When it comes to exploring our great rainforests, the more the merrier—and always in style. Here are a few luxury villa estates we've selected for your next group getaway.
Here are a few luxury rainforest estates we've selected for your next group getaway.
Tranquil views and laidback activities in Janda Baik in Bentong, Pahang has turned this small Malay village into a popular new spot for KL-ites planning staycations. Extended families looking for a private getaway can rent out Aman Rimba, a privately-owned estate complete with staff, 24-hour service and resort-style amenities. Six well-kept villas spread out over three acres can comfortably accommodate a maximum of 20 people, and is nestled on the edge of Sungai Benus, where guests often go to dip their feet in the clear, cold water.
Aman Rimba, Janda Baik, Pahang
On-site activities: Swimming, fishing, bird feeding, cycling, hard-court sports, spa. Customised activities on request.
Around the area: Three hours jungle trekking to Tampit Waterfalls at Ulu Tampit; full-day hiking to Gunung Nuang.
Drive from KL: 50 minutes without traffic.
Set amidst rainforest reserves, this charming AirBnB rental is a hidden gem in the outskirts of Batang Kali, Selangor. Ecotourism fans will enjoy the outdoor showers, no air-conditioning policy and the joys of being outdoors in a relatively mosquito-free environment. There’s even an outdoor bedroom to indulge your glamping desires. The natural pool in the middle of the house is an ideal backdrop for barbecue picnics and lazy sunbathing all afternoon.
Ratu Rening Residency, Batang Kali, Selangor
On-site activities: Swimming, BBQ facilities and fishing.
Around the area: Seven minutes drive to Hulu Tamu hot springs; Ten minutes walk to forest reserve area.
Drive from KL: 1 hour without traffic.
Ratu Rening Residency AirBnB listing.
This beautifully-designed property in Raub, Pahang welcomes guests with natural wood interiors and open air spaces that frame a dramatic view of rolling hills and vibrant rainforests. Casabrina consists of two villas, each with a private pool and sauna—the Amertani takes up to 14 guests in four suites; the Aranya accommodates 8 people in two suites and has kitchen facilities.
Casabrina, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
On-site activities: Swimming, golf, BBQ facilities and fishing.
Around the area: Off-road adventure, day trips to Kuala Lipis, elephant sanctuary, white water rafting, Fraser’s Hill and Genting.
Drive from KL: 1-2 hours without traffic.
The view of Mantin Hills from the estate that makes up the Dusun was so enchanting, it convinced estate owners to buy the land and build a private escape from the city. Now, the Dusun has expanded into 5 villa apartments, each with unique features and amenities catering to different types of guests: couples, families and groups of friends—but no loud alcohol parties please, this is an eco resort, after all. Separate reservations for each villa are possible, but the Dusun is quite popular for company retreats, writing workshops and other group events. For treks, in-house guide, Ah Kau, will lead you through forest reserve. As a lifelong local hunter-gatherer, it’s like giving visitors a tour of his own backyard.
The Dusun, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
On-site activities: Deer feeding, bird watching, swim, yoga retreats.
Around the area: Jungle trekking, waterfalls, photography workshops.
Drive from KL: 1 hour without traffic.
Escape peninsula Malaysia and fly to Kudat for a tropical adventure that includes sea and beach activities as well. Hibiscus Villa is an open-plan villa located in the middle of a secluded coconut plantation, close to a beachfront looking out to the South China Sea. Three bedrooms accommodate up to 8 people, and an in-house chef can be requested for the duration of your stay. For other food options, head to the northernmost end of Sabah, or the "Tip of Borneo", as it is known, just five minutes from the villa.
Hibiscus Villa, Kudat, Sabah
On-site activities: Infinity pool, BBQ pit, spa service on request, private beach.
Around the area: Sea kayaking and paddling, mangrove river cruise, scuba diving, jungle trekking.
From KL: 2 1/2 hours flight.
While Banjaran Hotsprings isn't quite a villa estate you can rent out, it's one of the ultimate, not-to-be-missed premiere retreats in Malaysia that is great for group travel. This luxury resorts has so many enticing features, you and your friends may not even want to leave the premises the entire weekend. Built adjacent to 280 million-years-old limestone formations, the retreat incorporates natural features into its spa and wellness amenities: on-site hot springs, an ice bath, an energy recharging crystal cave, a thermal steam cave, and foot exfoliating fish spa. Cap the weekend off with a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience at Jeff’s Cellar, an underground limestone cave bar and restaurant. Enjoy the view of limestone formations dressed in spotlight, as you sip your choice of rare or organic wines from the cellar’s collection.
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh, Perak
On-site activities: Geothermal hotsprings, jungle walk, meditation cave, ice baths and fish spa.
Around the area: Trekking in Bukit Kledang, food tours in Ipoh town, Lost World of Tambun.
Drive from KL: 2+ hours without traffic.