinsic features anda myriad of mesmerizing dining venues.
At the heart of The Banjaran experience is its Spa & Wellness Centre. Here, a team of wellness practitioners comprising an Ayurvedic specialist, Yoga instructor and personal trainer are available, designing a more holistic, purposeful programmed for guests. The Centre also offers more than 40 types of holistic treatments and therapies that are inspired by the traditional practices of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, using both pure and natural ingredients.
This natural wellness destination boasts a host of unique features including a thermal steam cave, meditation cave, crystal cave, outdoor rainforest shower, foot reflexology walk, hot springs dipping pools, ice pool, Doctor Fish Pool containing exotic Turkish Garra Rufa fish, swimming pool with naturally heated water from the hot springs and a fitness center to work out. Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi are practiced on the Observation Deck overlooking a lake against the breathtaking backdrop of its natural setting.
As an Italian living in Malaysia, I was very encouraged to make connections through food and wine. I enrolled in the International Food & Wine Society and got to know its cellar master and president. I then persuaded them to come over to try our food. With that, I went back to my culinary team to say that I had spoken really well of our food and asked them to please deliver on my promises. And they did! Now we are best friends and I’m glad to have made so many deep connections throughout my time here. A fruitful relationship works both ways and is long lasting.
Those familiar with The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, hidden among the limestone hills of Tambun, Ipoh, will also know Alex Castaldi, its effervescent general manager. Castaldi and his globe-trotting career in hotels and resorts has taken him to Germany, The Philippines, Thailand, The Seychelles, Bali and almost a decade in Dubai. He committed to his current position almost instantaneously when he saw the spectacular Jeff’s Cellar, a restaurant located within a natural cave, 260-million-years old in the making. Two years on, Castaldi continues to find great delight in enthralling guests with unique experiences at The Banjaran, including the debut of Malaysia’s first and only all-caviar course menu.
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