Every now and then we need a little break from the hectic work life. Often we find ourselves mentally drained and tempted to take a quick getaway to somewhere quieter to find inner peace by disconnecting from the reality we all face every single day. You need not have to travel far to fix your holiday cravings, as Malaysia has plentiful exciting destinations for you to discover. Whether or not it is in the tropical rainforest, magical islands, white sandy beaches or cultural villages, a retreat in Malaysia can be done both luxuriously or economically.
A country with an ethnicity so diversified and rich in historical heritage, this beautiful nation is surely blessed with fascinating blends of cultures with a wide range of interesting things to do and see. If you need a quick stop from seeing the city scrapers and hearing the bustling streets, Malaysia has some of the best peaceful retreats which is great for the rejuvenation of your soul!
1. Villa Samadhi, KL
If you live in the city and prefer not to make too far off of a journey, this is for you. Villa Samadhi is a private boutique residence situated at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, which is only a 10-minute drive away from the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC Shopping Centre. It is known to be one of Kuala Lumpur’s best kept secrets, encrafted with rustic and all-natural elements. Indulge yourself in calming massages by their very own in-house spa, laze and chill by the balconies or take a dip in their huge lagoon swimming pool.
2. The Dusun
Traveling slightly down south to the capital of Negeri Sembilan state, Seremban, you may discover more hidden discoveries deep in the rainforest. One of them would be The Dusun, offering a quiet retreat and exclusive space in its four private houses. This boutique resort is a unique family owned and run inn set in the forest and mountains of Malaysia. Complete with an infinity pool overlooking the mountainous view, you can catch the morning sunrise or evening sunsets like never-before.
3. The Shorea
This is another little gem hidden in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan. Built within a tropical forest reserve, the secluded villas are set on natural terrains with waterfall within the Berembun Forest Reserve. This is one of the retreats whereby you can cook up a great meal as a large kitchen is well-provided for sharing. Undoubtedly it is THE getaway for the nature lovers, finding yourself embracing nature’s warmth - the feeling for once you could never get in a city.
Awanmulan sits atop the hills of Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, a little beautiful sanctuary one would rest in! It is built on stilts overlooking a lush valley surrounded by hills of green forests. The collection of small homes on the hills not only offers the perfect sights of the nature, but as well as two swimming pools, one facing the forest (Jungle pool) and one towards the sunset (Sky pool). Take a light stroll into the forests or to the river for a fresh swim, and even a spot for night camps and adventurous exploration.
5. Sekeping Serendah
Sekeping Serendah is a tech-free private retreat with transparent open sheds specially designed to celebrate the simple state of relaxation with the natural environment. Just an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, Sekeping Serendah is situated on the sleepy one street town of Serendah. Go into a deep relaxation to the sounds of nature at your very own private terrace. Consisting of 10 sheds set within the tropical rainforest completed with a minimalist-feel, staying here is about having fun in a calming and natural way most importantly free from the demands of the city life.
6. Banjaran Hot Springs, Ipoh
Nestled between the old age limestone hills of Ipoh, Perak, Banjaran Hot Springs defines the true luxury getaway for the stay-cation enthusiasts. Go deep into the complete zen of therapeutic value as they provide exclusive therapies and spa treatments putting the mind and body in a calming state. Not only does Banjaran Hot Springs offer a spectacular view of the nature, there are tonnes of luxurious services available - A relaxing massage or health therapy at their Spa and Wellness centre, take a good dip at the Geothermal Hot Springs Dipping Pools, immerse in the state of inner peace in the Meditation Cave, or rejuvenate your skin’s health in the Thermal Steam Cave. This unique hideaway is specially designed for you to regain balance of your true self in the most luxurious and pampering way.
7. Malihom Private Estate, Penang
Malihom Private Estate is a hidden treasure with its crafted private chalets located at Balik Pulau, Penang. The residence of paradise is built from recycled wood and surrounded by lush greenery rainforest. At the lookout point, you will be welcomed with two different views involving city and nature. One side would be a hill with green paddy fields and another is the Penang bridge alongside the Penang city views. Malihom is indeed the unique location that offers the the perfect blend of natural environment, quality of service, secure privacy and seclusion.
8. Kuang Kampung Retreat
The Kuang Kampung Retreat gushes Malay traditional living and beauty of the nature, offering families and romantic couples the perfect hideout experience in the “kampung” style. Upkeeping with the Malaysian tradition and culture, the architecture of this single-storey bungalow is designed in a Malay village home style built on strong wooden stilts. Cleanly furnished with antique brown furniture and tasteful traditional artworks, it brings back some old-time sentiments especially for the older folks. Beautifully surrounded by live greeneries on the extensive private land of Sungai Buloh, the Kuang Retreat brings an invaluable experience in nature, with an open-air plunge pool located at the center of the home.
9. The Datai Langkawi
The Datai is a luxurious beach resort situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, nestled in the heart of the ancient rainforest captivating a smooth blend of its natural atmosphere. The Datai offers you three unique and distinctive experiences to choose from depending on the individual’s preferences: The Rainforest, The Canopy and The Beach. Moreover, they have various activities such as the trekking tour, sea kayaking and snorkeling for the sea adventurers, and they too provide fun indoor activities like culinary and batik workshops. Enjoy and embrace the stunning views from private verandas of the breathtaking ocean and rekindle your spirit in the tranquil haven!
10. Sekeping Tenggiri
Last but not least, if you are a true city patron and still would not want to leave town, yet, eager for a quick getaway, Sekeping Tenggiri would be for you. Located in Bangsar, one of the hippest towns with vast selection of eateries, unique cafes and boutique outlets, Sekeping Tenggiri is the mini retreat just right next door. Its architecture is like an unfinished house with natural lights, which basically consists of untreated brick walls and simple grey concrete, showcasing a rustic and minimalist charm that Sekeping Tenggiri aimed for.