Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi

Currently managed by Berjaya, Bukit Tinggi Resort was launched about 9 years ago and was taken over by Berjaya, and renamed, about 3 years ago -it's such a sad little place. Fake fake fake is all I can say about it - we were up there the past weekend - just a day jaunt Thank God! I saw some tourist buses there, I can't imagine what I would do if I went on a tour of a country and the agents brought me somewhere like Colmar Tropicale.

It's up on a hill and almost in the same direction as Genting Highlands but so far different. The air was hot and it was like a lost little amusement pit stop that people forgot. There were still people visiting - strangely! The entire 'French Village' was made up of the Berjaya Hotel with different buildings in the 'village' actually different wings of the hotel. There were several restaurants - all with French names and the French music piped into toilets to lend that 'authentic' Viva La France feeling.......ummmm....

So, anyway, there were cafes, bakeries, a Roast Chicken place, a supposed Fine Dining restaurant, an Italian place and a 24 hour Food Place that was just sad. Everything was sad - gosh, it's so sad!!!!!!! We ate at the 24 hour Food Place which is like you know, the normal bistro or whatever at a hotel. There was a buffet 'spread' and we basically had rice and some cuttlefish, fish, eggs, lamb and vegetables - chap fan basically. At only RM75 for the two of us! HA!HA!HA!!!

There was a poor little fake wishing well, which I didn't even feel inclined to peek into - but there were several people making wishes and dropping coins and taking pictures - sigh.....

There was a caricaturist who I think was the most interesting attraction there - besides him, ummm....a wax hand shop, a massage parlour and a regularly scheduled Chinese Acrobatic performance.

We then took the free shuttle to the Japanese Village which was a little better - no cooler but at least a little more authentic and original and enjoyable with its streams and Japanese Kimonos. We were quite interested in checking out the Tatami Spa but looking at the number of visitors and its price menu, we didn't think they were open anymore. The most affordable - like 30 mins of massage or something was RM400!!!!

We were so anxious to get away from the place - it even cost us RM10 to get in!!! IAYOYOYOYOYO!!!! Oh ya, there is also a Rabbit Farm there and a Horse Riding Facility.

This gets our Sakai Award!!!

(P.S. I can't even summon up the energy to fire to complain, no passion to wax lyrical - sad)

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Rm10? I paid rm12 per pax for the entry! But it was reimbursed back upon check out from the room though...

Anyway i was there last weekend. Wife won a free stay from some contest. The highlight of the stay is just the 150 min massage, and the time we spent in the room together. Nothing much out there. Not much green since the forest surrounding the resort was cleared to give way to some hillside bungalows.

plus, i agree that it's not cold. Travelling there made it feel like we're going very high up the hills, but a check on the gps reveals that we're just 2000 feet above sea level. No wonder. So of course it's unfair to compare it to Genting that is actually seated at 6000 feet. Plus on the day before i left, i actually saw genting from a distance, located high up as if i'm looking at it from KL on a clear day. Haha...

But for its redeeming feature, it's a great place for shutterbugs.