With Labour Day just around the corner, we’re already eagerly planning our next staycation. The public holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, so if you’ve timed your leave days right, a four-day break beckons.
Getting out of town for a short vacation would be lovely, but considering the time we have to book plane tickets and hotels — not to mention the hassle of planning itineraries — it’s just so much easier to opt for a luxurious staycation. There’s also the added bonus of skipping the long queues at airport customs, and not having to worry that you’ve forgotten to pack certain essentials — after all, if your staycation isn’t too far away, you can always return home to pick up anything you’ve missed out.
From nature-inspired havens to upscale accommodations that’ll have you feeling like royalty, here are 5 of the best staycation spots you can find within Klang Valley. Book your sweet escape now, and start counting down to the weekend.
Nature escapade: The Bamboo Village
Find comfort in the arms of nature, and let the sound of crickets lull you into a deep slumber at The Bamboo Village. Located in the middle of a jungle, this serene sanctuary is a must-visit staycation venue that is only a 35-minute drive from KL. It features rustic brick and bamboo cottages fringed by lush greenery, so you can unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The Bamboo Village, Lorong Serai 4, Sungai Serai Batu 11, Hulu Langat, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +6019 227 5620
Romantic getaway: Cyberview Resort & Spa
This 5-star boutique property in Cyberjaya boasts acres of well-manicured gardens peppered with palm trees with three free-form swimming pools, as well as a fishing lake. Whisk your lover away for some quality time together, and enjoy the resort’s variety of activities including a romantic Italian dinner, and relaxing massages at its award-winning Sembunyi Spa. The place is a 50-minute drive away from KL.
Cyberview Resort & Spa, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia. +603 8312 7000
Fam Bam: The Templer Park Rainforest Retreat
A 360-degree view of the Kanching Rainforest Reserve awaits you and the rest of the gang upon stepping into this elevated property. Enjoy hanging out with your best buds in your own private infinity pool, and cook up a storm at the semi-open kitchen and barbecue grilling stations. This captivating two-storey retreat villa, made of Merbau and teakwood, has four en-suite bedrooms that can accommodate as much as 16 people at once — making it great for bonding with friends and family. You’ll find this hidden gem just 25 minutes from KL by car.
The Templer Park Rainforest Retreat, No. 23, Jalan 3/2, Templer Heights, Templer Park, 48200 Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia. +6012 220 5033
Work and play: Steampunk Loft
If you appreciate some spontaneity every once in a while, but just can’t leave your work behind, treat yourself to a stay at the Steampunk Loft. The 1,500sq-ft residence has an upper loft equipped with a table — so you can rush out that urgent report before bedtime — and your own private rooftop bar, where you can destress over tipples. The loft’s bedroom is decorated with pieces of vintage Southeast Asian furniture, which we reckon may help inspire you a little.
Steampunk Loft, Jalan Pantai Murni, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Book via Airbnb.
Old-school luxe: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
Well, nothing beats an old-fashioned staycation in a 5-star hotel, complete with butler and room services fit for a king or queen. Just a stone’s throw away from shopping centres such as Suria KLCC and Pavilion, the Ritz-Carlton is the perfect place to check in if bar hopping along Bukit Bintang is part of your itinerary. After a fun night of drinking, enjoy a luxurious hot bath in its marble bathroom with a rainfall shower, and catch up on your sleep in its fancy high thread-count sheets.
The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, 68, Jalan Imbi, Pudu, 55100, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. +6-3 2142 8000
(Featured photo: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur)