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12 Faraway Resorts In Malaysia To Get Away From It All

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Cheng Sim  •  Oct 23, 2020

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[Updated 29 June 2021] While Malaysians continue to stay home due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), let's not stop ourselves from daydreaming about our future travels once we tide over the pandemic. If you're looking for a socially distant holiday minus the crowd, here are some hidden resorts in Malaysia to get away from it all!

1. The Haven All Suite Resort, Ipoh

Naturally framed by beautiful limestones, lush forests and twinkling lake, planning a weekend getaway to The Haven All Suite Resort, Ipoh is a must. A gorgeous five-star luxury resort that sits on a 280-million-year-old virgin rainforest, prepare to indulge in an all-inclusive luxurious family getaway unlike any other.
Inspired by the surrounding nature, it's no surprise that all of the rooms are brimming with neutral and earthy tones. As the name suggests, this luxury resort is an all-suite accommodation with various rooms catering to different types of travellers. You can read more about The Haven All Suite Resort here! Rate: Starts at RM610 via their website Address: Jalan Haven, 31150 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia Contact: +605 540 0000 Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Sementra Nature Resort, Perak

Credit: Sementra Nature Resort on FacebookSituated inthe rainforest of Gopeng in Perak, you'll find tranquillity at Sementra Nature Resort. Home to the Rajah Brooke butterflies (named after James Brooke, the Rajah of Sarawak), this nature resort in Perak has many chalets for couples and families to spend the night in nature. When you book a stay, you can choose one of the three chalet types: Larva, Puupa, and Mekar. Couples can stay in the Larva chalet (with a lake view) while small families can stay in the Puupa chalet (with three beds). You can read more about Sementra Nature Resort here! Rate: Starts at RM542 on Agoda Address: Lot 15918, Kampung Ulu Geroh, 31600, Gopeng, Perak Contact: +605 352 0363 Website | Facebook | Instagram

3. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak

For some travellers, soaking in a hot spring for a few hours may not be enough. If you want to turn it into a full-blown staycation in Perak, we recommend spending the night at The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat. Just a 15-minute drive from Ipoh, it's also known as Malaysia's first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat. Sprawled with lavish villas complete with a jacuzzi hot tub with natural geothermal hot-spring water ora private plunge pool, it's a vacation worth splurging for romantic getaways.Rate: Starts at RM1,231 on Agoda (the accommodation includes access to the hot springs) Address: 1, Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Negeri Perak Contact: +605 210 7777 Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Huda's Haven Resort, Selangor

Credit: Huda's Haven Resort on Facebook Just an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, make your way to Huda's Haven Resort, a Muslim-owned resort situated in Batang Kali, Selangor. Your drive to this scenic nature resort will take you deep into the jungle, so you're guaranteed to be miles away from busy traffic and crowded malls.
Credit: Huda's Haven Resort on Facebook Perfect for families and group getaways, Huda's Haven Resort offers several accommodations to spend the night. You can choose to stay in a semi-detached room complete with comfortable beds and an ensuite bathroom or rough it out at the resort's campsite. You can read more about Huda's Haven Resort here! Rate: Starts at RM320 via their website Address: Kampung Hulu Rening, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor Contact: +6012 800 5608 Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. The Acres Resort, Pahang

Credit: The Acres Resort on Facebook Situated in Kampung Bukit Tinggi, we bet you've never seen a sleek and modern nature resort in Pahang that's remotely close to The Acres Resort. Just a 40-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, this resort stands tall with its contemporary architectural design mixing deep greyish tones and romantic light fixtures.
Credit: The Acres Resort on Facebook The Acres Resort doesn't define themselves as a five-star resort, but merely an accommodation that provides thoughtful service to their guests. So take it slow, leave your weekday worries at home and embrace the resort's cool weather that can drop as low as 22 degree Celsius when the evening mellows. You can read more about The Acres Resort here! Rate: Starts at RM580 Address: Lot 28431, Kampung Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang Contact: +6012 223 5866 Website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Al-Sakinah Resort, Janda Baik

Credit: Al-Sakinah Resort, Janda Baik on FacebookThere are many ways to enjoy a serene nature retreat in Janda Baik, and one of it includes a stay at Al-Sakinah Resort. Founded by Dato' Rusma Ibrahim and her husband, Encik Arifin Mohamad, this resort in Janda Baik will give you a refreshing change of scenery that'sfar from the city's hustle and bustle. Depending on your group size, there are many room categories available ranging from Garden Villa to Sakinah Studio. Each room is equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, comfortable beds and ensuite bathroom. To maximise your time amid nature, enjoy a refreshing dip in the nearby river or grill some chicken wings on the barbecue pit. Rate: Starts at RM910 (Garden Villa) Address: Lorong Lampin 1 Kg, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang Contact: +6019 782 7547 Facebook | Instagram

7. Mangala Resort & Spa, Kuantan

Credit: Mangala Resort & Spa on Facebook Situated in Kuantan, Pahang, you'll find Mangala Resort & Spa sprawling across a vast land that was once used for tin and sand mining. Today, this five-star luxury villa resort in Kuantan is dotted with modern villas amid lush palm plantation, rehabilitated lake, and colourful flowers and plants.
Credit: Mangala Resort & Spa on Facebook Perfect for honeymooners and family trips, there are six types of private villas to choose from, ranging from Jala Villa that overlooks the Mangala Lake to Vana Villa that's surrounded by lush nature. You can read more about Mangala Resort & Spa here! Rate: Startsat RM773 onAgoda Address: Lebuhraya Tun Razak, Kampung Melayu Gambang, 26300 Gambang, Pahang Contact: +609 505 7788 Website | Facebook | Instagram

8. Cameron Highlands Resort, Pahang

This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning one of the most popular accommodations in the highlands - Cameron Highlands Resort. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, lush rolling hills, Tudor-styled cottages and a view of the 18-hole golf course, you'll be transported back to the colonial times at this amazing resort in Cameron Highlands. With the perfect blend of modern and traditional accents, find ultimate comfort in their rooms that come with a stunning nature backdrop. Curl up on the day-bed and read a book or simply nibble on fresh strawberries while sipping a cup of locally grown tea on the balcony Rates: Starts at RM556 on Agoda Address: Cameron Highlands, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang Contact: +605 491 1100 Website | Facebook | Instagram

9. Batu Batu Resort, Johor

The only resort that's situated on the otherwise uninhabited Pulau Tengah (Tengah Island) in Johor, Batu Batu Resort feels like a secret waiting to be told. Just a 20-minute boat ride from the district of Mersing, you can find this eco island resort in the protectedJohor Marine Park. Dotted with swaying coconut trees and rocky boulders, it's the perfect paradise for a quiet getaway. If you want to wake up to the sound of crashing waves, stay in the one-bedroom Ocean Villa that comes with a large bathroom, a private balcony, and an attached children's bunk annexe for families! You can read more about Batu Batu Resort in Johor here! Rate: Starts at RM2,342 (2 nights) on their website (excluding meals and boat transfer). Minimum stay is 2 nights Address: Pulau Tengah, Mersing, Johor Contact: +607 228 8000 Website | Facebook | Instagram

10. Mountain Valley Resort, Sabah

Credit: Mountain Valley Resort, Kundasang on Facebook Situated in Bundu Tuhan, a village near Kinabalu Park, Mountain Valley Resort is also a 15-minute drive from Kundasang. That means you're only a short distance away from Desa Cattle Dairy Farm and Kundasang Valley.
Credit: Mountain Valley Resort, Kundasang on Facebook This hillside resort is occupied with 15 guestrooms consisting of Family Room, Signature Deluxe Room, and Standard Room. Starting from RM360 per night, you can choose to stay in the Mountain wing (with a view of Mount Kinabalu) or Valley wing (with a view of Bundu Tuhan valley). Youcan read more about Mountain Valley Resort in Sabah here ! Rate: Starts at RM360 via their website Address: Mountain Valley Resort, Jalan Tenompok Bundu Tuhan, Bundu Tuhan, 89300 Tenompok, Sabah Contact: +6017 777 6750 Website | Facebook | Instagram

11. Fig Tree Hills Resort, Penang

Credit: Fig Tree Hill Resort on Facebook For those who've explored most of the city life in Penang, Fig Tree Hills Resort is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle. It's only a 30-minute drive from Georgetown and nestled within the lush hilltops in Sungai Ara. Anyone who's a nature lover will find this place an absolute dream! Click here to read more about Fig Tree Hills Resort. Rate: Starts at RM688 on Agoda Address: Jln Kenari, Sungai Ara, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang Contact: +6019-362 0270 Website | Facebook | Instagram

12. Lost World of Tambun, Perak

There's more to Lost World of Tambun than just a destination that has a theme park, hotel and hot springs. As a matter of fact, this family-friendly attraction also offers a cool glamping experience. You can choose to stay in a well-equipped glamping tent or the all-new Malayana Floating Villa. Rate: Startsat RM1,078 via their websiteAddress: No.1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 1, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Contact: +605 540 8888 Website | Facebook | Instagram If you're looking for faraway resorts in Malaysia to get away from it all, we hope you've found the perfect accommodation for your future vacays. Whether you're looking for a riverside getaway or a highland retreat, here are more options for you to explore: