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Source: Expatriate Lifestyle + Esquire Malaysia
Seasoned Malaysian staycationers and savvy foreign tourists have already sussed out that The Dusun is a superbly liveable getaway of bucolic beauty. The handful of houses each have a unique architecture, in the real sense of the word; they have all been designed to co-exist with their environment, a lovely plot of land that Helen and David purchased in 1984, a rubber plantation that they repopulated durian trees. The Dusun has long engaged with the local community and become part of it, drawing on expert local knowledge for jungle trekking and even the simply excellent and delicious meals offered, with care and good heart.
3437, Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai,
71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Photo: the Dusun
Surrounded by verdant greenery and located beside streams and a river, communing with nature is only a tent flap away. The Sticks is a family-friendly eco-glamping retreat located near Fraser's Hill with accommodation called 'tendoks', which are a cross between a tent and a pondok (hut in Malay).
There are seven types of accommodations to choose from including the Opera House (spacious and airy), the Serengeti Tent (a tent on a wooden platform), the Riverside Tendok (next to the river) and the Bamboo House.
This is an all-inclusive resort with room rates per pwerson inclusive of breakfast and dinner. This can be reasonably upgraded to include lunch and afternoon tea.
213 Jalan KKB-Fraser's Hill,
Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor
Photo: The Sticks
Operating as both a luxury resort and a marine conservation site, Gayana Marine Resort consists of 52 villas across various categories:
The Marine Ecology Research Centre situated on the tip of Malohom Bay is a must-visit and encourages guests to participate in their Reef Regeneration Programme. Explore the reef and get up close with the local seahorses and bamboo sharks, and help with coral conservation. The programme is also very educational and lots of fun for kids!
Malohom Bay, Gaya Island,
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tel: 088-380 390
Photo: Gayana Marine Resort/Facebook
The Belum Eco Resort is an island resort located in Tasik Belum in the state of Perak, near the Royal Belum National Park.
Come here for total peace and quiet, and to indulge in activities like kayaking, bird-watching and fishing (catch-and-release only). You can also organise to go on jungle treks to Orang Asli villages and animal salt licks. If you're lucky, you may be able to spot elephants!
The resort was constructed by hand and without use of heavy machinery, and comprises three types of accomodation – dormitories, boat houses and 'A' frame chalets.
25 Hala Rasi Jaya 7,
Taman Rasi Jaya, Menglembu, Perak
Tel: 012-524 9184
Photo: Belum Eco Resort/Facebook
At first glance, Tiger Rock gives visitors the impression that they have stepped back in time. This bijou boutique resort has eight rooms and two pools spread over two house complexes.
With its great position on Pangkor Island and surrounded by greenery, Tiger Rock is the ideal retreat for a long weekend away from the city.
The Main House is built in traditional kampung (village in Malay) style, while the Hill House resembles a colonial tea estate bungalow. Go bird watching, paint (paints are provided), go on an island tour or just do nothing at all!
Pangkor Island, Perak
Tel: 04-264 3580
Photo: Tiger Rock
The Kasturi is a new addition to the Cherating coast and has much to offer if you're looking to spend your long weekend by the sea.
This contemporary resort takes sustainability serving the community seriously and used labour-intensive construction methods to using local materials and recycled timber.
The design ensured that the resort integrated as naturally as possible with the surrounds, and rain water collected in tanks is used for toilets and to water the garden.
Visit the turtle hatchery, observe sea otters at the nearby river or just do beach time – it's all fun and relaxing.
KM 32.5 Jalan Kuantan,
Kemaman, Cherating, Pahang
Tel: 09-582 5000
Photo: The Kasturi
(Batu Batu is currently closed for renovation and general maintenance until Feb 11, 2018. Deepest apologies for any inconvenience caused.)
From the get go, this uninhabitated island of Pulau Tengah in the South China Sea greets visitors with its stunning beaches, coconut palm groves and clear waters.
Built in the style of a Malay kampung (village in Malay), Batu Batu offers charming accommodations perfect for couples and families (certain villas have a children's bunk annexe).
The resort has been designed to elegantly meld into the surrounds and their tagline of 'a private island paradise' certainly rings true. Responsible tourism and conservation is key here and the resort takes great care in ensuring the environment and the wildlife within are well safeguarded.
Snorkel, dive, hike through the jungle or do nothing at all – the perfect long weekend break.
125A Jalan Damai,
Johor Bahru, Johor
Tel: 07-228 8000
Photo: Batu Batu/Facebook
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