Weekend Zen
The Expat|August 2017

If the thought of another weekend in the city has you down and you’re looking for a short escape to rejuvenate your mind and spirit, consider these eco-minded getaway retreats – all located just a short and easy driving distance from Kuala Lumpur.

 

Living in the city certainly hasits perks – better salary, higher standard of living, exceptional infrastructure and facilities, and excellent range of attractions and entertainment, just to name a few. This is probably why many people jump at the opportunity to move to the city if they’re given the chance.

But, at the same time, staying in the city also comes with disadvantages – high pressure and stress in the workplace, fast-paced living, frustrating traffic, higher costs of living, and being part of an at-times exhausting rat race are some of the downsides to living in the city.

One way to curb this is to go for a short and relaxing weekend getaway. When you need to decompress, the last thing that you want to do is to go through the hassle of flying somewhere far away or embarking on a long road trip.

So with that in mind, here are our recommendations for some retreats in Malaysia that are all within a two-hour drive from KL:

TANAH LARWINA RETREAT, HULU LANGAT

An inviting three-acre orchard and animal farm located just outside of Kuala Lumpur, Tanah Larwina features a uniquely designed, self-catering lodge which overlooks a cascading stream. Relax in style, get up close with animals, or explore the natural surroundings at your leisure. This newly opened retreat is set up for groups and welcomes all families and friends, in groups of eight or more, to stay and share an unforgettable experience.

Address: Lot 4075, Kg Paya Lebar, Hulu Langat, Selangor. Tel: +6012 210 3351 (WhatsApp only) Email: tanahlarwina@gmail.com Website: tanahlarwina.com

THE SHOREA, NEGERI SEMBILAN

Located just a one-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, The Shorea was originally built as an architect’s family retreat in the heart of Berembun Forest Reserve. But today, it has become a forest retreat for all. Presented with two wings – The Shorea ESTATE and The Shorea RESORT, the property is surrounded by lush rainforest and enjoys a cool natural breeze, making it the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Set on natural terrain, the resort is fitted with infinity pools and luxury villas, making it the perfect destination to bring your family along for a quick holiday. For those who want to indulge in the beauty of Mother Nature, try signing up for jungle trekking or nature walks and be mesmerised by flora and fauna; or even better, go for a swim at the natural waterfalls and feel all rejuvenated!

Address: Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, 71770 Negeri Sembilan. Tel: +6017 300 5600/ +6017 300 5810 Website: theshorea.com

SEKEPING SERENDAH, SELANGOR Imagine waking up to the sound of birds chirping, the whisper of rustling leaves, and the rays of natural sunlight shining on your face. Now, wouldn’t that be blissful? You can actually experience such a joy if you pay Sekeping Serendah a visit. Smack within the tropical rainforest in the town of Serendah, this retreat is a famous hideout spot for urban millennials.

The sheds here are intentionally created with minimalist features and free from lavishness, with the sole purpose to allow you to fully immerse in the beauty of the jungle. If you feel like being a bit more adventurous, opt for exciting activities like jungle trekking, fishing along the lake, or taking a dip at the cascading waterfalls and plunge pools.

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