Today I'm going to talk about my birth land, Malaysia. I may sound a little biased here when I say it is one of the most exotic travel destinations in the world, but one needs to experience Malaysia, and I mean truly experience Malaysia to understand and appreciate the spectacular beauty it has to offer.
Many have been to our major cities like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Melaka etc where you would have seen the majestic Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers, experienced authentic Malaysian cuisine like the nasi lemak, roti canai and teh tarik, to name a few, visited historical sites and mingled with our multi ethnic and friendly locals and enjoyed some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world....yes right here in exotic Malaysia.
But today I'm going to talk about a few exotic resorts in Malaysia that not many have heard of, thus keeping these places private and quaint.
1. THE DUSUN, SEREMBAN
Source: The Dusun
This is a 12-acre orchard resort on the edge of the undisturbed Malaysian tropical rainforest, The Dusun is an hour from Kuala Lumpur and its airports, but it sure does feel like a world away. It’s located 800 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Titiwangsa Main Range, so you can expect cool and quiet nights. From as low as only a few hundred ringgit a night, you can opt to stay at one of their beautiful chalets . Catch a morning swim amongst nature in one of their two infinity pools overlooking the mountains for a retreat you won't forget. There are even private barbeques. And did i mention the view...simply breathtaking!
2. THE BANJARAN HOTSPRINGS, IPOH
Source: The Banjaran Hotsprings
This sanctuary of bespoke holistic wellness in the northern state of Perak is only 15 minutes drive from Ipoh city and 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Set against limestone hills, The Banjaran provides a peaceful wellness retreat with its geothermal hot springs and a naturally heated swimming pool. A steam cave and ice baths are also available. As for the accommodation, well, the spacious villas come with a private pool and outdoor hot tub. Butler services and in-villa spa treatments can be arranged.
3. THE SHOREA, SEREMBAN
Source: The Shorea
The Shorea is a family retreat built within a tropical forest reserve. Its secluded villas are set on natural terrains, with meandering paths leading down to a jungle stream, a waterfall within the Berembun Forest Reserve; it is the ultimate forest getaway. The resort is constructed by using mainly the shorea timber species which is sourced locally. Most of the resort is also constructed using recycled shorea timber, including main roof beams, timber pillars, staircases, balustrades, and timber bridge.
4. AWANMULAN, JELEBU
Another forest retreat, Awanmulan is a collection of small homes in the hills located in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan which is an ideal getaway from the bustling Kuala Lumpur located only 2 – 3 hours’ drive away. A sanctuary in the hills, the houses on stilts sit on a hill slope overlooking a lush valley and surrounded by hills of green forests. Sit upon the wooden decks and watch the rain come in over the hills and the mist that rises from the valley below, or lounge by the pool or go for a dip in the refreshing river pool, which comes directly from the upstream river in the forest, or watch the beautiful sunset over the Straits of Malacca light up the sky in hues of red and yellow. It will keep you entertained for hours and you may even find it very therapeutic.
5. VILLA SAMADHI, KUALA LUMPUR
Source: Villa Samadhi
Welcome to your 'rustic luxe' retreat. Lay your body on their plush bed for a night and your state of mind will be reignited. This is one romantic luxury boutique hotel. One of Kuala Lumpur’s best kept secrets! Hidden within an upscale neighbourhood and discreet from street view, Villa Samadhi feels more like one big private villa rather than a boutique hotel. The entire residence is designed to look and oriented to evoke, in all essence, your own private villa in the city. Its modern-Asian design and ambiance makes it a unique boutique residence.
6. MALIHOM PRIVATE ESTATE, PENANG
Source: Malihom Private Estate
The MaliHom Private Estate is a little hidden treasure, a luxury private estate in the hills of Penang, offering the perfect blend of natural surroundings, privacy and seclusion. Surrounded by greenery, it boasts an outdoor pool and private rooms with rustic décor, and the rooms feature private grounds or deck with beautiful views of the natural landscapes. It offers a calm respite from the busy city life with its private villas built from recycled wood.
7. FIG TREE HILL RESORT, PENANG
Source: Fig Tree Hill Resort
Enhance your experience of Penang Island, also known as the Pearl Of The Orient, with your stay at the Fig Tree Hill Resort for an invigorating stay amongst its natural, lush greenery. Away from the hustle and bustle of their tourist packed beaches, Fig Tree Hill offers a stay in one of their many traditional houses complete with relaxing spas and a large pool - a little paradise of its own.
8. TEMPLER PARK RAINFOREST RETREAT, RAWANG
Source: Templer Park Rainforest Retreat
Malaysia is rich with rainforest all over the country; what better way than to enjoy it than out lounging by the infinity pool overlooking Bukit Takun. Made with everyone’s enjoyment in mind, this is the perfect place for a chilling afternoon amongst the natural environment and you can even hold events here. Although it may seem remote and far from our beloved KL city, Templar’s Park Rainforest Retreat is actually minutes away and easily accessible from KL.
9. CASABRINA, RAUB
Casabrina being a 6 star luxury resort is another posh and extravagant retreat home in Raub, Pahang. Constructed with hard working city dwellers in mind, Casabrina is a retreat for anybody looking for a space to relax and to recollect their thoughts. It is also built with eco-friendly materials to encourage and to educate visitors about the importance of conserving nature.
10. KUANG KAMPUNG RETREAT, SUNGAI BULOH
Source: Kuang Kampung Retreat
Travel into an adventure of yester-year Malay traditional living. With its expansive greens and lovely live stocks on the homestead, Kuang Retreat offers families and children an invaluable experience with nature. The entire architecture of Kuang Retreat oozes Malay tradition. Approximately 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city, the 3,350 sq ft home is mainly built out of timber with stone stilts. Kuang Retreat offers a paradise of refuge from the bustling city, a perfect weekend hideaway for urbanites and is furnished with antique furniture and traditional art decorations. The 3-bedroom single storey bungalow is designed to complement nature with its high ceiling, large open windows and an open-air plunge pool in the middle of the house.
The above are just some of the exotic resorts we have here in Malaysia. I haven't gotten started on our breathtaking beaches yet. Some of which have been voted among the best in the world. But that's for another blog on another day :)
Hope you have enjoyed reading this blog and find it informative. And if you haven't been to this tropical paradise yet, wait no longer.