Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
Prices are lower during the week.
The month of December is peak season and weekend rates apply.
We close Dec 24-26
Description of Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
Set within a fruit orchard wrapped in a rainforest, these six traditional Malay style bungalows open up a world of exotic adventures as well as a naturally calming ambience overlooking jungle covered hillsides to provide the perfect holiday destinations near Kuala Lumpur.
The holiday bungalows are as intimate and remote as you could hope to imagine with private barbecue pans and fully-equipped kitchens enabling guests to live within a rainforest near Kuala Lumpur pretty much self-sufficiently, although breakfast included is always worth getting up for.
A couple of shared infinity pools bedecked in timber frames merge effortlessly with both the wooden bungalows and the surrounding rainforest with carved benches and comfy sun loungers often all that's needed to complement a good book, shades and floppy sun hat.
As there's a maximum guest capacity of 18 adults, you can be as social or solitary as you prefer with a good choice of optional activities to help you get out and explore or relax as your mood dictates.
Things to do in and near the resort
Tiered waterfalls and natural plunge pools always make an attractive rest stop after a trek through the jungle with chances to learn more about indigenous plants and birds adding to the excitement of exploring a rainforest accompanied by a local expert.
The nearby wet market is always an authentic introduction to rural life in Malaysia with nearby animal farms and heritage museums providing a couple of alternatives if you tire of time spent on the terrace (as if), with traditional massages available for after a good day spent outdoors.
Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur. How it all began
Our family acquired a 12 acre rubber plantation in 1984. We removed all the rubber trees and planted durian (a large green spiky fruit known for its strong smell and unique sweet taste) and some other tropical fruit trees. For a long time we called it The Land, when it turned into an orchard, we started calling it the Malay word for fruit orchard. We only got electricity in 1996, before then we used cold boxes, car batteries hooked up to lights and a gas run fridge. Now we enjoy plenty of modern comforts, full grown trees and a relationship with the local community.
Rooms, food and facilities
Wherever possible these Malaysia rainforest bungalows have been built in harmony with the surrounding scenery in order to fit into the existing landscape rather than the other way round. Roofs are steep to allow rain to fall as naturally as possible whilst open walls allow for cool air to flow freely without the need for air-conditioning or adverse heat to build up within the living room, bathroom, bedroom or kitchen areas.
All of the bungalows have been built using traditional Malay construction methods with shade and natural wind flow taken into consideration within the design and recycled timber used wherever possible and a full recycling programme initiated to minimise waste. Bungalows sleep from two to five adults or four adults and two children with prices lower during the week and breakfast included as part of the overall rate.
The infinity pools use salt water rather than chlorine and things are gradually moving towards solar powered energy sources, without air-con, to be as self-sufficient and sustainable an eco holiday Malaysia resort as possible.
If guests prefer not to cook for themselves typical Minangkabau meals can be supplied using ingredients sourced at the local farmers' market, although a full range of dry spices and living herbs are in good supply within each bungalow kitchen.
How to find us
These Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur are easy to access and can be found just an hour from the international airport. Taxis can be arranged direct from Kuala Lumpur or you can take a train to the nearby town of Seremban and then a taxi on from there. It's also possible to hire a car and drive through the Kuala Lumpur rainforest direct to the accommodation, with detailed instructions available upon request.
12 Reviews of Malaysia rainforest bungalows near Kuala Lumpur
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by Chris HuttonHighlights were listening to the sounds of the jungle at dawn and dusk and certainly the guided jungle trek. Superb, if you are reading this then you have found the jungle retreat that you are looking for. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2017 by Emma ShawA truly unique location, and the ability to take the kids for a guided trek through a rainforest to a waterfall was a one of a kind adventure. It was a hugely successful and fulfilling stay. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jan 2017 by Graeme HindhaughGreat pool and surroundings. Very environmentally friendly and conservation supported. Relaxing. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Dec 2016 by Rebecca Smyth-OsbourneBest bit: Sitting in a rocking chair in our bungalow overlooking the forest canopy watching the most beautiful thunderstorm. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by Erika DuttingPerfect! We stayed for a full week and felt very relaxed and revived - what a treat! We would definitely come again!!! Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jun 2014 by Matthew MurphyMy best holiday ever....The whole place was wonderful. I loved the open air nature of the hut. It felt like being outdoors yet protected at the same time. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2014 by Gisa JaehnichenVery good...the best parts were Swimming in the pool during light rain and watching the clouds over the jungle. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Apr 2014 by Mervyn HaweBeautiful location, living in the open all day and night without the hassle of camping, the Malaysian food, the balance between privacy and company, the access to the virgin forest, the pools. What's not to like! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Oct 2013 by Bill BlakemoreThis was an excellent short stay. I wish we could have had at least one extra night - but they were full !. We will go back. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jul 2013 by Joshua BaconEverything was memorable from the the open Malaysian Hut we stayed in, the tropical rain, Fireflies, the swimming pool overlooking the rainforest and friendly staff through to the delicious food the chef prepared and we barbecued over the open fire. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Apr 2013 by Robert HaleA hike in the jungle with a local guide from the aboriginal people was the most memorable part of the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jan 2013 by Lara BishopAll of it was excellent...the arrival into what was the most stunning location and accommodation ,the delicious food, the staff, the hosts who were so lovely and accommodating, the whole ambiance and so much more. Read full review
PlanetThe Forest: We are next door to the Berembun Forest Reserve, a 4,000 acre virgin rainforest (with some encroachment on its margins), which is rich in plant species, birds and other wildlife. We encourage guests to hike into this Reserve and to learn about it from resident Temuan guides. A neighbouring expert on Malaysian birds, who chairs the Malaysian Nature Society Bird Conservation Council, is working with us to give workshops to guests and to produce a pamphlet on local birds.
Buildings: Our chalets are built following traditional Malay methods to control glare and heat from the tropical sun and maximize the flow of air. Living rooms (and also most of the bathrooms) are open to the South, with shaded verandahs. The roof pitch is steep with open carving in the walls which pull air through the house. This means the houses are cooled by wind and we do not need air conditioning. In the development of our property we have avoided cutting slopes with bulldozers. Instead we use walking paths for access to each house. Three of the four chalets have timber frames and beams of recycled timber taken from demolished houses and all the roof tiles date back to the colonial period.
Waste: No waste is allowed to pollute our 12 acres or the nearby river. Each bathroom has its own septic tank. We ask guests to separate their organic and dry waste. We recycle or sell bottles, cans and metal and compost the organic waste for the vegetable garden. Any other waste which cannot be composted or reused we send 3 km to a public waste bin in Pantai village, because there is no rubbish collection in our area.
Water: Our water is provided by the state water supply. We use reverse osmosis system for drinking water. Our swimming pool is kept clean with salt, not chlorine.
Energy: We are still dependent on the national grid, but we are moving towards solar energy for heating water and solar lights in public areas. We do not have air conditioning.
PeopleWe only hire from the local community, we pay competitive wages and are careful about their hours. They receive bonuses for each occupancy and they all have opened savings accounts. Our nearest community is a Temuan (orang asli or original people) tribal group. Two of our 3 housekeeping staff are Temuan; one is Malay from Pantai village. We engage Temuan to guide guests into the jungle – and guests pay them directly.
We encourage guests to eat at the stalls in Pantai and we serve special Minangkabau meals with many ingredients sourced at a farmers’ market in Pantai. This is a delicious local cuisine, little known outside of Negeri Sembilan, and has become very popular with our guests.
We have a list of local taxi drivers who regularly enjoy business from our guests. Apart from the usual airport and taxi transfers, they take guests to the Seri Menanti Museum, which showcases Negeri Sembilan history in a former royal palace, and the Adat Museum in Jelebu, which highlights Malaysia’s multiethnic cultures.
We use what influence we have with local officials to preserve the environment and protect the land rights of the orang asli. With a group of neighbours, we recently succeeded in stopping the building of a swift house in the area. This is a 30 foot cement block which uses loudspeakers to attract birds to nest and then sells their nests to China for birdsnest soup.