Those of us who reside in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor can count our blessings. Despite the interstate travel ban to curb the spread of Covid-19, there’s still plenty to see and do around the Klang Valley and its outskirts to keep us from losing our sanity after staying home for so long.
With the surprising number of new bars and restaurants cropping up, plus the reopening of stores, businesses and theatres, things are slowly beginning to bear some semblance of normalcy again. But what if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for some peace of mind?
Count your blessings twice, as there are a few options to meet your need for tranquility and a breath of fresh air without having to travel outside of the state. Take your pick from these five resorts and private villas within KL and Selangor that will transport you to a haven of luxury and relaxation – skip waiting for the CMCO to be lifted!
Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur
Once inside this exclusive retreat inspired by Malay architecture, you’ll never guess that you’re only 10 minutes away from the heart of KL. Designed with sustainability and community in mind, the space incorporates liberal use of bamboo and other local materials sourced from the Orang Asli, as well as wood carpentry handmade by in-house craftsmen. Each of the 21 distinctive villas offer between 600 to 900 square-feet of living space, ensuring ample room for privacy and respite. Further decorated with colourful Southeast Asian hilltribe fabrics and antiques, the space exudes a peaceful, rustic atmosphere to put your body, mind and soul at ease – think Bali. W samadhiretreats.com
Location: 8 Persiaran Madge, Off Jalan Madge, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
The Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam
Set on 160 hectares of tropical forest and lakeside gardens in Shah Alam, the Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a resort-style hotel complete with two adjoining 18-hole championship golf courses. Its name stems from an old Malay expression ‘sejauh di sana’ meaning “as far as the eye can see” – a reflection of the scenic panoramas one can expect while exploring its expansive grounds. There are 355 rooms designed with modern amenities so you can stay in comfort, after enjoying a tee off or drinks by the poolside. W saujanahotels.com
Location: Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang, Saujana, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Daun Retreats, Hulu Langat
For those looking to travel with a group of friends and/or family, booking a whole villa to yourselves may be a good idea. At Daun Retreats, there are three for you to choose from – each featuring distinctive architecture and interiors to cater to different group sizes. The Gerimis Senja Villa is ideal if a private pool is the deciding factor, and it comes equipped with a BBQ pit (utensils and charcoal provided) for you and your party to cook up a feast against a backdrop of greenery, too. W daunretreats.com
Location (Gerimis Senja Villa): Batu 17 3/4 Dusun Tua, 43100 Ulu Langat, Selangor
Bangi Resort Hotel, Bandar Baru Bangi
A conference resort may be the last place you’d think of for a private getaway, but this destination is so massive, there’s enough space for everyone to luxuriate in its serenity. Nestled atop Bandar Baru Bangi’s highest peak, the resort is surrounded by a 27-hole championship golf course and lush tropical gardens promising picturesque views. It has also recently worked with De.Wan to offer exclusive dining experiences to complement its range of facilities, including a fully-equipped gym, outdoor pools, indoor spa and sauna, and even a farm. W bangiresorthotel.com
Location: Off Persiaran Bandar, Bangi Golf Club, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
The Townhouse by Samadhi, Ampang
Developed by the same group behind Villa Samadhi, The Townhouse offers a more homely experience with the complete package of a personal chauffeur and chef (subject to availability). Perched atop Bukit Antarabangsa 400 metres above sea level, the full service four-storey townhouse residence boasts three bedrooms, an attic library, an outdoor infinity swimming pool, a dining and living room, and a fully-equipped kitchen for a posh home away from home. True to the group’s design philosophy, the entire space is built with recycled wood, polished concrete floors, natural bamboo and glass to create a spatial abode imbued with natural light. The cherry on top: a bird’s eye view of Titiwangsa Mountains. W samadhiretreats.com
Location: 42, Jalan Wangsa 7, Taman Kelab Ukay, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Photos courtesy of respective resorts and establishments
Featured image: Villa Samadhi