Written by Nur Batrisya, Beverley Lennon and Veyroniqa
Vacations with my besties is always something I look forward to, especially when everyone’s been so caught up with work and hasn’t had quality time together. So whenever the holidays come around, a getaway is just what we need!
But the struggle that most of us face is, we can’t really enjoy ourselves completely when we are still ironically, surrounded by other people. Which is why we love to spend our time together in private villas, especially ones with private pools! You can swim whenever you want, lounge whenever you want, and most of all, you won’t have to worry about old aunties judging your bathing suits.
You might think a sense of privacy requires a long trip out of town, but actually, you can find ones that’s just near Kuala Lumpur, which are equally relaxing and exciting just for you and the gang!
Editor’s Note: Please take care of the cleanliness and overall well-being of the villas or homes you are staying in. Although we understand the excitement of gatherings and throwing celebrations with loved ones, it’s also important to respect the space and its amenities. You wouldn’t like it if strangers damaged your personal belongings too right? So let’s do our part to respect one another’s space. Maintaining a decent noise level is also encouraged (we have neighbours too!).
10 Affordable weekend girls’ getaways in Janda Baik and Bukit Tinggi (1 hour from Kuala Lumpur) with private pool for big-groups (6-30 pax)!
10 Large villas/retreats in cool weather near KL for your weekend staycation with family and friends (3 BR, with 6-10 pax)!
14 Affordable Airbnb stays in Kuala Lumpur for big groups (6-12 pax) near shopping/dining hotspots (KL city centre, Bangsar, Bukit Bintang, PJ and more!)
12 Scenic cafes in Kuala Lumpur with stunning views of the city, rainforest and lake where you can chill with your friends
Note: All rates displayed are correct as at the time of publishing, please let us know if you find any discrepancies and we will update accordingly. The prices reflected are low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Glass villa in Ampang near Zoo Negara with indoor pool! – Zoo Villa (in KL, RM 75 per pax)
You don’t need to venture too far for an IG-worthy staycation with your favourite people!
Just 3 minutes’ drive from Zoo Negara, this 5-bedroom glass villa in Ampang accommodates up to 12 of you comfortably, with an indoor pool and over-water hammock! Now you don’t even need to worry if it rains or if you’d get a sunburn!
TripCanvas is now offering a very special rate from RM 1300 nett a night (weekday rate) if you book with us! That works out to just RM 108 per pax if you are coming in a group of 12 pax, with 5 bedrooms (1 King bed, 4 Queen beds, 2 single bed) and 3 bathrooms – what a steal!
Check out our post for more information about this villa!
If you are wondering where to dine at in the area, we highly recommend BBQ Lamb KL Kemensah where you can dine right with your feet in the river, just 7 minutes’ drive from the villa!
Just a little tip from us – before you book, do check with the host if the pool has been cleaned, as according to past reviews, sometimes there might be little hiccups! Once that’s all sorted out, get the gang ready for the staycation you’ve all been waiting for!
Editor’s Note: While this villa is popular for birthday parties, please do your best to be considerate and treat this place with respect like your own homes! We have heard that some guests have even damaged some furniture when drunk and the villa management has to spend a lot of effort to repair and clean up the mess. Let’s do our part to care for one another’s properties.2. Wake up and breathe in nature’s fresh air on top of a hill! – Sky Villa (1.5h from KL, from RM 126.50 per pax)
If you’ve ever dreamt of waking up to a breathtaking view of vast mountains, sweet tunes of birds chirping and lapping waters of the river streams, this rainforest retreat is where you need to be…come stay at Sky Villa, Kuala Kubu Bharu.
Not too often do you find a beautiful villa situated perfectly on top of the hill, intimate enough where you feel like the world is yours and no one else can disturb your peace. All we need is a little break, and at Sky Villa, privacy is yours, and yours only.
This rustic villa not only offers you your own private pool with a view of Kuala Kubu Bharu hills, but you’d also have your own personal jogging track, balcony, a game room that has all kinds of fun games (so NO phones allowed people!), BBQ pit, and of course, where comfort is prime essential for any trip, 2 large bedrooms with your own personal bathrooms.
Whether it’s a couple retreat or a family getaway, this villa can house up to 10 guests (that’s RM 126.50 per pax)! So I guess it’s time to call up a few people and start clearing your schedules, am I right?
3. This stunning villa has its own game room! – Dolomite Templer (40 minutes from KL, RM 149.71 per pax)
Located not too far from KL, this villa is the perfect place for a little staycation away from your usuals, and it’s more exciting when you have a group of friends who are down for some fun over the weekend!
Not only is this multi-storey 4 bedroom villa gorgeous, but it has so many rooms that makes it a fun place for you to do all kinds of activities in! You have your own private pool with a swing, a patio outside overlooking the city and hills, and also a pretty igloo tent where you can chill in at night and have those deep 3am conversations (I love those!).
And if you think that’s cool, wait til’ you hear about their game room! Yes, game room! This place has some fun XBOX games you can play with, a little arcade, and if you’re feeling Instagrammable, you can pose in front of their neon lit angel wings for your IG aesthetics!
So if you need getaway inspiration for the upcoming Merdeka weekend, book a stay at Dolomite Templer, enjoy the views and have an amazing Merdeka weekend with friends!
4. Bali-inspired glasshouse in Bangsar – Sekeping Tenggiri (in KL, RM 125 per pax)
Is your heart longing for Bali? Although flying across the border may not seem possible right now, perhaps you can travel to one that’s just right at home!
When it comes to getaways, I love travelling to places where it’s all trees and nothing but trees, such as staying in a forest villa with a private pool, some privacy, and most importantly, great company. When I came across Sekeping Tenggiri in Bangsar Baru, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a beautiful Bali-inspired home like this could be found in KL!
This nature-inspired guesthouse is what I consider a hidden gem in KL. Not only because of its location, but also, how often do you find a glasshouse with a private pool and a balcony in the heart of the city? This picturesque place is perfect for staycations especially with its private rooms (7 rooms in total) that can fit up to 3 guests with full household amenities (washing machine, kitchenware, etc).
To top it off, you’ll be greeted by 2 friendly furry friends, Pulau and Ketam, adopted by the host from a local animal NGO, SPCA, to take care of the home together with the housekeeper. But no worries to our Muslim friends who are concerned, they won’t be roaming around freely, they are only here to take care of you.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely in the mood for a staycation right now!
5. For all your Insta-friends (super photo-worthy stay!!) – Eighty Seven (45 minutes from KL, RM 100 per pax)
What’s a stay nowadays if it isn’t photogenic and worth being on your social media feed? If your group of friends is all for the likes, they’ll definitely be up for checking out Eighty Seven! It’s no wonder that the location is often rented out for special occasions and events like weddings and yoga retreats.
With floor-to-ceiling windows, you can take in magnificent views of the surrounding lush greenery right from your room and wake up to a sea of clouds traversing the mountains.
You’ll also find plenty of communal spaces to reunite with your group; whether it is in the main infinity pool during the day or the living room that’s decked out with several bean bags. My favourite spot is the small plunge pool that looks perfect for an end-of-day wine session with the girls.
With 7 bedrooms, a total of 10 bathrooms and accommodating up to 28 guests, you can opt to rent the entire villa, or if you’re coming with a smaller group, simply book the ground floor with 5 bedrooms for up to 16 guests; time to crash that long-awaited pool party with your besties!
6. Wake up to a sea of clouds at this glasshouse – PulaiThree Retreat (1 hour from KL, RM 148 per pax)
Located within the hidden hills of Kuala Kubu Bharu lies a multi-storey glasshouse that promises nothing but a sweet haven within the lush greens and peaceful trees…
Sometimes we need to cut off from the modern world to truly appreciate moments and the people around us. And what better way to do that than packing your bags and spending the weekend with loved ones at PulaiThree Retreat?
I’ve always appreciated homes that are designed to reshift your focus to things around you; focusing on nothing but nature and its beauty. At PulaiThree, their minimalistic interior and open-shed concept allows you to immerse yourself to a breathtaking view of mountains around.
Their facilities include an infinity pool, BBQ pits, an outdoor patio, free parking and of course a kitchen. So you have all the basic necessities you need for a cozy stay away from urban life.
Everything you need is here in one place for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation, and what’s more, it sleeps up to 7 pax, which means you only need to fork out around RM 148 per pax for this luxury!
7. The most popular of them all – Summer Residence at Rainforest Sanctuary (40 minutes from KL, RM 126.67 per pax)
Instagram has created renewed interest in Summer Residence, thanks to its beautiful infinity pool and capacity to accommodate up to 30 guests (with extra mattresses).
Of course, the downside to it is that chances are, you’ll have to book way in advance to secure a stay here as it seems to be a popular option for groups of friends and families who come over for special occasions like weddings, proposals, yoga retreats, new year celebrations and even company annual gatherings!
They can’t be blamed though as we can certainly see why it’s a popular choice – the sanctuary is set on a hilltop amongst the mountainous range of Genting Sempah, just a short 1-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, where you can retire amidst chilly weathers and a sea of clouds!
The stay knows nothing but expansive spaces so you’ll never feel clustered even though you are here with 20 other people. And besides the swimming pool, there’s a large yoga deck which can serve as a viewpoint, a billiard table and even tranquil areas for when one needs his alone time!
P.S. Rainforest Sanctuary has other similar properties in the same compound area too, so if this one is sold out, you have other IG-worthy options!
8. Catch breathtaking hillside views from the infinity pool – D’manggis Janda Baik ( 1 hour from KL, RM 100 per pax)
Do you remember the days when you used to go over to Grandma’s and you’d meet up with your favorite cousins? Now that we’re grown, it’s different. Everyone’s busy with their own schedule and squeezing in some quality family time can be difficult, which is why big family trips are super essential to keep the family spirit going!
Here at D’manggis, you have the luxury of staying in a private bungalow that comes with an infinity pool overlooking the beautiful hillsides, and their rooms are spacious enough to fit up to 15 pax! You can do so many things here, from BBQ parties, to ATV rides and there’s even a special attic where the kids can sleep in! (I’d like to call it the Kids’ HQ.)
You also have the option to choose between 2 bungalows! Bungalow Tuah has a total of 4 rooms with queen beds, and Bungalow Jebat has 5! Both bungalows have similar features and come with a kitchen, Astro TV, and a private balcony. However, Bungalow Jebat has more to offer because it has an infinity pool and an outdoor kitchen, whereas Bungalow Tuah doesn’t. It’s totally up to you!
9. Wake up, and dip right into the pool from your suite! – Carpe Diem Orchard Home Serendah (45 minutes from KL, RM 114 per pax)
Have you ever been to a villa where there’s a water slide that shoots you right from your room and into the pool?
Private luscious pool at your doorstep (with an added jacuzzi), wonderful pond with fishes to catch and release, and not to mention, a mini zoo just metres away from your room, this place is perfect for a private getaway for you and your crew if you’re planning to escape KL for the weekend!
It’s traditional landscape and house design makes for a good modern kampung lifestyle, and surrounding this 18-acre land is nothing but orchard trees and mini farms that bear delicious fruits and fresh veggies. Hey, maybe you can harvest them for your BBQ party!
This place does single group bookings, so if you’re a group of 20 pax, you can pick and choose between seven beautiful rooms and chalets that’s spread across the area, each with their own unique views. However, if you want one with a pool, you can check out their Bunga Raya Executive Suite that fits up to 6 adults and 2 kids! They’ve also added in a new building, a Pavilion where you can carry out company events, use it as a prayer family prayer room, and more. It’s a destination that fits for all!
So what are you waiting for? Book now!
10. A bird’s eye view of the lush green around you – Bird of Paradise Villa (40 minutes from KL, RM 156.82 per pax)
Head to this scenic stay above the clouds, just a short 40-minute drive from KL where you can wake up to misty mornings!
Birds of Paradise Villa is a four-storey forest bungalow located in Genting Sempah and it features a stunning infinity pool, along with a bubbly jacuzzi overlooking panoramic views of the natural surroundings.
Your ultimate family fun begins right here – with 5 bedrooms accommodating over 20 guests, a karaoke system, barbecue pit and pool table, you’re in for the time of your life!
It’s amazing how far people would be willing to travel for some sense of privacy and relaxation, but luckily for you, you wouldn’t have to worry about that because it’s all near KL! Your moments with your friends or loved ones will truly be extra special now that you have all the space for yourself! Let the good times roll in! Remember to take care of the host’s properties too!