French-inspired resort in Malaysia: Colmar Tropicale, Berjaya Hills (day tour)

A French village in Malaysia? Colmar Tropicale is a French-themed village and resort located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, that will have you feeling like you got transported to Europe.

The village is modeled after the 16th-century town of Colmar in Alsace, France and surrounding villages. The colorful half-timbered buildings, cobblestone streets, and beautiful fountains will make you feel like you’re not in Malaysia.

If you’re wondering what to do in Colmar Tropicale aside from walking around the French village, there are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained.

You can stroll through the Japanese Village and botanical garden, visit the rabbit farm, or try different sports. For a more adrenaline-fueled experience, you can go zip-lining (Flying Fox), Canopy Walk, rock climbing, or paintball. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or on your own.

Location of Colmar Tropicale Malaysia

Colmar Tropicale, opened in 2000, is situated in Berjaya Hills, a highland resort destination in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia. The resort is easily accessible by car from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city. The resort is approximately a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and around an hour and 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Once you arrive at the Berjaya Hills Resort, you will be greeted by the lush rainforest. This French-themed village and hotel is nestled 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level on 80 acres (320,000 m2) of natural forestland.

The location of Colmar Tropicale Malaysia is ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in nature.

Architectural Highlights

As you step into Colmar Tropicale, you will be transported to a “fairy tale”-esque French village, complete with a drawbridge entrance, cobblestone streets, timbered buildings, and colorful facades reminiscent of those found in Europe.

You’ll see pastel-colored buildings that resemble traditional Alsatian houses with half-timbered exteriors, bay windows, patterned gable roofs and balconies.

The Clock Tower is another delight, with its ornate facade and detailed clock face. You can climb to the top of the tower for panoramic views of the village and the surrounding hills.

There’s also a fountain in the plaza with restaurants lining each side complete with bistro tables and flower boxes.

Restaurants, Bars and Shops in Colmar Tropicale (Dining)

  • Le Blason: A coffee house serving Asian and international cuisines.
  • La Boulangerie: A French bakery serving pastries and desserts. Open from 9 am to 8 pm
  • La Cigogne: A fine dining restaurant serving authentic French cuisine.
  • La Flamme: A sidewalk brasserie serving varieties of pasta and pizza. Open from 11 am to 8 pm
  • Le Poulet Roti: A café specializing in rotisserie roasted chicken. Open from 11 am to 10 pm
  • Starbucks Coffee: Monday to Thursday 8 am to 8 pm; Friday to Sunday 8 am to 9 pm
  • 7-Eleven Convenience Store: Open from 7 am to 11 pm
  • Krispy Kreme: Open from 10 am to 6:30 pm
  • Le Vin: A bar offering alcoholic beverages and cigars.
  • Ryo Zan Tei: A Japanese restaurant in the Botanical Garden. Open from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday to Sunday.

Things to do in Colmar Tropicale, Berjaya Hills: Attractions and Activities

Colmar Tropicale offers a variety of attractions for visitors to enjoy during their stay. Here are some of the top attractions to check out:

French Themed Village

The French Themed Village is the main attraction at Colmar Tropicale. The village is designed to look like a medieval French town complete with cobblestone streets, half-timbered buildings, and a clock tower. Visitors can stroll through the village and explore the various shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden at Berjaya Hills Resort is a serene and peaceful oasis that offers visitors a chance to relax and unwind. The garden is designed in the traditional Japanese style with a koi pond, a waterfall, and a tea house. Visitors can take a stroll through the garden and admire the beautiful flowers and plants. Visitors can also pay to wear traditional Japanese attire.

Adventure Park

The Adventure Park is perfect for thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies. The park offers a wide range of outdoor activities including the longest Flying Fox in South East Asia, paintball warfare, rock climbing, and Canopy Walk.


There’s also a swimming pool open from 8 am to 7 pm. The Horse Trails are open from 10 am to 6 pm and closed on Thursdays. You can also embark on a prehistoric adventure at the Dinosaur Park. Feed and play with furry friends at the Rabbit Park from 10 am to 6 pm. There are usually Zumba sessions in Colmar Square from Friday to Sunday at 3:30 pm. You can also expect live music at Colmar Square daily except Tuesday.

Accommodation Options

If you’re planning to stay at the four-star 235-rooms and suites Colmar Tropicale, there are several accommodation options to choose from. Whether you’re traveling alone, with your partner, or with your family, there’s a room or suite that will suit your needs and budget.

Room categories:

  • Superior
  • Deluxe
  • 1-bedroom Suite
  • 1-Bedroom Deluxe Suite
  • Family Room
  • 2-Bedroom Suite
  • 3-Bedroom Suite
  • 4-Bedroom Suite
  • La Grande
  • La Colmar Suite

No matter which accommodation option you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and unique atmosphere of Colmar Tropicale.

Colmar Tropicale Day Trip

Because I’m not planning to stay overnight in Colmar Tropicale, I chose to book a day tour from Get Your Guide. The tour departed from Kuala Lumpur center and has stops in Batu Caves and Colmar Tropicale.

This is not a private tour and includes other guests who booked the same tour and timing. Since there were only a few of us, the tour company only used a sedan for the day trip.

We first stopped at the Japanese Garden before heading to the French-inspired village. We also had our lunch there before heading back to Kuala Lumpur.

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Plan Your Visit

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Colmar Tropicale is during the dry season, which is from March to October. During this time, the weather is mostly pleasant, and you can enjoy your visit without getting wet. However, temperatures can get too hot and humid, especially during mid-day.

Getting There

The easiest way to get there is by car. You can rent a car or hire a taxi from Kuala Lumpur. The journey takes about an hour and a half, depending on traffic.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi or a bus to Berjaya Times Square, and then take a shuttle bus to Colmar Tropicale (please check beforehand if this is still operational).

To make it easy, you can book a tour from Klook or Get Your Guide just like I did and pair it up with Batu Caves or another tourist attraction.

Entrance Fees

The entrance fee to Colmar Tropicale is the following:

  • RM14 per adult
  • RM7 for children of ages 4 to 12.
  • The entrance ticket includes entry to the Japanese Village, Botanical Garden and Rabbit Park.

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Darlene is currently on the road again and traveling full-time after being an expat/overseas Filipino worker in Qatar. She's rediscovering what it means to travel solo and in her 30s while working on her blogs.