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Sentinel
02-09-2009, 10:03 PM
Does anyone here in this forum ever been to a medical resort?

It is supposed to be a 5-star hotel-like atmosphere where nurses and doctors pay full attention while you check-in for say 1 month or perhaps 2-3 months to have full medical attention while you enjoy yourself in luxury atmosphere to recuperate, recharge and convalesce?

Of course, you will also be accorded healthy and nutritional meals of your choice prepared in healthy ways with healthy ingredients (olive oil?) and the gymnasium is there, the swimming pool and a nice jogging or cycling track around. Better still if there are horse-riding activities or a driving range for golfers located within the facility. Not to forget things like sauna or jacuzzi or even for the ladies manicure and pedicure and whatever cure...

If anyone has been to one of these facilities in Malaysia or in the region, please do share some information here. I remember reading that Mines was building one such facility few years back next to the lake but never heard about it since. I know there is one next to the Jerudong Polo Club by the sea in Brunei but its a bit run down and not well-managed. Understand Genting Group was considering such a resort as part of their current casino project on Sentosa Island but did not hear about it after the initial hoo-ha. Maybe they replaced it with Universal Studios ha ha!

Please do share.

geordie
02-09-2009, 10:34 PM
A regular cabbie of mine who works as a part time driver for a MM2H couple has mentioned before of his boss and missus going occasionally to such medical resort in China. A month stay at any one time. Can't remember where in China, will ask him again.

The elderly man is a recovering stroke patient. Seems like this place has round-the-clock specialist care, western and alternative medicine options, 6-star resort ambience and service, butler at your beck and call et al. I suspect it comes with a big price ticket.

Are you contemplating a new business venture ??? :)

Sentinel
03-09-2009, 12:30 AM
No lah Geordie, it will be a huge investment to go into this business... the equipments and the medical staff will require a huge operating capital - worst than running a resort for holiday makers with the medical aspect of the business.

I am contemplating of getting away for a while to re-charge. Have a relaxing 1-2 months of just good life, good food, some medical attention, good exercise workout and lots of soul-searching and catching up with my reading... and lose maybe 15 - 20 lbs and good sleep...

I have been in the corporate rat race for 27 years and along the way neglected my health and especially my mind... needs to reformat the hard disk upstairs too.... and learn to slow down. I am semi retired but can't seem to shift the gears down from overdrive to perhaps cruising at 3rd or 4th gear... especially the mind.

I have heard of a coastal resort in China where all the Chinese communist leaders spend their holidays... maybe thats the one.

cskok8
03-09-2009, 03:09 PM
Why don't you volunteer for the "national service". All free, got allowance somemore :D

Sentinel
03-09-2009, 03:11 PM
Why don't you volunteer for the "national service". All free, got allowance somemore :DWith due respect Mr Kok, pls do not derail the topic. Thank you.

fRaNkY
03-09-2009, 10:53 PM
does 3 days 2 nights at Pantai MC counts?

With pretty young cute nurses coming to see you every hour count?

Even though just for check up :D

jadewhite
04-09-2009, 10:18 AM
Sentinel, Read this. http://gotravelplace.com/2009/penang-medical-tourism-2009-no-2-must-visit-place-rank-by-new-york-times/

Sentinel
04-09-2009, 11:49 AM
Sentinel, Read this. http://gotravelplace.com/2009/penang-medical-tourism-2009-no-2-must-visit-place-rank-by-new-york-times/Thanks Jadewhite. I am aware that the Penang specialist centres are superb class and worldwide standard...

I am looking not so much at being "cured" but to visit a place where there are really exceptional doctors and nurses to "improve" your health, trainers to help you in the gym and nutritionists to help you with good dietery planning for 3-6 months to "rebuild", get the point?

I am not sick per se but looking at re-charging... like a 20-yr old Nissan 130Y going in and come out with clean and retuned engine, new gearbox etc... :D

p.s. Jadewhite, FYI these Penang specialist centres are built more to cater to rich Indonesian Chinese, MM2H people and surprisingly, many UK and American tourist... only 30-40% of the patients are locals...

kwchang
04-09-2009, 12:28 PM
Actually it is a trend now for resorts to offer "Wellness" programmes. Happened to be in Croatia and realised that that hotel I stayed in had a wellness programme. As an example look at Porec (http://www.activehotels.com/1/3/hotels-in-porec-with-spa) where I was attending a conference.

Medical centres do not fall into this category.

Sentinel
04-09-2009, 12:33 PM
Never heard of Porec but looking at the website it looks really nice.... is it Mediterranean climate there in Croatia?

Someone told me yesterday there is one in Nagoya which is built next to a natural hot spring... but it is RM1,500 per day all in, wahlau eh!

umadavid
04-09-2009, 01:46 PM
There is a health farm in Melaka

http://travel.nst.com.my/Current_News/TravelTimes/article/ShortbreakEcozone/20070618115634/Article/index_html

http://health.aenon.org.my/about/

gary yap
04-09-2009, 02:02 PM
This is the next big industry the government should target. Target those rich people from SEA countries.

Rhiga
04-09-2009, 02:29 PM
Originally Posted by Sagamihara
[COLOR=Orange]Someone told me yesterday there is one in Nagoya which is built next to a natural hot spring... but it is RM1,500 per day all in, wahlau eh!

Donít know what it means by ďall inĒ. I guess the therapeutic treatment included ??

If this is the case, it is not expensive.

A simple 2 persons room in a 4 star hotel in Kansai region like Osaka and Kyoto is around RM800-1000 (non-weekend price).

And this is not at or near a hot springs

Sentinel
04-09-2009, 02:32 PM
[COLOR=Orange]Someone told me yesterday there is one in Nagoya which is built next to a natural hot spring... but it is RM1,500 per day all in, wahlau eh!

Donít know what it means by ďall inĒ. I guess the therapeutic treatment included ??

If this is the case, it is not expensive.

A simple 2 persons room in a 4 star hotel in Kansai region like Osaka and Kyoto is around RM800-1000 (non-weekend price).

And this is not at or near a hot springs.
If we compare this resort to a hotel in anyplace in Japan, it looks reasonable enough. But as a Malaysian having only Ringgits at my disposal, I have to compare this rate to other resorts rates in the region... :D

Sentinel
04-09-2009, 02:36 PM
This is the next big industry the government should target. Target those rich people from SEA countries.I agree. If you look at the number of Indonesian Chinese arriving daily by Merpati Air or Lion Airlines from Medan or Aceh into Penang to visit the hospitals here, you will certainly agree its big business. They have relatives accompanying them and these people stay in nearby hotels...

Sentinel
04-09-2009, 02:39 PM
There is a health farm in Melaka

http://travel.nst.com.my/Current_News/TravelTimes/article/ShortbreakEcozone/20070618115634/Article/index_html

http://health.aenon.org.my/about/
Thanks Uma, Aeon is more like a detox centre and using ayurvedic methods to treat illnesses. Its a bungalow house with many rooms and built on a 4-acre land by the sea. Not the complete health resorts I was looking for.

I am surprised no entrepreneurs ever thought of building a good one in Cameron Highlands or Fraser's Hill or even Bukit Tinggi...

kwchang
05-09-2009, 11:42 AM
Never heard of Porec but looking at the website it looks really nice.... is it Mediterranean climate there in Croatia?
Yes it is Mediterranean. That was my first time in the Mediterranean area and I now understand why the tourists like to go on vacation in the Mediterranean countries - the weather is fantastic and the food is good too, all very healthy stuff if you can avoid all the cheese.

Porec (pronounced as "porridge") is the beach resort area of Croatia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Republic_of_Croatia) (formerly part of Yugoslavia). The sea around the islands and beaches are crystal clear - it is an amazing sight when you fly in during the afternoon. Generally, Croatia is not a well developed rich country so things can be cheap. However, Porec is the destination for European tourists and so prices can be high for tourists. They are trying to join the EU but already accept payments in Euro. I found that the hotel rates listed in their local currency are very cheap (for locals) but the prices in Euro are very different.

By the way, you can take a ferry to Venice as Croatia is very near to Italy