Besides the food, Ipoh also have other cards up its sleeves - the limestone hills and hotsprings. Its only a matter of time that somebody with deep pockets get the idea of capitalizing on Ipoh's natural assets - and The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was born.
Located about 20 minutes drive from downtown Ipoh, the spa is nestled into the limestone hills towards the North-East of the town centre. It was developed by Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah - the big boss of the Sunway Group, one of the biggest property players in Malaysia. They have even developed a Sunway City in Ipoh modeled after the successful Sunway City in Kuala Lumpur - complete with a Theme Park called The Lost World of Tambun.
Banjaran Retreat is decidedly upmarket. There are only 25 villas, so guests enjoy total privacy while basking in the luxurious environment. The spa does receive day visitors.
Views of the lake and limestone hills are quite spectacular.
You normally need to make an appointment to visit the Retreat. I didn't know so went without an appointment, luckily they were nice enough to show me around. Next visit to Ipoh we may decide to check in here.