When we think of the words “resorts” and “retreats”, an image of luxurious rooms, never-ending white shorelines and infinity pools come up.
Forest or beach getaways can be expensive, but this should not stop you from taking that nature break you’ve been thinking of.
In this article, we’ve compiled 10 affordable forest retreats across Malaysia for you to check in to ASAP!
Rates: RM60 – RM115 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 6 adults per room
Activity highlight: Jungle trekking tours through the Pertak forest area, Kuala Kubu Bharu hot springs and Medang or Makau waterfall are available for a fee (RM80 – RM150 per pax)
What’s special about it: The accommodation is made of containers!
- Free bread and spreads
- 24 hours coffee, tea and chocolate malt beverages
- Rates include nasi lemak breakfast
- BBQ pit menu can be prepared by the resort upon request
- Common kitchen available for use
Jalan Seruling 20,
Kuala Kubu Bharu,
44000, Selangor, Malaysia.
Rates: Starting from RM113 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 10 adults per room
Activity highlight: Swimming pool with well-equipped water park, waterfall visit, animal farm
What’s special about it: Suitable for all groups including family gathering, school trips, company retreats and etc
Food: 2 open deck restaurants are available for dining
KM36, Jalan Bintulu – Miri,
98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Rates: RM34 – RM100 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 6 adults per room
Activity highlight: Jungle trekking, waterfall visit and mini zoo within the resort
What’s special about it: Has a ton of activities for the young, old and in-between
Food: Farm-to-table dining, food from organic farm that uses organic fertiliser
Lot 6059, Jalan Temoh Kampar,
35350 Temoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Rates: R55 – RM120 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 12 adults per room (longhouse)
Activity highlight: Free shuttle to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and the Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre, Kinabatangan river and wildlife tours, island escapes
What makes it special: Uses old and reclaimed building materials, tucked away in the middle of the rainforest on a remote hill-top
Food: Wide selection of dishes available to order, good vegetarian options
Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat,
Mile 14, Jalan Labuk,
90000, Sandakan, Sabah Malaysia
Rates: RM53 – RM195 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 6 adults per room (more campbeds can be requested)
Activity highlight: Rock pool, tree-friendly canopy bridge, jungle trekking and hiking, campfire and BBQ pit
What makes it special: Built to be as low-impact to the forest as possible
Food: Not provided
Gibbon Retreat Bentong
Lot 17799 Sungei Semantut,
27600 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia
Rates: R34 – RM90 per pax (Agoda)
Maximum occupancy: 2 adults per room
Activity highlight: Close to Batu Ferringhi, Teluk Bahang Dam, Penang Butterfly Farm and Escape Water Park
What makes it special: Located within Teluk Bahang Forest Eco Park
Food: Breakfast can be requested with extra charges, shared kitchen and BBQ pit are available
Eco Capsule Resort,
Lorong Rimba, Teluk Bahang,
11050 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
Rates: RM50 – RM80 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 5 adults per room
Activity highlight: Movie under the stars, Rafflesia flower trek, Mount Siku trek, farming activities
What makes it special: Located close to Cameron Highlands
Food: Fresh produce and fish harvested from the lodge’s Food Forest Farm, no use of pesticides and harmful chemicals in the farms and gardens
Jalan Gua Musang – Cameron Highlands,
18300 Lojing, Kelantan, Malaysia.
Rates: RM125 – RM172 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 3 adults per room
Activity highlight: Helicopter rides, mangrove tours, nature walks, waterfall visits, sunset cruises
What makes it special: A 2-in-1 escape where you can enjoy activities in the rainforest and on the beach, a very private retreat with not more than 10 people staying there at once
Food: Free a la carte breakfast
Lot 1261 Kampung Nyior Chabang, Langkawi,
07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
Rates: RM99 – RM129 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 4 adults per room
Activity highlight: Visit to Gua Kelam, interact with farm animals such as ostriches, ponies and rabbits, limestone rock climbing
What makes it special: Perfect place for private events from company retreats to family celebrations
Gua Kelam Chalet,
368, Belakang Sekolah Cina, Kaki Bukit,
02200 Kaki Bukit, Perlis, Malaysia
Rates: RM106 – RM154 per pax
Maximum occupancy: 12 adults per room
Activity highlight: Sunset watching from the treehouse library tower, jungle trekking, waterfall visit (currently unavailable)
What makes it special: The rooms are literally treehouses!!
Food: Dining at the in-house cafe
Rainforest Tree House
Hutan Lipur Gunung Pulai,
25 Jalan air terjun Kg Sri,
81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia
Hurry up before the rooms get fully booked!
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