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12 Jun 2009

Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills French Village Bukit Tinggi

Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills French Village Bukit Tinggi

Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills - Entrance

Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills Resort is actually inspired by the original Colmar Village in Alsace, France. Owned and developed by the Berjaya Group (a local Malaysian company), this resort used to be called Bukit Tinggi Resort until a few years ago when the group decided to rename it to their own name. 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 (jackpot machines) 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 - Cobblestone 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. The average height of the hill is around 2,700 to 3,500 feet so the air is pretty cool and fresh.

Bejaya Hills Colmar Tropicale Castle

The castle in the picture above serves as a function room and a parking bay with 2 floors. Looks very nicely done from the finishing and details. Apparently they took some time to get it right with the proper materials and skilled workers.

The Clock Tower

Inside the clock tower

Berjaya Hills Resort French themed buildings

At one glance inside the French themed town, it looks pretty nice for something like this to be found in Malaysia. However, what spoils the mood is the overall feeling of the place. A French town with local Malaysians ruining it in all ways possible from, the staff to the visitors. Like they say, 1st world country, 3rd world mentality. The atmosphere generally is not there so it seems dull and boring in town. Only for the fact that the buildings look nice and it is a little cooling.

Medieval Suit of Armor

The armor suits caught my attention as they had about 6 of these suits in the resort lobby. They looked well taken care of and apparently imported from Italy on looking closely at the details and note.

View of the French themed town

View from the top of the tower

They have a tower at the end of the town where one can, get this - climb up using the stairs or take a lift up! Anyway, it is a look out tower which is about four stories high and you can see the town from the top or turn around and see the beautiful view of the hills.

Pizza at the local restaurant

Just take note that the food here is a little over priced as it is a resort. No 7-11 or Mamak (local coffee shops) there. It seems like after everyone makes their way up there, they settle at the cafes to have a  quick drink or some snacks. Just like we did with the Pizza and Chicken Wings. Not the best in the world but edible.

Spice Chicken Wings at one of the local restaurants

At Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills Resort they have a bakery, restaurant, wine bar in the town. 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. On the other hand, newly dating couples would appreciate Berjaya Hills Resort as a half day get away from town and a chance to bond.

If you are expecting a casino or slots machines at Bukit Tinggi, take note that there is none. There use to be but no longer.  Now the place serves as a plain highland resort unlike Genting Highlands. Nevertheless, this place is great if you have kids.

The rates for the Colmar Tropicale is averaging from RM195.00 (US$55.70) to RM460.00 (US$131.40) They have full board packages so inquire with them.

The Berjaya Hills Golf and Country Club rates for rooms are from RM165.00 (US$47) to RM800.00 (US$228)

The Japanese Village rooms are RM1,100 (US$314) for 2D/1N.

Berjaya Hills contact number;

Resort - Tel: +60 (9) 288 8888
KL Office - Tel: +60 (3) 2149 1858

Or visit the Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills website

If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur and 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.

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Ken said... 13 June 2009 at 16:14

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... 13 June 2009 at 19:55

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... 13 June 2009 at 19:57

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... 13 June 2009 at 20:01

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... 27 November 2010 at 09:59

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.

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

Anyway,thx for post ya :p

Anonymous said... 27 November 2010 at 10:06

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

Item Reviewed: Colmar Tropicale Berjaya Hills French Village Bukit Tinggi Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: David Jr
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