12 Jun 2009

Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills French Village Bukit Tinggi

Colmar Tropicale Bukit Tinggi French Village

Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills Resort is actually inspired by the original Colmar Village in Alsace, France and is owned and developed by the Berjaya Group (a local Malaysian company). When it originally started, this resort used to be called Bukit Tinggi Resort until a few years ago when the group decided to rename it to their own branding.

This was my 3rd visit to the place since it was first opened and I cannot recall when that was. The first time I visited Bukit Tinggi years ago, they actually had a mini slot machine room in one of the outlets. Just like Genting Highlands, the place was filled with people pulling away on the 25+ machines hoping to strike it rich but sadly, the machines were removed due to some licensing issues.

Berjaya Hills Resort EntranceCobblestone walkway in

The drive to Berjaya Hills Resort is pretty decent and takes about 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur. It is not as bad as going up Genting Highlands or Cameron Highlands as the roads are less winding. And there are no stop overs on the way up and the average height of the hill is around 2,700 to 3,500 feet so the air is pretty cool and fresh. Perfect for getting away from the city. 

Castle at Berjaya Hills Colmar TropicaleBerjaya Hills Colmar Tropicale Castle

One of the outstanding features is a castle that stands out here which is actually a luxury hotel and resort called Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort. From the outside, the castle looks very authentic and the facade is very nicely done to resemble a traditional castle. Apparently from asking around, the owners took some time to get it right with the proper materials and skilled workers.

French Town in Malaysia
Walking in the main French town area
French Town in MalaysiaBerjaya Hills Resort French themed buildings

When you head into the main area here, you will most likely be in awe when you see a French themed town which looks very out of place here in Malaysia. Who would have thought that this was possible and the Berjaya group made it happen. so, for anyone looking for a feel of France, this is the place to visit, on a budget.

For photography and a day trip, everything is perfect here, but on the downside, what spoils the mood is the overall feeling of the place, the management and mentality of the staff. If the owners put in some effort in proper hospitality and management, I personally think this place would do so well. 

Malaysia Medieval Suit of ArmorMedieval Suit of Armour

Walking around the hotel lobby area, I could not help but notice a medieval armour suit on display. In total, there were about 6 of these suits in the resort lobby and they looked well taken care of and apparently imported from Italy on looking closely at the details and note. I was impressed as I can imagine only seeing these in Europe but now, here in Malaysia. 

Colmar Tropicale French Village MalaysiaView of the French themed town

Bukit Tinggi Colmar TropicaleView from the top of the tower

If you walk around the French town here, head to the end of the street and you will see a walk up tower. You can climb up using the stairs or take a lift up for those who had enough walking. Anyway, it resembles a look out tower which is about four stories high and you can see the entire town from the top or turn around and see the beautiful green view of the hills.

Food at Colmar Tropicale Bukit Tinggi

Colmar Tropicale FoodPizza at the local restaurant

For the foodies or anyone planning to have a meal up here, take note that the food here is a little over priced compared to the city area. After all, it is a resort. There are no 7-11's or Mamak (local coffee shops) there but only restaurants and cafes. It seems like after everyone makes their way up there, they simply settle at the cafes to have a quick drink or some snacks. Just like we did with the Pizza and Chicken Wings.

Malaysia Spice Chicken WingsSpice Chicken Wings at one of the local restaurants

At Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills Resort they have a bakery, restaurant, wine bar in the main town area where most people would be at. Rooms are available at the resort meaning you stay in the French themed town itself. They also have a golf course, paintball, Japanese Garden there. But a day trip would be enough to cover everything.

If you are expecting other activities like what Genting has, take note that there is none. This place now serves as a family or couple getaway with standard resort facilities. Now the place serves as a plain highland resort unlike Genting Highlands. Nevertheless, this place is great if you have kids or would just like a day trip somewhere.

On a side note, many local couples seem to come here for their wedding photography as this place is quite beautiful as a natural landscape. Wedding photographers in Malaysia also recommend Colmar Tropicale in Berjaya Hills as a beautiful wedding destination.

Weddings at Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills
A Malaysian couple posing for their wedding photo here
Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills Information

The rates for the Colmar Tropicale Resort and Hotel is averaging from RM195.00 to RM460.00 (2008 rates). They also offer full board packages or other types of deals therefore you can inquire directly with them.

The Berjaya Hills Golf and Country Club rates for rooms are from RM165.00 to RM800.00 (2008 rates). These are suitable for golfers and golfing families.

The Japanese Village rooms are RM1,100 (2008 rates) for 2D/1N. However, there are many promotional and special packages that you can enquire about. 

Berjaya Hills contact number;
• Resort - Tel: +60 (9) 288 8888
• KL Office - Tel: +60 (3) 2149 1858

Or you can also visit the Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills website

Colmar Tropicale Bukit Tinggi
Colmar Tropicale at Bukit Tinggi
Conclusion - I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to experience a hill resort especially when the air up here is very refreshing. Tourist who are thinking of what to do in their spare time can actually contact a travel agent to arrange a day trip or an overnight trip here. 

As for the management of this place, I recommend that you spend some money to do up the place and put this on the world map as Malaysia is a wonderful place to visit where there are various opportunities to experience the different types of resorts and Bukit Tinggi is one of them. 

For local tourist visiting Kuala Lumpur and if you have some extra time on hand, you can easily make a day trip up here to experience this lovely place. Locals also tend to make this place a day-trip and for me, when I have some spare time, I would make another trip here to Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills French Village at Bukit Tinggi just to see what is new.


Ken said...

I see that it's a great place for vacation. But my friend complaint it's rather bored in there.

Btw, great blog! Keep it up!

EVo said...

Yo david! finally found ur blog! =)

yeah bkt tinggi's not a place to have fun. but just to chill ok. and the whole place looks deserted..any idea how d tenants there can survive?

btw i've link u. woohoo!

David Jr said...

Hello Ken, thanks for the visit and post. It is a great place for a day trip, in fact, half day trip. And yes, your friend may be right as it is a little boring if you do not enjoy nature or photography. That is why I suggest a half day trip, best is to go about 9 to 10 am in the morning and leave by 5 or 6 pm.

David Jr said...

Hey Evo, thank you for dropping by. haha, I like the way you put it 'not the place to have fun'. Actually, I notice that a lot of families tend to bring their kids there to 'makan angin' or enjoy the fresh air.

As for the tenants there, I think they are all Berjaya owned. So, they probably absorb losses.

Will link you too and thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi All,
NicE to MeT yoU here. =)
I wish to be there by next month for my christmas holiday trip lo..

But as your blog shared like abit make me felt disappointed er =(

Btw,will take David suggestion for advise that take half day trip at there.I am also just wanna enjoying the nature and photograhy.
HaHa.

I have a question which is,there are admission fees to pay?

Anyway,thx for post ya :p

Anonymous said...

hi,me again..hehee
forgot to leave my name =p
i am Nicce here. tqvm

 
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