So I’m going to have yet another long weekend in January this month, my first for 2017 apart from the one we had for New Year’s Eve. It is actually my 30th birthday surprise weekend getaway which was long overdue because my husband was unable to secure the dates in December on my actual birth date. The irony of this getaway is that it’s no longer a surprise destination as my husband had initially booked a different location but he had second thoughts after reading some reviews on TripAdvisor by other travellers.
Turned out he had secured the weekend for a back-to-nature vacation at the Time Capsule Retreat in Sungai Lembing Town of Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. It would have been a great vacation if it weren’t for some rooms not having an attached bathroom, mosquito fiestas and the bad reviews by other guests who had stayed there before. Of course that doesn’t mean that I would never go there. Perhaps another time when it isn’t supposed to be a big deal (i.e.: my birthday surprise). After reading the reviews and having a change of mind, he called me and an emergency change of plans was much needed.
In the end, we settled for Colmar Tropicale in Bukit Tinggi by Berjaya Corporation Berhad, also in Pahang, after much thought and careful deliberation on Booking.com. So what is it about Colmar Tropicale that caught our attention?
Well, for one, it has been a long time since I last went there. I used to visit the place as a child when my family would go over for a day trip. Unforunately for me, I’ve been to the actual Colmar in France during one of my holidays with my family a few years ago, and now coming back to the local version, things may not seem as great as the real thing. For my husband, however, he has never been there before and it would be a great experience for him. So at least the trip wouldn’t just be for me. I don’t believe in celebrating at a place that I myself would enjoy while the other person is suffering and/or sacrificing his or her happiness for the sake of the other party.
But let me tell you a little bit about the place, even if my trip is only two days away and I will likely be posting about the trip again when I’m back. Perhaps you may want to have a go at it once I’m done with this post.
About Colmar Tropicale
Colmar Tropicale was opened in the year 2000 and modelled after the 16th century Colmar town in the northeast of Alsace in France. The Malaysian version of Colmar Tropicale also incorporates the architectural designs and elements from the ancient surrounding villages of Riquewihr, Turckheim and Kayersberg.
Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, was impressed with the French-themed village upon his visit to the region of Alsace, which prompted Tan Sri Vincent Tan, the founder of Berjaya Corporation Berhad to replicate the actual Colmar town in Malaysia. The Malaysian version of Colmar comes with 235 rooms and suites, a variety of food and beverage outlets-cum-lounges with dishes ranging from local and international cuisine to authentic French fine dining restaurants, as well as facilities for banquests and meeting rooms are also offered by the resort.
Colmar Tropicale beckons to just about anyone, from solo travellers to families, hopeless romantics and honeymooners, to bathe in the century-old Alsace charms at 2,700 feet above sea level amidst 80 acres of rainforest. Let the medieval French village atmosphere and picturesque environment bring you back to an enchanting era teeming with culture and romance.
Are you tempted yet?
Activities in Colmar Tropicale
If you’re wondering what to occupy yourself with at Colmar Tropicale, well, here are a list of things that you could dip your hands into.
Food and Beverage
For the romantic, you can book yourself a table for two at La Cigogne, the authentic French fine dining restaurant. The restaurant had been given the ‘Best Serviced Restaurant’ award by Tatler Malaysia in 2005 with culinary roots in classic French cuisine and comes with the promise of a romantic French dining experience that is perfect for honeymooners. The menu embraces a modern style with an understatement of creating an ambience of an intimate dining experience. These cuisines are perfectly matched with an extensive range of international wines.
For Health and Wellness
For the weary, you can embrace bring forth the best of health by treating yourself to a session of pampering your skin, body and mind. The Tatami Spa is Asia’s first Japanese-concept spa outside of Japan and was given the ‘Resort Spa of the Year’ award by Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards 2007-2008. Indulge in a range of body treatments from scrubs and aromatherapy massages to hot therapeutic baths, be it in the calming indoors or the refreshing outdoors. The spa is set within the lush and tranquil Japanese Village, which only serves to accentuate an atmosphere of total bliss and relaxation.
There are also other amenities and facilities to put your minds at ease. For those who need more than just the basic necessities, below are some of the offerings by the resort:
- Baby-sitting services (upon request)
- Car rental arrangement (upon request, subject to availability)
- Shuttle services to and from attractions in Berjaya Hills
- Courier, mail and postage services
- Bell service
- Foreign currency exchange
- Hospitality Lounge with internet facilities
- Laundry service
- Major credit cards accepted
- Safe deposit boxes
- Shuttle service
- Souvenir shop
- Wi-Fi (chargeable)
For Sports and Adrenalin
Sometimes we have too much energy and we need to spend them in order to get a restful night of sleep. A whole day spent with the wide array of recreational activities at Colmar Tropicale can include horse riding on the broad backs of the marvellous breed of Palomino horses to tea drinking in the hills of solitude at the Japanese gardens.
Perhaps you’re feeling the need to sweat it out? Then you can go mountain biking in a casual or adventurous setting and enjoy the scenic surrounding of Berjaya Hills Colmar Tropicale. Or maybe you feel the urge to flex those biceps and challenge yourself, then rock climbing could be for you at RM38.00 per person. As a strenuous activity, rock climbing requires you to have the physical strength, endurance and stamina in order to haul yourself up along the rocky walls. Apart from being a challenging activity, it is also an exciting one and gives the climber an adrenaline rush. You can participate in either the speed climbing or the leisure climbing. Either way, you’re certainly going to make your muscles scream for mercy!
There are a whole lot more that you can do when you get there, and a main reason why I chose that place is because of its French-themed surrounding which would make a very good photography opportunity! What about you? What’s your reason for going to a place that you’ve either already been to or haven’t been before?