Do you remember what it’s like to wake up to the sound of birds chirping, the smell of damp jungle and fresh warm breeze? Leave your cares behind and step into nature this weekend. Feast your eyes on the luscious green trees and let nature overtake all your stress and troubles. If you’re in search of nature getaways, here’s a list of our favourite 11 nature getaways near KL where you’ll get hypnotized under the spell of Mother Nature.
1. Terra’s Tree House, Cameron Highlands
If you never had a chance to spend a night in a treehouse as a kid, here’s your chance. Terra’s Tree House is located deep in the mountain region of Cameron Highlands and getting there requires a 4 wheel off-road journey for 4 km. Passing through a number of farms and orchards on a narrow and bumpy trail, the journey may take up about half an hour to complete. There are six tree houses, an activity hall and a common kitchen. Note that the electricity is powered by a generator and only available from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm. After these hours, basically you have nothing much to do and that’s when you’ll feel connected to your surrounding. Spending your weekend here would be a perfect opportunity to distress from your workload and all the pressure.
Address: Jalan Sungai Mansion, Brinchang, Pahang, Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, 39010 Malaysia
2. Sekeping Serendah Retreat, Selangor
Set within 5 acres of tropical rainforest, Sekeping Serendah consists of 10 transparent and open buildings. They are intentionally kept open and basic to let nature take its course. If you’re worried about mosquitoes and insects, each room is equipped with mosquito nets and while there is no such thing as air conditioners but fret not, they still have ceiling fans. TV, WIFI and mobile networks are not available at the retreat so if you’re planning to finish your work or catch up with the latest news and gossips around the world, Sekeping Serendah is not for you. I would suggest you to bring your own entertainment (like those books you got at Big Bad Wolf fair and never had time to read) and plan activities with your family and friends. In-between the lazy bouts, organize a picnic near the Serendah waterfall (10 min drive) or visit indigenous people village (5 min walk). All of these make Sekeping Serendah a great option for a short trip away from KL!
Address: Chalet, Jalan Ipoh, Kg Orang Asli, Serendah, Malaysia
3. The Dusun, Seremban
If you are looking for something more upscale, check out The Dusun Retreat, a luxury tropical rainforest resort housing 6 villas in a 12 acre orchard. Choose between Malay styled houses on stilts with verandahs facing the Berembun Forest Reserve and contemporary Dusun Sora House, a villa with white decor and expanse of glass set in the striking jungle scenery. The two infinity pools overlooking the beautiful foothills of the Titiwangsa Main Range will leave you in awe. Make your stay in this Seremban nature resort worthwhile with a guided waterfall trekking tour which takes about 3 hours: 20 minutes to get to the track entrance then an hour to reach the waterfall. Pack comfortable shoes with good grip and socks as it is not your everyday walk to the park, it is a real jungle trek! For detailed information on this Seremban treasured gem, check out our article on 5 luxury weekend retreats near KL.
Address: 3437, Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, 71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
4. Waterway Villa, Bukit Tinggi
Another hidden gems in Pahang, Waterway Villa is a perfect retreat from the city’s unbearable heat. Located merely 50 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur, the resort is surrounded by the wild beauty of the tropical forest of Bukit Tinggi, Pahang. There are 5 types of unique Villas to choose from and all of them are built with classic traditional architecture designs. If you want some privacy, opt for the Hill Villa as it is located on the hilltop and has an incredible view of not just the estate but also the surrounding rainforest. You can go fishing, jungle trekking, hill climbing, fruits farm visits, hotspring and even laze around Perting Waterfall. One of the reasons I love this estate is because it is a perfect escape for those who just want to soak in nature as much as possible while doing absolutely nothing. The stunning view of the tropical rainforest and fresh air will make you don’t want to leave this place ever.
Address: PT 21564, Bt 7, Jalan Kuala Lumpur Lama, Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong Pahang, Malaysia.
5. Sepilok Forest Edge Resort, Sandakan
Located a little bit off the radar, Sepilok Forest Edge Resort is perfect for those who want to explore Borneo rainforests and visit the Orangutan rehabilitation centre. This rehabilitation centre is a home for orphaned and injured orangutans that are taken care of before being returned to forest life. Currently, there are about 60 and 80 living here. Take this chance to visit our primate cousins as it can be reached within 5 minutes walk from the resort. The resort stands out with its polished-wood floors chalets complete with private balconies and wrought-iron chairs. If you’re a budget traveler you can choose to stay in a dorm or double rooms in the traditional longhouse. Perfect to just unwind after weeks or months of hard working or traveling, the resort is equipped with tropical pool, jacuzzi and WIFI in case you want to catch up on what’s happening around the world.
Address: Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok, Mile 14, 90000 Sandakan
6. Templer Park Rainforest Retreat, Rawang
True nature lovers would immensely enjoy Templer Park Rainforest Retreat, located on a hilltop of a sprawling land of about 3 acres! What not to love? Cheeky monkeys, friendly squirrels, tropical colourful birds, huge butterflies and fireflies will occasionally drop by your rooms just to say hi. And we guarantee that you are going to love the scenic views overlooking Takun hill, a lake and golf course from the viewing decks. Even though the property is in Kanching Rainforest reserve, there are enough amenities such as an infinity pool, outdoor sauna and BBQ pit in the retreat to make your nature weekend getaway perfect. There are two types of accommodation available at this retreat: a villa and a container, which has been modified into a comfortable edgy looking rooms. I would suggest you to choose the villa for more private and exclusive experience.
7. Villa Kuang, Sungai Buloh
Villa Kuang will bring you back through time. The architecture of the Villa embraces Malay traditions and beauty of the nature, and will leave you in awe. Surrounded by green trees and exotic plants, the villa is built out of timber with stone stilts and furnished with antique furniture and traditional art tokens offering you the perfect refuge from the bustling city. Located about 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city, it’s a place for digital detox as there’s no internet and network connection available around the property. I love the open air concept of the bathrooms and the fact that the house is always fresh and breezy with the cooling country air. My colleague had an amazing time here during her last visit: read her honest review for a detailed review on this luxurious retreat.
Address: Lorong Orkid, Kuang, Sungai Buloh, 47000 Kuala Lumpur
8. Mutiara Resort Taman Negara, Jerantut
Taman Negara is the largest park in peninsular Malaysia with a virgin jungle expanse covering 4,343 square kilometres. Carefully built to avoid major damage to the special ecosystem, Mutiara Resort Taman Negara offers a variety of accommodation options with basic yet comfortable amenities: bungalow, chalet suite, triple bed chalet, chalet family, chalet and camping options for you to choose from. The chalet is my favourite as the forest view from its verandah is priceless. Plus it’s a great choice if you’re looking to wake up to the sound of chirping birds and wildlife outside of your room. After a good night sleep, sign up for a 1/2/7 day(s) trekking with a guide to explore this magnificent park; Taman Negara Jerantut is a home to more than 10,000 plants, 150,000 insects, 25,000 invertebrates, 675 birds, 270 reptiles, 250 freshwater fish and 200 mammals. You even have a chance to sign rare Malayan tiger during your trek.
Address: Kuala Tahan Jerantut, Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia
9. Malihom, Penang
This is my favourite on the list! In case you’re wondering, Malihom means a ‘village of the fragrant rice’. It is collection of Thai rice barns which have been converted to a contemporary and comfortable living space. The barns were traditional buildings for rice storage but are no longer used in present day farming. Malihom offers 8 barns for rental and they’re all unique on their own. I strongly recommend ‘Khanun’. Khanun is a beautiful barn facing east to enjoy sunrise and a lovely view of Georgetown, the capital city of Penang. Personally, I find Malihom a perfect place for a romantic getaway to spend time catching up with your loved ones in the unique picturesque setting. Have I mentioned that each barn has a private garden or a viewing deck?
Address: Kiri N/T 168, Bukit Penara, Mukim 6, 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia.
10. Casabrina, Pahang
Casabrina is a 6-star luxury eco-resort located at the foothills of Pahang, the largest state in West Malaysia. Surrounded by virgin jungle, Casabrina welcomes its guests to two exclusive villas of unique tropical-rustic yet modern architecture named Amertani and Aranya. Amertani Villa is suitable for both small and large groups with its four spacious suites, while Aranya comprises 2 suites. All suites are equipped with WIFI and basic amenities. This Raub retreat comes with infinity pool and an inspiring natural backdrop. During the day enjoy spa or golfing, go for an elephant and deer sanctuary tours or white water rafting. Forget boring!
Address: Lot 1460, Jalan Tras, Mukim Tras, 27600 Raub District, Pahang
11. The Shorea, Negeri Sembilan
About one and half hour drive from KL, you’ll reach this luxury eco-boutique resort with outstanding views on the rolling jungle hills. Located in the Berembun Forest Reserve, The Shorea has 8 villas with 15 rooms (sleeps 40 adults) which you can either rent individually or as a whole. Some villa are naturally ventilated and some are equipped with air-conditioner. Plus your meals are going to be freshly prepared by local chef and his team. P.S. A review of Shorea is coming soon!
Address: Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, 71770
What do YOU think of these nature getaways near KL?
Whether you’re looking for peaceful mountainside retreats or tropical rainforests getaways, Malaysia has what it takes to impress you and the best part is there are not so far away from KL. So, have you decided yet which of the 10 nature getaways near KL would you love to visit first?
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