Beat the Retreat

If you’re in town on business, and have a few days to spare, make the time to visit The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Malaysia’s best and newest spa resort.

Situated outside of the former tin-mining town of Ipoh, it is just an easy two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. The five star property is situated in a 16.59-acre valley fringing a cluster of towering limestone hills and features an amalgamation of natural caves, pristine jungle, waterfalls and geothermal hot springs. Designed for short-term stays (minimum two nights) with the primary focus on health enhancement and balance, the environment is geared towards fitness, healthy eating, relaxation and renewal.

It boasts 25 luxury villas, with private pools and spas fed directly by the local geothermal hot springs. But the resort is more than about just luxury, it is dedicated to your wellness. A series of detailed programmes are aimed at ensuring your relaxation and rejuvenation, including their recommended three-day, two-night ‘Journey to Wellness’ treatment, which includes a personalised wellness consultation, private meditation session, pranayama breathing session, energy treatment and aromatherapy massage.

An Opening Special Offer is available for 3 days and 2 nights at: RM4,577 nett (double occupancy); RM3,093 nett (single occupancy). Available until July 23, the package includes villa accommodation, spa cuisine menu, geothermal hot dipping pools, ice bath, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish pool, fitness centre, and admission to the nearby Lost World of Tambun water and theme park. However, it is the series of caves that are truly remarkable, including the Thermal Steam and Meditation Caves (pictured). It’s all-too-easy to get lost as you sit and contemplate, making The Banjaran the ideal getaway from it all.

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