Colmar Tropicale is a highland resort inspired by the Alsace region of France. Located in Berjaya Hills at 2700 ft above sea level, cobbled streets, timber-framed buildings, clock tower and pastel colors reminisce an European medieval village.
From Colmar Tropicale, the adjacent Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort is also inspired by the Haut Koesnigburg Castle in Alsace.
Now back to Colmar Tropicale, the rain forest that surrounds the area of Berjaya Hills is one of its major attractions for visitors. Nature trails and walking paths are provided throughout the property, and there are two on-site animal attractions: a rabbit park where children can play with and feed gentle bunnies; and a donkey ranch offering rides.
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.
Activities here includes attractions like an adventure park, a botanical garden, animal park and entertainment shows but to be honest they left us a little disappointed. There’s nothing really special to try except their Japanese village, which many visitors visited while we did not. Think about it, would you fly all the way to Malaysia just to see a Japanese village?!
Maybe you, but not us.
Here we are at the French-Themed Resort, Colmar Tropicale. This spectacular resort is a perfect place for a quiet laid back getaway with a picturesque and romantic environment.
The fountain with cranes is a gift presented to Colmar Tropicale from Alsace.
There is also a wishing well reminiscent of the one in Disney’s animated film; Rapunzel.
The signature landmark here is the Tour de L’Horloge Clock Tower. From the top, the view is magnificent it does look like your are “holidaying” in France. Even if you choose not to ascend the tower, you’ll definitely be able to feel the French atmosphere present.
It’s quite a unique experience, really. Think of it as a resort in Malaysia role-playing as a French village. The resort is European enough with some local Malaysian accents.
There’s a small moat with gracious swans in it. Gorgeous white swans, black swans too, with luscious black feathers and red beaks!
There aren’t a whole lot of restaurants at Colmar Tropicale. The food is pretty decent, though a little overpriced by Malaysian standards. Unless you’re Malaysian, you’ll still find the prices reasonable when compared to food in your home country.
As for the Malaysians.. I actually overheard a conversation between a Malaysian family over here, probably doing a day trip or something like that and they actually brought their own food because they refused to eat here, due to the inflated prices.
And trust me, that was quite an interesting conversation actually! I was actually quite amused! 🙂
If you stayed at the hotel in the premises (as we did), it’s a much quieter at night where romance OR loneliness depending on how you see it, fills the air.
We had a spacious one bedroom suite.
The living room is warm-hued with orange floor tiles and earth-brown sofa.
The lamps are a nice touch, provides dim, yellow glowed lighting at night and really reminds me of my apartment, back then when I was living in Paris.
Our suite also came with a mini kitchen counter which gives you plenty of space to make coffee, tea or other beverages.
The table in the dining area with the L-shaped bench is definitely very European because I remember seeing many of these tables & benches, during my time in Europe.
The room is pretty sweet, though a little feminine with white bed frames and light brown furniture with pastel-blue edges.
Something essential for all the ladies out there, the vanity table is in a different space, right outside the bedroom and just next to the bathroom.
As for the gourmet, here’s a list of restaurants in the area:
La Cigogne : Fine dining restaurant serving authentic French cuisine
Le Blason : Coffee house that serves all day dining from breakfast to supper
L’Orient : Indo-Chinese, French and South-East Asian restaurant
La Flamme : Sidewalk Deli which whips up the best pizza and pasta
Le Poulet Roti : Serves freshly roasted chicken and variety of side dishes
La Boulengarie : Homemade French bakery with sandwiches and freshly brewed coffee
Le Vin : Wine Bar with an extensive selection of delectable wines
We went for pizzas at La Flamme for a late dinner before turning in for the night. The Pizzas at La Flamme was AMAZING! To us, La Flamme was the best restaurant in the resort. Earlier in the day, we dined at Le Poulet Roti for lunch… It was a far cry from the delicious pizzas at La Flamme. Of course, the food at LA Flamme cost us more, but it was well worth the money!
We really wish that we have more time to bum like a sloth in our comfy king-sized bed but we had to get up for a French breakfast buffet. Hotel guests have complimentary breakfast at Le Blasom.
Yes, buffet… yeah with rice, porridge and noodles and the only French thing around are probably the muffins. Still, it tasted quite good. Especially the Malaysian Nasi Lemak as the rice is really fragrant & soft.
Considering the age of the resort, the management should be well aware of how much maintenance they’re going to need to keep visitors coming.
How to get there
Berjaya Hills is the perfect escapade with genuinely themed attractions set in 150-million-year-old tropical rainforests. It is a mere 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur where the experience of the journey is effortless and refreshing.
The journey for guests travelling from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to the resort is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Colmar Tropicale, Berjaya Hills KM48,
Persimpangan Bertingkat Lebuhraya Karak 28750 Bukit Tinggi,
Tel: + 60 (9) 221 3666
Fax: + 60 (9) 221 3828
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