When it comes to vacations, one aspect that many look forward to is the hotel stay. Ranging from Airbnb to lavish 5-star hotels, finding a perfect spot to call home for that weekend retreat is crucial when planning the perfect getaway. However, a number of people might not be into all the fancy bells and whistles. Some would much rather prefer a walk on the wild side with unconventional retreats.

Rising against the tide of hotels that fall under the same category, many boutique hotels and retreats have come up with its own interpretation of how a vacation should be like to draw in a new wave of guests. With many featuring eco-friendly aspects as well as rural living, some of these hotels are located just a stone’s throw away from the city.

For retreats in the wilderness, it allows one to truly connect with nature in its fullest form. Waking up to the sounds of birds chirping as you breathe in the cool, unfiltered air of the woods is something one must experience to truly know what it is like to live outside of the city. Bask in its natural surroundings with lush greenery, providing you with the full experience you will not find anywhere else.

Scroll through the list of seven different hotels located around Malaysia, all with a unique and creative twist to the word, ‘hotels’. This ranges from retreats utilising cylindrical rooms in Pahang to a jungle home that is on the way to Fraser’s Hill and even a unique glamping (glamour camping) experience at the foothills of Cameron Highlands.

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The Dusun is located in Negeri Sembilan, an hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. (Image: The Dusun)

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The Dusun has seven different houses to choose from, all with its own identity and personality. (Image: The Dusun)

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The Time Capsule Retreat is situated in Pahang with two different types of capsule lodging. (Image: Time Capsule Retreat)

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The Time Capsule Retreat also offers a suite of Parallel rooms, which offers a full view of the forest reserve with an outdoor jacuzzi. (Image: Time Capsule Retreat)

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MaliHom Private Estate lies in the heart of Penang with a total of eight barns to choose from. (Image: MaliHom Private Estate)

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The Baanmai Estate in MaliHom Private Estate that can accommodate up to three people. (Image: MaliHom Private Estate)

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The Aloun Estate in MaliHom Private Estate is a nest perfect for two. (Image: MaliHom Private Estate)

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All barns in the MaliHom Private Estate boast magnificent views of the sunrise and sunset. (Image: MaliHom Private Estate)

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The Sticks in Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor offers eight different types of accommodations, ranging from the Rustic Classic Reading Rock Tendok for two to its Opera House for six. (Image: The Sticks)

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The Riverside Tendok is a cross between a tent and a pondok, which allows for a rustic living experience amidst nature. (Image: The Sticks)

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Tiara Escapes Resort in Pahang provides guests with a unique glamour camping (glamping) experience under the stars. (Image: Tiara Escapes Glamping Resort)

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The ‘boudoir’ blends elements of Mediterranean and tropical flair. (Image: Tiara Escapes Glamping Resort)

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The Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay in Sekinchan rests off the coast of Kuala Selangor and features container-style homestays. (Image: Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay)

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It is also known as the Sekinchan Container Hotel, the hotel offers a unique view of the famous Sekinchan paddy fields. (Image: Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay)

Wi-Liam Teh
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Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.