In a rural area, removed from dining and attractions
TVs in some rooms are tiny
Although Felda Residence Hot Springs is more geared toward day visitors than overnight guests, this three-pearl family-friendly hot springs resort is a solid place for those who want to devote a good amount of R&R time to swimming and soaking in the property's multiple mineral-springs-fed pools. Rooms at the property are modern and sleek, though not overly upscale, and come with kettles, tiny TVs, and simple bathrooms with a variety of toiletries. Along with restaurants and bars, there are plenty of on-site amenities, including gigantic inflatable slides and bouncy castles, plus a gift shop, conference facilities, and a gym. Travelers looking for a more luxurious hot springs option in Perak may want to check out the five-pearl Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat instead.
Family-friendly hot springs resort popular with domestic tourists and business groups
Popular with Malaysian day-trippers, Felda Residence Hot Springs attracts more daytime than overnight guests, who come to the resort for its gigantic mineral pool with slides and water features. However, some business groups do come here for team-building activities, and there are meeting facilities on-site. The property is covered with greenery, and there are small thatch-roofed picnic areas on the grounds, plus a few food vendors and an ice cream cart. The sprawling grounds also feature a lot of large grassy play areas for families (including a soccer pitch) and there are plenty of spots to explore and structures to climb on -- just beware of the multiple hot springs pools around the resort. The lobby is housed in an open-air structure with high traditional roofs and lots of ceiling fans to keep the space cool.
Remote location, a 90-minute drive north of Kuala Lumpur
The hotel is located in a remote countryside area dominated by palm oil plantations, near Sungai Klah Village. It's an hour and a half away by car from Kuala Lumpur, and an hour and forty minutes from the Kuala Lumpur Airport. Guests will need a car, as there are no attractions or eateries within walking distance.
Contemporary rooms with air-conditioning, plus large home-like villas
The Felda offers a variety of units, all with contemporary decor and a bright, clean feel. Amenities include air-conditioning, kettles, mini-fridges, and flat-screen TVs, though the TVs in some of the rooms are tiny. Decor varies by room type, but is generally dominated by neutral shades of brown, tan, black, and gray. Spacious Villas are also available, with slightly more upscale furnishings than in the rooms, including larger (but still smallish) TVs and wooden sofa sets with big plush cushions. Villas also have large outdoor patio areas and furnished kitchens with dining tables, microwaves, fridges, and four-burner stoves that make them feel home-like. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos and plenty of free toiletries, plus large mirrors and big counters.
Multiple hot and cool mineral pools, restaurants, conference facilities, and a fitness center
The Felda's biggest draw is its multiple pools that range in temperature. Guests can rent out a private jetted whirlpool fed with hot spring waters or take a dip in the still reflexology pool (named as such because it sits next to a foot-stimulating pebbled walkway used for barefoot walks). Although it can be a bit warm on hot days, there's also a large hot springs pool that's suitable for wading and is flanked by lovely greenery. Next to this pool are a few small tubs filled with hot water that visitors can use to hard-boil eggs (sold at a kiosk on-site). The coolest (and largest) pool is perhaps the biggest draw, especially on hot days (which are plenty). Features of this pool include a giant waterfall, a waterslide, fountain features, and a shallow wading area for kids. Off to one side are giant inflatable bouncy houses and slides for children to play on.
Along with multiple food carts and the aforementioned egg-boiling station, the hotel features Malay and Western dishes at the Meranti Restaurant as well as local dishes at the on-site Rumbia and Tempayan Cafes. Other amenities include an air-conditioned fitness center, and while the space is huge, the cardio and weight-training equipment is old and in need of a refresh. There's also conference space available for rent here and free hotel-wide Wi-Fi. Parking is free and abundant.
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