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Just an hour’s drive to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, is a hidden retreat in a sleepy town of Serendah. Located in a rainforest setting, this 5 acres retreat offer guests a serene environment that cuts away from the outside world. Here, there are no WiFi, TVs or computers. Phone network is very poor as well, perfect for getting away from the stressful life of the city and recharge oneself.

Getting there

The nearest airport would be the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The retreat is about an hour’s drive from Bukit Bintang. The best way to get there is via car, taxi or private bus (for big groups). We booked a taxi in advance to get to our destination. Our taxi fare from Time’s Square was about 90+ RM. If you are self driving, you may use the map below to locate the place:

https://www.google.com.sg/maps/place/Sekeping+Serendah+Retreats/@3.3699156,101.6289089,660m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x31cc6a163f5e1413:0x3710c266d14f47b7!8m2!3d3.3699156!4d101.631103

Friendly Nepalese caretakers were there to received us upon arriving at the retreat. A tip is expected for any services requested of them.

The Retreat 

The retreat uses old abandon warehouses and buildings and transformed it into an open concept, modern rustic, eco-friendly living space where many of its interior design elements were made up of recycled products. The accommodations consist of glass boxes, timber sheds, mud sheds, glass sheds, and warehouses. Each are situated a good distances apart from one another to allow privacy for the guests.

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We stayed in the glass box as there were only two of us. The retreat does not provide food so we had to buy our food supplies for the entire stay. There are kitchen facilities in every sheds except for the glass boxes, which only had a small refrigerator. To cook, we had to walk to the shared kitchen beside the pool, or barbecue at our balcony.

DSC_1482aGlass Box

The glass box we stayed was lovely and cozy. Surrounded by glass on all corners, it creates the immersive feeling within the forest. Curtains can be drawn should one needs some privacy.

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It was raining for the most part of our stay, but it was an enjoyable experience to see the rain fall above the glass box, enhancing the enchantments of the rainforest.

Activities

The retreat is mainly for the purpose of family, friends and couple to get together and bond with each other. The activities within the retreat compound would be a short easy hike, swimming, and barbecuing. Outside the compound, visitors can walk a couple of kilometers to a waterfall or explore the Orang Asli village.

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Summary

Typically a 2D1N stay or at the most a 3D2N stay would be sufficient, although I’ve heard of some who stayed for a week to indulge in the nature and Zen.

If you are looking for a place to slow your life down, get away from technologies and simply bond with the people and nature around, a trip to Sekeping Serandah Retreat is highly recommended!

 

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