By Shahida Sakeri on October 24, 2015


When the heat wave strikes the city, there is no better place for travellers alike to escape other than the highlands that offer tranquillity, soothing and lush green landscapes and cooler climate. The following are Gaya Travel’s selection of 10 Highland Escapes in South East Asia that readers can check out:

  • Awana Genting Hotel, Pahang, Malaysia


Located roughly 3,000 feet over sea level, the hotel offers a wide range of facilities for personal challenges and team-building alike. The natural landscape is especially suitable for activities such as jungle-trekking and obstacle courses, with steep cliffs and inclines ideal for abseiling and rock-climbing. Also, golfers can enjoy the award-winning 18-hole championship golf course while taking in the cool crisp air.

  • Idaman, Pahang, Malaysia

Enclosed in a beautiful garden with exclusive privacy within a gated community in Janda Baik, this homely villa consists of five cosy and well-appointed bedrooms that offer breath taking views of one of the oldest rainforests in Malaysia. The property was built with an eco-sensitive philosophy in mind, made evident in the way of how its architecture complements the natural setting. Idaman is filled with beautiful collector’s items ranging from sculptures, woodcarvings, original paintings and plenty of books.

  • Saufiville Boutique Resort, Pahang, Malaysia

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For travellers who love natural ambiance and quiet environment, they will definitely love this property. Located 1,800 feet above sea level surrounded by lush vegetation, Saufiville Boutique Resort features a bungalow concept resort containing six rooms and a private infinity swimming pool, all built on a 12-acre land. Besides enjoying the pretty garden, a karaoke lounge in a small hut provides entertainment for guests.

  • Ye Olde Smokehouse Cameron Highland, Pahang, Malaysia

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A three-hour drive from the KL city takes travellers to Ye Olde Smokehouse, located on a verdant hill standing adjacent to a beautiful golf course. This English Tudor boutique style hotel, built in 1939, houses a number of pleasantly-named rooms like Spencer and Fairhaven. Guests who yearn for English delicacies will be glad to know that they can satiate their appetite by savouring the property’s wonderful traditional English breakfast spread, including tea and pastries, while taking in the highlands’ calming atmosphere.

  • Aman Rimba the Estate, Pahang, Malaysia

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Aman Rimba’s concept is to sell privacy and exclusivity. Situated in Kampung Janda Baik upon three acres of land, the property features six exquisite villas, four of which embody the Malay kampung style. The resort is created with the family or large groups of guests in mind, offering plenty of activities such boat-paddling for children, cycling, river-dipping, games in a fully-equipped Games Room and fruit-plucking from the resort’s orchard.

  • Borneo Highlands Resort, Sarawak, Malaysia

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Cocooned in the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, the resort sits at the height of 1,000 metres above sea level on the Sarawak-Kalimantan border. It is located just an hour’s drive (60km) from Kuching city, the capital of Sarawak, and indeed is a destination in itself since it provides plenty of attractions including the Kalimantan Lookout Point, Flower Garden, Rabbit Park, Horticulture Nursery, Organic Farm, Simangas Waterfalls and Chinese Tea House.

  • Kasih Sayang Health Resort, Sabah, Malaysia

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Kasih Sayang is dedicated in providing a retreat where guests can find a holistic approach to health: rejuvenating the body, mind and soul in the midst of nature. It features 23 rooms with private balconies. Standing at 2,400 feet above sea level, it has a stunning 360⁰ view of the surrounding tropical rainforest. The resort is only a 10-minute drive away to Kiansom Waterfall and a 15-minute drive to the popular living museum in the state, Mari-Mari Cultural Village.

  • Kampung Sampireun Resort & Spa, Garut, Indonesia

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Inspired by the traditional Sundanese village, Kampung Sampireun Resort & Spa offers luxurious bungalows 1,000 metres above sea level. Guests can expect to be overwhelmed by the beauty the property’s surrounding landscape, which features a small lake surrounded by cosy villas that require guests to aboard boats to reach to them, alluding to the Sundanese connection to highland life. Guests are welcome to feed fish, row around the lake or enjoy tea time and dinner served from a boat at their villa.


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