We already love the name of Happy 8 Retreat at first glance. The happy, welcoming name just barely touches the surface of the eye-opening treats that this place has to offer.
In total, Happy 8 Retreat has four branches located throughout Perak; Three branches in Ipoh, the city center, and one in Kuala Sepetang. So, if you are looking for a place to stay in Perak, you can always consider Happy 8 Retreat!
This place is populated with plenty of artwork; Contrary to the usual pieces of drawings and paintings, Mr. Tan took on a more defined form of art – Murals and wooden art being the top two to attract your attention with just one look.
Sure, there may be quite a number of retreats and lodgings currently merging modern concepts with a natural style, but we promise you that Happy 8 Retreat is going to be special in its own unforgettable ways.
For starters, Happy 8 Retreat have additional facilities for their guests so that it is more than just a humble abode for a short-term stay. As for what these facilities are, you’ll have to read on to find out! Wondering just what makes Happy 8 Retreat so special?
Let’s look at all the specialties of this place that Mr. Tan wants to introduce us to our readers today in the interview piece below.
P.S. The team at Happy 8 answered the questions on behalf of Mr.Tan, the founder of Happy 8 Retreat.
Mr. Tan was born and bred in Ipoh. He started working in Ipoh in a timber factory that was owned by his father. After a few years, he renovated an old house into what is now The Happy 8 at Pasir Puteh – the first branch.
The intention was not to make it into a hotel, but for private use. But then his eldest daughter – Carolyn Tan proposed an idea to make the house into a hotel. So, that is how The Happy 8 Retreat started its story.
The first branch is located in Taman Happy, Pasir Puteh and the house is number 8. Hence, The Happy 8. Coincidentally, 8 is a number representing good luck in the Chinese culture as well. On the other hand, the number may also refer to prosperity.
Our theme is based on eco-friendliness and sustainable designs. We always emphasize on being sustainable and do our best not to waste natural resources.
Our second branch, which is right in the heart of Ipoh old town, is built within an old shop lot. This shop lot has a lot of rich history to it. Sun Yat-Sen, a famous Chinese philosopher, used to live in the shop lot where we built our homestay.
Like any business, there are always challenges and they are never ending. The biggest challenge for us was figuring out how to blend a wood concept with the modern world design while preserving the natural beauty of the old shop lot.
His name is Narjaman. He is a self-taught artist and passionate about doing what he does. He used to work at the wood factory. But he has passed away in Nepal after he retired.
Every piece is a masterpiece. This is because every piece is unique. There is no one two pieces that are exactly the same. This is the beauty of wood and art.
The pieces are from a huge rainforest tree that used to be in Ipoh. As with all of our other items, it was recycled by our founder when the Ipoh Government was making way to build more roads.
No single most popular items. The best-seller would definitely be our rooms!
Other than the 1st branch at Pasir Puteh and Old Town Ipoh, we also have another branch at Kuala Sepetang.
Kuala Sepetang is a fishing village located far away from the cacophony of city lights and sounds, housed under what used to be a fishing wharf; That was where 34 themed rooms tell their stories besides the river and villages.
Our menu includes main courses, coffee and homemade desserts. Our chef’s philosophy is to serve our honoured guest healthy dishes. Our signature main course is Signature Steam Grilled Salmon.
Other than that, our signature coffee is Manual Drip Coffee and Vietnamese Black Coffee. For our homemade desserts, it would be Tiramisu.
Mr. Tan told him to do whatever he wants on his last day before leaving Malaysia and so he told Mr. Tan to provide him with color paints, brushes and a piece of leaf. He spent 120 days in total to complete the mural.
Murals Art location
We have a long term plan and it will happen in due course.
Thank you for the people who are always supporting us. The support from them is greatly appreciated and it encouraged us to grow further.
Mr. Tan’s accidental venture sure did turn out well! With four branches all highly rated and providing different experiences, we’re sure that Happy 8 Retreat will always be the right place to go for a bunch of friends, a family on a vacation, or anyone else.
At this happy little place, Mr. Tan has had some guests hold events from art and DIY workshops to something as memorable and personal as weddings. There is no shortage of amazing food and photogenic spots for any guests staying here.
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*This is not a paid writing, all the interviews are by done invitation only.