Colmar Tropicale @ Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia

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Bukit Tinggi Malaysia Pahang

Colmar Tropicale is a highland resort inspired by the Alsace region of France.  Located at 2700 ft above sea level, cobbled streets, timber-framed buildings, clock tower and pastel colors reminisce an European medieval village.


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The fountain with cranes is a gift presented to Colmar Tropicale from Alsace.

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The adjacent Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort is also inspired by the Haut Koesnigburg Castle in Alsace.

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Having said that it is French inspired, the timber-framed architecture is more Germanic instead of French as Alsace once lies in the conflicting border of France and Germany.  It was once annexed to Germany and it was only after the first world war that Alsace became part of France.

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Rothenburg Ob der Tauber is an example of a German medieval village.

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The resort is European enough with some Malaysian accents.

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I like the small moat with gracious swans in it.

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And black swans too with luscious black feathers and red beaks.  It’s probably the first time ever I am seeing black swans in my life!

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There aren’t a whole lot of restaurants at Colmar Tropicale.  Having tried the boulangerie which serves pretty good coffee with not-that-great pastry;

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and the roast chicken at Le Poulet Roti is a nice roast but heavy in MSG (the green gravy is spicy ayam penyet sauce, and the red sauce is their own interpretation of “BBQ Sauce”), driving down to the foot of the hill for dinner instead of having at the resort itself is probably a good idea.

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Entrance to the resort is RM 12 per person and it is waived if you are staying at the resort.  Activities include canopy walk, rock climbing and flying fox at the Adventure Park, small petting zoo,

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spa,

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golf,

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and fun fare games like hooking the rubber duck with the grand prize being the big cuddly teddy bear,

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ballon shooting,

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and throwing hoops onto the gold bottle, which is not as easy as it may seem.

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For a bit of serenity, head over to the Japanese garden or the botanical garden.  Shuttles from the resort are available to bring you to these two places, or you may drive there if you you prefer;  it’s a short 5 – 10 minutes drive.  The Japanese garden requires a short hike up from the pavilion whereas the botanical garden is a hike down from the pavilion.

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The Japanese garden is beautifully landscaped with rocks, koi pond and stone bridges.  It’s not really that big so it’ll probably take about 30 minutes to stroll around the area.

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There’s also a tea house, which is “The World’s First Japanese Tea House in the Tropical Forest” – where you get to change into a kimono, experience tea ceremony and take photos of course! There’s no admission fee to go inside the garden but a fee is required for the tea house.

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The botanical garden is set on a descending hill and it’s a breeze of walk through the tropical rain forest that Malaysia is blessed with.

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Some of the plants from the botanical garden.

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I am pretty sure some baristas must have gotten inspiration from these leaves as a lot of coffee art pretty much looks like this !

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A Japanese restaurant is also found in the botanical garden.

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If you are staying at the hotel, it’s a little quieter at night where romance seems to fill the air.

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The hotel’s lobby.

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We booked a deluxe room initially and got upgraded to a spacious one bed room suite.  The living room is warm-hued with orange floor tiles and earth-brown sofa.  The lamps are cute but provide inadequate lighting at night.

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A mini kitchen counter which gives you plenty of space to make coffee.

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The table with the L-shaped bench is definitely very European because I have seen this design in Germany quite a few times in restaurants and B&B.

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The room is sweet with white bed frame and light brown furniture with pastel-blue edges. It does resemble European B&B in some ways that ready made furniture are frequently used instead of built in cupboards.

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The vanity table is in a different space next to the bathroom.

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The balcony is huge you could have a party there.

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Scenery from the balcony.

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The bathroom and amenities.

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The swimming pool.

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The breakfast area.

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Breakfast consists of the usual – nasi lemak, porridge, fried noodles, pastry, egg station, noodle station, fruits and salad.

More Info
Colmar Tropical Official Website
Address: KM48, Persimpangan Bertingkat Lebuhraya Karak, 28750 Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia

Tel: + 60 (9) 221 3666
Fax: + 60 (9) 221 3828

 

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