Cover Photo: The Shorea, Negeri Sembilan

With travel restrictions lifted during the CMCO and RMCO, it's time to plan that long-postponed getaway. Since social distancing is still advised, keep away from the crowd by booking a staycation at one of these secluded and idyllic destinations

1. Malihom, Penang

This gorgeous 40-acre estate in Balik Pulau promises a safe and secluded hideaway with the rainforest right at your doorstep. Accommodation at this retreat consists of eight Thai rice barns that have been converted into spacious one-bedroom villas in either the foothills or the hilltop area. For added privacy, guests can opt to have their meals in their own private deck or barn.  

As per their Covid-19 safety guidelines, Malihom is only accepting bookings from couples or families who reside in the same household for the next few months. The good news is that the hotel's swimming pool facilities and massage services have recently resumed. Guests can also take this time to explore various hiking trails nearby.

Book directly with Malihom Retreat for a complimentary dinner for two for weekend stays from . Call 012-428 5191 or visit for more information.

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2. The Shorea, Negeri Sembilan

Longing to trade the bustle of city life for lavish villas surrounded by lush rainforests? Then a staycation at The Shorea, an eco-friendly retreat situated in Negeri Sembilan’s Berembun Forest Reserve is what you're looking for.

Couples and families who stay at the ultra-luxurious double-storey villas and suites at The Shorea Estates will enjoy exclusive access to their villa’s private pool. Guests can also expect exciting dining highlights which include the farm-to-table Minang Platter and the Floating Breakfast.

Be sure to book your spot early if you're considering the villas in The Shorea Resort, as these will only accommodate up to 13 guests at a time. The Shorea’s Covid-19 safety guideline requires guests to wear face masks outside their villas and maintain social distancing. 

Call 017-300 5600 or visit for more information.

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3. Gerimis Senja Villa, Hulu Langat

This time next month, you could be lounging by the private pool at Gerimis Senja Villa, soaking in those sunny vibes.  

Just a 30-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, this off-the-beaten-track villa fits up to 15 people with three bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. Spend your time here splashing away at the infinity pool, cooking up a barbecue feast of fresh seafood and unwinding in an outdoor bathtub with the calming view of nature for company.

WhatsApp 012-252 2235 or visit for more details.

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4. Samaya Villa, Melaka

Can’t travel to Bali? No matter - get your Balinese travel fix with a stay at The Samaya’s luxe seafront villa overlooking Melaka’s Klebang seaside. 

The perfect place to unwind with family and enjoy a change of scenery, this secluded private villa comes with its own gorgeous pool, complete with a tropical-inspired cabana and a lush private garden with a fish pond. 

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The villa is sanitised thoroughly after each use, and guests will be provided with face masks and hand sanitisers throughout their stay. 

Call 012-631 8668 or visit for more information.



5. The Waterway Villa, Pahang

Here's where nature-lovers go after being cooped up in the house for too long: This cosy hideout that offers luxury, privacy and your own little slice of paradise in the rainforest of Bentong. Whether you enjoy the rustic vibes of the massive Family Suite stone villa or the Balinese-inspired Hill Villa, take your time to enjoy the beauty of nature around you.

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The WaterWay Villa’s pool and karaoke facilities reopened in August 2020, and guests can also look forward to jungle treks, river tubing and a stroll through the retreat’s private durian farm to enjoy the season’s pickings. 

Call 012 722 6711 or visit for more information.

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