Written by Nur Batrisya, Beverley Lennon and Candice Neo
Remember the feeling you had when you were younger, and taking your first few flights? As you sat by the window in complete silence, mesmerized by the floating sea of clouds, for a moment, it felt as though you were soaring through the sky, and all cares in the world seemed to disappear.
Even now, I still get those feelings from time to time, and I can’t help but yearn for the peaceful view of the wave of clouds that seems to make everything feel as though life is still and it’s just you.
And did you know that near the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur, you can still enjoy a small taste of heaven on earth at beautiful villas where you can wake up to exactly this refreshing sea of clouds?
Come journey with us to these magical stays below!
9 Day trips less than 2 hours from Kuala Lumpur where you can explore a slower lifestyle besides Genting Highlands!
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)!
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1. Glasshouse in the chilly highlands near KL – The Waterway Villa (1 hour from KL, RM 75 per pax)
Who says you need to travel out of the country for a Bali holiday? This villa in Bukit Tinggi, Bentong, is nestled in lush greenery among the clouds, where you can reward yourself with cool fresh air up in the hills.
You’ll have a hard time getting your kids out of the huge pool, as it comes with a waterslide too! They even have their own durian plantation, so you can get your hands on the freshest Musang King (say whaaat?! Take us there now!) when you are not busy having fun with all the outdoor activities available such as jungle trekking, river tubing, waterfall hikes and more.
Pick from a variety of villa options, such as Bali Villa, Glass Villa, Stone Villa, Bamboo Villa and Hill Villa, but regardless of which you choose, you’re bound to have a good time of family retreat and bonding so conveniently near the city, yet far enough to leave all the bustle behind!2. A romantic getaway in a glasshouse with a view – Bilut Hills (1.5 hour from KL, RM 103.33 per pax)
It’s every girl’s dream to stay in a glasshouse like this up in the hills and you can make that come true with just a short weekend trip from KL!
Bilut Hills, nestled between Bentong and Raub, comprises 5 different themed rooms catering to couples and families, from glasshouse, kampung house to even Tudor-themed rooms.
Our favourite is hands-down the glasshouse-themed Premium Chalet from which you can get a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding hills and rainforest!
You can even dine among the clouds during breakfast!
3. Take a swing over a pool in this IG-worthy villa – Dolomite Templer (40 minutes from KL, RM 149.71 per pax)
Has anyone been feeling a bit restless this week? For those who are working from home, are days starting to feel a bit dull? I know for me it does, which is why staycations are the best way I can get the energy fix I need from my usual daily routines, and I think you might need this too!
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!
4. For all your Insta-friends (super photo-worthy stay!!) – Eighty Seven (1 hour from KL, RM 100 per pax)
Update: This villa is now permanently closed.
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!
5. Wake up to a sea of clouds within the hidden hills near KL– 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 a 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 it’s 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 free parking, an infinity pool, BBQ pits, an outdoor patio, 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!
6. Hop in a bubbly jacuzzi overlooking panoramic views – 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!
7. Munch on some durians at this urban-styled villa – Brickhouse Bukit Tinggi (40 minutes from KL, RM 144 per pax)
Whether it’s for a friendly getaway or a beautiful intimate wedding, location is super important. At Brickhouse Bukit Tinggi, this simple guesthouse sits peacefully on top of a hill surrounded by lush greens overlooking acres of durian orchards.
This hidden mountain paradise is perfect for groups of up to 16 people (8 bedrooms), and its spacious concept makes for a great venue spot as well! Every corner of the house has great lighting, especially the common area where it faces the whole forest and hills.You can even wake up to this spectacular view of nature from some bedrooms! There’s also a spacious kitchen and BBQ pits, so you can host fun private parties with your friends!
The exciting part about this place is, during the peak durian season, you’d even get to have a taste of kampung durians!
Head already in the clouds? 😉 Imagining your perfect staycation at these villas? Tag your family and friends to inspire them with these breathtaking views!
But remember, please do take care of these properties as though they are your own. Let’s do our part as a community to be respectful and responsible citizens!