1. The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh
Only In The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh
Waking up to the serene surroundings of a 280 million-year old jungle is not something that you can experience just anywhere. It’s a unique feeling that you want to preserve in your memory for a long time – knowing that you have touched nature at its most ancient and sacred. You breath in air that is so fresh from the pristine area that even your lungs feel like it has been thoroughly cleansed and detoxed. This sanctuary of respite, The Haven, is set at the edge of a virgin forest amidst the fauna and flora of a prehistoric site from the Paleozoic period. It is home to hundreds of natural, beautiful and unique plants and wildlife including the world’s fastest eagle, the Peregrine Falcon and the world’s smallest eagle, the black-thighed Falconet.
Staying here is akin to being in the middle of a jungle yet having access to all the conveniences of a modern condominium. From the balcony of my suite, I can survey the entire picturesque development including a natural lake, a 280-million year old limestone outcrop rising up to 14 storeys high, and a swimming pool with a patented design of a seahorse complete with Jacuzzi seats. The pool includes a deck, perfect for yoga or Pilates, a spa pool, heated pool and lap pool, as well as cultured and curated raised garden walkways that are disabled-friendly.
List of award (National, Regional, International)
The Haven Resort Hotel won the Top 1% Travellers’ Choice Award for 4 years consecutively (2016 – 2019) by Tripadvisor – the highest honour and recognition awarded by Tripadvisor based on the overall reviews and comments by its global travel community.
See a total of 57 National, Regional, International Awards here, https://www.thehavenresorts.com/awards-and-reviews.html
Other facilities of the 5-star resort include a gymnasium with views of the swimming pool and limestone outcrop, a 600-metre natural jogging track around the lake, a spa, tennis and squash courts, and charging points for electric cars. A brisk walk along the track is literally a breath of fresh air as I inhaled deeply the oxygen from the diverse plants along the pathway.
The award-winning resort also exceeds expectations when it comes to sustainable practices. It uses solar panels on the roofs of its car parks with the excess energy sold to Tenaga to reduce overall electricity rate and wind turbines to generate electricity which is used for night time lighting around the lake and jogging track. The resort harvests rainwater to ensure that water in the natural lake remains at a near-constant level. The rainwater is also used in common areas of the resort hotel in effort to conserve water. Special Decompose Pits (wet and dry) are created to decompose waste matter which is then used as natural fertiliser for the resort’s beautiful gardens.
All suites are designed to allow fresh air access by opening the main and balcony doors. There are no mosquitoes despite the abundance of greenery because of lemongrass clusters. Lemongrass is well known as a natural mosquito repellent. Monkeys are kept at bay by planting fruit trees outside the perimeter fence. They are too preoccupied with the fruits outside to bother climbing into the compound of the resort. There is a lot of fish in the natural lake; however no fishing or swimming is allowed in order to allow the ecosystem to thrive naturally including even allowing otters to come in to feast on the fishes during certain seasons. And, best of all, not a single tree was cut down nor any hill blasted during construction of The Haven.
No MSG/Artificial Ingredient/Chemicals/Additives, Free Range
The onsite restaurant has also clinched the World Luxury Hotel Restaurant Award in 2016 for serving only fresh and wholesome food with no artificial ingredients. The chefs go to the market in the wee hours of the morning every day to buy food supplies as they believe in serving freshest ingredients. No overnight food is served. served. The kampong eggs, served daily during breakfast, are of the highest quality. No MSG (Monosodium glutamate) or other artificial flavourings are used by the team of experienced local chefs in the preparation of the dishes. The same goes for the chickens served – they are sourced freshly from the farms everyday. The restaurant serves local Malaysian dishes, classic western and middle-eastern dishes and twists on Asian dishes. To read more on what the restaurant offers, click on…
Knock, Knock, Knocking On Haven’s Door
The resort consists of 512 condominiums spread over three, 26-storey towers that sit comfortably within their natural environment. The resort was designed as part hotel, part condominium investment project, with both sides of the endeavour complimenting the other. These residences are available for guests to use for long weekends, weeks at a time or even longer, and can also be bought for permanent use.
“The lake view is a must and the pool is fantastic!!”
“The environment surrounded by mountain. Able to enjoy the natural and feel relax there. The pool was fantastic. All of us love it. Especially the hot pool with Jacuzzi.”
Recharge & Indulge
The Haven Ipoh Spa offers an extensive range of beauty and wellness therapies and treatments for all who seek respite, rejuvenation, relaxation and rest. The finest natural products and essential oils are used by the spa’s well-trained wellness specialists.
Despite its pristine environment, The Haven is a mere 15-minute drive to Ipoh town centre, a 2-hour drive to Kuala Lumpur, 1 ½ hour drive to Penang and an hour’s flight to Singapore. Shuttle services run between the resort and nearby Ipoh city centre. To ease travel by helicopter, the resort hotel has built a helipad for this purpose. Above all, guests will feel safe and secure because of the stringent security system and measures put in place by The Haven management.
Book directly at www.thehavenresort.com or call +605- 540 0000 to enjoy exclusive benefits!
2. Meru Valley Golf Resort
The Only 5 Star Golf Course In Perak
Meru Valley Golf Course is a 27-hole championship course divided into three distinctive nine hole tracks, the Valley, Waterfall and River. The resort situated just 10 minutes out of Ipoh City with resort homes. It has also hosted many national and state events such as the Prudential Astro Masters, Perak Masters Open Championship, Perak Amateur Open, UM-NUS Inter University Tunku Chancellor Golf Tournament, Maybank Privilege Banking Customers Tournament, Dewar’s Awesome Foursome Challenge, Maxis Team Golf Tour and TM One Series Tournament.
Throughout their history they have been recognised with numerous industry awards, national & regional:
2008 – Best Golf Development Asia Pacific, CNBC International Property Awards
2008- 5 star winner, Best Golf Development Malaysia, CNBC International Property Award
2009 – Premier Award by Tourism Perak Malaysia
2011 – 5th Most Memorable Golf Course in Malaysia by Golf Magazine Malaysia
2014 – Highly Commended Awards- Asia Pacific Property Awards
2017 – Award Winner Best Leisure Development Asia Pacific Property Award
2018- Best Northern Development iProperty Development Execellence Award
The course offers fantastic practice facilities, including bay covered driving range, chipping, pitching, bunker practice and putting greens.
For golf fees, click on http://meruvalley.com.my/golf/
“Everything I like.. Very relaxing place. Staff are very polite and helpful. Rooms are very comfortable, well equipped with fridge, cookware, rice cooker etc. Dome Restaurant serves nice food. 15 min drive to Ipoh town. Will definitely come back again. ”
“The safety measure is over expectation ! Highly secured area…& with the free self laundry service..”
Local Flavours & Innovative International Cuisine
The resort boasts of the ultimately chic and modern lifestyle at the Meru Suites accommodations and a famed Clubhouse restaurant (Dome Restaurant) serving a range of delectable International cuisine. They serve a unique mix of local flavours, innovative international dishes and at the weekend mouth-watering BBQ delights. Big on taste and quality, and refreshingly inexpensive.
See menu here : http://meruvalley.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Dome-menu-2019.pdf
Forest Reserve & Waterfall
The adjacent Kledang Saiong Mountain ranges and forest is accessible through Meru Valley and has become a unique feature for the resort. MVRB maintains and beautifies the jungle trekking paths and waterfall picnic areas on behalf of the Malaysian forestry departmentat its own cost. View of trekking paths are cleaned regularly. Construction of stone walking ways and resting sheds along the forest path blend into the environment.
Meru Valley Boilers @ Clubhouse
A unique and innovative system implemented 13 years ago channelling hot air from air-conditioning unit servicing the Clubhouse, to a boiler. The hot air is used to heat up water in the boiler, which is then channelled for hot showers in bathrooms, and hot water use in kitchens.
Large Windows of the Clubhouse
Allowing natural sunlight into the clubhouse.
Indoor & Outdoor Activities
The activities are not just exclusively for members, stay active during your stay by dipping in the pool, swing around the 27-hole golf course, also the 2 tier Driving Range or borrow a bike at your leisure. If you’re an indoor person, indulge yourself at the spa or massage, at the hairdresser’s or if you’re looking for some medical treatment, go to the Health Centre which offers treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, emergency medical treatments, dermatological consultations, occupational health services, travel medicine and vaccination.
Overlooking The Greens
All 40 guest suites, Studio Suite, One Bedroom Suite, Two Bedroom Suite, Three-bedroom townhouse, Three-bedroom Villa comes with:
- Fully-equipped kitchen; kettle, microwave oven and fridge
- 32 inch LED flat screen TV with Astro
- Safety box
- Complimentary WiFi
- Use of free laundry facilities
- Complimentary water, tea and coffee
- Free use of resort facilities
The resort is 10 mins away from Ipoh town, they provide services such as airport transfer, transportation service & food delivery service which all makes your stay easy.
Book here: http://www.booking.com/Share-mTSEb5E