Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway without travelling the miles? Here are some of the best places for a nice quick holiday which you can do without even leaving the Klang Valley.
Picture this: a private retreat surrounded by a wraparound view of the verdant Kanching Rainforest Reserve, and it’s only a 25-minute drive from KL. Better still, this serene three-acre land can be exclusively yours, and yours only. The air is crisp, and the view, gasp-inducing – Templer Park Rainforest Retreat is such a hidden gem, offering the rare option of renting out the entire house complete with amenities such as an infinity pool, jet spa, semi-open kitchen and a viewing deck overlooking the majestic Bukit Takun. The two-storey house, built from Merbau and teakwood, consists of four bedrooms that can sleep up to 16 people at a time. Leave your iPod at home – snag one of their hammocks and let the soundtrack of rustling leaves as well as chirping crickets lull you to sleep.
Rates per night for first six guests: Sun-Thu, RM1,000; Fri-Sat, RM1,200.
The byword here is ‘stay for less’ but, boy, the three-storey Sebelas (also a co-working space) has many more perks up its sleeve: a swimming pool for you to cool off; a cushy reading area bathed in natural sunlight; and a rooftop deck for stargazing. If these don’t already spell ‘dream staycation’, the hosts at Sebelas throw a brunch session for all the guests on occasional Sundays. Our advice, arm yourself with a good read, and a fully-charged phone because every nook and cranny – decked out with minimalist furniture and industrial decor – is an Instagram opportunity. Bonus: Sebelas’s neighbour is the very cool Mario & Luigi. Nightcap, sorted.
Rates upon request.
Previously of Zone Khatulistiwa Paragliding Centre fame, owners Kak Orkid and Captain Ikhwan have decided to open Malaysia's only paragliding flight park in Bukit Jugra, Banting. These friendly extreme sports enthusiasts got their paragliding pilot licenses in New Zealand and have had extensive paragliding experience all over the world. Banting is just a 40 minute drive from KL and this interesting weekend activity should be one that your kids will remember for years to come. Their youngest participant so far is a brave five year old girl. To sweeten the deal, Kak Orkid makes a mean nasi lemak.
Introduction class, RM220 per day.
Hulu Langat is a hot favourite among city dwellers, and understandably so. This oasis of green is swathed with thick forests and there’s no place better to soak in the laidback vibe than at Uluhati, a farm set amid the hills of Hulu Langat. Located just an hour’s drive from KL, the 2.8acres land is a huge draw for families who wish to enjoy the wilderness without committing to anything too extreme. Pitch a tent, pluck fresh fruits from Uluhati’s orchard, trek a mountain, go river rafting, or explore the grounds on a saddle (there are ponies for the kids too). If your body quits on you, put up at their Uluhati Lodge modelled after the longhouses in Sabah and Sarawak and call it a day.
RM150 per room per night; tents, RM30 per pax.