By Muhammad Hasif Mohd Jelani on May 21, 2018
From 17 May 2018 until 15 June 2018 Muslims around the globe observe the month of Ramadan where they are obliged to fast from dawn until dusk. Besides refraining from eating and drinking, in many countries, especially those located on the Northern Hemisphere and near to the equator including Malaysia, they have to endure the heat. So, below is a list of places that are not too far from Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley where travellers can head to escape the heat!
Nestled amidst lush greenery in Janda Baik, Pahang, eRYAbySURIA Janda Baik has all it takes to become a perfect place for nature enthusiasts – it is conveniently located to many natural attractions such as Ulu Tampit Waterfall, Chamang Waterfall, Taman Hutan Rekreasi Lentang, Deerland Park and Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre. But if you just prefer a relaxing Ramadan staycation, this place, which is only 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur, is a good option.
Situated at an elevation between 600 and 800 metres above sea level with temperature hovering around 20s (and lower at night) surrounded by highland vegetation, this hillside contemporary retreat in Janda Baik, Pahang could just be the antidote to the humid and sweaty city. There are many natural attractions located nearby but if you are planning to just stay within the hotel area during Ramadan, all the better, because you can still feast your eyes on the bucolic environs of Janda Baik Valley and even enjoy iftar (breaking of fast) while taking in the fresh, cool air.
Also located in Janda Baik, Pahang, which is less than an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, SaufiVille is a boutique resort located more than 500 metres above sea level. With six types of rooms and 13 dormitories to suit various types of guests, the resort is set in soft lightings and equipped with modern conveniences. As travellers step into the property, they will be welcomed by the soothing view of the river and the valley, it is just hard to resist the fact that it is an ideal place to get away with the hustle and bustle of the city.
Phone Number: +6 013 963 8888
‘Journey of Love Back to Nature’ has always been Tanah Aina’s theme for all of its six properties, including Tanah Aina Fahad, located just next to Lata Jarum in Ulu Dong, Raub, Pahang, which offers ‘glamping’ accommodations and terrace rooms. This eight-acre resort is a favourite among those seeking adventure since it includes free outdoor activities such as jungle-trekking and fountain games. But more importantly, travellers staying here are treated to fresh air and sounds of nature like birds chirping and river flowing that soothe the soul, allowing travellers time for self-reflection and reconnecting with nature – coinciding this experience with Ramadan couldn’t be more apt.
This place – located in the middle of the quaint Sungai Lembing town and strictly open for prior bookings – is already popular in delivering unique staycation experience, which is sleeping in 7×10 feet concrete pipe cylinder equipped with warm lighting and freshly laundered queen size bed dubbed as ‘capsule’ while facing a lush forest reserve. If travellers find this claustrophobic, they could instead opt for ‘Parallel’ and ‘White Cottage’, accommodations that are more conventional with windows facing lush vegetation. The charming atmosphere of the property’s surroundings makes fasting more bearable.
While thinking of escaping the heat during Ramadan, why not also seek the opportunity to savour home-cooked meals for iftar, served under millions of stars? That kind of experience makes The Sticks in Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor, unique. Guest can choose to stay inside their popular tendok (a cross between a tent and a pondok, meaning small hut) while appreciating tropical rustic living. Enjoying nature while perhaps reading a novel, lazing on the bed, walking around the resort full of beautiful flowers and trees, or playing board games, are just a few examples of how you can use your time to recharge when fasting. But if you still have energy for adventurous activities, you can try paragliding or white water-rafting.
Located 15 minutes’ walk away from Maxwell Hill in Taiping, Perak, Sentosa Villa offers 26 deluxe twins or double bedrooms with private semi open bathroom and veranda, surrounded by tranquil greenery. Sentosa Villa also has its own café serving Western and local fare, which appears sentimental with soft lighting during the night, making it a low-key and relaxing place to break your fast. Be warned: travellers might find it hard to tear themselves from their beds because the place’s fresh air and soothing sound of the stream encourage travellers to sleep soundly…
The latest accommodation to open in the popular Genting Highlands is Grand Ion Delemen Hotel accessible within an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Situated 1,740 metres above sea level, this contemporary hotel is surrounded by one of the world’s oldest rainforests that help to regulate the area’s cool temperatures. Travellers can enjoy the magnificent views either from the rooms or from the hotel’s restaurant such as Hugo in the Sky and Kembali Kitchen while having iftar.
Phone Number: +6 03 6433 2200
Nestled in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s most favourite cool climate destinations, The Lakehouse Cameron is a bona fide colonial charm. Besides surrounded by cool, fresh air, the place offers travellers the chance to experience staying at Tudor-style accommodations, which seem to transport travellers to a place far away. Besides generous hospitality, travellers could experience having iftar at The Restaurant with its charming Old World colonial setting, bringing back memories to the times of British Malaya.
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Another property that travellers should experience when being in Cameron Highlands is the sumptuous Cameron Highlands Resort, where travellers can be enveloped in indulgent and updated colonial English panache at 1,500 metres above sea level. This property, which is adjacent to the 18-hole Cameron Highlands Golf Course, is also close to lush rolling hills, vast tea plantations and plant nurseries that travellers’ can visit during fasting to rest their eyes. However, those who stay at this resort much prefer to remain indoors being surrounded by luxury. For iftar, travellers can head to The Dining Room for English-inspired fare (male diners need to wear shirts, trousers and closed-toe shoes while female diners need to don smart casual attire) or Gonbei, the resort’s Japanese cuisine outlet.
May you find the list useful. Have a blessed Ramadan everybody!