Looking to escape the noise of the big city and relax in a quiet jungle setting? Check out our favourite eco-friendly hotels in Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding states, from chalets and minimalist accommodation to green villages and luxurious getaways.
Holding the title as the tallest eco-friendly hotel in Kuala Lumpur at 275 metres (902 feet), The Element has a total of 252 spacious rooms. With a Green Building Index certification and a stone’s throw from the city centre, the hotel uses environmentally friendly ways to create luxury and comfort. The interior has a modern design with marble bathrooms while its facilities include an on-site restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre. Anyone looking for comfort in the heart of Kuala Lumpur but is conscious of the environment should consider The Element.
Few hotels in Kuala Lumpur have a passion for reducing their carbon footprint as much as the G Tower Hotel. Holding the title of Malaysia’s first green-rated building and using innovative ways to lower energy consumption, guests can have a luxurious stay with the knowledge they’re not abusing the environment. Low energy air conditioning, e-glass windows to maximise natural light and the use of green-friendly chemicals are just some of their practices. Even the energy from the air conditioners isn’t wasted – instead, the surplus heats the pool. This eco-friendly hotel in Kuala Lumpur provides the ultimate guest comfort while minimising unnecessary energy consumption.
A husband and wife decided almost 20 years ago to start their own jungle retreat in Selangor District near the foothills of the Genting Highlands. With a series of eco-friendly buildings surrounded by tropical foliage as well as orchards, streams and the relaxing sights and sounds of the jungle, Dusuntara Jungle Resort makes a perfect spot for a retreat. Accommodation includes five timber chalets and three deluxe rooms. It takes approximately one hour to reach this resort from Kuala Lumpur. Guests need to contact the retreat directly for reservations.
Named after a former pet, Mulan, the name directly translates to ‘Mulan’s Clouds’, referring to the regular mist and clouds forming around the property. Comfortable rooms offer a quiet retreat for a staycation or well-deserved recuperation. Picture waking up each morning to the sounds of the jungle and birds rather than traffic and construction. Awanmulan actively encourages guests to follow their green principles and do the best for the environment. Activities include hiking in the hills, relaxing in the swimming pools overlooking the forest or visiting the nearby waterfall.
The Dusun sits approximately one hour and 15 minutes from Kuala Lumpur at an altitude of 244 metres (800 feet) in the Titiwangsa Main Range foothills. The family-owned resort covers a total of 12 acres over an orchard, which first opened as a retreat in 1984. Over three decades later, Dusun expanded to include six houses. With a reputation for one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Malaysia, guests can expect the ultimate environmentally friendly jungle experience. Privacy, nature and fresh air are just some of the highlights according to recent guests. And feel free to chat with the owners to learn their inspiration and how they keep the place sustainable.
For a private retreat within one hour of Kuala Lumpur, consider Sekeping Serendah. Consisting of a series of 10 shed-like buildings in the middle of the jungle next to a bubbling brook, this eco-friendly hotel allows guests to go back to basics. The minimalistic style suits Sekeping Serendah’s approach to keeping their carbon footprint at an absolute zero. The chalets include the glass shed and glass box, the timber or mud shed and the warehouse. Activities range from jungle treks, fishing and swimming in waterfalls and plunge pools, to visiting Orang Asli or Malaysian aboriginal villages.
Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya offers eco-friendly accommodation near Kuala Lumpur for solo travellers, couples and company functions. At 1700 metres (5577 feet), the air temperature dips to a more comfortable level while offering views of the surrounding mountains. In just an hour’s drive from the capital, guests can enjoy a luxurious retreat. But the biggest highlight is the feeling of isolation. The resort is approximately 10 minutes from the main road along jungle tracks in Pahang’s rainforest.
The small, family-run eco-friendly hotel near the River Lembing – Sungai Lembing in Malay – in Pahang overlooks a forest reserve and guarantees exclusivity and privacy. Accommodation ranges from the small, concrete air-conditioned capsules with shared bathrooms to a large cottage with either two single beds or a queen bed. Reservations are made by contacting the resort directly either through their Facebook page or their email and telephone number from the website. Time Capsule comes highly recommended for anyone who wants to escape the world in a natural paradise for a few days.
The Dusun, or orchard, Eco Resort in Pahang State combines a luxurious eco-friendly retreat near Kuala Lumpur with an ecology-themed training centre. The recreational village has several chalets with fruit-inspired names while the lecture halls and function rooms have flowers, birds and fish-related titles. With fresh fruit and tropical flowers growing throughout, it gives the sense of being engulfed by nature. But unlike some of the other eco-retreats, Dusun Eco Resort retains a high level of luxury with home comforts inside a jungle environment.
With a total of eight villas and 15 rooms next to Berembun Forest Reserve in Sembilan, The Shorea offers a luxurious eco-friendly retreat near Kuala Lumpur. Wooden villas designed for natural ventilation, low-energy air conditioning and two infinity pools overlooking the forest are some of the highlights. Expect spacious accommodation suitable for family getaways or group retreats.