The thought of escaping to the clear blue waters of a remote island together with the sound and smell of sea breeze cleansing your soul might sound like the answer to a relaxing holiday. But it can also take up so much of your energy with months of planning and hours of travelling that once you’re back home, not only will you feel sad it’s over but you’ll be so tired you’ll need another holiday! That’s why, if you want a holiday just to relax, consider a staycation.
For those who aren’t familiar with the practice, it’s when you holiday in your home country rather than abroad. It could be a simple getaway doing nothing in a cosy hotel to playing tourist in your own city. The feelings are like that of a holiday abroad but closer to home, cheaper, and the ‘post-holiday blues’ won’t hit you as hard so you’ll emerge feeling refreshed.
In fact, mental health professionals agree time for rest and relaxation is an essential part of modern life. However, many find it challenging to plan around busy schedules, much less save enough expendable income for a trip outside the country (read our blog 6 Smart Tips to Holiday Debt-Free! for some helpful insights).
Does a getaway on your home turf sound good right now? Then get ready for that long awaited break, sans the pre-holiday stress, with these 4 staycation ideas in the Klang Valley that will surely rejuvenate you.
1. Feel royal at The Majestic Hotel
Sometimes all you need to feel your finest is to feel like royalty. And what better place than the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Its rich and influential heritage leads back to the 1930s has been frequented by colonial elites and other prominent figures ever since. This national treasure has since been restored with modern luxuries and stylish innovation. Even His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong has been spotted on a hideaway at this exclusive hotel.
Located outside the city centre in front of the old train station, the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur is nestled in a place that’s quiet but still accessible to the hustle and bustle of the city. Its distinctive location away from the city’s pulse also makes this hotel more affordable than others of its grandiose. By booking direct with the hotel, you’ll enjoy special rates and benefits such as a complimentary 50-minute spa treatment per room per stay from Tuesdays to Thursdays.
The Majestic is now established as part of the Autograph Collection of iconic historic hotels and is part of the Marriott Rewards programme which guarantees lowest rates when you book direct. Check out some amazing benefits here.
Recommended for couples and solo holiday-seekers
2. Be one with nature at the Templer Park Rainforest Retreat
Vincent van Gogh once said, ‘If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere” and what better way to experience beauty than a staycation surrounded by it.
Just 30 minutes away from the centre of Kuala Lumpur is the Templer Park Rainforest Retreat. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Kanching Rainforest Reserve, this lush haven is located on a hilltop sprawled across three acres of land. With only a villa or container house to choose from, this retreat makes the place even more exclusive.
Although you may feel you’re far away from civilization, the place comes fully equipped with modern day comforts like air conditioning, internet, and even cable TV! There’s also a fully equipped kitchen and a BBQ pit for your cooking needs. To add to the fun, don’t forget to take a dip in the infinity pool with a jet spa and splash pool also available.
Recommended for families with older children and group of friends.
3. Have fun with the whole family at the Royale Chulan Damansara
To please the whole family while on holiday is not an easy feat. To save you the time and energy, staycation at a hotel with easy access to recreational activities. We recommend The Royale Chulan Damansara at the Curve Mutiara Damansara because there’s something for everyone here.
Parents can enjoy a handful of bars and cafes for them to kick back a cold one. There’s also karaoke and a wide selection for shopping. For children, there’s ice skating, a games arcade, flight simulator and KidZania – an interactive learning edutainment theme park for kids. As for something the whole family can enjoy together, there’s an MMCineplexes with all the latest blockbuster hits.
Recommended for couples and families with younger children
4. Rekindle the romance at Villa Samadhi
Relight the fire to your relationship with a romantic getaway a stone’s throw away from home. Right in the heart of the city is Villa Samadhi, a garden resort with luxurious Asian-inspired rooms. Its “rustic-luxe’ concept will give you a sense of peace which will allow you to reconnect with your loved one in mind, body, and soul.
There are five types of rooms to choose from, all designed for the romantic in mind. For direct access to the pool, choose an all ground-floor unit. Some rooms come with their own private whirlpool too should you prefer dipping in somewhere more private.
Recommended for couples
Are you feeling relaxed just reading about these staycation ideas? Great! But keep in mind that for the best deals, book directly with above-mentioned places. Most of them have early bird specials, and some have exclusive mobile deals – so make sure to check out their website for their latest offers. Happy staycationing!
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