My fiancé and I wanted to spend some quality time together, away from technology and the hustle bustle of the city in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A relaxing and comfortable forest retreat is the perfect answer to that, thus we booked a 2D/1N stay in Glass Box 2, Sekeping Serendah Retreat. 😀
The thought of glamping and sleeping in a glass box surrounded by untamed wilderness of the tropical rainforest makes me intrigued and excited. What better way to freshen up the soul and connect with my other half than spending time bonding together over the marvels of nature.
Sekeping Serendah Retreat – A Unique Glamping Experience
Good bye traditional camping and hello modern glamping! In case you do not know, glamping is camping, but with better and more comfortable form of accommodation and facilities. Glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature without foregoing any of life’s luxuries such as a comfy bed, ceiling fan, swimming pool and more.
Sekeping Serendah Retreat is a private retreat smacked in the middle of the tropical rainforest, located in the sleepy town of Serendah, about an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The retreat provides basic back-to-nature experience that aims to connect visitors to nature.
The Sekeping Serendah Retreat has 10 transparent and open-air chalets set within 5 acres of tropical rainforest – each with its own unique concept, function and facilities. The Glass Boxes and Mud Sheds are suitable for couples, whereas the Glass Sheds and Timber Sheds cater to a group of 3-6 people. Both the Warehouse 1 and 2 are suitable for group stays or for holding small, private functions.
|Types of Chalet||Number of Guests||Rates*|
|Glass Box 1||2||From RM300/night|
|Glass Box 2||2||From RM300 /night|
|Mud Shed 1||2||From RM320/night|
|Mud Shed 2||2||From RM320/night|
|Glass Shed 1||4||From RM500/night|
|Glass Shed 2||4||From RM500/night|
|Timber Shed 1||6||From RM630/night|
|Timber Shed 2||6||From RM630/night|
|Warehouse 1||10||From RM1160/night|
|Warehouse 2||10||From RM1360/night|
* Subject to change, terms and conditions apply
A Steep & Winding Walk in the Tropical Rainforest
We booked a night stay in the Glass Box 2, Sekeping Serendah Retreat via its official website here. The booking process was pretty simple and straightforward. A night’s stay in the Glass Box 2 was RM300 (weekday rate). We paid RM150 down payment to confirm our reservation and the balance of RM150 was paid in cash to the caretaker upon our arrival at the retreat.
The check-in time is after 2pm and the check-out time is before 12pm. My fiancé and I arrived earlier and was allowed to check-in early. One of the Nepalese caretakers helped to carry my luggage and took us to our Glass Box 2 chalet.
The marked path leading to the chalets is winding, narrow and without any handrails, therefore visitors are advised to exercise caution when walking on the path. Certain areas of the path are steep, so we watched our step and kept our balance in check at all times. It took about 5 minutes to reach our chalet.
A Night in the Glass Box 2 – Going Commando Has Never Felt Better
What can I say, I love, love, LOVE the Glass Box 2 chalet at Sekeping Serendah Retreat! Overall, the chalet lived up to my realistic expectations. The see-through glass chalet is spacious, acceptably clean and has a breathtaking and better view than the Glass Box 1 chalet. Curtains are provided to provide shade from the sun and privacy from nosey neighbours and prying eyes.
The minimalistic-style chalet comes with a queen-sized bed with mosquito net, ceiling fan, mini fridge, oven toaster, electric kettle, cooking stove, outdoor coffee table, BBQ pit, charcoal, skewers and cutleries. Packets of 3-in-1 instant coffee and Milo (chocolate drink) were provided too.
The cold/hot water shower, toilet bowl and sink are located outdoors. I have to say, taking a shower or dump out in the wild (with no shower curtains) was certainly an exhilarating and unforgettable experience – going commando has never felt better! Haha! 😛
Rest assured to know that the chalets are cleverly spaced out and hidden by foliage, ensuring some form of privacy to its occupants. Here is a tip for you: Take a shower or dump at night with the lights turned off. That way, nobody will be able to see what you are doing.
Mosquito coils, tissue paper, toilet paper, soap and dishwashing liquid are also provided. However, towels and toiletries are not provided. There is no TV, no Wi-Fi and poor mobile telecommunication reception at the retreat. To my surprise, umbrellas were provided too.
Just the Two of Us & Mother Nature
The Glass Box 2 chalet seems to float gently over the tropical rainforest grounds and the glass walls enable us to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the comfort of our bed. My fiancé and I lay on the comfy bed and listened to the soothing sounds of nature for an hour or two before venturing outside later that day.
We immersed ourselves in nature’s serenity and enjoyed the peace and quiet of our natural surroundings. There was no one in sight, just the two of us and Mother Nature – utter bliss! For the pricey price we paid, I expect no or minimal human interaction and that was what we got. 😀
Colourful birds, small lizards and huge black ants were seen foraging for food around the compound of the Glass Box 2 from time to time. Thankfully, no monkeys were present to disrupt our peace. It was my fiancé’s first time being in a tropical rainforest. He was impressed and enjoyed the experience. 😀
Up next: Exploring Sekeping Serendah Retreat – forest walk, infinity swimming pool, checking out the waterfall, a scrumptious BBQ dinner and sleeping under the forest canopy and stars