Terrapuri Heritage Village (Setiu, Terengganu)
More a heritage village than a luxury hotel, Terrapuri – meaning ‘the land of palaces’ – is a resort and conservation project consisting of 20 restored antique Malay houses made without a single nail (all between 100 and 250 years old). Located by the lesser known Pantai Penarik beach in Terengganu, Terrapuri offers tours to a turtle sanctuary, visits to the Setiu fishing village, diving trips, firefly tours and more.
The Plantation Project (Bentong, Pahang)
An hour’s drive from the city, this eco-friendly resort is the perfect place for group getaways; think family holidays, company trips or a relaxing break with friends. Choose between dorms that stay a minimum of ten, or tents pitched together in a common area. You can explore the outdoors with a dip in the pool surrounded by the rainforest, water-tubing activities on the river, or a drive to a small waterfall just 20 minutes away.
North Borneo Biostation Resort (Kudat, Sabah)
Run by a couple of scientists, this beach resort with wooden chalets in coconut groves, located close to the northern tip of Borneo, also pulls double duty as a field scientific research station. Highlights: a secluded beach with crystal clear waters (where you can kayak or fish), great neighbouring dive sites (Pulau Banggi, Pulau Balambangan and more) and a house reef just 200 metres offshore (great for snorkelling).
The Dusun (Seremban, Negeri Sembilan)
On the undulating hills of Mantin sit fi ve fully-equipped houses, which share two infinity pools. Lush woods surround; you may bird-watch, jungle trek to a nearby waterfall with an Orang Asli guide, or visit the deer park onsite. There’s substance beneath the style too – the folks at The Dusun focus on causes around nature conservation and Orang Asli welfare.