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The urban city lifestyle can be fun and exciting yet it can be tremendously exhausting that our mind and soul drift apart. People are slowly becoming like a robot who lives in monotonous routine life. But we know, somewhere deep down in our heart, we all long for peace and tranquility in their life to relieve our daily stress and take a break from the fast-paced life. Just think about it, when was your last time to enjoy a long holiday without worrying about work and other problems? If you haven’t done it for a while, then it is definitely time for you to leave everyday business for a few days and go for a retreat getaway! There are many places that can bring you to the beauty of nature so here are top 8 destinations for you to do a retreat getaway in Malaysia.
1. Sekeping Retreats
Originated from the Sekeping Serendah which is located at the suburban city, Sekeping Retreats now have 7 retreat centers in most of the cities including KL, Petaling Jaya, Bangsar, Ipoh and Penang. Sekeping Serendah is the most recommended place among its other centers as it brings you closer to nature while mesmerized by the beauty of the natural surrounding. There are 7 sheds set available in Sekeping Serendah within 5 acres of tropical rainforest. Most of the shes are transparent and open sheds but well-facilitated. If you prefer to do a quick getaway, check out the rest of the Sekeping retreats in their website HERE.
Apart from Sekeping Serendah, Awanmulan is an alternative place for you to truly experience the life in a rainforest. Living in the nature has never been this lovely especially when it was a ‘quiet and cozy little family’ (as the owner described) who run the retreat in the Jelebu district of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. The retreat is intentionally kept basic with natural environment surrounding the sheds. There are different rooms to choose from with the biggest room that can fit in up to 12 people. Apart from the sheds, Awanmulan also has a signature pool with the water piped directly from the river across the hill. Instead of using chlorine, the pool was added with salt to impede the growth of algae and gives you a refreshing feeling from the pool.
3. Banjaran Hotsprings
One would say a getaway should be simple and relaxing but going for a luxurious spa holiday is something we all wanted to do once in a while. Banjaran Hotsprings provides a wonderful spa experience with its geothermal hot springs and a naturally heated swimming pool as well as a steam cave and ice baths. Located in the deep rainforest in Ipoh City, it is a 2 hours drive from city of KL. The 5-star luxury retreat sanctuary offers exclusive butler services that it vows to give you an ultimate hospitality.
4. Perhentian Island
For some, a perfect retreat getaway is to go to somewhere with sun-drenched beaches with cold gentle wind. Perhentian Island is one of the best scuba diving and snorkeling spots at great affordable prices of accommodation. The sea water is crystal clear and most beaches are well-facilitated that also offers some exciting water sports. Located at the west of Perhentian Besar in Terengganu, it took approximately 7 hours or less to reach the destination if driving from KL. However, it took merely 45 minutes to Kota Bharu Airport. Perhentian Island is simply one of the best places for newly wed to do a honeymoon.
5. Bagus Place Retreat, Pulau Tioman
Similar to Perhentian Island, the beautiful Tioman Island is one of the most popular spots for those who prefer a sun-drenched getaway. Bagus Place Retreat in Tioman Island provides you a unforgettable holiday experience with its peaceful sanctuary of breathtaking sea view and beautiful white sand beaches. The water sports offer at the Bagus Place Retreat includes kayaking, paddling, diving and snorkeling. Jungle trekking and rock-pooling are available as well.
6. Sipadan Island
Away from hustle and bustle of city life, Sipadan Island is a diving paradise and a protected marine park as its surrounding were quickly deteriorating the island. One of the notable features of the Sipadan Island is the underwater turtle tomb that contain many skeletal remain of turtles. It is an usual sight to witness more than 20 turtles on each dive underwater as well. Instead of getting a sun-soaked holiday, most of the people were mostly diving enthusiasts as the underwater world is simply much more more stunning and mesmerizing.
7. Samadhi Retreat
When physical and spiritual realms intertwined, the europhoric feeling was released and Samadahi Retreat is where it can provides you such a feeling. Samadhi Retreat is a one-of-a-kind private retreat which is located at two different locations, Japamala Resorts in Tioman Island and Villa Samadhi in KL. The retreat sanctuary was intentionally hidden from the street view in KL and the exotic décor is its most distinguishing feature. The Samadhi Retreat at Japamala Resorts offers an absolute harmony without any interruption. A number of diverse water activities were provided as well including kayaking, diving and just exploring the island.
8. Spa Village
The Spa Village is available at 7 locations and each location provides the similar unique retreat experience but with different kind of spa treatments. The award winning spa village in Cameron Highlands features its signature tea bath before every treatment. The tea bath can helps to relieve stress and slow down the aging process. But of course, the spa village in the other resorts also offer the one-of-kind treatment including traditional Malay massage, ancient healing spa programs and many more.