8 Local Natural Retreats For Your Spontaneous Weekend Getaway
Lush tropical forests, cascading waterfalls, airy chalets, traditional villas or private pools. What’s your poison?
Whats your ideal holiday plan? Do you dream of sipping cocktails by the pool under a tropical sun or dipping in natural pools all day long alongside your private villa?
Go no further as we bring to you some of the unrivalled natural retreats around Malaysia. Coupled with the abundance of nature and comfort, these green getaways will add the AWE to your SOME!
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The Dusun, Seremban
Strategically situated in the midst of a durian orchard, The Dusun features five guest houses and two infinity pools, built with a touch of traditional Malay architecture located on top of a hill offering visitors with a mesmerising view of the surrounding tropical resorts. Whether you are looking for a family retreat, an ideal spot for team building or just a romantic getaway, The Dusun is designed to give you all the privacy and space for long talks with beautiful views and the company of nature.
The Shorea, Jelebu
Imagine living in a luxurious villa in the middle of the forest, surrounded by a pool of crystal green waters and the most amazing sunrises! That’s what you can expect from your stay at The Shorea. Designed as an architect’s family retreat, The Shorea is located alongside the fringes of the Berembun Forest Reserve and offers guests with a mix of modern villas and open ventilated wooden villas. To heighten your forest experience, the resort is constructed using locally sourced timber and stones and offers a bunch of activities like jungle trekking, visit to the nearby waterfalls and evening barbecues on the deck.
Sekeping Serendah, Serendah
Adhering to the concept of minimalism and communion with nature, Sekeping Serendah is a natural retreat located near the sleepy one street town of Serendah. The retreat consists of seven transparent and open sheds that are intentionally kept free of lavishness to allow the residents to celebrate the beauty of nature surrounding them. With a bubbling brook, tropical forests and a tech-free environment, Sekeping Serendah is where you wave goodbye to your high-powered MacBooks, pick a book instead and get ready to completely decompress.
Belum Rainforest Resort, Pulau Banding
The Belum Rainforest Resort is one of Malaysia’s premier ecotourism holiday destinations set within the Belum-Temengor rainforest on a narrow island on Tasik Banding lake. Contemporary rooms, hard wood suites, open terraces with views of the garden, lakeside coffee, outdoor pools, minibars, sundecks and massages are just a few of the good things you can expect from your staycation here; all while enjoying the serenity and allure of the dense tropical forests.
Tiger Rock, Pangkor Island
Tiger Rock is one of Pangkor’s hidden treasures fortunate enough to fall our way. Created as an artist’s retreat home,by former residents David and Rebecca Wilkinson, Tiger Rock comprises of two house complexes, two saltwater lakes and dominating green lanscapes. Despite it’s middle-of-nowhere location the retreat offers a very relaxed yet lively vibe with Rebecca’s artwork adorning the walls, open-air communal spaces, tropical plants, glowing lanterns and some of the finest home-cooked Malay cuisine prepared fresh everyday!
Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa, Mulu National Park
Situated along the banks of the picturesque Melinau River and five mins away from the Gunung Mulu National Park, The Mulu Marriot Resort & Spa is yet another star in the rank of the Marriot International group’s well known hospitality. Along with sophisticated suites and rooms decorated with custom Belian wood craft the resort also features a classic Balinese-style spa, gourmet dining, cultural experiences, and tours of the nearby caves and river to give you an unforgettable forest experience albeit in the lap of luxury.
FigTree Hill Resort, Penang
Encompassing six luxury traditional villas, the Fig Tree Hill Resort, in Sungai Ara is a perfect escape from the urban landscape. Each villa is thoughtfully crafted with a careful blend of modern and classic settings to give you the best of the lush natural surroundings and the chic resort interiors. For those of you who do not want to venture out, the resort sports a trademark outdoor rain shower, jacuzzi, private dining area and a natural mountain water pool in a lush garden to further enhance your recreational getaway.
The Datai, Langkawi
Award winning luxury resort, The Datai is located in a mesmerizing setting of a 10-million-year old rainforest on the island of Langkawi, teeming with wildlife and overlooking the magnificient Andaman Sea. Each room, suite and villa at The Datai is designed to maximize comfort allowing the residents to rekindle with nature. Blending well with its natural surroundings, the resort also offers nature excursions with a renowned naturalist, an exclusive cruise of the Datai Bay and a one of a kind spa and golfing experience.
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