Go beyond the typical hotel and book yourself into these tranquil and unique local retreats
Ever felt the need for another holiday to recuperate from the one you just went on? Sometimes, what we truly need is a break from the typical vacation. Holiday fatigue is real, especially if you’ve jam-packed your days with non-stop activities and constant traveling. And the best part is, spots for rest and relaxation is within easy reach in Malaysia, no matter which state or city you’re in.
We’ve rounded up some of the most extraordinary lodgings around Malaysia to set you up for holidays like no other.
The Happy 8, Perak
The small town of Ipoh has drawn tastemakers and entrepreneurs stirred by its antiquity, and one such by-product is The Happy 8. The charming enterprise of three hotels evocates ecology and art, designed and furnished with nature themes and timber accents particularly felt at the Happy 8 in Ipoh's Old Town. The hotel's 18 rooms are at once cosy and rustic, is tastefully restored from a heritage building, and within walking distance of the iconic city centre too.
Seaventures Dive Rig Resort, Sabah
If you’re someone who can’t imagine anywhere other than holidays at sea, consider staying in the world’s one and only oil rig resort strategically located in Borneo. Seaventures Dive Rig Resort is a diver's go-to for for this very novelty, and not to mention, its vicinity in one of the top dive destinations in the world. The resort maintains the original design and essence of an oil rig, and offers unlimited house reef dives and Sipadan boat dives for when you’re not witnessing sunsets on the breezy rooftop deck that with a 360º view of the Celebes Sea.
Malihom Private Estate, Penang
Penang is synonymous for its traditional traits, world-class street food and heritage sites but beyond that, enclosed by a cluster of trees on top of a hill, is the sanctuary Malihom Private Estate. The estate, which is built from recycled wood and building material, comprises eight individually named Thai rice barns furnished with modern comforts that retain a traditional design. Each unique barn looks out to scenic or rural landscapes from private gardens or decks, for no shortage of inspiring views.
Templer Park Rainforest Retreat, Selangor
Just a 30-minute drive from the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur is the hidden gem of Templer Park Rainforest Reserve in Rawang. Fill your lungs with crisp, fresh air from the slightly elevated three-acre spot overlooking mountains, a lake and a golf course. The hideaway is located in a bungalow neighbourhood of a cluster of five bungalow lots. Featuring vast open spaces and cottage-like designs, the retreat intends for guests to connect with nature as much as possible. A convivial environment is encouraged through amenities like a private pool with hammocks, nearby lakes and golf courses, wide-ranging kitchen facilities, a BBQ pit and spacious grounds for outdoor endeavours.
Terra’s Tree house, Cameron Highlands
Yearning for a cool and mountainous escapade? Cameron Highlands would be the typical go-to, but continue deep into the region past orchards and farms and you’ll find yourself at Terra’s Tree House. Prepare to leave all creature comforts behind, starting with an uphill hike to enter the retreat but once you’ve reached the Tree House, soak in the rewarding views. The premise is constructed with bamboo and Nipah palm leaves by the native Orang Asli, and its bare necessities is tailored for guests to connect with Mother Nature. Even meals are mostly organic and utensils and kitchen waste is recycled.
Time Capsule Retreat, Pahang
Calling all adventurous travellers: we dare you to stay in a sewer pipe that’s upgraded for a good night’s rest. We’re not surprised by the attention the Time Capsule Retreat in Pahang has received from curious youngsters and green advocates alike. The cosy retreat features various concrete pipe cylinder rooms equipped with comfy beds in the lush forest of Sungai Lembing Town Kuantan, and when you’ve had your fill of photo opportunities, consider fun activities nearby like ATV, waterfall chasing, jungle trekking, and even sites like a mining museum and mining tunnel!
Layang-Layang Guesthouse, Malacca
No doubt you’ll be spoilt for choice with accommodation and attractions in the historic town of Malacca, but this little treasure that is Layang-Layang Guesthouse makes for a lovely and convenient hub to rest and recuperate after a day of sightseeing and feasting at Jonker Street, just a minute’s walk away. The guesthouse allows visitors to experience living in a respectfully restored heritage household furnished with modern amenities and homey touches within a cheerful setting.