There is a whole host of spectacular Airbnb properties in and around Kuala Lumpur. Little Steps Asia has explored the most diverse range of unique accommodation, including traditional shophouses, renovated apartments, a voice-activated SMART home, friendly homestays and even a river, and a rainforest retreat for you and your family to enjoy.
This ancient traditional shophouse has been sympathetically converted into a gorgeous private living space with a sizeable fern-inspired courtyard and a swimming pool. It's right on the doorsteps of the Salak Selatan LRT station, making it an ideal urban bolthole for some city adventures, shopping, or even exploring the nearby Islamic Arts Museum. The entire house is designed with a minimalist, industrial architecture in mind with exposed brickwork, steel fittings, and contemporary decor. It has all of the mod cons you might require for a weekend away, and the home is big enough to accommodate 10 people. Each bedroom has its own balcony that overlooks the sunshiny courtyard.
Perfect for: Up to 10 guests, four bedrooms, and five bathrooms
Halaman Boutique Guesthouse, 145 Jalan Besar, Salak Selatan 56100 Kuala Lumpur, www.airbnb.com/rooms/13472494
An exceptionally rated renovated 185 square meter modern apartment right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's shopping district. It’s just 10 minutes walk to the city center, Jalan Bukit Bintang, a busy thoroughfare with upscale malls, luxe fashion boutiques, alfresco bars and dining, and KL’s famed Jalan Alor which is packed with hawker stalls and seafood restaurants. The apartment is on a high floor and has impressive views of the Pavillion and the city. The four bedrooms make it an ideal choice for larger families or groups of friends with kids. The kitchen is modern and fitted with brand new appliances. A range of cafés, a convenience store, and other essential shops are located on the lower floors of the building.
Perfect for: Up to 12 guests, four bedrooms, and three bathrooms
Wisma Cosway, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, www.airbnb.com/rooms/40416292
A gorgeous two-bedroom homestay just 40-minutes from Kuala Lumpur. Stay in the traditional teak wooden house and enjoy many amenities, including a swimming pool, swings, the Indian game Carrom, table tennis, and bicycles to explore the local area and the pretty Sangai Langat river. The wooden house is beautifully decorated with a clever balance of traditional dark wood and exposed brickwork with contemporary accents. The large gazebo is fully equipped with a barbeque and ample seating for al fresco living.
Perfect for: Up to ten guests, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms
Teratak Sarah, Telok Panglima Garang, Selangor, www.airbnb.com/rooms/36814064
If you want to escape the city, head to Kepyok, an expansive homestay built with traditionally made bricks, terracotta tiles, and reclaimed teak wood. The cottage is furnished with a harmonious mix of Javanese rattan, teak, mahogany, and cengal wood, giving it a warm, cozy appeal. The expansive gardens give way to herb gardens, fish ponds (a private bathtub overlooks the fish), a swimming pool, barbeque and brick pizza oven, and plenty of untouched nature. The Rumah Agong communal area houses the living room, dining room, and fully equipped kitchen. Three chalets are minimalistic in style to celebrate the tropical environment ideal for single families or groups of friends. Kepyok is also a center for cooking, meditation, and detox courses.
Perfect for: Up to four guests in each chalet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms
Kepyok, Beranang, Selangor, www.airbnb.com/rooms/1712002
The Serendah River Retreat is hidden amongst magical rainforests and offers complete seclusion if you fancy an escape into nature. Bathe in the natural stream that languidly meanders past the retreat and enjoy nothing but the melodic sounds of nature. Escape the urban sprawl of Kuala Lumpur and nurture your soul, explore the rich countryside, and leave feeling restored. Situated in the ancient rainforest and an abundant fruit farm, the Woodhouse has its own private access to the river. The home has all the facilities that you need, including a well-equipped kitchen, a barbeque area, and a music system so that you can dance the night away. Just down the road from the Woodhouse is a little local market that offers fresh fish, meat, and veggies.
Perfect for: Up to 16 guests, four bedrooms, and four and a half bathrooms
Woodhouse, Serendah River Retreat, Serendah, Selangor, www.airbnb.com/rooms/52298147
The Kilns House is located in the village of Jenjarom on the site of the Dong Zen Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple. It is predominately populated by the Hokkien people. The traditional Chinese kampung house has been beautifully renovated and retains all of the old-style wooden architecture whilst being decorated with contemporary finishes and furnishings. The wooden house is located in a bustling neighborhood. There is always a choice of food and drinks available throughout the day from the local markets.
Perfect for: Up to eight guests, four bedrooms, and two and a half bathrooms
The Kilns House, Jenjarom, Selangor, www.airbnb.com/rooms/46781653
Avenir means ‘future’ in French. The entire condominium is fitted with SMART technology, and you can control the television, music, and lighting. It's equipped with WiFi and Netflix. The condo is located on the highest floor, with impressive views of Kuala Lumpur's skyline and incredible sunsets. The décor is minimalistic, bright white, and comfortable. Avenirhome is the ideal base to explore parks, Petronas Towers, and other urban landscapes of Kuala Lumpur. The kitchen is perfect for home-feasts, or you can explore the area on foot for a plethora of interesting eateries. If you enjoy tech and interactive SMART living, then this futuristic city pad is just for you.
Perfect for: Up to six guests, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms
Avenirhome, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, www.airbnb.com/rooms/33990975
You’d be forgiven if you thought you were in a chic Parisian apartment. The tastefully decorated home is fit for a magazine spread with three sumptuous bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and an open-plan living-dining room with a balcony. The well-appointed condo is in the Sentul suburb, an up-and-coming area for culture and history. The interior design shows the owner's love for nature. There are many photographs, sustainable and organic decorations that local artisans have made. The recently renovated apartment has unlimited free WiFi and Netflix for evening movies. The state-of-the-art kitchen is ideal for family dinners. You'll have access to a children's playground, gym, tennis and badminton courts, and a swimming pool.
Perfect for: Up to six guests, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms
Condo in Sentul, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, www.airbnb.com/rooms/33791710
Stay in a little haven of Japan in Kuala Lumpur’s city center. This easy-on-the-eye condo has an Instagrammable Swedish garden with a floating river, LED tree garden, lazy river, and a super gym. The interiors are bright, white, and Japanese-inspired, with lots of low-seating for dining and comfy lounging. The hosts have compiled a really helpful booklet with a local's insight into the surrounding area, including their favorite cafés, restaurants, market and convenience food shopping, and cinema experiences. The condo has full air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen. The master bathroom has a traditional wooden bathtub.
Perfect for: Up to seven guests, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms
PROMO Arte Plus, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, www.airbnb.com/rooms/48412809
Last but certainly not least, the Templer Park Rainforest Retreat overlooks the Bukit Takun Golf Course. A mere stone's throw from the center of KL lies the Kanching Rainforest Reserve, a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living. The wooden villas have four en-suite bedrooms and access to tree-shaded terraces. The retreat has two wooden villas and one unique container home, each inspired by nature. Enjoy the shared infinity pool with jet spa and splash pool. There is also a barrel sauna in the grounds if you are seeking a detox weekend. Outside is a barbeque with all of the cooking utensils that you need. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the sounds of nature throughout the day and into the evening. Eateries and Tesco are not far away from all of your essential shopping. Pretty walks take you through the jungle and more athletic hikes into the Bukit Takun and Anak Bukit Takun mountains.
Perfect for: Up to 16 guests, four bedrooms, and four bathrooms
Templer Park Rainforest Retreat, Rawang, Selangor, www.airbnb.com/rooms/2109108