The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat…

The last time I had a vacation it was back in December 2106 and it was a trip to Hong Kong. Ever since then, I’ve worked till the wee hours of the morning and through festive holidays. That’s just the way it is, when you’re running your own empire. 🙂 This retreat vacation was definitely long overdue and where else to go for a good retreat than, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Perak for a few days? 😀 This would be my second time at the retreat. The Banjaran definitely has a soft spot in my heart. ❤

Why I love The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh?


The Room – The Garden Villa

The Garden Villa has it’s own patio area complete with latest Bose Bluetooth Wireless Stereo System + Daybed/Sofa + Dining Table + Fridge + Mini Bar.


You have your own private pool with Cabana to dip in, swim and sun tan. Just what I love doing. 😀





The room comes complete with a Coffee Maker, Flat Screen TV, a Super Comfortable King Size Bed + Divan. For my second visit to the Retreat, they gave me a pretty bouquet of flowers and a complimentary bottle of red wine. ❤ Thank you The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat.


The bathroom comes with 2 sinks – His and Hers, Safe Box, 2 Wardrobe Cupboards – His and Hers, a Shower Room and a separate Toilet.



Don’t forget the Private Hot Spring that comes with a Jacuzzi setting right outside the Bathroom area which comes with an outdoor Rain Shower.


In the mornings, you can wake up and enjoy the view of your Private Pool while enjoying the In Room Dining Menu of your choice. ❤


I enjoyed a Lobster Roll one of the afternoons too. It was delish and definitely fresh.


Every night, you’ll enjoy their Turn Down Service with some goodies like Cookies or Chocolate.



The Retreat Itself

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is surrounded by hills, mountain terrains and also lots of natural flora and fauna. Hence, you get the natural scents and noises for a relaxing night’s rest.


The Natural Geothermal Hotspring is located in the middle of the resort with it’s Dipping Pods with a view of resort, Meditation Crystal Cave, Steam Cave and much more.






There is also a Heated Swimming Pool nearby the main Hotspring at the resort that has a menu offering refreshing beverages to cool you down from the heat.

There is no shortage of good food at the retreat – The Pomelo serves up special monthly menus. If you’re looking for a unique experience, Jeff’s Cellar is set within a limestone cave which is one of the most unique wine bars in the world. They have a wide range of organic and rare wines in a setting where ethereal lighting, intimate cave interiors and breathtaking natural water features present a whole new encounter and indulgence. Lastly, the newest addition to the retreat is The SkyBar which is literally set on top of the limestone hills comprising a cosy upper deck bar with a backdrop of breathtaking view overlooking the geothermal hotspring lake and a lower deck offer an exclusive whiskey lounge inside a cave. The bar serves refreshing signature cocktails and beverages with a fine and delightful light bites, gives you the best hints for an unforgettable experience.


You really must experience The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat by yourself at least once. 🙂

XoXo, VA

New Year, New Journey…


Happy New Year, 2019! everyone. I hope that 2018 was kind to you and your loved ones. 2018 definitely brought new experiences for me. At the beginning of 2018, I started my year of with lots of dog related events, gatherings and shopping for Laurent, my Frenchie that was part of the Atkinson family since December 2017 and Saint, my Mini Beagle that joined the family in May 2018. Never did I imagine that I would be a proud Mom to 2 Intelligent, Adorable and Energetic Furkids. Laurent is now 1yr and 3mths while Saint is 9mths old as of 1st of January 2019. They grow up too fast!


Middle of the year till New Year’s Eve 2019, I’ve been extremely busy with work and family especially Mom. I started to make working out a part of my routine, my form of solitude. I now have two forms of solitude – Driving and Working Out which makes me happy. At the same time, I did “spring cleaning” by removing toxic elements from my life.


I’m signing off this post by wishing everyone another great year ahead in 2019!! Let’s surround ourselves with Good Vibes as life’s too short to be living with doubts or negative thoughts.

XoXo, VA

The Journey Begins…

Welcome! to La Bella Vita which means, “A Beautiful Life…” I decided to name my new blog just that, because I’ve gone through life finding the beauty in everything – people, environment, situations, experiences and much, much more. Life is truly beautiful (smukke – beautiful in Danish) if you take the time to realize it.

It’s been a long time since I last blog, years in fact. But, because my passion is sharing my knowledge and life experiences, I’ve decided to share my journey once again. Currently, besides spending time with loved ones, working hard on my empire, spending time with my 2 lovely furkids – Laurent the Frenchie and Saint the Mini Beagle, I workout at the gym and it’s my second solitude besides driving. I feel that working out not only helps me clear my mind but, it also helps me to stay grounded and fit to take on new challenges as they come.

XoXo, VA