Tucked away in the quiet district of Mantin in Negri Sembilan, is a unique nature retreat that offers visitors an eye-opening and rejuvenating experience.
For a little bit of peace and a whole lot of beauty, you’d do well to visit a unique nature retreat at the Berembun Forest Reserve. Sitting pretty, overlooking jungle and the Mantin hills, is a tropical orchard called the Dusun.
This special place was developed over 25 years ago by Helen Todd and her family, with the aim to encourage sustainable farming and jungle conservation, all while providing visitors with a refreshing first-hand experience living side-by-side with nature.
The Dusun is located about 100km, or roughly about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.
There are four houses – Berembun, Tembusu, Emas and Sora - all incorporating Malay and Orang Asli style architecture.
The Sora House, which is the latest addition to the retreat, offers up to five visitors their very own plunge pool, and gorgeous views of the 4,000 acre forest reserve.
Dusun’s Emas house has original gold shutter windows, carved panels with some parts of it built with recycled timber. Its large open deck offers visitors a spacious area to entertain, with its own barbeque pit.
Smaller groups can choose between the Tembusu and Berembun house – the former takes on an Orang Asli style, while the latter looks out to the amazing valley, located next to the retreat’s salt water infinity pool.
The Dusun’s visitors have been mainly local tourists, but the owners say its popularity is picking up amongst travellers in the region.
These houses are self-catered units, but visitors can enjoy breakfast provided by the owners. Visitors are encouraged to bring own food supplies as all houses are equipped with a fully function kitchen and a refrigerator. A communal barbeque pit is also available. Local villages are a stone’s throw away, for easy access to restaurants.
This retreat not only offers travellers an escape from the hustle and bustle of cities, but a chance to experience life on a fruit orchard. Seasonal fruits are up for sale, as the Dusun is dotted with durian trees, mangosteen trees, while the herb garden offers fresh supplements for cooking.
For those keen to further experience the Malaysian jungle, treks can be arranged to nearby Batang Penar river. The Jerang Toi waterfall is on the way to Kuala Klawang, with parks and picnic spots.
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