Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi

Date of Travel: 27-28 Nov 2011
Bukit Tinggi's Colmar Tropicale, modeled after Alsace Village, France
The real look of Alsace Village

Bukit Tinggi, now known as Berjaya Hills Resort, is a small resort located 2700 feet above sea level. Located in Pahang, it takes approximately 1 hour to get there from Petaling Jaya (1 Utama) and costs RM1.60 + RM5.00 in toll rates.
Map of the Bukit Tinggi Resort area

1. Accommodation
The main hotel is called Colmar Tropicale, which is a mimc of a 16th century French village in Alsace. Rooms come with air conditioning and ceiling fan, have wooden flooring and are housed at different buildings along the main street (refer to map below). Mattresses were surprisingly firm, TV has a good variety of Astro channels (AEC, NHK, HBO, TV5 Monde, etc). Toilets come with a bathtub and standard toiletries. Be prepared for not-so-clean-water though.
Superior Room. Book it early, we paid only RM150.75 nett per room per night, including Breakfast

Bathtub provided in the toilet

Would you soak in murky water?
Rooms are located at Blocks 1-12, breakfast at Block 5

2. Things To Do
a) Japanese Village + Botanical Gardens
Farther up the hill from Colmar Tropicale, lies a zen-like garden with a teahouse where you can don a japanese costume, attend a tea ceremony and have your photo taken. There is a restaurant there called Ryo Zan Tei if you choose to dine here. You can choose to drive, or hop on the shuttle buses which takes off every hour or so. Once you reach there, be warned that it involves a hike up a very steep hill and is not for the faint-hearted.
Pond at the Botanical Gardens

Ryo Zan Tei restaurant at the back

Breathtaking views from the top of the hill at Japanese Village

Look Ma, I'm flying!

b) Animal Farm
For an additional RM3 per adult/child, you get to play with rabbits, see some deer and ride the donkey (add another RM6/person). RM3 to buy feed for the rabbits. On a weekend, the rabbits are overfed and would rather bite your fingers than the feed.
Rabbits are housed in cages, and a free-running area where you get to do anything u want to them

Donkey enjoying his ear-rub

c) X-activities
One of the newer attractions at Bukit Tinggi, you now get to do Flying Fox, Wall Climbing, Canopy Walk and Paintball. All with additional costs though.
Briefing before the Flying Fox begins

Do you get to fly both ways or one way only?

Canopy walk and Wall Climb

d) Golfing
Part of the activities at Berjaya Hills, is naturally golf. The terrain is extremely hilly and would be rather challenging.
Very bumpy green for golf

e) Others
A variety of things to do are located at the main street of Colmar Tropicale.
Funfair games to win prizes for the kids
Rides for children

Arcade for Daddy

Massage for mummy

Bicycle Rental

Gift Shops

Arts & Crafts shop for children
Team-building area

3. Restaurants at Bukit Tinggi
Accommodation includes buffet breakfast at La Blason. Surprisingly delicious, and much better than the buffet dinner which was RM55++ per adult. Other prices are as shown in the photos below.
Menu at Ryu Zan Tei

Menu at Le Poulet Rotti

Menu at La Boulangerie

Breads at La Boulangerie
Breakfast: Egg Station

Breakfast: Roti Canai & Vegetable Curry

Breakfast: Variety of Breads

Breakfast: Cheeses, Hams, Juices

Breakfast: Cereals, Fruits, Yoghurt

Breakfast: Porridge Station

Breakfast: Noodles and Nasi Lemak

4. Photographer's Playground
Finally, it's a beautiful place to be out in nature. Be trigger happy!

Someone brought their doggie along for a photoshoot!

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