The perfect holiday getaway or vacation home away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city…
Work, work, work…it’s time to get away from all the hectic buzz of daily life and retreat to a serene & idyllic place some like to call a ‘holiday home’. Vacation homes in Malaysia are a relatively new trend unlike in most European countries as well in America. For many of us, having one home is already a blessing, but for those who can afford it, a secondary home would most probably serve as a holiday retreat of sorts. Weekend getaways are not uncommon or unheard of for those who have the means as well as the ‘mullah’ (i.e. money to spare and splurge). Having a mini holiday to unwind and to refresh ourselves before starting anew before Monday blues catches up with us when we return to our workplaces. Within secluded resorts amid lush greenery therein lies priceless treasures or sparkling gems of real estate hidden within modern civilisation’s virgin forests and ethnic communities, all waiting to be discovered by the property aficionados and residential connoisseurs in us. Luckily for us, these “rare beauties” are today accessible via conventional roads and vehicular pathways. The following are homefinder’s selections for fave five residential retreats for urban folks and city dwellers:-
It is certainly one of metropolitan Kuala Lumpur’s best kept secrets truly! Hidden within an upscale neighbourhood and appearing discreet from street view, Villa Samadhi somehow feels more like a private loft than a grand lodge. The entire residence is designed to look and orientated to evoke a sense of “homeliness” living in the city. Its contemporary Asian design and ambience makes it a unique and niche “boutique” residence. Be it a holiday retreat for those from afar or those looking for a special weekend getaway, Villa Samadhi is definitely the perfect holiday home away from home. It is strategically located a mere ten minutes drive from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, i.e. KLCC and Bukit Bintang.
The Shorea makes an ideal family retreat, situated within a tropical forest reserve. Its secluded villas are built upon natural terrains, with meandering paths leading down to a jungle stream, and a waterfall within the Berembun Forest Reserve. It is the ultimate forest getaway anywhere in the country. The term “Shorea” is derived from a genus of about 196 species of rainforest trees which include Balau, Chengal, Merangti, Keruing, etc. This resort cum residence is typically constructed using mainly the shorea timber species which is easily sourced locally. Most of the resort is also constructed using recycled shorea timber, which includes the main roof beams, timber pillars, staircases, balustrades as well as timber bridge.
Awanmulan is a collection of small homes in the foothills of Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan which is the ideal getaway from bustling Kuala Lumpur which is located merely 2-3 hours drive away. A sanctuary in the hills, these houses on stilts sit on a hill slope overlooking a lush valley and surrounded by hills of green forests. There is really nothing much to do at Awanmulan except to sit here on wooden decks and watch the breeze come in over the hills, and the mist rises from the valley below. Or simply lounge by the poolside and go for a dip in the refreshing river pool, whose water is piped directly from the upstream river in the forests.
For a weekend getaway to Perak, why not try Adeline’s Villa, a charming nature’s retreat in Gopeng. This nature encampment was designed for those looking for an eco-friendly ‘staycation’ without burning a hole in their wallets. It is best to explore nature when putting up at the villa as activities such as caving, abseiling, riverboarding and white-water rafting are available for those who live off adrenaline rushes. Guests can choose from various “home packages”, meals included, and some that include activities of choice. For nature hobbyists and photo enthusiasts, take the Rafflesia trek to spot the world’s largest flower.
Located on a 12-acre orchard resort on the edge of pure and pristine (i.e. “virgin”) Malaysian tropical rainforest, The Dusun is an hour’s drive away from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. Its elevated location of 800 feet above sea level in the foothills of Banjaran Titiwangsa, makes it rather cool and quiet during the nights. Just next to it is the Berembun Forest Reserve, which contains some 4,000 acres of protected jungle areas rising to approx. 3,900 feet above sea level. You can opt to stay at one of their beautiful “houses”, among them are Berembun, Perling, Tembusu, Emas, or Sora, and be one with “nature” for a long weekend! – HFM