Lost World of Tambun (LWOT), an anchor component of Sunway City Ipoh (SCI), clinched World Gold Winner in the Resort Category at the Fiabci Prix d’Excellence Award 2015 in Petaling Jaya, last week.
This makes SCI the first integrated development in South-East Asia to garner five Fiabci accolades, including two world titles.
Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir presented the award to Datuk Ngeow Voon Yean, managing director of Sunway Group’s property investment division.
Judged by an international panel comprising 80 top real estate professionals and experts from 38 different countries, the Fiabci Prix d’Excellence recognises international real estate projects that display distinction in various aspects of a development.
This includes concept, architecture, development and construction, community benefits, environmental impact, and financial and marketing.
“We are humbled by this international recognition. As Malaysia’s top property developer, tourism development is central to complementing our integrated developments in the townships we build.
“Having achieved resounding success with Sunway Resort City in Selangor, which is one of the top tourist hubs in the region, we are very proud that Sunway City Ipoh, a joint venture with the Perak state government, is another success story and is now an international tourist attraction in Malaysia.
“It continues to boost tourism activity and remains an economic driver for the state of Perak,” Ngeow said.
Before winning this year’s Fiabci World Prix d’Excellence, SCI received a Fiabci Malaysia Property Award 2010 for the Master Plan category; The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat at SCI was awarded a Fiabci Malaysia Property Award 2011 for Best Resort and the Fiabci World Prix d’Excellence Award in 2012 for the Resort Development Category, while Lost World of Tambun at SCI clinched the Fiabci Malaysia Property Award in 2014.
Fiabci is the French acronym for “The International Real Estate Federation” which has been in operation for 61 years and represents the world’s real estate professions through its Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organisation.
With chapters operating in more than 60 countries, Fiabci represents every discipline in the industry and links thousands of real estate professionals worldwide.
LWOT at SCI, which opened in November 2004, is an integrated eco-adventure theme park. It is sited on a 40-acre valley in Sunway City Ipoh surrounded by towering limestone hills, ancient caves, pristine jungles, waterfalls and natural hot springs, with conscious effort to preserve its beauty. It is also the only theme park in South-East Asia with a natural hot spring.
Another key attraction of SCI is Malaysia’s first eco-luxury retreat, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, comprising a sanctuary for wellness in a lush green 17-acre valley. Surrounded by rainforests, geothermal hot springs, caves, waterfalls and limestone hills, the retreat offers 25 exclusive luxury villas with butler services offering more than 40 Asian treatments and therapies.
SCI today spans 1,350 acres with a GDV topping RM2bil.
The integrated township enjoys good accessibility to the Ipoh town and other parts of Malaysia. It is only 8km from downtown Ipoh and five minutes off the North-South Expressway.