We’re full force into the new year, but if you’re already getting burned out and dreaming of a vacation away from everyday life, we found one that may fit the bill. Introducing The Shorea, a rainforest resort in Malaysia that’s just an hour’s drive away from KL, or a 3.5 hours drive from Singapore.
Nestled within the Berembun Rainforest in Negeri Sembilan, The Shorea is your answer to a Balinese retreat. Think large villas with architecture that pay homage to the environment —recycled timber, natural slates and stones, reclaimed terracotta roof tiles—, rooms with uninterrupted views of nature and pools that make sunbathing a whole lot more enjoyable.
The establishment is divided into two wings: The Shorea ESTATE and The Shorea RESORT. Duplex air-conditioned villas with individual pools are located at the estate, while ventilated wooden villas with open views of the forest are located at the resort. A popular choice of accommodation would be the Rafflesia Duplex Pool Suite under the Estate wing which can fit up to seven people. In this family room, find both air-conditioned and naturally ventilated rooms as well as a private infinity pool that’s connected to the main pool.
The highlight of the resort is undoubtedly the main infinity pool that provides unparalleled views of the verdant rainforest. And just because The Shorea is tucked away from civilisation, that doesn’t mean they’re away from the times — get to enjoy the famous Instagram floating breakfast right from the pool!
A place that’s not populated with the masses but yet highly Instagrammable? This may be the one.
Rates start from mid $200 a night.
Location: Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan Malaysia, 71770