Want to escape the busy life of the city and envelope yourself in lush green scenery.
We often find ourselves physically and mentally drained that we crave a quick weekend getaway to get out of the busy city traffic and mundane routine.
Vacations or weekend getaways should be a part of your plan each year. This is a great way to get families, couples and friends spend time together away from the everyday pressure of the city life. This is also good for people who like to travel solo. It is a must to rejuvenate yourself on the weekends to start fresh and cleanse your mind to tackle the long week ahead!
Malaysia is blessed to have stunning scenes and nature. Here are the 10 best nature resorts in Malaysia for a weekend escapade:
- Mutiara Taman Negara Resort
- Top things to do: River and wildlife longboat cruise
- Price: Starts from Rm470+ per night
- Accommodation: 180 rooms
The Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is a lush green eco-tourism resort that offers a variety of accommodation types and guest houses. For under-budget tourists or if you simply want to sleep under the stars, you can hire tents and sleeping bags. This is a 4-stars resort getaway that is located at the largest national park in Peninsula Malaysia.
Fresh air and sunshine will surely rejuvenate your mind and body when you get to this resort. For big families or reunions, dormitories and hostels are available on a 2.5-acre camping ground. Suitable for honeymooners, couples and families, this nature resort is a top destination for your weekend escapade.
- Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa
- Top things to do: Cooking classes, Balinese spa, mulu park caves and rainforest hikes
- Price: Starts from Rm460+ per night
Get in touch with Mother Nature at the Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa. Located just minutes away from Gunung, Mulu National Park, it is a 5-star luxury resort that offers class and comfort amidst the green scenery. Modern-styled accommodation built from nature’s raw materials; this is one of the resorts that carefully construct its buildings to minimise deforestation and preserve the rainforest. If you are into other activities, you should try their cooking classes or plan a visit into one of the resort’s caves.
- Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort Sarawak
- Places to see: Water Theme Park
- Price: Starts from RM300+ per night
The Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort Sarawak is probably one of the most exclusive and private resorts in Malaysia. The perfect getaway for groups and families who are looking for a fun-filled nature inspired resort. It features a rope bridge, flying fox and its popular water theme park. The nearest town is 4-5 hours away from this nature resort, which is why it is a place of serenity and relaxation. To preserve the rainforest, the resort is built on stilts and wooden walkways. Service is rated at 5 stars with very professional and knowledgeable staff and nature guides.
- Belum Rainforest Resort
- Price: RM700+ per night
- Places to visit in this resort: houseboat hotel, you can spot 10 species of hornbills
- Accommodation: superior rooms, deluxe rooms, traditional Malay chalets, houseboat
Abundant in natural resources and considered one of the biologically richest resort in Malaysia – the Belum Rainforest Resort. It’s easy to see why this resort is a hub for ecotourism. The main gateway to the resort is located at the Pulau Banding. This resort exerts great effort into preserve the environment, that’s why this resort was branded as one of the Malaysia’s ecotourism holiday destinations. Although, this nature resort is quite pricey, but you get your money’s worth!
- Maliau Basin Conservation Area
- What to do: trekking and hiking, Maliau sky or canopy walk
- Price: Starts from RM4.500+ per person for a 5-day 4-night package
Known as Sabah’s Lost World, the Maliau Basin Conservation Area is one of the few remaining virgin forests in the world – with 58,840 hectares in a Class 1 Protection Forest Reserve. Apart from the research centre that is housed in this place, it has a luxurious villa unit with rooms (1 master and 3 ordinary room) and a Jacuzzi, with scenic views of the rainforest. Before you can enter the place, you need to secure permission from Maliau Basin or a tour company that provides the Maliau Tour Basin packages. Talk about exclusivity!
If you are a hardcore nature and outdoor lover, this resort is for you as it is noted to be a remote and isolated area with limited access and communication.
- Lake Kenyir Resort and Spa
- What to do: Hiking and Trekking
- Price: Starts from RM450+ per night
This classic timber designed nature resort is the only luxury resort located on the Lake Kenyir (Tasik Kenyir) – it is known to be the largest man-made lake in Malaysia. Providing amazing nature views and a wide range of outdoor activities like nature walks, waterfall swimming, bird watching, hiking, trekking and fishing. This resort features amazing lake views as it is just located on the side with chalets and villas. The Lake Kenyir Resort is great for that family getaway or couple retreat!
- Permai Rainforest Resort
- Resort Highlight: Tree House Rooms
- Price: Starts from RM 350+ per night
Described as one of the undisturbed natural rich biodiversity and beauty, the Permai Rainforest Resort is what nature lovers seek. From cabins to tree houses, they offer a wide range of accommodation types fit for families, friends and couples who would stay in this mystical eco-resort. For tourists who want to check out the local culture, you can visit Kuching Town, which is just 25 minutes away from the nature resort. The Permai Rainforest Resort is carefully built at the foot of Mount Santubong.
You can go bird watching, trekking, hiking and other nature activities that this pristine nature resort has to offer.
- The Datai Langkawi
- Accommodation: 125 villa units
- Price: Starts from RM4,500+ per night
Best known for its world-class service and facilities, the multi-awarded Datai Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s top rainforest resort destination for tourists and locals alike. Enjoy the lush rainforest scenery in each villa which, can be viewed from the veranda. Imagine yourself in “zen” while enjoying the incomparable service of this place. This is the perfect destination for honeymooners who wants luxury and nature combined. Great for families and groups due to their wide range of nature activities.
- Batang Ai Longhouse Resort Hilton Sarawak
- Resort highlight: The Longhouse
- Price: Starts from RM 600+ per night
Experience nature’s beauty in this Hilton managed nature resort – the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort. Famous for its longhouse style rooms, the world-class service of Hilton resorts will transform your stay into a weekend escapade you won’t forget. It is located in the Batang Ai National Park in Sarawak, the resort offers authentic Borneo menus, relaxing spa and nature activities. What’s unique with this nature resort is the famous longhouse style rooms that let you experience the rainforest up close.
- Tabin Wildlife Resort
- Resort highlights: Pygmy elephant, birds and amazing wildlife
- Price: Starts from RM1,750+ twin sharing for 3 days 2 nights
The Tabin Wildlife Resort is one of the nature resorts that focus heavily on the rainforest and eco conservation. Located near Lahad Datu, the resort is housed in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, which contains endangered wildlife and thick vegetation. This resort is one of the premier destinations to enjoy Borneo’s wildlife in its natural habitat.
Indulge yourself in nature activities from frog hunting, wildlife viewing, botany, and bird watching (260 bird species have been spotted here since). For nature extremist, you can go night walking/safari, jungle-trekking and more.
Malaysia is truly a sight to behold! Every tourist or local feast their eyes not only on the wonderful city landscape but also the majestic nature resorts located at lush green rainforests. There are still lots of nature resorts that you can explore and visit aside from the list above.
These resorts are located throughout the country in forest reserves and national parks offering guests unique tranquillity and relaxation! Visit the places above and enjoy your nature resort escapade to the fullest.