Jeff's Cellar Rated as One of the Most Magnificent Bars in the World by CNN Greece

Experience Jeff's Cellar through the Dine & Dream Programme
2018-07-18 10:40 2355

IPOH, Malaysia, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was recently named as one of the 5 most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece, alongside other remarkable bars located in Germany, Namibia, South Africa and Jamaica. The Banjaran invites diners for an ethereal dining experience in the cave chamber cellar through its Dine & Dream gastronomy programme at the bespoke wellness resort in Ipoh, Perak; located just 2-hour drive from Malaysia's capital city, Kuala Lumpur. 

Dine in Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran - rated one of the most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece
Dine in Jeff's Cellar at The Banjaran - rated one of the most magnificent bars in the world by CNN Greece

Built into a cavern of a 260 million-year-old limestone hill with some of the most spectacular cave concretions, Jeff's Cellar is one of the most unique wine bars in the world where guests can savour an extensive range of organic and rare wines from around the world. What commenced as a private wine cellar exclusively for guests staying at The Banjaran, has now evolved into a dining destination that is certain to entice discerning food and travel adventurers to visit Ipoh's most experiential culinary destination, further reaffirming Ipoh's recognition by Lonely Planet as "Asia's top destination for food".

Under the Dine & Dream programme, The Secret Escape takes diners into Jeff's Cellar. Its entrance is disguised in a medieval fashion with a deep well, and high steel grated gates bearing double crests. Beyond the entrance, an ethereal feel immediately welcomes guests to an intimate cave interior with breath-taking natural water features which also give it a cooling effect, transporting guests into another realm for a whole new encounter and indulgence. Diners can choose from a selection of 5- or 7-course set dinner menus, priced from RM500 nett per person.

The Dine & Dream programme also presents 4 other bespoke choices, each themed to heighten the novelty of the venue in which it is set amidst the sprawling retreat. These dining options include Star Struck, Sizzle & Flames, In-Private and Enchanted Delights, with prices starting from RM500 nett per person. For a romantic setting, a most sought after Dine & Dream programme is the Star Struck where diners are ushered to a private deck overlooking the hot springs lake, set against a breath-taking backdrop of towering limestone hills; Sizzle & Flames cocoons diners into The Balcony, an elevated private cave chamber that overlooks the retreat's hot springs lake and In-Private takes dining into a new level of privacy where guests are able to sizzle their own barbeque selections; Enchanted Delights will make diners reminisce and experience an elegant afternoon tea overlooking a tranquil pond with an array of sweets, savouries and a lovely selection of teas, complemented by a glass of champagne.

The Banjaran's Dine & Dream culinary brigade is led by Malaysian-born Head Chef Lee Choon Boon. Chef Boon brings over 15 years of regional culinary experiences with several international hotel brands and award-winning independent restaurants. Mr. Castaldi Alex Rosario, General Manager of The Banjaran said, "Dine & Dream brings together food and destination as a cohesive recipe. With Jeff's Cellar given such a recognition by CNN Greece, we believe Dine & Dream creates another reason for diners and tourists alike to visit this part of Malaysia; and to experience The Banjaran, which has become one of Ipoh's most experiential culinary destinations in its own right."

For a complete experience, The Banjaran features 45 Garden, Water and Lake villas nestled in a secluded cove, allowing nature to play host and providing vistas of the towering limestone hills that envelopes the valley floor. Each villa accommodates 2 adults. Prices are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (RM) inclusive of prevailing taxes. For reservations, call The Banjaran at Tel: +60-5-210-7777, email directly to or visit The Banjaran's Dine & Dream is also open to external guests. Advanced reservation is required.


The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is nestled in a valley cradled by lush tropical rainforest, geothermal hot springs, natural caves, cascading waterfalls and magical 260-million-year old Paleozoic limestone hills; located 15-minute drive from Ipoh city, in the northern state of Perak; and 2-hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The retreat features 45 luxurious villas, and a host of natural features including the geothermal hotsprings dipping pools, a thermal steam cave, meditation cave, crystal cave, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool, a naturally-heated swimming pool, a yoga pavilion and more. The Spa and Wellness Centre offers over 40 authentic Asian-inspired treatments. Jeff's Cellar, an ethereal cave chamber with some of the most spectacular cave concretions is arguably one of the most unique dining venues in the world. The Banjaran is reserved exclusively for guests above the age of 12 years old.


Farizal B. Jaafar
Group Director of Brand Marketing & Communications - Sunway Hotels & Resorts

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