For city folks keen on an experiencing nature but also enjoy the comfort of a hotel, glamping may be just the answer! You won’t have to pitch your own tent or sleep on the rock hard ground, instead, you’ll have all the creature comforts (without the actual creatures) while still being surrounded by the best nature Malaysia has to offer. Intrigued? Here are the top 10 places you can try glamping in and around Kuala Lumpur with the whole family.
Situated in the tropical rainforest at the foot of Titiwangsa Mountain range, Sailor's Rest Resort offers a glampers paradise. There’s a river running right next to the tents that’s ideal for a soak or some water play, a mini hanging bridge for some added thrill, and even a small playground. The lush, well-manicured resort grounds will leave you feeling in awe of nature’s wonders. If you’re up for a hike, the resort can arrange a guide to visit the waterfalls nearby. The tents are equipped with comfortable beds, and fluffy comforter and fan, no air-con needed as the air up there is always crisp, cool and fresh.
Caravan Serai is located near Bentong, about 45 minutes from KL, and is surrounded by fruit trees and lush forest. Camping meets glam in their Delux safari tents or suite rooms which include cozy beds, air conditioning, and an attached bathroom and shower. Boredom will not be an issue at Caravan Serai as they have plenty of onsite activities, like karaoke, volleyball, and a swimming pool to keep the whole family entertained. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, they have options for that too such as paintball, jungle hiking, and ATV rides. They also have a natural stream that flows through the grounds that's perfect for some splashing around.
Caravan Serai, Lot 3159 & Lot 3160, 12 3/4 Mile Jalan Tras, 28700 Bentong, Pahang, +603 7972 3655,
A'moss Farmstay is nestled into the mountains of Cameron Highlands. The cool weather coupled with the laid-back slow-paced vibe makes A'moss Farmstay the perfect getaway spot for KL-ites looking to escape the concrete jungle. The futuristic dome-shaped tents can accommodate up to 4 people and have one side that is transparent so you never have to miss a moment of the stunningly gorgeous mountainside or starry-night sky. (Don't worry, there are curtains available for privacy) During the day, you can enjoy all that Cameron Highlands has to offer, like tea plantations, strawberry farms, and the mossy forest. While kids are certainly welcome, this is a getaway best suited for families with older kids or a mom-dad retreat.
A'moss Farmstay, Amoss Street, Jalan Bahagian Gunung Brinchang, Sungai Palas, 39100 Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, 019-555 0356, www.amossfarmstay.com
Tiarasa Escapes, just a short 45-minute jaunt from the city, knows how to put the glam in glamping. Their tented villas are decked out with stylish furnishings, air conditioners, en-suite bathrooms, wi-fi, and even glass sliding doors. They also offer tree-top villas with the same amenities that also include a wrap-around balcony. What child wouldn't want to stay in a treehouse? During the day make unforgettable memories with your family as you go hiking and birdwatching, enjoy an afternoon tea picnic by the river or splash and play in the pool. Before you catch some z's, check out the nightly bonfire or cozy up with your loved ones to watch a family movie under the stars. Tiarasa Escapes caters well to little glampers, or V.I.G.s as they call them. (Very Important Glampers) Upon arrival each child will receive a pet fish to look after as well as a scrapbook where they can record all their amazing glamping memories. Also available are programs designed for youngens such as arts and crafts and group games.
Tiarasa Escapes, Janda Baik, Pahang, Malaysia, +60 12-887 7777, www.tiarasaescapes.com
The newest glamping resort on the scene, Dusun Bonda, is located in northeast Selangor, about 45 mins from KL. This modern and stylish getaway offers 4 or 5-meter tents, all with fans and/or air conditioners, fluffy beds, plug-in outlets, and a metal roof as an extra layer of protection from the elements. Also available are villas that include air conditioners, fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen TVs, and washing machines. Explore the area with a jungle trek to a waterfall or natural hot springs or hang around the resort and let the kids play on the playground or splash around in the pool. Genting Highlands is only about 20 km down the road in case you need a dose of civilization for an afternoon.
Dusun Bonda, Lot 2121 (2996) Jalan Ulu Tamu, Kampung Orang Asli Gurney, Ulu Tamu, 44300 Batang Kali, Selangor, Malaysia, +60 12-663 3667, www.dusunbonda.com
An eco-friendly glamping resort, Sekeping Serendah sits on 5 acres of tropical rainforest, about an hour north of KL. Their accommodations are modern yet basic with an open-air concept giving glampers the opportunity to fully appreciate the nature that surrounds them. Each shed, some of which can hold up to 10 pax, is equipped with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, ceiling fans, and ensuite bathrooms with hot water showers. You are responsible for your own meals but all sheds come with BBQ facilities or kitchens. When you're not just relaxing and breathing in the fresh forest air, you can spend your time swimming in one of the two pools, hiking along the jungle trail, or fishing at one of the nearby lakes.
Castra offers a glamping experience unlike any other because here, you'll be staying smack dab in the middle of KL's Golden Triangle. See the city like you've never seen it before from your 4000 sq ft private rooftop garden lounge. Their luxury tents are fully equipped with cloud-like beds, air conditioning, on sight hot water showers, and a high def TV. On the grounds, you'll have a barbecue deck with grilling tools, Bose outdoor speakers, and patio seating at your disposal. This is certainly an experience to add to your bucket list.
This hidden gem, about 30 minutes from the KL International Airport, spans 45 acres and sits facing a lake that holds potential for all sorts of adventure and fun. Tadom Hill Resorts offers several different accommodation options including chalets and tents in a range of sizes to shelter families big and small as well as a hammock circle that is perfect for single travelers or the uber adventurous family. Activities abound here; play your day away at the lake with bamboo rafts, a rope swing, diving board, and waterslide. Or stay on land and go rock climbing, explore on an ATV, or play some badminton or volleyball. There's plenty to do for littles as well in the form of a bamboo playground and obstacle course.
Encounter the glitz and glamour of nature at the new glamping resort and event space, Glamz, located just down the road from Genting Highlands. Sleeping options include bell tents and dome tents, some of which come with a private jacuzzi. All tents and domes come with an attached shower and toilet, breakfast, extra seating, and access to the public jacuzzi and steam room. There are plenty of places on the resort grounds to relax, read, or play games, and for kids, there is a large inflatable playground that will keep them busy for hours.
Tana Haina Fahad, an award-winning resort is surrounded by natural landscapes and situated alongside a picturesque river. Sleeping accommodations come in the form of tents or rooms which can fit as many as 6 people. All packages include 4 buffet meals per day and a guided trek through the jungle. When you're not eating or traipsing through the jungle, you can enjoy table tennis, board games or paintball.
Tana Haina Fahad Resort, Lot 1053, Mukim Ulu Dong, 27600 Raub, Pahang, Malaysia, +60 14 643 6712,