Time to pack your bags for a quick escape to nature
Our country is mainly famously known for three unique features – multiracial society, mouth-watering delicacies as well as beautiful beaches. But, as a developing country, we hardly get to enjoy the nature as there are constantly new construction sites mushrooming everywhere, especially in the city.
So if you’re longing to be closer to Mother Nature but can’t seem to find the time as everything is too far from Klang Valley, fret not. When you need to unwind, the last thing that you would to do is to go through the trouble of flying somewhere or embark on a long road trip. Keeping that in mind, we present you five retreats in Klang Valley that’s suitable for a quick weekend getaway.
1. Sekeping Serendah, Selangor
Does the sound of birds chirping early in the morning excites you? Do you like to feel of cold breeze blowing on your face while you take a stroll surrounded by greenery? If yes, then you should definitely pay Sekeping Serendah a visit. Built within the tropical rainforest in the town of Serendah, this retreat is a popular pick among urban millennials. With the aim to encourage you to fully immerse in the beauty of the jungle, the sheds here are intentionally constructed with minimalist features and free from lavishness. Equipped with basic necessities like beds with mosquito nets, outdoor shower, cooking stove and ceiling fans, the huts are seen as a ‘glorified tents’. As for the activities, inhabitants can opt for jungle trekking, fishing along the lake, or even taking a dip at the waterfalls and plunge pools.
2. Villa Samadhi, KL
If you actually live in Kuala Lumpur and is in dire need to get out of this concrete jungle immediately, then Villa Samadhi is your best pick. Nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this place is an opulent oasis that offers peace and tranquillity for city dwellers looking for a quick yet refreshing escape. Villa Samadhi fully advocates peace and relaxation, which is why all guests are encouraged to keep their phone away and enjoy the serenity of this space.
3. Kuang Kampung Retreat, Sungai Buloh
When you think of a retreat, most of us would look for a luxurious hotel to unwind and decompress. But others might opt to stay in a traditional house that exudes the warmth and comfort of a home. If you fall in the latter category, then this retreat is the place you want to be. The house is built by a Kelantanese craftsman whose goal was to showcase Malaysian heritage in his architectural design. Hence, he constructed the house using balau timber and stone, discovered from an old palace in Kuala Lipis. Besides the heritage and history, the Kuang Kampung Retreat house has a pool for guests to soak in, making it the perfect paradise that’s close to the city but offers utmost stillness.
3. AVANI Sepang Goldcoast
Besides airports, Sepang is also known for many other things and AVANI Sepang Goldcoast is one of them. Stretching over one kilometre of water, the opulent villas are placed over the sheltered waters of the straits of Malacca. While you’re here, don’t forget to laze by the pool and enjoy the amenities of the resort or go to the beach for some ball games. However, if you’re fond of animals, then don’t forget to visit the gentle giants at the elephant sanctuary and witness the beauty of flora and fauna while cruising on the mangrove river with the Mangrove River Cruise.
5. Templer Park Rainforest Retreat
Stationed on the hilltop spanning over three acres, the Templer Park Rainforest Retreat is surrounded by the verdant Kanching Rainforest Reserve and is the perfect place if you’re looking for a laidback holiday that guarantees serenity and rejuvenation. Featuring two types of houses – Villa and Containers – each of it is located 60m apart from each other and is shielded by trees and shrubs for privacy. Since the retreat is placed within a rainforest, do expect occasional visits from your friendly neighbours like squirrels, monkeys and colourful birds.
Written by Rubaa Shunmuganathan.