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Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh, Malaysia.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

After a 1 1/2-hour bus ride from Penang, we had finally arrived.  Weary and worn, I was overwhelmed with joy as we approached the lush entrance of this breathtaking tropical retreat and meditation center in Ipoh.  I had never seen anything like it and I was ecstatic to be there.  What a stunning place!  The 17-acre hot springs retreat sits along side a natural geothermal hot springs, hugged by limestone cliffs with natural caves, a pristine jungle and waterfalls.

 

My first impression upon entry is the sound of rushing water and enormous black clay pots in pools of water that shimmered like glass with floating enormous emerald-green waterlily pods floating in the water.  A quick check-in had me riding the golf cart and my luggage to a private villa.  Making my way through the lush tropical property, we passed the large geothermal lake with its four geothermal “dipping pools”(jacuzzi’s) and heard the waterfalls streaming into it.

 

I could also see signs for the granite and limestone meditation cave, the juice bar, the crystal cave, and the thermal steam cave. They even have a ice cave, where you can go to cool off after the hot jacuzzi! And finally we passed the fishpond for pedicures (Garra Therapy) This was a tropical paradise with some of the most colorful and gorgeous flowers seen at every turn.

Soon enough we rounded the corner and I saw the swimming pool and the thatched wooden hut for dining until finally we had found villa #13.  It would be my home for the next 48 hours! My jaw dropped, sliding my wrist key near the wooden door, as electronically my door slid open and now, going from the outside to the inside, I found myself in awe.  Here was my private outdoor lounge with its thatched-covered roof and perfectly blue private dip pool.

 

There was another door that led to my enclosed bedroom, and yet another room that was the bathroom lounge, which was indoor/outdoor and built into the jungle walls, with a private outdoor rain shower and my very own sunken hot springs whirlpool filled with more geothermal waters.  It could not be more perfect!

 

The lush greenery had me enjoying this mystical place.  The flowing waterfalls made tiny droplets of mist lightly land on my face; the smells were of the earth and that fresh grass-cut smell.


What:  Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, an all villa property

Where:  Ipoh, Malaysia

Tripadvisor Rating: #1

Logo:  A place where every second is an experience!

Rooms:  25 Garden and Water Villas, with private personal pools and whirlpools of geothermal waters

Spa:  The facility features 12 treatment rooms and is based on the fusion of three cultures that are present in Malaysia today:  Mayla, Chinese and Indian.

Price Range:  Starting around $390/night based on double occupancy.  Although this is on the high end of luxury,  with the facilities and numerous amenities included in the rate, it is a great value for a ‘value luxury’ traveler like myself, especially when it comes to wellness and spa. Children under 12 are not allowed due to the geothermal waters.

This resort and meditation spa is easily a short 2-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, the major capital city of Malaysia or 1 1/2 hours from Penang.    It is truly a retreat to get away from it all and just relax and take it all in, although wi-fi is available!  I recommend it whole-heartedly.

Disclosure: My stay at The Banjaran Hotsprings Spa and Resort was part of a trip sponsored by Malaysia Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Thai Airways.

BIOGRAPHY

 

Dr. Cacinda Maloney, Age 51 Female
 
PointsandTravel.com, Published 1-3 times per week since August 2012.
Last year, I traveled to 17 countries and 5 of them more than once. In 2013 I traveld to 9 countries and 33 cities and in 2012, I traveled to 8 countries and 38 cities. So as you can see, I get around having only returned from the country of Jordan two days ago.  I am not nomadic, I have a home in Phoenix, Arizona and a condo in Santiago, Chile.  I am married with two teenage kids. 
 
 
In January this year, I was in Galapagos, in February I was in the Black Forest of Germany for Carnival.  In March I was in Jordan and toured thru the entire country from Amman to Aquaba.  For April, I have planned a champagne tour through Reims and the La Champagne region of France and a train ride across Canada from Vancouver to Calgary.  In May I have a trip to the Baltics, visiting three capital cities (Tallin, Riga and Vilnius) and a trip to Thessalonik/Halkidiki Greece.  In June, I have a trip to Guatemala. July is a family trip to Mexico or Hawaii and not planned. As well as a trip to New Orleans in October and to Israel.  The rest of the months are unplanned as of yet.
 

Activities Experience / Preference:  I am interested in activities in the jungle, animal safaris, scuba diving trips the most. Other interests include hiking, trekking, climbing and aerial activities.
 
Regional Preference, in order of Preference: South Pacific, Mediterranean, Western Europe, South America, Africa, then Asia and Central America, But especially interested in an African Safari and scuba diving in the South Pacific. However, I would consider all offers.
 
Let me tell you a little more about myself:
I am founder of the popular US based travel and lifestyle blog, PointsandTravel.com. I also submit some of my work to TheHotelGuide.com andWineDineandTravel.com, both have digital magazine layouts.
 
 
What is PointsandTravel?

PointsandTravel is not your ordinary travel and lifestyle blog. We are a travel resource of destinations, travel gear and content related to "value luxury" travel. The short of it, luxury is a personal choice – and that value means maximizing dollars for the greatest experience. Value luxury travel is not about the price tag of the accommodation; it’s about the value found in a luxury travel experience. It is also about adventure, from scuba diving, to climbing to rappelling, we discuss what to do when you get there, anywhere in the world.

About Our Readers
Our primary demographic is the educated female, age 35-55, who is married to an affluent male with extra spending money.  They typically have children and are located primarily in the USA, Canada and the UK. 

About Dr. Cacinda Maloney
have traveled every six weeks of my life for over 20 years and have worked with a multitude of airlines, hotels, restaurants, PR and tour companies, as well as tourism boards and travel products.  I have worked with 18 tourism boards worldwide.

What is my travel style? 
I am open to adventure!
Dr. Cacinda Maloney has hiked to Machu Picchu, zip-lined through a rainforest in Mexico and rode horses to the top of a waterfall in Costa Rica where she rappelled down 100 feet, kayaked in the Galapagos islands, sailed through Greece, danced with natives in Fiji, trekked through Petra, swam with sting rays in the Cayman Islands, dived with Sharks in Roatan and scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef in Australia —just to name a few. Wouldn't it be great to add more adventures to this list?
 

Awards:

PointsandTravel.com was recognized by National Geographic Traveller to be the blog of the month in Dec 2014 and the blog of the week, the first week in Dec 2014 by Italy Magazine.  Plus Italy Magazine chose Dr. Maloney as their 2013 Winner for the Best Blog post about arts and culture.  

She was recently chosen as one of the 50 Yahoo Travel Explorers, which should help with her social media reach.

She was also chosen as one of the top 50 travel bloggers in the world from the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) to represent them at the first ever conference they had in Sri Lanka in Nov 2014.