The resort is also lovely at night
Most guests come for rejuvenation treatments. The spa uses a blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian healing traditions and the most popular treatments among baby boomers are the anti-ageing ones.We treated ourselves to a relaxing massage at the Banjaran spa
The extensive spa and wellness menu includes treatments unique and true to Malaysias rich cultural heritage of Chinese, Indian and Malay traditions and includes diagnostic consultations and therapies as well relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments using only natural and organic and certified Halal skincare and body care products.
The resort specialises in the Retreat programmes Detox, Longevity, Weight Management, Rejuvenation , Fitness and Spiritual awareness
A 15 minute walk through the lush jungle at the resort,
we came upon the back entrance of the Lost World of Tambun Theme Park. We spent hours at the petting zoo. Not only were there colourful birds
Anson the 3 month old baby tiger
sugar gliders, beavers and snakes
there was also a family of hedgehogs and porcupines living in the zoo. Admittedly, I was quite shocked to see so many albino hedgehogs. Only then did I realise Needles is not unique
However, he is still the apple of my eye.
Many people have asked me if hedgehogs and porcupines are from the same family. The answer is NO
1. Hedgehogs are insectivores and porcupines are rodents
2. Hedgehogs eat worms and insects on the ground and porcupines eat tree bark and buds in the high branches
3.Porcupines will chew up and destroy tools and things you touch with sweaty hands since they crave salt, and they love to gnaw
4.Porcupines will also swat animals (like your pet dog) in the face with their tails, if they get close to them, and the quills burrow themselves in. A vet will have to painfully pull those barbed quills out or they will keep working further ways inwards, the dog may get a bad infection from them and die
5.Hedgehogs are super cute and adorable and make fantastic travel companions
For foodies, Malaysia is a fabulous place to live in. Not only do we have the bestest hawker food in the world, some of our fine dining restaurants are worthy of at least one or two Michelin stars. Now into its 10th successive year, the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival made its debut in September 2001 with an intrepid band of 13 restaurants from Kuala Lumpur. This year, Pomelo restaurant at Banjaran Resort is one of the 30 participating restaurants and a big thank you to the organizers who invited us to the MIGF party.
Hotel staff busy setting up for the big event and yummy hors d'oeuvres
Each course is paired with organic wine or matching mocktail. You can drink to your heart's content and will not get a headache the morning after
Clockwise from top left
1.Grilled black cod fish with four bean stew, clam juice and dried beef bacon
2.White and red pomelo with mixed shrimp and grilled scallop on lemongrass foam
3.Roasted lamb loin coated with macadamia nut, served with spinach and carrot terrine
4.Light red lentil and cauliflower veloute with cumin and poached quail egg
5.Beetroot granite with fruit dim sum
For dessert, we were served Mascarpone Pomelo Cream with tomato, strawberry and aged balsamic. It was so yummy I ate every last bite
To end the perfect evening, we were then led to Jeffs Cellar
This is the fourth and most impressive cave in the resort
With the owners Private collection of rare wines and liquor
Breakfast at the resort is a treat. We feasted on their fresh handpicked organic food.
It was a funfilled weekend and Pins had a blast
So did Needles
Needles made himself at home in our villa
He did not want to leave the resort and tried to hide from Mommy
Tired from the weekends activities, Needles and Pins slept soundly the entire drive home.
Stay tuned for the next installment of LiLs Adventures
( Please note that some of the text has been lifted off other articles on the Internet but the photos are all original. The opinions expressed here are based on my personal experience and no hedgehogs were harmed in the writing of this photoessay )