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Swiss Spouse Team Charts A New Course For The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

August 13, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Perak, Malaysia, has appointed Swiss spouse team Lucia Franziska and Felix Eppisser as General Manager and Culinary Director respectively, effective 1 August 2014.

Lucia oversees the general operations whereas Felix helms the culinary operations and bespoke events management at The Banjaran. Lucia and her Michelin-starred chef husband Felix are seasoned hospitality professionals with over 30 years of experience in diverse areas of hospitality consultancy and hotel and restaurant management.

Lucia Franziska and Felix Eppisser, General Manager and Culinary Director of The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Malaysia

Prior to assuming their positions at The Banjaran, Lucia and Felix managed Myanmar’s Le Planteur Restaurant since 2011 which garnered a string of accolades, including that of being one of the Top 200 Fine Dining Restaurants in Asia (Miele Guide 2012 / 2013). Before Yangon, the Eppissers managed Zurich’s boutique Hotel Rigiblick from 2004 to 2010, home to the one-star Michelin and 16 points Gault-Millau rated restaurant Spice. The pair first established their working relationship at the luxury hotel Gasthof zum Baren in the Swiss town of Nurensdorf from 1997 to 2003.

Taking on the role of General Manager at The Banjaran, Lucia brings a wealth of experience in managing upscale boutique hotels in Europe. She obtained multiple Masters’ Degree in Coaching, Supervision and Mediation from the Universities of Berne and Zurich and has worked with some of the best hospitality names inSwitzerland, including Swiss International Airlines.

Felix has trained, worked in and operated a number of celebrated names in Switzerland including the Relais & Chateau Hotel Giardino in Ascona and The Dolder Grand in Zurich to name a few. Felix was also part of the most successful Swiss National Cooking Team and has won numerous international culinary competitions.

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is Sunway Group’s and Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness destination. Located within a 16.59-acre valley, this bespoke sanctuary is a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; surrounded by lush tropical jungle, natural geothermal hot springs and a cluster of magnificent 260 million year-old limestone hills. Its collection of 25 garden and water villas and a spa and wellness centre offering more than 40 authentic Asian-inspired treatments and therapies are complemented by a host of unique features for a true relaxing, renewing and rejuvenating experience.

To maintain its tranquillity, The Banjaran welcomes guests 12 years of age and over. For more, visit

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