Hi, friends! Every once in a while, there’s a longing to just get away from wherever you are and cut off from all the noise in the city. It’s all you ever need and want – even for just one weekend. But honestly, driving for hours on the road with a possible traffic jam is the last thing you need for a short getaway. So, today we’ve compiled a list of hidden gems near the city (the furthest being an hour and half drive) you can escape to for the best weekend getaway!
12 Places To Visit For A Short Getaway From The Bustling City
1. Tiarasa Escapes Glamping Resort
First off the list, this spot is exactly what most of us think glamping should really be like. Beautiful air-conditioned tents and tree houses decked out in gorgeous designs – all of which is surrounded by luscious forest and cooling weather. It’s a complete tropical paradise up in here! If you’re thinking of going glamping for the first time, Tiarasa Escapes is where you should be. They’re currently having a 30% discount now if you book your stay for June and July!
Address: Persiaran Enderong, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang.
2. Rumah Kebun, Hulu Langat
A mere 30-minute drive from the city is this breathtaking spot hidden in the forests of Hulu Langat. Rumah Kebun is a private villa that can house up to 12 people – perfect for trips with your family and close friends. Take a refreshing dip into the natural spring water pool right in front of the villa. You can also go ahead and dip your toes into the Semungkis River that runs across the property.
Address: Kampung Sungai Semungkis Batu 14 1/2 Hulu Langat, Selangor.
3. Templer Park Rainforest Retreat
Up next, most of you surely have heard of or been to Templer Park in Rawang. Now, you have ever more reason to visit its famous gushing waterfall. The Templer Park Rainforest Retreat has both villas and container houses, so you can choose whichever fits your budget. There’s really nothing like waking to the spectacular view of majestic mountains and chirping of birds and insects, making it hard to believe you’re just minutes away from the city.
Address: No 22, Jalan 3/2, Templer Heights, Templer Park, Rawang, Selangor.
4. Selepas Hujan
Like how the name of this next place suggests – being here will be as refreshing as the feeling of after the rain. Nestled in Berembun Rainforest, Selepas Hujan is a private lodge that places you above the dense forest while being one with nature. Over here, you can go on a 45-minute jungle trek guide or even visit the nearby Temuan orang asli village and learn about their culture.
Address: Lot 3154 Pantai Hill Orchard Resort, Jalan Kampung Pantai, Pantai, 71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
5. The Acres Resort
If you’re thinking of heading up Genting anytime soon, why not check out this next hidden spot on your way up. The Acres Resort is secluded and hidden away from all the bustling activities of the city and tourists. This place is perfect for families on a short getaway. There’s not only tons of amenities for kids here but also a petting zoo and different kinds of farms you have to pay a visit to!
Address: Lot 28431, Kampung Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia.
6. The Shorea, Berembun Forest Reserve
Been wanting for the longest to go to Bali? Well, maybe this place will fulfil a part of that dream of yours. There’s even a beautiful floating breakfast spread you cannot miss out here. Breakfast with a gorgeous view while in the cool waters of its infinity pool? Yes, please! The Shorea is perfect to lose yourself in the serenity of this secluded nature resort just for the weekend.
Address: Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, 71770.
7. The Dusun, Seremban
Up next, just next to The Shorea are a couple Malay wooden houses on stilts, blending into its luscious forest. The Dusun is great for bigger groups as it has a couple houses for you to choose from. Besides chilling and soaking the beauty of nature in from its infinity pool, you can also go on a guided jungle trek to a nearby waterfall that’s perfect for a quick dip.
Address: 3437, Jalan, Mukim, Kampung Baru Pantai, 71770 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
8. Bilut Hill Resort
Stepping into this next hidden spot in Bentong, is like entering a dream-like wonderland. There’re 24 houses on this property decked out in different styles to set the mood. From Glass houses to European-styled houses, you’re spoilt for choices here. Apart from that, you can also enjoy the freshest durians from their orchard during durian season for FREE when you stay here.
Address: Bilut Hills, 27600 Raub District, Pahang.
9. Danau Daun Chalets
Next up, is another remote chalet nestled in the quaint village of Janda Baik, Pahang. Danau Daun Chalets is where you can unload and unwind to its cooling weather and serene surroundings. You can also spot little chalets are also uniquely built to fit into this “dystopian” world away from the city. Make sure to check out the cafe next door – Kopi n Kraf that serves amazing Southeast Asian food like Bakso and Ayam Kuzi.
Address: Lot 5347, Kg. Sum-Sum Hilir, Malaysia, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750, Pahang.
10. Dusun Bonda
If you’re thinking of something with less frills but still has everything you need packed in one, then Dusun Bonda is your pick. This glamping spot is perfect for a weekend getaway with families and friends as there are tons of activities for everyone to enjoy. Feel the rushing waters from Ulu Tamu River or even have a go on its wooden swings built right on top of the river.
Address: Lot 2121 (2996) Jalan Ulu Tamu, Kampung Orang Asli Gurney, Ulu Tamu, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor.
11. Rest. Pause. Rainforest Retreat
Just as the name suggests, this next rainforest retreat is another perfect getaway spot. Rest. Pause. Rainforest Retreat is a quaint little retreat hidden in the valleys of Janda Baik where you constantly come face to face with nature’s beauty. Either it’s having breakfast on the veranda overlooking the breathtaking rainforest or just putting your mind at peace during yoga – this is the place to be at.
Address: Lot A293, Sum Sum, Jalan Tanarimba Pine, Tanarimba, 27540 Kampung Janda Baik, Pahang.
12. The Sticks
Last but certainly not least, is this retreat that sets you right in the midst of nature at Fraser’s Hill. The Sticks really sticks out with its immaculate wooden houses and tendok (tent + pondok). Your stay here also comes inclusive of home-cooked meals that just puts the cherry on top. They’re currently having a 15% discount when you book to stay here any time till end of the year too.
Address: Lot 213 Jalan KKB – Fraser’s Hill, 44000 Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor.
Which Are You Most Excited For Your Next Short Getaway?
There you have it – 12 hidden gems close to the city you can head to for a short getaway during the weekends. Nothing refreshes the mind and soul more than a much needed break from your daily routine. So, put aside the stress and relax your rigid body for weekend of fun activities and digital detoxing in the embrace of Mother Nature this weekend.
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