By Moazan Emran
Located right in the backyard of Ipoh surrounded by 280-million-year old limestone rocks and natural thermal steam caves is The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat by Sunway. Its view is so breathtaking that the retreat is considered as one of the best in the world. Nestled in a valley cradled by lush tropical rainforest, this award-winning sanctuary of bespoke wellness is a 15-minute drive from the city of Ipoh, in the northern state of Perak, and 2 hours from Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Banjaran Hot Springs
At the heart of The Banjaran experience is its Spa and Wellness Centre. Here, a team of wellness practitioners comprising an Ayurvedic specialist, Yoga instructors and personal trainers are available at your disposal. With a comprehensive list of services that range from 40 authentic spa and wellness and therapies inspired by Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures as well as beliefs, it is truly a getaway for the soul. In addition to authentic Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese medicine and Malay treatments, they also offer a variety of massages, foot reflexology, organic facials and body treatments.
Geothermal hot springs lie in the shadow of the limestone hills pumping 2000 litres per minute worth of water from the ground below with temperatures ranging from 40 – 70 Deg Celsius. Its source is a deep underground reservoir fed by rainwater that slowly percolates downwards through the limestone hills and underlying granite. Whereas, the Thermal Steam Cave which is fitted with a platform overlooking the body of crystal clear hot springs water with temperatures of 65 – 70 Deg Celsius presents a natural source that allows for restorative therapy to soothe, relax and detox.
There are also meditation caves fitted with amethyst and quartz crystals, which facilitate metaphysical healing. It is the perfect place for Silence therapy, to relax, or to just contemplate on your own thoughts.
If you’d like to take a higher view of the Hot springs, you can head to their newly opened Sky Bar to relax and unwind and watch the beautiful view of the hot springs coupled with their signature cocktails or beverages. Next, get dressed in your best and make your way down to Jeff’s Cellar, one of the best Wine Bars in the world. Here, the private wine cellar is built in the caves, which is indeed unique and will be well appreciated by any wine aficionado. The ethereal lighting and intimate cave interiors, together with its natural water features and organic wines deliver a whole new dining experience. Besides, for an all-day dining option, visit Pomelo which has both indoor and outdoor seating.
The Banjaran Retreat is located at No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak. There are three types of villas that guests can choose from that vary in pricing, ranging from RM1600 – RM7000 a night. For reservations and package deals, visit https://www.thebanjaran.com/ or call +605 210 7777. Do take note that due to the exclusivity of the resort, The Banjaran, only accept adults and guests 12 years of age and above.