Most of us spend our days stuck in freezing cold offices or tedious traffic jams, counting the days and hours until the weekend. But once the weekend’s arrived, are you stuck on ideas on what to do?
If you’re seeking a reprieve from the city life, there’s no better place to refresh your senses than within a natural setting. So we’ve saved you a Google search and handpicked these nature-inspired resorts that are just the escape you need, depending on your budget:
$ – Perak Agrotourism Resort
If you’re a born-and-bred city slicker, you may have wondered what life on a farm was like. Well, at Perak Agrotourism Resort, you’ll get a hands-on experience, as it combines nature, agriculture and rural tourism.
This tranquil resort is located in Tanjung Tualang, Perak, just two hours away from Kuala Lumpur and is adjacent to an actual farm and gorgeous lake!
But don’t be fooled by the rustic surroundings – the resort offers cozy and tastefully decorated chalets inspired by the traditional Malay kampung house, which come complete with modern comforts. So there’s no need to rough it. 😉
See & Do
- Learn what it takes to run a farm on the 90-minute Farm Tour, which takes you to a chili farm, mango orchard, stingless bee honey farm and so much more!
- There’s also a Petting Zoo, which is perfect for young kids and animal lovers, as you’ll get to see rabbits, birds, chicken, quails, and porcupines. You can even buy food to feed the animals by hand.
- There are plenty of other recreational activities to keep you occupied, such as cycling, ATV, kayak, paddle boat, fishing, paintball and horseback riding.
Rates start from: RM220/night
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$$ – Philea Resort & Spa
Just a 90-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur is a hidden oasis, where rushing waterfalls and thick forests await you at Philea Resort & Spa. The award-winning 5-star resort is recognized as an eco-friendly retreat, featuring unique log cabins for its accommodation.
Philea is mere minutes away from the Ayer Keroh toll and 30 minutes from Melaka City by car, but you may not want to leave this green haven, as it has all the facilities you need to have a relaxing holiday, from a kids’ play center to a world-class spa.
This answers the prayers of stressed out moms and dads, who are now free to pamper themselves with a soothing spa treatment while the kids are kept busy with various fun activities.
Its rooms, suites and villas are constructed from the finest pine wood and are elegantly decorated with bespoke furniture and contemporary amenities.
See & Do
- Get some fresh air at the Melaka Botanical Gardens, which features a variety of recreational facilities including the Prehistoric Garden, Orang Asli Park, Deer Park, suspension bridge and beautiful picnic spots.
- The family-friendly Melaka Wonderland Theme Park has fun for all ages, with slides, playgrounds and a wave pool that makes for a splashing day out.
- As Malaysia’s second largest zoo, Melaka Zoo and Night Safari is home to hundreds of different animal species, including the capybara, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger. During weekends, the zoo hosts interactive activities such as elephant feeding and bird shows.
Rates start from: RM388/night
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$$$ – Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort
Situated in the wild heart of Borneo, Borneo Natural Sukau Bilit Resort is about 2.5 hours away from Sandakan.
Nestled on the riverbank of Kinabatangan River, you’ll get the chance to live in harmony with Sabah’s lush flora and fauna, as they’re right at your doorstep.
The environmentally-friendly resort’s chalets were handcrafted by local tradesman using Borneo Iron Wood – a rare timber tree native to Borneo – and decorated with local materials to blend into the natural landscape of the rainforest.
See & Do
- The resort offers exclusive tour packages that will take you to Sabah’s top wildlife and nature attractions, such as Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Gomantong Cave and the Oxbow Lake.
- Cruise down Kinabatangan River by day or night, where you’re likely to spot proboscis monkeys, orangutans, pygmy elephants, hornbills, kingfishers and many other rare wildlife species in their natural habitat.
- Are you brave enough to venture into the forest at night? Then go on a guided night jungle walk, where you might just bump into some nocturnal critters.
Rates start from: RM454/night
With such a wide range of accommodation options across the country, it can be a challenge to pick the one that’s best for you. To be in the know when it comes to Malaysia’s stand-out stays, keep your eyes peeled for Traveloka’s ‘Super Stays’ posts, a bi-weekly hotel special featuring our top picks!