Sunday, July 1, 2018

Hotel Review: The Haven Resort - A Luxury Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia

Do you sometimes feel like you need another holiday right after coming back from a holiday?

When you're a parent, holidays are all about your children - making sure that they have a fun and fulfilling time. Of course you derive great pleasure from seeing them happy and being able to make memories with them. But running around all the time can really drain you.. which is why we love The Haven Resort in Ipoh.

The Haven Resort is the kind of place you can go to get away from the the hustle and bustle of the city and unwind.  Here, we got to enjoy the best of both worlds - our children were more than happy to play with each other at the kid's pool and playground while us parents have a relaxing time by the pool side while still being able to keep an eye on them.

This is our second visit to the resort and we loved it just as much this time around. The beautiful natural surrounding, great service and spacious rooms are what makes every stay at The Haven Resort so amazing.





Located in Tambun, Ipoh, the hotel is about 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur and features 150 suites, from one-bedroom suites suitable for couples, up to three-bedroom suites which can comfortably accommodate up to six people. Upon arrival at the resort, we were served Haven's All Natural refreshing Welcome Drink, made using lemongrass, ginger, cinnamon, lime and chamomile flowers.

This visit, we stayed in the 3-Bedroom Lakeview Executive Deluxe Suite, which was even more spacious (1658 sq ft) than the unit we were in before. The suite was well-appointed and can comfortably accommodate five persons and a 6th person can be accommodated with the addition of an extra bed.

As the name suggests, the suite comes with three bedrooms - one with a king-sized bed, one with a queen-sized bed and a smaller room with a single bed. The kids were delighted that they could each have their own room and quickly made themselves comfortable in their cosy rooms.

There is also a living room, kitchenette (for use by long-stay guests), dining room, 2 bathrooms/toilet, utility room and a large balcony. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wifi throughout the hotel.


Living room





Master bedroom


Bedroom with queen-sized bed


Call me 007



Living room - kitchen - dining room



A nice personal touch from The Haven team... made us feel right at home!


Our vast suite overlooks the Rockhaven, a majestic 280-million year old limestone outcrop as well as the stunning lake and lush evergreen virgin forest.The balcony runs almost the full length of the living room, perfect for enjoying the magnificent panaromic views and clear crisp mountain air. Two of the bedrooms also enjoy this stunning view.



We also got a very good view of the swimming pool



Enjoying some fresh fruits at the balcony



Breakfast is served daily at  Cuisines Restaurant, whereby you will be able to find a wide range of local delights such as wat tan hor noodles, congee, fried noodles, nasi lemak as well as cereal, fresh fruits, eggs to order, desserts and more. The award-winning restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, with a menu offering Asian, Western and Mediterranean cuisine with focus on healthy, wholesome food at affordable prices. You can read about our previous dinner experience here.







If you're lucky enough to bump into Mr. Ron at their breakfast area, he makes a mean bowl of congee!


For dinner, try their Cantonese style noodles "wat tan hor" with seafood - the prawns were fresh and HUGE!

The burger is also very good!


Fish and chips


For desserts, you must try their signature cheesecake! Rich and luscious :)


Chocolate brownie with ice cream



Our favorite spot in the resort was undoubtedly the pool area. The Haven Resort Hotel has specially designed and trademarked its own 60-metre seahorse-shaped swimming pool design. The 5-level infinity swimming pool, consists of a jacuzzi, leisure pool, lap pool, children’s pool and wading pool. It lies alongside the vast lake, enhancing its natural beauty. 



BabySumoKids ready for some FUN!


The children's pool with water slide!




Hubby's favorite - the whirlpool area which aids in improving blood circulation and relieving sore muscles. Sit back and relax.


My favorite - the glass wall feature on the swimming pool! After one year, I still think this is one of the most amazing pools I have visited.



Who could resist taking hundreds of photos here - just look at the view!










Make some time to go for a walk around the resort - it's well-landscaped and the plants are labelled so you can learn a thing or two during your walk. Best of all, no mosquitoes here at the resort!









The Raptor



Our children enjoyed playing in the outdoor playground. The resort also has an indoor playground, suitable for younger children. Lost World of Tambun is only 5 minutes drive away, so you can bring your children there for a full day of fun, should you wish. There's definitely lots for families to do around here, so there shouldn't be a dull moment for you and your loved ones.




Here at the resort, you will  also find a fully-equipped gym, badminton and squash courts and table tennis room for your leisure. The hotel has also recently launched The Haven Spa on the 1st floor of the Clubhouse, offering an extensive range of beauty and wellness therapies and treatments to those who wish to pamper themselves and rejuvenate.


Workout to this view



The Haven Resort is also the perfect base for guests seeking great local eats in the area. We missed out the more touristy restaurants in Ipoh town and explored Bercham area for food, which is about 10 minutes drive from the resort.



Prices start from RM1,611+ for the 3 Bedroom Lakeview Exec Deluxe suite.

Location: The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh - All Suites, Jalan Haven (Persiaran Lemban Perpaduan), 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

Tel: 05-540 0000

Website: http://www.thehavenresorts.com/


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