Monday, September 14, 2015

Sweet Escapade at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat - Part 1


I'm BACK! I'm BACK! Yes, I knew that the last post was half year ago :P

How I wish I could have the luxury of time to blog more often!!! But I know being a working mother  of two, I have no choice but to prioritise  my family and work so before I resume working, I will try to update more often.

Visited this beautiful heaven last year with hubby but I think it's never too late to share such a wonderful place for CUTI-CUTI MALAYSIA with all of you.

The Banjaran is situated among limestone hills and rain forest, this peaceful paradise offers stunning greenery surroundings and natural hotsprings lake and caves. It has a no-child policy to make sure guests are indulged in this tranquil environment for relaxing and rejuvenation.


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After entering the resort, we were greeted by the most natural and serene surroundings.


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Checking in was a breeze. And the hotel staff asked us to hit the gong to mark our arrival.


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Ready to be taken for a quick tour on a buggy before being sent to our room.


Housing only 25 villas, each villa comes with its own private plunge pool. There are only two room types, garden villas which offer better privacy, bigger swimming pool and living area and water villas which are build on the water canal with a smaller space but comes with a balcony to laze on.


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We chose to stay in Water Villa but upon arrival, we were automatically upgraded by the resort to Garden Villa. So happy!


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Our room key. It was a waterproof bracelet. No worries if you drop it in the hotspring pool.


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The swimming pool and sun deck


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Besides the pool, there was a spacious living area equipped with reading materials and built-in relaxing music whole day round.


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The bedroom with super comfy mattress and pillows


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Washroom which had a door opened to some beautiful landscape setting


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A very big wardrobe connecting with the washroom


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Shower area


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And most important was our private hot spring tub at the backyard! Water from the natural hot spring was channeled into this tub and cold water tap was available for us to regulate the temperature.


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Ready to explore the surroundings by our feet. Here's the water villa.


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Guests are not allowed to enter the main geothermal hotspring lake because of its high temperature. But there were a few hot dipping pot if you love the outdoor dipping experience.


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Greeneries and natural stones


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There was a small man made waterfall in front. The sound of water flowing from the waterfall had a magically relaxing effect, which made me fell in love with this surrounding.


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Let's explore the Steam Cave.


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The only photo that I managed to capture due to the steam blurring my camera lense.


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Crystal Lake, which was a mirror-like lake that you could clearly see your own reflection!


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Crystal cave

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The stairs to go up to The Balcony, which offered a panorama view over the geothermal hotspring lake, swimming pool and the surrounding limestone hills.


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Beautiful view and relaxing spot


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Our very first Garra Rufa Therapy experience

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Omg! I really couldn't stand the tickling sensation when the fishes exfoliated my feet. Photo shown was my hubby's hand.


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Besides the dazzling scene as shown above, the resort has some special attractions which other places fail to offer.

Please stay tune for Part 2 alright? See you soon!





Monday, March 02, 2015

Zermatt, Switzerland



Sorry for the lack of updates as there was a change in my life for the past few months and I could barely spend any time doing something that I like besides sleeping and resting.

Let's continue with my Europe trip travelogue though it's a throwback but I strongly believe that good things shall be shared.

Zermatt, the home of the Matterhorn is a carless city that offers fresh crisp air and jaw-dropping views. Well, if you have followed my blog for quite some time, then you would have already read about the Matterhorn but if you are a newbie here, you may click HERE for the Matterhorn post.


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To enter this carless city, we took a train from Tasch station.


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After 25 minutes, we arrived at Zermatt.


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I was impressed with the design of the quaint wooden houses when I stepped out from the station. The flowers at the balcony were so lovely and welcoming. Almost all the hotels, restaurants or shops were having the same design, but just came in different colors.


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This was the hotel that we stayed. Ambassador Hotel, very strategically located as it's just 100 meters from the train station. We got the chance to stay in this expensive hotel (though it was just a 3 star hotel, but it costed RM1300 a night!) because of some last minute changes in itinerary made by APPLE and as a compensation, they upgraded us to spend one night in Zermatt.


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After unloading all the luggage, we headed to the main street, Bahnohostrasse to begin our journey to explore this enchanting village.


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The main street was full with shops offering souvenirs, swiss chocolates, watches and sports equipments.

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We were given a voucher to redeem a free souvenir from Bucherer, the most famous shop selling Rolex watches. After this, the tour guide did not bother to tour us around as he only focused to serve those who wanted to buy Rolex watches. So we explored this little town by our own for 45 minutes before our lunch.


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Behind me was an electric car


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Cowbell souvenirs


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St. Bernard dogs, which you will find them at the summit of Gornergrat. Photographers will be there to take and sell photos to you.


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As you walked up the slope, you would see Saint Mauritius Church on your left. This was a landmark which you would not miss as it came with the picturesque clock tower and stunning mountain backdrop.


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And next to the Church was Matterhorn Museum, which was closed during our visit.


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We took a left turn after the Museum, and saw some monuments, followed by a cemetery.


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We walked further down the road to find the best place to capture this Zermatt village with the mesmerising Matterhorn as backdrop. Lucky that I did enough preparation before visiting and of course many thanks to the bloggers who shared their photos and the details to reach this wonderful place. This is definitely a must-do when you are in Zermatt!


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After taking the photos, we walked back to the main street happily as one of the items in my "must-do" lists had been achieved!


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Continued to explore the old barns, which were built more than 200 years ago.


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Our cute and lovely driver

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Truly a sublime setting that made me wanna stay here for longer!

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Time to shop after we returned from Gornergrat! Watches are must-buy in Zermatt. I bought a cheap and nice one for myself as souvenir.

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We were told by the tour manager that the supermarket “Coop” offered the best deal for Swiss chocolates! And of course I bought kgs of chocolates here until my luggage was full and I had to put them in my hand-carry bag. Pulling a 22kg luggage plus carrying a 10kg bag using my hand made me breathless + exhausted + sweaty when we walked up the slope on the next morning to the train station as we were already super late and rushed like mad lady.

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Läderach Chocolatier Store! They offered the best range of hand-made chocolate and truffles.


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Don’t forget to have some tasty treats at this Gourmet Chocolatier. They allowed tasting of the chocolate before you purchased. These fresh chocolates bars were called Frischschoggi and they were the best! I loved dark chocolate hazelnut the most!


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I bought some of these tempting pieces but neither the praline nor the truffle particularly impressed me.


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Back to hotel for our dinner

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As usual, soup for starter

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This main course looked so non-tempting. The quality was just mediocre.

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This lovely cake definitely won my heart away. So much better than the main course!

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After dinner, we hung out again though all the shops had closed.


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But honestly there was nothing much to see at night as the snow mountain hid themselves in the dark.



I would say the stay in Zermatt and the visit to Gornergrat was the most relaxing one amongst all other places that we visited during the trip as we had ample time for shopping and exploring the place by our own and the stunning and dramatic scenery of Matterhorn at Gornergrat really took our breath away.


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