A stellar lineup of supercars was the prelude to an evening of indulgence hosted by The Haven Resort Hotel & Residences on Saturday, April 23 at its ballroom. Cleverly blended into the itinerary of the gourmet party were fine wine and culinary pairings, impeccable service and the company of over 70 prominent Ipohites.

“Welcome to a development that has literally shocked the world. The attributes of Ipoh have long been overlooked. We appreciated, utilised and promoted it to Malaysians and the world,” said Peter Chan, CEO of The Haven. Among the attributes of the 280-million-year-old site, nestled at the edge of a lush primary forest endowed with aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, is its exclusive location in the pathway of many migratory birds.

“So far, guests from over 50 countries have visited and stayed here. Many international companies such as Shell, Petronas and Emirates have also held their functions here,” added Peter, dressed in his signature black dinner jacket. Besides being honoured with a 5-star rating by the Ministry of Tourism last year, The Haven has, to date, won 36 national and international awards.

Present was Director of the Haven, Tan Sri Haji Megat Najmuddin, an Umno stalwart and an Ipohite.

During the ultimate palate-pleasing experience, Perrier-Jouët uncorked their top-brand champagnes, Grand Brut and Blason Rosé along with MSG-free entrées and dishes prepared by The Haven chefs. The bubbly liquid was served in hand-painted glasses imported from Paris thus displaying its visual splendour.

The exclusive black-tie party was organised in collaboration with Pin Prestige, a Chinese luxury fashion and lifestyle magazine, Absolut Elyx, a premium Swedish-made vodka and Acca Kappa, an Italian-brand name for body-care and health products.

Mei Kuan