Glamping, which is the popular portmanteau derived from the words ‘glamourous’ and ‘camping’, allows travellers to get close to nature without compromising modern conveniences. Its styles of accommodation can vary, ranging from luxurious tents and tepees to yurt and eco-pods. But one particular style that has just begun making waves in Malaysia in recent years is the geodesic dome: an igloo-shaped modern abode that tends to possess transparent sides that let in the view of the surroundings and even the sky.
If such accommodation intrigues you, check out below for some of the glamping domes that you can find in Malaysia. Don’t forget to bookmark them for your next getaway!
1. A’moss Farmstay, Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Do you love gardening? If so, this is the place for you. The farmstay rests in a location that is sure to excite nature lovers, with its peaceful surroundings filled with vegetable beds and tea plantations, including easy hiking trail available behind the domes. There’s also a chance to explore the Mossy Forest using a four-wheel drive. As for the lodging, each of them comes beautifully decorated, complete with en-suite bathroom.
Capacity: Up to 4 guests
Rates: Start from MYR250 per night
2. Glamz at Genting, Genting Highlands, Pahang
Genting Highlands is a popular tourist attraction in Malaysia. For travellers seeking a quiet place, yet close enough to all of the actions, Glamz at Genting fits the bill. The First World Plaza is only five kilometres away from the site, while a trip to the Genting Premium Outlets, on the other hand, would only require a five-minute drive. Back at the camp, guests get to enjoy various on-site facilities including the outdoor jacuzzi, a sauna, a common rood filled with board games, as well as a barbecue area. The domes are spacious and designed in minimalist concept.
Capacity: Up to 6 guests per dome
Rates: Start from MYR300 per night (for a dome)
3. Sea Horizon Resort, Kota Tinggi, Johor
Unlike the rest of the glamping domes in this list that offer scenic greeneries, Sea Horizon Resort on the other hand boasts a spectacular seascape of the South China Sea. There are only two units of dome-style accommodation available here, each with an en-suite bathroom and hot water shower. Guests should make use of the resort’s close proximity to the ocean by paddling using in-house canoes or exploring the nearby fishing village on a bicycle. However, we think the resort’s huge outdoor swimming pool is the one that would steal the show, to be enjoyed either alone or with your loved ones.
Capacity: Up to 3 guests per dome
Rates: MYR680 per night (for a dome)
4. The Hooton Retreat, Kuala Klawang, Negeri Sembilan
Soak up lush greeneries and fresh air in style by staying at The Hooton Retreat, an idyllic destination. Guests who prefer a unique stay can opt for the domes while bigger groups can make the most of the tropical modernist villas. There are plenty of activities available here such as campfire, stargazing, jungle-trekking and barbecuing. Nearby attractions include Lenggeng Recreational Park, Jeram Toi Waterfall, Ulu Serting Recreational Park and Jeram Tengkek Waterfall.
Capacity: Up to 4 guests per dome
Rates: Start from MYR580 per night (for a dome)
5. Umea Glam Kundasang, Kundasang, Sabah
Taking the inspiration from the functional Swedish interior style, four business partners established a glamping site featuring four cosy and spacious domes in the chilly highland of Kundasang. Every dome boasts a different theme from the other and has its own private kitchen and bathroom. We imagine the spectacular views of the hills are enough reason for you to just relax in the dome, but should you feel like venturing out, Kundasang town and Desa Dairy Cattle Farm are just a short drive away.
Capacity: Up to 3 guests per dome
Rates: Start from MR280 per night