That was my exact reaction the first time I heard of the word. Glamping – a new word for a new kind of travel – in layman’s term: glamorous camping. We all need a break from the hustle and bustle of life (especially city life). When you’re glamping; there’s no tent to pitch, no sleeping bags to unroll, no fire to build.
Whether in a yurt, tent, hut, villa or tree house – glamping is a way to experience the outdoors without sacrificing luxury. So for those of you who would like to experience camping; minus the eeky dirt and bugs, let me share with you 5 gorgeous glamping sites in Malaysia you can visit for a weekend glamping getaway.
Japamala Resort, Tioman Island
Retreat in true seclusion, Japamala is perfect for a romantic glamping getaway.
Located 50kms away from Mersing, this resort aims to preserve the location’s natural landscape while providing the ultimate luxury. The chic wooden cabins are fitted with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and iPod docks, in addition to flat-screen TVs and usual coffeemakers/minibars.
There are six types of accommodations: Tree Top Chalet, Sea Cliff Chalet, Jungle Luxe Sarang, Hillside Sarang, Sea View Sarang and Penghulu House. All rooms come with verandas, indoor/outdoor shower – some even comes with pool and rates start at RM750 /night (US$180) depending on the room(s) booked.
For reservation, please call (60)-9-419 7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sekeping Serendah, Selangor
Sekeping Serendah is a forest retreat located less than an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. It consists of transparent open sheds designed to create simple state of relaxation and communion with nature. This retreat provides a tech-free environment – cell signal is barely available but hey, that’s exactly the point right?
The rooms have all the comfort you need – microwave, hot drinks maker, shower, etc. If you’re tired of relaxing to the sounds of the rainforest on your balcony, there are other things you could do. Walk to the waterfall, visit the local Orang Asli (aborigines) village or simply, jump into the plunge pool. Oh, you could also go jungle trekking with the local guides.
There are 10 private sheds secluded among the shades of rainforests: Glass Shed (max. 4 pax), Glass Shed (max. 2 pax), Timber Shed (max. 6 pax), Warehouse (max. 10 pax) and Glass Box (max. 2 pax). Rates start at RM300 /night (US$74) depending on the type of room and when it is booked. Rates may be slightly more expensive on Friday – Sunday.
For reservation, please call (60)-12-324 6552 or email email@example.com
Canopy Tribes, Johor
Circa 3kms away from the rustic waterfall area of Kota Tinggi, Johor – you may find the sweet Canopy Tribes. Here, you can immerse yourself in a peaceful traditional Malay kampung (village) life that you may not find elsewhere.
Canopy Tribes offers Bell Tents that can accommodate up to 4 people at a very affordable price tag. Not only it is a magical place to bond with family/friends, it is also a place for you to have fun. In addition to the BBQ dinner provided by the team at Canopy Tribes, you can also opt to go trekking, ATV ride and Firefly Cruise.
There are two packages available – 2D 1N for RM180 (US$45) and 3D 2N for RM320 (US$79). Rates quoted is for one adult which includes accommodation, BBQ dinner and English breakfast. Surcharges may apply for peak period.
For reservation, please call (60)-18-786 5152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Caravan Serai, Pahang
Located slightly over an hour away in Bentong, Caravan Serai is perfect for a last-minute weekend jaunt. It offers three types of accommodation: Superior Safari Tent, Deluxe Safari Tent and Caravan Suite.
The tents are quite spacious and fitted with basic necessities – a Queen size bed, basic furniture, portable air-conditioning and attached bathroom. It also comes with simple toiletries and 2 bottles of mineral water. There are power sockets in the tent but unfortunately, cellphone network is rather bad in this area.
Caravan Serai offers various activities – from jungle trekking to ATV rides to local landmarks tour. You name it. For RM368 (US$90) for a 2D 1N package, you will get one night stay, Steamboat dinner for 2 as well as breakfast for 2. Not bad at all, right?
For reservation, please call (60)-3-7972 3655
Sailor’s Rest Resort, Pahang
Nestled 600m above sea level on the high plateau of Janda Baik, Sailor’s Rest is only 45kms away from Kuala Lumpur. Set right in the middle of the jungle, rest assured you will always feel cool and fresh. A perfect place to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Sailor’s Rest offers a three-bedroom main house with a one-bedroom annex and a houseboat. Guests will enjoy being surrounded by fish ponds, river, orchard and a beautifully-manicured garden. In fact, the whole place is designed with guests’ relaxation in mind.
Rates starts at RM450 /night (US$110) for the main house, RM350 /night (US$85) for the houseboat and RM180 /night (US$45) for the annexe. Sailor’s Rest does not have any restaurant facility hence you may opt to pay an extra RM50 (US$12) for a BBQ dinner + breakfast or kampung-style dinner + breakfast.
For reservation, please call (60)-3-4292 7036 or email email@example.com
Sounds interesting? Go ahead and take that time off to be a kid again! 🙂