When 5 stars hotels and resorts are too mainstream, here are the 10 unique accommodations in Malaysia you and your friends should experience! Well, at least for once in your lifetime. One thing similar to luxurious names for sure, an experience you will never forget. Are you ready to go on an exploration? Let’s check it out!
1) Time Capsule Retreat @ Pahang
A quiet and cosy little family-run retreat located in the middle of the Sungai Lembing town, Kuantan, Time Capsule Retreat was started as a weird idea from a young entrepreneur, Kevin Young, to help improve his father’s resort. Facing a lush forest reserve with great views, cool temperatures and great ambiance, the Time Capsule Retreat is a perfect getaway for relaxation and serenity. The rooms are shaped like capsules and each culvert are fitted with warm lighting, a queen-size bed and an air conditioner. However, the occupants have to use shared bathrooms at an open-aired Jacuzzi nearby.
2) Terra’s Tree House @ Cameron Highlands
If you’re looking for a serene accommodation with natural atmosphere and refreshing air, Terra’s Tree House is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting breakaway. Located deep in the mountainous region of Cameron Highlands, in a peaceful and verdant jungle, Terra’s Tree House features 6 authentic houses built by native people with bamboo and Nipah palm leaves, offering an overlooking view of the jungle. Getting to Terra’s Tree House requires a 4-wheel drive on an off-road journey for 4km for around half an hour and then a 400-meter hike along a steep log piled trail, which may take about 10 to 15 minutes.
3) Templer Park Rainforest Retreat @ Selangor
If you would like to have a short escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Templer Park Rainforest Retreat is the place to go. This pristine rainforest retreat is accessible, being only about 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur and it is an ideal natural environment to relax and recharge. Run by the Saw family, the place is about 3 acres on an elevated land with a great viewing deck overlooking the mountains. There is also a fishing pond, BBQ sets for your cooking needs, hammocks and timber huts. Golf lovers will be pleased to know that the place located near a gold course.
4) Classic Malay Home @ KL
Indulge yourself in a flavour of local culture and tradition by putting up a night in this beautiful Classic Malay Home. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this classic Malay house has the advantage of convenience with the LRT station just 3 minutes away by walking and the Twin Towers is just 5 minutes away by driving. The house accommodates 2 to 6 persons and serves breakfast upon request. Surrounded by palm trees and with water fountain in the courtyard, what more can you ask for when you get the best of both the culture and vibrancy of KL?
5) The Blue Mansion @ Penang
A Cheong Fatt Tze legacy, The Blue Mansion was built in the 1880s. The magnificent 38-room, 220-window Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion was commissioned by Cheong Fatt Tze, a local merchant trader who left China as a penniless teenager and ended up as ‘the Rockefeller of the East’. The mansion blends Eastern and Western designs and is a rare surviving example of the architectural style preferred by wealthy people of the time. The house sits on the “dragon’s throne”, which means there is a mountain (Penang Hill) behind and water (the channel) in front—the site was chosen for its excellent feng shui.
6) The Happy 8 Retreat @ Ipoh
A heritage and cultural hotel that uses local resources as building materials and refurbished them to give it a new life, at The Happy 8 Retreat, every piece of decor is handmade and crafted. The Happy 8 Retreat creates a tranquil atmosphere of calmness—it’s a unique blend of tradition with a modern touch and a well fusion of nature and art. Here, you will enjoy tastefully landscaped alleys and a cosy atmosphere in which to escape from the bustles of the world around you. Rooms are artistically decorated and pleasantly furnished to give you all the comfort you need.
7) Steampunk Loft @ KL
True enough there are many lofts in Malaysia, but nothing as themed as this one. This 1500-sqft unit also comes with your own private rooftop bar. You can also enjoy your drinks at the balcony overlooking the swimming pool. This uniquely designed one-bedroom loft is furnished with items from owner’s private collection of vintage furniture from across Southeast Asia! The upper loft is designed for work; walls are write-able with a dry-erase marker. We can imagine putting up a night here, working and brainstorming, and then downing a bottle of wine after on the rooftop bar as a cosy wrap of the day.
8) The Stable @ Malacca
The Stable is a sublime sanctuary in the hub of Malacca’s historical precinct. It is a witty and charming reinvention of what used to be a horse stable built during the 16th century Dutch occupation of Malacca. Picture original wooden beams around richly-textured rooms of rough exposed bricks, Peranakan tiles, quaint louvered windows and reclaimed lumber floor. With a brilliant collision of influence, this small guesthouse is an inspired fusion of old-world charm with distinct contemporary style and energy. The Stable offers you ultimate exclusivity and privacy with a 1-room only guesthouse where you get the whole house to yourself.
9) Adeline’s Villa @ Gopeng
Personally attended to by owner Adeline Kuo who believes in serving great food to affable company, this nature’s hideaway has all the charms and facilities city-dwellers seek, be it for a holiday or a respite. At Adeline’s Villa, you can settle in the chalets which sit amidst cool rainforest greens and aboriginal charms, and are equipped with amenities for comfort. Ranging in sizes suitable for honeymooners and large families, Adeline’s Villa also offers thrilling nature-based activities that include white-water rafting, caving, paintball, and other team-based sports. Be it for corporate events or family outings, this is a great option as an escapade for nature-lovers and eco-tourists.
10) Container Hotel @ KL
Taking the inspiration of sustainable architecture, Container Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel built from renewable-freight-containers. They were redesigned innovatively in the style of modernism with colourful and imaginative features. Container Hotel emphasises on going green, sustainability and promoting art designs. The idea of Container Hotel was inspired by the concept of “Kyosho Jutaku”. In Japanese, it means living large on a tiny footprint by building a nice and compact house utilising only a very small space. Also look out for Capsule by Container Hotel in KLIA2 if you are looking for an affordable place to sleep near the airport.