A Little Weekend R&R – Nature Retreats

The hustle and bustle of a city life can tire you out so easily. Sometimes – especially after a long week at work – all you want is to get away to a quiet place just so you can escape the chaos around you. But with how busy the schedules can be for those who live and work in the city, long vacations and extended holidays are not necessarily in our books, and occasionally we find ourselves with only a few days of break to spare. At this point, most people would forgo the idea of a holiday, and just stick to staying home that can give you the rest that you need, but not the time off that you deserve.

So why not consider a weekend getaway that isn’t too far from the city? It’s perfect for short trips that doesn’t require too much packing, and with secluded locations that brings you close to nature, offers you the chance to rejuvenate and recharge yourself. Here’s my top 5 picks for nature retreats surrounded by lush green sceneries to calm and sooth your mind:

  • The Shorea
    (Kampung Kolam Air, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan)

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Located inside the Berembun Tropical Reserve, this family retreat are set on natural terrains with paths that leads to a jungle stream and a waterfall within the reserve. It is the ultimate forest getaway for those seeking comfort and calm amidst the sights and sounds of nature. The Shorea has a choice of 5 classic wooden villas, each fully equipped with amenities that will make you feel right at home. It’s a great place to kick back and do as little as possible. If you want to participate in some light activities during your stay, you are more than welcomed to take a nature walk, jungle trekking (if you prefer something with a bit of challenge), or take a swim at the waterfall nearby. Feel like cooking? No problem – each villa is equipped with kitchenette, so preparing your own meal is not an issue. In fact, you might feel like you don’t want to ever go home again.
Website: http://www.theshorea.com/
Phone: +6017 338 5698
Email: info@theshorea.com

  • Sekeping Serendah
    (Rawang, Selangor)

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Sekeping Serendah is located only an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, and is landscaped with a beautiful natural scenery unlike any other. With transparent walls and open sheds, it gives visitors the chance of spending the night in the jungle under the moon and stars, without actually being outdoor. I find it like going camping, but inside a resort instead. The sheds are fitted with only the basic amenities without any lavish additions, thus providing a unique shelter that is as close to nature as possible. There are also several activities available for those looking for a little adventure in the jungle – you can take a trip to a nearby Orang Asli village, swim at the nearby waterfalls and plunge pools, go jungle trekking or fishing. With a variety of rooms to choose from, you can plan for a visit with your partner, or with friends.

Website: http://www.sekeping.com/serendah/
Phone: +6012 324 6552 (Miss Ping)
Email: serendah@sekeping.com

  • Awanmulan
    (Kampung Baru Pantai, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan)

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Awanmulan is a collection of 7 furnished houses located in the hills of Kampung Baru Pantai, Negeri Sembilan. Depending on the size of your party, the retreat can accommodate up to 8 people in their biggest bungalow, which I find suitable for a small get together among close friends or family. It’s also perfect location for couples or small group of friends who are looking to escape from the harshness of the city, and bask in the calming breezy air of the hills. Awanmulan also has two salted swimming pools for you to relax in, and let your worry drift away even if temporarily.

Website: http://www.awanmulan.com/
Phone: +6013 367 0767
Email: serenity@awanmulan.com

  • Taman Sari
    (Hulu Langat, Selangor)

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If you want to experience a slice of kampung life, you should head to Taman Sari where you can stay in a choice of wooden houses surrounded by lush greeneries that immediately relaxes you. It offers two types of accommodation; The Bothy, a kampung house for 2 people overlooking the hillside and luscious garden, as well as The Cottage, a larger house for 4 people with a clear view of the nearby jungle and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Both houses feature an open plan concept with one side of the 4 walls in the bedrooms completely open, giving you unobstructed view of the beautiful sights. The house, the kampung surrounding and atmosphere makes it the perfect escape for someone who is looking to relive a little bit of nostalgia.

Website: http://tamansarimalaysia.wordpress.com/
Phone: +6019 271 4299 (Affa)
Email: tamansarimalaysia@gmail.com

  • The Dusun
    (Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan)

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Another retreat located in the Berembun Forest Reserve, The Dusun is an orchard resort that offers tranquility and calmness to soothe the harshness city folks endure in their everyday life. It started as a family house for a couple and their 5 children, who then decided to build additional houses within their compound so they can share the wealth of nature with others. All 5 houses are surrounded by the breathtaking views of the forest reserve or the orchard, and due to its location on the hillside, the nights are guaranteed to be cooling and relaxing. To further entice the tired minds, an infinity pool is available that is connected to all the houses, as well as a wading pool for the little ones. For those who wants to venture out of the confines of the resort, you can go jungle trekking or bird watching guided by locals and volunteers who are experts in both areas.

Website: http://thedusun.com.my/nature-resort
Email: hello@thedusun.com.my

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