[Updated 18 March 2022]
Everyone deserves a relaxing weekend getaway every now and then. Whether you're planning a nature retreat in Janda Baik or secluded vacation at a private pool villa in Selangor, there are many options for short getaways near KL to choose from! Check out this list we've rounded up that covers some of the best places to escape the crowds without having to stray too far from the city.
Private pool villa & nature retreats near KL
1. Tiarasa Escapes
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Tiarasa Escapes is an upscale glamping resort founded by Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina. Situated in the foothills of Janda Baik, prepare to be transported to the ultimate glamping setting for a memorable and luxurious stay. Comprising 20 tented villas and 5 treetop villas, each accommodation is furnished with all the creature comforts of a hotel.
P.S. For more places like this, scroll through our list of 8 glamping spots in Malaysia for a unique getaway.
2. Pulaithree Retreat
Located in Kuala Kubu Bharu Heights, Pulaithree Retreat is a villa nestled in the heart of a rainforest on a private hill. With its lush surroundings and peaceful environment, it may come as a surprise that Pulaithree retreat is only a 1-hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur! This hidden accommodation offers 2 bedrooms (for up to 7 pax) - both of which are minimally designed to fully capture a nature retreat.
3. The Woodhouse & Sky Villa
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Talk about a nature retreat! There's an Airbnb in Selangor surrounded by an entire forest reserve and mountain ranges. So if you're looking to truly escape from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur city, this airbnb might just be the perfect spot.
Within earshot of the Selangor dam and near Sungai Chiling Waterfall is Kuala Kubu Bharu's unique nature airbnb. Surrounded by forests and mountain ranges, it will feel as though you're overseas, away from the tropics.
4. The Acres Resort
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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. There are four types of rooms available for guests, ranging from the Double Room to the Family Room. Depending which you choose, some rooms come with a private balcony that overlooks the surrounding nature.
5. Fifty4Ferns Resort
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Circled by lush rainforest at the Titiwangsa foothills, Fifty4Ferns Resort might be the nature resort that you might be looking for. This resort consists of three main enclaves: The Ferns Hamlet (located along Sungai Ulu Tampit), The Ferns Orchard (surrounded by durian, mangosteen and other fruit trees), and The Ferns Estate (with hillside view). After you're all settled in, remember to get a map, so you can explore other parts of the resort such as the petting farm, outdoor jacuzzi, canopy walk, and more.
6. Embun Luxury Villas
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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!
7. Rest. Pause Rainforest Retreat
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At Rest. Pause Rainforest Retreat, you can while away the hours just soaking in the beautiful nature views and fresh air. This 4-bedroom accommodation is fully self-contained with 2 living areas, 4 bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and an indoor and outdoor kitchen. It can accommodate 15 people comfortably, and up to a maximum of 20 people. Breakfast is provided on the verandah daily, and there are facilities like a reading nook, DVDs and a stream that runs near the house.
8. Tadom Hill Resort
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It's not often to find a bamboo-inspired resort like Tadom Hill Resorts. Just a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, you and your loved ones can book a stay at Tadom's signature Gendui Chalet. With a king-size bed that sits at the heart of the room, the chalet also has air-conditioning, ensuite private bathroom, hot shower and more. Other chalets that are perfect for two includes Lakeside Bamboo Mini Chalet and Semantan Chalet.
9. Sekeping Serendah
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You can find many Sekeping retreats in Malaysia, a project by landscape architect Ng Sek San. If we can recommend one Sekeping retreat for a quick weekend getaway from KL, that would be the Sekeping Serendah Retreat. Their rooms can accommodate groups of anywhere between 2 to 10 people. Each room is designed with an exposed brick wall and decked out with clean and minimal furnishing. Living in simplicity will help to quiet down the noise in your mind and focus on the peaceful rainforest around you.
10. Anani Villa
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For your next staycation, head up into the hills of Pahang for a rejuvenating getaway at Anani Villa! Perched on the hillside in Janda Baik, get your dose of nature at this private villa surrounded completely by lush greenery. Beautiful, minimal and peaceful, this eco-retreat is definitely where you want to be to wash away your stress and soak into relaxation. Plus, it's located only a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, making it an ideal spot for a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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