7 Family-Friendly Nature Retreats In & Around Selangor
Secluded and ideal for social distancing, these glamping spots and private retreats are sure to please the kids over the school holidays
Escape the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur with a peaceful stay in this off-the-beaten-track glamping retreat at Fraser's Hill in Kuala Kubu Bharu. The retreat features 12 beautifully designed houses. From the peaceful Riverside 'Tendok' (a cross between a tent and a 'pondok') or the Bamboo House designed to accommodate two adults, to larger quarters like the Serengeti Tent or the spacious Opera House (pictured above), the living spaces here certainly live up to the task of placing guests in the arms of nature, with just the right creature comforts included. All rooms come with ceiling fans, plush beds and water heaters with spring water in their attached bathrooms.
There are a variety of jungle treks adjacent to the retreat which suit beginners to more advanced hikers. Families here can enjoy home-cooked delights that include a barbecued feast under the stars, Continental breakfast and even afternoon tea. Meals are free for kids under two years of age.
Any talk of glamping in pristine Batang Kali must include Dusun Bonda: a glamping and villa site situated on a picturesque orchard. The property has a pool with a man-made waterfall, two studio villas, four five-metre bell tents and four four-metre bell tents. Decked in twinkle lights and rife with the sounds of rushing water from the nearby river, this glamping retreat is the weekend getaway you never knew you needed.
Dusun Bonda | Lot 2121 (2996), Jalan Ulu Tamu, Kampung Orang Asli Gurney, Ulu Tamu, Batang Kali, Selangor | Book via WhatsApp at 012-663 3667
Tadom Hill Resorts
Rustic bamboo retreats in the heart of nature – that's Tadom Hill Resorts in a nutshell. Situated amidst the Temuan orang asli community, resort life here mirrors the communal values of this indigenous tribe and every effort is made to incorporate sustainability on the grounds. The resort overlooks a beautiful lake, and guests can enjoy its stunning emerald hues from the lakeside dining area over a hot plate of famous Bamboo Briyani.
The chalets here include the Gendui, Semantan, Bamboo Madu and Lakeside Bamboo Mini Chalets; while bigger groups can occupy the more spacious Hammock Sphere and Hakka Village guest quarters.
Nur Laman Bestari Eco Resort
Did you know there's a hydroponic garden near this eco-friendly resort? Aside from gardening, cycling and river tubing activities, families here will have plenty to do to while away the hours, be it in the great outdoors or within the comfort of their spacious, pastel-hued tents. Picnics here are quite legendary, so be sure to come with a big appetite.
Hillside Batu Retreat
Who can resist a villa perched on a lush private hill? Designed for security and privacy, Hillside Batu Retreat is the ultimate getaway for families and groups of up to 10. Adding to its charm, the house is filled with upcycled furnishings and other personalised quirks from its owners. The villa has a shared pool, three bedrooms and two bathrooms along with a fully equipped kitchen and barbecue area. The view alone of the surrounding forest area will be enough to set your spirits high.
Also in Kuala Kubu Bharu, this modern private hilltop villa offers two bedrooms with uninterrupted views of the surrounding rainforest. There are plenty of spaces around the villa to enjoy the outdoors, from a shared pool to a rooftop balcony, a lower patio and a barbecue area. The view from the living room itself is stunning enough at this villa – a perfect place or urbanites in need of some respite.
Note: As mentioned by the Airbnb host, this property isn't suitable for infants who are two years old and below.
Bonus: La Hilir Tiny House
Proof that good things come in small packages, La Hilir Tiny House is the place to go if you're in need of some pampering with a side of privacy and seclusion for the whole family. Firstly, this family-run private glamping compound in Kuala Pilah just about an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur only accepts one family at a time, and the exact location of the retreat is only shared once bookings are confirmed via WhatsApp. Follow La Hiliar Tiny House on Instagram for updates on a second camping site coming soon.
Outside the bohemian luxe interiors of your tent, you'll see unspoiled greenery, cosy campfires and La Hilir Tiny House's famous smoked beef sourced from local businesses.
Note: La Hilir Tiny House is currently open to Negeri Simbilan residents and will soon welcome KL and Selangor travellers once border restrictions have been lifted.
La Hilir Tiny House | Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan | Book via WhatsApp at 012-379 0713