Escape The Bustling City With These Top 5 Nature Retreats In Johor


Siti Aishah Ahmad •  Dec 10, 2021

From hillside homestays to riverside accommodations, Malaysia has a lot of beautiful places for the perfect staycation for both locals and foreigners. You won't have any problems planning a holiday escape away from the city. If you're planning to visit Johor for your future getaway, these are some of the best nature retreats to calm your heart and soul.

Need more inspiration for your future getaway to Johor? Check these out:

1. Rainforest Tree House

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Rainforest Tree House is an eco-friendly retreat located in Kulai, Johor - a 30-minute car ride from the heart of the city. It features 6 small tree houses (accommodates up to 6 people) and 2 big tree houses (accommodates up to 12 people). Perfect for large groups of family and friends! All the treehouses are equipped with amenities like power plugs, mosquito nets, blankets, cotton pillows, mattresses, toilets and bathrooms with cold stream water shower.

There's a 10-minute uphill walk before you reach the first treehouse (about 300 stair steps). So make sure to throw on a comfortable pair of shoes! Also, don't forget to bring a backpack instead of luggage to avoid inconvenience. You should also bring water, long-sleeved tops and trousers to avoid insect bites, towels, toiletries, insect repellent and umbrella in case it rains!

To reach here, make a right turn after 50m from the Kulai toll. Keep an eye out for a brown-coloured signboard that says "Homestay Gunung Pulai". From there, turn left after 10km and you'll arrive at Kampung Sri Gunung Pulai. Go straight for another 1km and the treehouse will be on your left.

2. Kota Rainforest Resort

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Only 45 minutes drive from Causewayand 13 km away from Kota Tinggi, Kota Rainforest Resort is easily accessible for a relaxing getaway. Their traditional-styled resort was designed to capture the beauty of the tropics and breathtaking sceneries. All chalets are air-conditioned as well with custom-made timber furniture. When you're here, enjoy the resort's facilities like the swimming pool or you could go mountain climbing, rainforest trekking or cycling along the mountain hills. There's also a stunning waterfall just 5 minutes by car from the resort! Contact them through their Whatsapp to inquire about the activities available and to make bookings.

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3. Pulai Springs Resort 

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For someplace where you can enjoy a touch of traditional charm with modern facilities, look no further than Pulai Springs Resort. This luxury resort is located at the foothills of Mount Pulai in Johor where you can appreciate the surrounding beauty of flora and fauna during your stay. All of their rooms exude luxury with modern decor so you'll have the staycation of your life. Plus, they have four resort-pools for any leisure needs - a lap pool, a wading pool with a rock island water slide and rock showers, a horizon pool and a baby pool. Want a rejuvenating swim overlooking the resort's beautiful, green garden? Head over to Level 2 of Cinta Ayu All Suites to enjoy a swim with a serene view.

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4. Batu Batu Resort

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Just a 20-minute boat ride from the district of Mersing, you can find Batu Batu Resort in the protected Johor Marine Park. Dotted with swaying coconut trees and rocky boulders, it's the perfect paradise for a quiet retreat with your sweetheart. This beautiful island resort in Johor has 20 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom villas that are ideal for honeymooners and even group getaways.


5. One&Only Desaru Coast

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One&Only Desaru Coast is the place to be to enjoy the luxury holiday of your dreams. While the room rates are definitely pricey, what you'll be getting is an unperturbed view of the sea, white powdery sands and personalised service in every suite. There are four types of suites consisting of rainforest junior suite, ocean junior suite, rainforest grand pool suite, and ocean grand suite. Besides taking a stroll along the private beach, there are other activities you can do including tennis, golf, yoga, kickboxing and more.

Address: No. 7, Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast, Kota Tinggi, Desaru, 81930 Johor

Contact: +607 878 3400

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