Unique City Escape at Sekeping Serendah Retreats – What’s Cool? What’s Not?

What the experience is all about

Sekeping Serendah is a private retreat attempting to tread lightly on the land. The very transparent and open sheds celebrate the beauty of the natural environment surrounding them. The sheds are intentionally kept basic and free from lavishness. They are seen more as ‘glorified tents’ to provide basic shelter for its inhabitants as they commune with the land.

One with nature. View from Glass Box at Sekeping Serendah
One with nature. View from Glass Box at Sekeping Serendah [Source: Sekeping Serendah]

The retreat is located near a sleepy one street town of Serendah, about an hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur. Drive time from Serendah town to the retreat is about 5 minutes, meandering past 2 Orang Asli villages.

Sekeping Serendah consists of 10 sheds set within 5 acres of tropical rainforest. The sheds float gently over the forest floor beside a bubbling brook.

(Taken from their website)

What You Get

Available lodging options: 10 options of unique shed like chalets

Bathroom options: All sheds come equipped with bathrooms

Cheapest option: RM300 /night (max 2 pax) in Glass Box

High among the trees in the Glass Box at Sekeping Serendah [Source: Sekeping Serendah]

Most expensive option: RM1940 /night (max 10 pax) in Warehouse 2

Trees growing through holes in floor(!) at Sekeping Serendah
Trees growing through holes in floor(!) in the Warehouse at Sekeping Serendah [Source: Sekeping Serendah]

Meal arrangements: No meals are included in all room options. A kitchen (with limited tools – check Facilities) and barbecue pit (charcoal provided and staff assist with starting fire) is available on site. There is an option to have Indian/Nepalese food catered at RM20 per head per meal. There is no restaurant in the retreat.

Day trips available: No

What can we do there? Pool, Waterfall, trekking, visit Orang Asli villages, fishing lakes, golf course (all within 10 minutes drive)

A pool with an awesome view at Sekeping Serendah
A pool with an awesome view at Sekeping Serendah [Source: Sekeping Serendah]

Reviews

What people love: Stylish, comfortable, unique architecture, spacious rooms (sheds), nice pool, stunning location, surrounded by nature, star gazing, and how surprising it was that there were not many mosquitoes

What people wish were different: Noise from jungle can interrupt sleep, not very toddler friendly due to steps and steep stairs, noise from nearby drug rehab facility, litter around waterfall, dirty sheets, mouldy outdoor shower, damp smell, no towels provided, mediocre service, gates shut at 10 pm, no place to sit around pool, expensive, dogs digging through rubbish, limited kitchen tools, proper meal planning required

Experience levels if you go for the most basic option shown in table below:

Adventure LevelMinimum
Nature ImmersionMaximum
Cultural ImmersionMedium
Relaxation LevelMedium
Roughing itMedium
Suitable for young children?Might be uncomfortable - but if you're adventurous, go for it!
Mobile connectivityNone – You’ll actually have to *gasp*…talk

Location & Contact

Location: N3.368050 E101.631150, 48200 Serendah, Selangor

URL: www.sekeping.com/serendah/

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