[Updated 31 December 2021]
Eco-friendly retreats are an absolute treasure to the world. In today’s days of global warming, pollution and everything unnatural, being able to escape from it all (even for a short while!) and being one with nature is not only an amazing break to your body but also to your mind and soul. We live in the daily hustle and bustle of the city, so taking time off is exactly what we all need to recharge! And what better place is there other than these 12 amazing nature-friendly retreats right here in our own home country - Malaysia!
12 Gorgeous Nature Retreats In Malaysia
1. The Shorea (Negeri Sembilan)
The Shorea is a quiet escapade located in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan which houses several duplexes and villas which have magnificent hilltop views. Its architecture is truly stunning and guaranteed to make you feel like you never want to leave! Boasting its own infinity pool and a plunge pool filled with seawater, enjoy gorgeous views of your own villa and the leafy greens surrounding you. With accommodations catering to 2 all the way to 21 for the whole estate, the Shorea is popular with couples, families or groups of friends. It's one place you’re bound to return to again for a beautifully relaxing escape amidst mother nature!
The Shorea now has new SOPs in place, including for their meal options - check out the new gorgeous Floating Breakfast and the “farm-to-table” Minang Platter available for guests!
Starts from RM5oo (depending on accommodation/villa chosen) on their website
Village Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai,, Jalan Jelebu, 71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
+6017-338 5698Website | Facebook | Instagram
2. Sekeping Serendah (Selangor)
The infamous Sekeping Serendah, ladies and gentlemen. What would a list of nature-friendly retreats be without it? Minimalist, with no form of modern technology available, just you, your company, and the beautiful surroundings of flora and fauna. Absolute bliss. Be sure to take lots of pictures in the very picturesque industrial themed accommodation you’ll be living in! Choose from a selection of rooms, from those catering to 2 to larger self-contained units catering up to 10 that come equipped with a kitchen and barbecue facilities.
Starts from RM32o on their website
SERENDAH FS, 43300, 48200, Selangor
+6012-324 6552Website | Facebook | Instagram
3.Belum Rainforest Resort (Perak)
Located on an island in Tasik Belum, Perak, Belum Rainforest Resort is a sanctuary for those who want a completely serene escape free from any form of air pollution and noise pollution with a stunning view to boot! If you’re looking to explore more of what mother nature has to offer, be sure to take the many excursions they have to offer, from nature walks to night trekking, hornbill viewing and even tracking the infamous rafflesia! If trekking isn’t your cup of tea, a day of canoeing and kayaking awaits! Or you can try your hand at fishing or just laze around in the pool to simply unwind. Either way, you’re bound to have an amazing time there during your stay.
Credit: Belum Rainforest Forest on Facebook
The resort will be reopening in August, and the staff are hard at work
to make sure they're fully prepped with new guidelines and processes to help ensure your comfort and safety! Bookings are being accepted by the resort, either through their website
or you can drop an email to [email protected]
Starts from RM350 on their website
Pulau Banding, 33300 Gerik, Perak
+605-791 6800Website | Facebook | Instagram
4.Time Capsule Retreat (Pahang)
If you like unique accommodations, this one is for you! The Time Capsule Retreat provides guests with the opportunity to stay right smack in the middle of gorgeous green forests. Spend the night in a unique capsule-like accommodation that will your cosy space within nature. If the tubular capsules aren’t your thing, they also provide cottage and glass window rooms- so you’re able to choose exactly the kind of stay you’d like to have!
Starts from RM118 on their website
Sungai Lembing, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang
+6013-963 8888Website | Facebook | Instagram
5. Malihom Private Estates (Penang)
Skip the touristy places in Penang and get a load of this gem instead! Malihom Private Estates is truly stunning, and offers 8 different barns for rent! Each barn was once a traditional Thai rice barn converted with modern comforts, but still holding on to its traditional charm. Made of recycled wood and building material, not only are they eco-friendly, but you’ll also be surrounded by nature during your entire stay there! If you’re up for it, the estate also provides trekking trails and hiking packages - not forgetting massages for you to unwind after a long day.
Credit: Malihom Private Estate, Balik Pulau on FacebookRates:
Starts from RM540 on Agoda
Kiri NT 168, Jalan Bukit Penara, Mukim 6, 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang
+604 2610 190Website | Facebook | Instagram
6.The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat (Perak)
The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat is a truly luxurious retreat that will surround you with stunning limestone views, natural hot springs and allow you to explore natural crystal caves and cave restaurants for a true ‘natural’ experience! With stunning villas that are designed for romantic stays, you’re ensured a peaceful and private retreat surrounded by gorgeous views, hot springs and other wellness-focused activities to help you rejuvenate, unwind and feel absolutely refreshed after.
Starts from RM1,250 on their website
1, Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
+605 210 7777Website | Facebook | Instagram
7.Permai Rainforest Resort (Sarawak)
Ever wanted to live in a treehouse amongst the wilderness? Well, welcome to Permai Rainforest Resort, located at the foot of Mount Santubong in the beautiful Borneo Rainforest! The resort has been carefully designed to minimise the impact on the natural environment while being strictly committed to conserving nature. ?The resort has a variety of accommodations to choose from - besides the treehouse (made for 2), they have cabins and villas that can accommodate groups too. Experience the wonders of nature in this untouched rainforest, and have fun with the many activities provided like animal-watching, nature walks and stand-up paddling!
Starts from RM365 on their website
Teluk Penyuk Santubong, Jalan Sultan Tengah, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak
+6082-846 490Website | Facebook | Instagram
8.Mutiara Taman Negara (Pahang)
Taman Negara has long been known to be the largest park in peninsular Malaysia with a protected status, where animals roam freely and extra precautions are taken to ensure they’re not scared off from their natural habitat. An eco-tourism resort that uses biodegradable resources in its buildings and interiors, Mutiara Taman Negara is also lit dimly at night to ensure the conservation of precious energy.
Credit: Mutiara Taman Negara Resort on FacebookRates:
Starts from RM230 on their website
Kuala Tahan, 27000, Jerantut, Pahang, Malaysia
+609-266 2200Website | Facebook | Instagram
9. Daun Retreats (Selangor)
When it comes to a luxurious nature retreat, Daun Retreats takes the cake. Nestled within the hills of Ulu Langat, this charming place is made to be the perfect weekend getaway from the city. There are three accommodations on offer here, the spacious Gerimis Senja Villa (fits up to 15 pax), the cosier Kasturi Cabin container (fits up to 6) and the grand Norehan's Place that's perfect for larger family gatherings.
The accommodations are surrounded by an assortment of trees rich with seasonal tropical fruits. There is easy access to food and toiletries as there are plenty of restaurants and convenience stores nearby. You can also opt to have a cook-out session where a caretaker will help set up a bbq pit along with charcoal and necessary utensils. You can BBQ and dine by the pool surrounded by stunning green landscapes and tropical trees. They’ve also got a fruit orchard and a fish pond where you can find ducks swimming gleefully.
From 600 for Kasturi Cabin; from RM1,100 for Gerimis Senja Villa and from RM1,000 for Norehan's place
Batu 17 3/4, Kampung Dusun Tua, 43100, Selangor
Website | Facebook | Instagram
10. Bungaraya Island Resort (Sabah)Credit: Bungaraya Island Resort on Facebook
Experience a slice of paradise at the Bungaraya Island Resort & Spa - a true favourite among locals and foreigners alike. Surrounded by a lush rainforest, this place offers an enchanting and relaxing atmosphere that you and your loved one can fully immerse in. With 48 timber villas overlooking a beautiful, white-sand beach, choose the Plunge Pool Villa for the perfect hideout with your loved one - this 87 sqm villa faces the sea and has a private balcony along with the plunge pool. Designed with its very own sun deck, chill on the edge of the pool or laze under the Sun while listening to the soothing sounds of nature. Beyond unwinding at this secluded island hideaway, you can also embark on a jungle adventure by going on a trek or ziplining through the forest.
From RM1,189 on their websiteAddress:
Polish Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
+608 838 0390
Website | Facebook | Instagram
11. Embun Luxury Villas (Pahang)Credit: Embun Luxury Villa website
At Embun Luxury Villa, you can choose your villas based on the view that you wish to wake up to - rainforest or the pool. Either way, when you leave your room, you still get the best of both worlds! We recommend going for the all-inclusive villa package, whereby you'll be catered with scrumptious meals from Cafe @ Embun. Don't forget to take advantage of the various nature-based activities offered - from visits to fig farms to jungle trekking, rafting and more!
Credit: Embun Luxury Villa websiteRate:
From RM989 on their websiteAddress:
Embun Luxury Villas, Lot 6250 & 6251, Hulu Sum-Sum, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang.
Call +6 09- 233 0396/ +6 09 - 233 0376 / +6 09-233 0320 or email [email protected]
12. Al-Sakinah Resort (Pahang)Credit: Al-Sakinah Resort, Janda Baik on Facebook
There 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's far 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.
: Starts at RM910 (Garden Villa)
: Lorong Lampin 1 Kg, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
: +6019 782 7547
So if you’re looking to surround yourself with everything mother nature has to offer on your next trip, remember that we have tons of available eco friendly and nature retreats just waiting for you to come to visit! Play your part and learn more about the environment, and cherish everything we’ve been blessed with in the world!