ABOUT d'ARK Resort
D'ark Training & Resort's Ashida Villa is a perfect gateway from the city where nature and tranquility awaits you in a most unique setting. With primary jungle on the slopes on one side, and a crystal clear river bordering the other side, the possibilities for outdoor activities are endless.
The training resort provides the best for your convention, seminar, training, workshop and recreational needs in our exclusive packages tailored to your requirements.
Just 45 Kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, Ashida Villa is located at the foothills of the main mountain range in Kampung Janda Baik, Pahang.
While the four acres resort exudes a uniquely tradisional charm, special attention has ensured that the resort has been equiped with every modern facility and amenity available to make your stay a pleasant one.
THE HISTORY OF ASHIDA VILLA
Ashida Villa is an exquisite holiday and training resort located at Pulau Santap in Janda Baik, Bentong, Pahang. Named after the present owner's wife, Ashida Villa embodies the best of our regional architectural heritage, incorporating design from traditional Malay and Thai architecture.
Just a 45 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur via the scenic karak Highway, arriving at Ashida Villa is akin to stumbling upon a hidden treasure. And the key to any treasure worthy of its lable, is of course the story of how it came to be. The previous owner of this house was Englishman Paul Raymond, the first representative for the Oxfoed University Press in South East Asia.
There is evidence of his love of a good story in the main pavillion of the house, where he kept a well stocked library. He shared many interests with the notorious bacholer and Thai Silk connoseur Jim Thompson, who built a widely celebrated residence along the Chao Pharaya in Bangkok ( now the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Museum). Raymond liked it so much, he built a virtual replica here, in a very similar setting.
So while Jim Thompson may well have disappeared many years ago in the morning mist of the Cameron Highlands, his story is alive and well. Thanks, in no small part, to his good friend Paul Raymond, who not only told stories through the books he distributed, but also through the home he built here in Janda Baik.
The rear house ( the larger of the two) was occupied by Paul Raymond himself. This double panelled timber house is of 'Cengal' (one of the most durable hardwoods in the world) on the external wall and 'Meranti' on the inside wall. It took 2 uears to be completed by skilled crafts-men. All the other acillary buildings and structures were added later by the present owner. Pulau Santap (Ilse of Feasts) is so called because the late DYMM Sultan Abu Bakar (father of the present DYMM Sultan of Pahang) visited this area frequently and would throw royal feasts on the island. The island today has become part of the land on which his two Istana Hinggap (Sultan's Rest House) are situated, at the entrance before the bridge to Ashida Villa.
Ashida Villa is currently being used by numerous state and private corporations for seminars and motivational courses for their employees. It is seen by many as an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, being only 45 minutes a way from Kuala Lumpur's central business district. Thogh near in physical terms, the serene and laid back atmosphere at Ashida Villa is representative of the true essence of traditional Malay Kampong (village) life, and above all a welcome change from the sweltering heat and clogged city streets of Kuala Lumpur.