From Emily To You: The Haven Gourmet Poon Choi for Lunch or Dinner

Chinese New Year is just around the corner but when did we ever need a reason to sit down together for a feast?

If you really do need one, how about because The Haven Resort Hotel & Residences is currently running an irresistible promotion on its scrumptious Poon Choi set that received rave reviews last year?


You heard right! From now until 12th Feb, 2017, The Haven Gourmet Poon Choi Set is available to you at only RM988+* (good for 8 – 10 pax) or RM498+* (4 – 5 pax). You can dine on this set for either lunch or dinner, or both.

As for dinner, you may even get to savour the meal under the night sky as countless stars glitter above (weather and guest preference permitting). It is definitely an experience to be shared with family and friends, making it specially memorable over this time-honoured communal dish of Poon Choi.

If you are not aware, Poon Choi (in Cantonese) is a traditional luscious one-pot Chinese dish, or Big Bowl Feast; a special meal where all dishes are served in just one large bowl (or platter).

It is believed that the original Poon Choi contained so many premium ingredients and of such exquisite flavours that this ‘banquet in a basin’ was even fit for an emperor.

So, what are the ingredients that are included in The Haven’s Gourmet Poon Choi? How about abalone, sea cucumber, scallop, fish maw, dried mussel, prawn, fish fillet, smoked duck, goose feet, chicken, mushroom, yam, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, carrot and radish?


Also part of the set are garlic fried rice and Hong Kong Kailan (vegetables), with red bean soup and Shanghai pancake (wo paeng) as desserts. For the complete menu, check the image I have included above.

By the way, Halal-certified The Haven Cuisines was the 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards Winner. Therefore, be assured that these specially selected array of fresh ingredients are prepared without preservatives, monosodium glutamate (MSG) or artificial additives.


For further information or reservation, contact:

The Haven Resort Hotel & Residences
Add: Jalan Haven (Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan), 31150 Tambun, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 38.167′ E101° 9.684′

Web: The Haven Resort Hotel & Residences
Tel: +605-5400000
Fax: +605-5400099
Hotline: 1700.8.1700.0

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Ipoh Echo: 38 Years Of Success


38 Years Of Success

Saturday 16 Jul 2016 12:01 AM


The Haven Resort Hotel and Residences celebrated 38 years of endeavour, achievements and contribution of its team led by its chief executive officer, Peter Chan on Saturday, June 11 at its ballroom.

Offering thanksgiving for overcoming obstacles such as false accusations, Peter had this to say to his 150-odd audience, “You’re our ambassadors as you see for yourselves that none of these negative rumours are true. Regarding our popularity, we’ve gone from 1.2 million visitors in October last year to the current 4.2 million. There is no stopping us. The way we’re going on, we may be the most popular hotel resort in the whole of Malaysia. Right now, we are number one in Ipoh.”

The evening featured staff performances, string quartet and scrumptious dishes crafted only at The Haven: merou au four four (oven-baked fillet of fish served with homemade teriyaki sauce), poulet grille (roasted farm-bred chicken served with wild fresh mushroom sauce), Arabian-style ghee rice, black peppered Mongolian lamb, mixed vegetable hollandaise, golden butter prawns, wild mushroom soup and homemade dessert.

“I’ve known Peter for 50 years. This God-fearing good friend of mine is very passionate in anything he does. The Bintan site for our next adventure is a fantastically beautiful place with its river, lake and sea,” guest of honour and director, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Haji Megat Najmuddin, stated.

The Haven Bintan @ Lagoi Bay is an upcoming mixed development of one-bedroom suite condotel units, resort hotel, villa residences, commercial units and shops.

Mei Kuan

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Ipoh Echo: A Wedding In H(e)aven


A Wedding In H(e)aven

Tuesday 01 Nov 2016 12:01 AM

We grow up knowing we will get married one day. Some may have already planned their dream wedding right to the last detail. An ideal spot for such a wedding here in Ipoh is at The Haven Resort Hotel and Residences, Tambun.

On Saturday, October 22, media representatives, along with guests from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang, were invited to witness a wedding showcase at the resort. The show began at 7.30pm.

It was organised by the Spellbound Group from Singapore, which specialises in international weddings and social parties. Chief Executive Officer of Haven, Peter Chan too was present to share the moment.

“We’re not just promoting Haven as a wedding spot, instead we’re promoting it as a destination. With direct flights from Singapore, Haven is an ideal place to get some time off for a good respite,” said general manager, Jimmy Yeo.

The setup was purpose-made for a dinner reception for 50 guests. The recreation area of the resort was prepared for the occasion with candles and fresh flowers on all tables. With the iconic Rockhaven, a 14-storey-high rock pillar hovering in the background, the setting was impeccable.

The Havenly Garden Wedding Package costs RM12,888+ for 50 pax, and RM128+ per additional pax. Besides the garden and wet weather venue rental, the package includes:


One night’s stay at the Lakeview Bridal Suite, inclusive of breakfast for two.

One unit of 2+1 Bedroom Lakeview Family Suite, inclusive of breakfast for five.

Food and Beverage

Choice of International Buffet, Western Set, Chinese Set, Malay Hidang or Indian Set.

A bottle of house wine/sparkling juice.

Ceremonial two-tier wedding cake.

Welcome mocktail.

For enquiries call: 05 220 9000 or email: or




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Ipoh Echo: SeeFoon Goes To H(e)aven


SeeFoon Goes To H(e)aven

Monday 16 Jan 2017 12:01 AM

By SeeFoon Chan-Koppen

Well it feels a bit like going to heaven (not that I have ever been and chances are, I may not make it!) what with the guard at the gate acting like St Peter (who, in the Christian tradition, guards the pearly gates to Heaven) but the fact is that you cannot get into The Haven unless you’re a resident, a guest in their Suites or a friend who is resident or one of the staff has invited you. So tight is their security that eating at their Cuisines Poolside Restaurant can be a tad challenging.

But it’ll be all worth the effort especially in the evening when you can sit under the stars by the poolside; gaze at the majestic 280 million-year-old rock, from the Palaeozoic period, before the time of the dinosaurs, soaring 14 storeys high and rising mysteriously from the depths of the natural lake surrounded by pristine virgin jungle; sip your glass of red or white (outside on the terrace only as inside is strictly Halal) and enjoy your meal one dish at a time.


Such is the ambiance of the Haven that it might even be worth spending a night or two to enjoy all the facilities that this resort has to offer. Make it an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life (which is actually not so far away as Ipoh town is but a 10- minute drive).

The Haven has managed to create a cocoon of serenity far from the madding crowd and Chairman Peter Chan has worked incessantly hard at bringing the menu at Cuisines Restaurant to a level of quality worthy of praise.

There is only one word to describe the menu at Cuisines: and that is eclectic, which the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines as: selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods or styles.

The Cuisines menu is eclectic in that it has selected items to suit every taste, palate and fancy, from Western to Chinese to Indian and local. And the Chefs (each ethnic cuisine having its own chef) have worked very hard to achieve standards comparable to some of the better versions outside, in some cases even topping those considered top of the heap.

A case in point is their Hainanese Chicken Rice which on their menu is called the Haven Chicken Rice. The chicken used here is no ordinary chicken but a ‘woo so’ chicken which is known for having firm tastier meat served with plump crunchy bean sprouts and a delectable double boiled chicken soup which was umami and fragrant. I normally never touch the soup when I eat chicken rice for fear of the usual MSG reaction to which I’m highly prone, but in this case because Cuisines Restaurant has a strict no MSG policy I could finish all of the soup with carefree impunity. And because chicken rice for me is mainly about the chilli sauce and the ginger sauce, the serving with both sauces done the way I’m partial to was h(e)avenly – RM24.


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The Haven Resort Hotel Ipoh, Malaysia are the official hosts for The GFNY (Global Cycling Marathon Series) in April 2017.

24 Jan 2017

IPOH CYCLE FEST added a new photo to the album ICF 2017 – Categories.
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GFNY MALAYSIA – Sunday, 23 April 2017, 7am – 5pm, X Park Tambun..
More info at .


GATEBRIDGE – Saturday & Sunday, 29 & 30 April 2017, 8am – 5pm, X Park Tambun..
More info at .





Friday 28th April 2017
Flag-off Time
07:30 AM
Event Type

Road Bike, Mountain Bike, BMX, Fixed Gear, and Push Bike

Event Venue


Registration Closing Date



First of its kind in Asia.

Malaysia’s biggest bicycle festival is back for it’s second edition in April 2017; this time it will be jointly organised by X Camp and Destination Perak,  and aims to be the biggest in Asia. Based in Ipoh, it is the hub for three days of epic challenges and cycle-based fun. With events for all types of cyclists young and old, this truly is a festival for all velo-lovers.

Ipoh Cycle Fest 2017 is more than a show, it’s a celebration of cycling within a festival, providing great experience for all to enjoy, from a cycling novice to the experienced rider. Whether Malaysia-based cyclists or visiting participants, their friends or family members, or those who enjoy great music, great food and quality sports entertainment, Ipoh Cycle Fest will allow everybody to soak up the unique festival atmosphere.



GFNY World, the global cycling marathon brand, continues expanding its portfolio of events in 2017. A total of 14 races will be held, including the Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC and the regional championships Asia, Europe and Latin America. All the GFNY World events offer participants the established, trusted GFNY experience complemented with each location’s local flair.

GFNY World races offer a consistent, high-quality rider and family experience across all events. Riders get to BE A PRO FOR A DAY on challenging, scenic courses with a professional level of support. Every rider receives the iconic, official, neon green GFNY race jersey, which has become a sought-after badge of honor. The original GFNY NYC race serves as the World Championship of the series, and each GFNY World race gives riders the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral start in NYC.

The 2017 GFNY events

The 2017 GFNY World series consists of 14 events in 2017, including three new one-day races and two new three-day stage races. Also new: three regional championships in Latin America, Europe and Asia, where the overall winners receive a fully paid trip to the World Championship in NYC and the top 20% of each age group qualifies for the World Championship racer corral.

23-30 April 2017




GFNY World


Gran Fondo New York was founded in 2011, when we brought the authentic Italian amateur bike racing event granfondo to the world’s greatest city. A granfondo is like a marathon where athletes compete against each other, themselves and the clock, and do their best as a personal challenge.

At each GFNY event, you will enjoy:

Closed roads or police moderated traffic with right of way at all intersections

The chance to do your best on a challenging course without having to worry about anything but riding

Chip timing, results and rankings

Competition prizes across all age groups

The chance to qualify for an elite corral starting position at the inaugural GFNY Championship in NYC

Uniform set of rules

Great participant and family experience



17-19 March GFNY ITALIA











26 November GFNY CHILE

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Stay in November and get 15% off when you book online until end October 2016.

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#Pikachu entertains both kids and grown-ups!

29 September 2o16


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The Haven Resort Hotel & Residences wins ‘Excellence in Management’ Award at The Asia Pacific CSR Forum and Awards 2016

29 September 2016


The Asia Pacific Awards program recognises organizations for embodying the principles of corporate responsibility in their business philosophy and operations following the principles of United Nations Global Compact. Awards are given for programs that achieve excellence in terms of services to stakeholders and innovative sustainable solutions to pressing social challenges.

Awardees should demonstrate the company’s leadership, sincerity and on-going commitment to incorporating ethical values (anti-corruption), compliance with legal requirements (labour standard), respect for individuals (human rights), involvement in communities and protection of the environment into the way they do business. The Awards categories are as follows:

  • Environmental Excellence
  • Labour Standard
  • Human Rights
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Education Improvement
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Health Enhancement
  • Sustainability
  • Carbon Footprinting
  • Staff Welfare
  • Community Development
  • Best CSR Policies
  • Special Achievement Award
  • Best Workplace Practices
  • Small Company CSR
  • Program CSR Impact
  • Industry Excellence (in respective field)

In addition, the Awards Committee may choose to recognize a particular program with a CSR Impact Award. The CSR Impact Award honors a program that has an on-going track record of significant sustainable impact and is innovative and replicable. It may be a combination of other categories stated earlier.

The main criterion is that the organization has made CSR an integral part of the way they do business and has implemented CSR projects or programs that have a significant impact and are sustainable in all appropriate areas of operations. Furthermore, these companies should represent role models and exert positive influences on their stakeholders, their peers and their communities. These companies should demonstrate that they are actively promoting CSR to both their internal and external stakeholders.

Now on its 5th year, the Asian Pacific CSR Awards program is presented by JCI Achiever and CSR Daily. It is the organiser’s belief that CSR can be truly sustainable only when it is integrated into the company’s business model and is regarded as fundamental to strategy to excel business excellence and innovation. The Awards ceremonies will be held during the Gala Dinner and Awards Night of the 2016 Asia Pacific CSR Awards in Kuala Lumpur, in September 2016.





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The Crimson Sunbird at The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh…

The Crimson Sunbird

The crimson sunbird is a species of bird in the sunbird family which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding the young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Aethopyga siparaja

Rank: Species



Startled, this bird takes flight.



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Cat’s Whiskers: Orthosiphon aristatus

15 September 2016

Cat’s Whiskers is thus called because the flowers look just like the whiskers of a cat.




Cats Whiskers

Cat’s Whiskers is named for the striking, long stamens or cat’s whiskers on the pretty flowers stalks.

Medicinal Uses

Many people will have heard of Java Tea which is how O. aristatus is usually marketed to the public. It is very popular is SE Asia and is called Kidney Tea in Europe and India. Java Tea is used to treat mild kidney symptoms in conjunction with drinking lots of fluids to flush out the bladder. To make your own tea simply place 2-3 grams of finely chopped leaves into a cup and pour over 150 mls of boiling water. Let is steep for 10-15 minutes and then strain. Java Tea or Cat’s Whiskers is often used in conjunction with other herbs recommended for kidney health.

This plant has a long history of medicinal use and is considered to be anti-hypertensive, diuretic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory. It has been used for urinary tract infections, nephritis, kidney stones, gout, rheumatism, jaundice and diabetes. Most of its recommended uses relate to kidney and bladder function however studies regarding the effectiveness are not yet conclusive.

O. aristatus contains the diterpenes orthosphol and orthosiphon, as well as saponins, rosmarinic acid and lipophilic flavonoids. Only the above ground parts of the plant are used as other parts as potentially toxic. Leaves should be harvested when the plant is in bloom. Please use herbs with diuretic action in consultation with your doctor if you are on prescription medication. For example, lithium may not be excreted properly when using diuretics and a higher concentration may remain in the body affecting the dosage level.

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

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