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“Thank you, MRL!” 5 of 5 stars
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Moonriver Lodge
Lojing, Sigar Highlands, 31150, Malaysia   |  
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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“Thank you, MRL!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Stayed 3D2N, 5 families. There were 32 of us (19 kids and 13 adults (2 senior citizens >70 y/o). MRL is basically a farm stay programme, not luxury hotel, so no housekeeping during your stay and they expect you to clean up after yourself (no problems with us). Communal bathroom was a new concept for all our city kids used to more luxurious hotel stays but they took it all in stride. But the 2 elderly missed en-suite bathroom for night-time convenience. The bathrooms and toilets were always clean. Sleeping arrangements consist of platform bed in each room with single mattresses for each person. They have rooms fitting from 2 to 7 persons. The rooms at the new Mollison lodge has proper beds. The Main lodge and Lovelock lodge rooms open up to a beautiful garden. Remember to close doors to keep bugs out. Plenty of hammocks to laze in and enjoy the beautiful garden and breeze. Well stocked library with reading chairs and tables for board games. Even an old piano which plays very well! Meals were canteen style buffet, dining in open air. Lovely, lovely. Meals were homecooked by a local cook, so don’t expect a gourmet experience. They used plenty of fresh vege harvested from their own garden. Electricity from 7-11pm with very limited phone service, so it forces everyone to interact with each other and forget about work!
Had BBQ on the first night (pot luck style, but the staff started the fire for us). It was raining when we arrived and the staff were so kind to put up big umbrellas around the BBQ pit so nobody got wet. The cold weather from the rain made the BBQ atmosphere superb. The kids had movie time on a big projector after dinner while the adults chatted to their heart's content.
Next day, all of us braved the jungle to look for the elusive Rafflesia flower. We were taken by 2 trucks to the starting point. The kids enjoyed the ride in open air rickety truck. What an experience! Much to our surprise, the kids outpaced the adults and located the flower first. The trek was quite challenging for us professionals with steep slopes and crossing streams but it was a really lovely adventure for the children. The guides were extremely helpful, clearing the path for us, literally digging stepping holes into the muddy slopes for us to use as climbing paths, laying down rocks as stepping stones in the stream so we won't get our shoes wet and putting bamboos onto muddy trails so we won't get stuck in the mud! Of course jungle wouldn't be complete without leeches and I would have to say our group should be considered lucky as only one out of 30 of us were bitten! Despite the muscle ache after the 5 hour trek, we came out of the jungle with happy memories and a good tea break waiting for us back at the lodge. Some of us felt the 5 hour trek was too long, but it all depended on the location of the Rafflesia as they have no control over where the flower would bloom. Oh, packed lunch consisted of sandwiches, crackers and an apple was provided for the trek. But we have to bring our own drinking water. Some of us finished our water and got a bit dehydrated. So remember to bring more water because you will sweat and the jungle is warm and humid – no use bringing sweaters.
After tea break, the kids were already restless and hunting for things to do. Peng Kiat (the lodge owner) sportingly organized an impromptu volleyball and football game for the kids while the adults had a snooze! And it was the best volleyball experience for the kids (aged 8 -16!). That night we had a bonfire outing and the staff kindly drove up the 2 elderly and kids who were too tired to walk while the rest walked up to the bonfire site. They even prepared supper for us!
The final day we went on a food forest farm tour showing us their innovative technique of planting vege in autopot system. I'm very glad that all our city kids can see how vege are grown. The tour was complete with explanation on the farming technique which I believe we wouldn't otherwise get if we just walked into any farm up in Cameron.
Finally, a short forest hike up to a small waterfall nearby the lodge. It was a fun walk, crossing streams with more interesting flora to see. The children spotted a boulder full of wood fungi, some species of wild banana flowering plus enormous ginger pine plants with beautiful flowers. All 16 children squeezed into the miniscule wading pool at the waterfall - but that made for a good photo shoot of kids frolicking at nature's best hidden secret spots. Then we were treated to a complimentary brunch (simple noodles and fruits but fully appreciated as the children were tired, hungry and dirty after the waterfall outing).
And then it was good-bye time. Everyone was sad to leave MRL. I would say that this has been a gloriously fun holiday experience for all the families who came. I am truly amazed that a local family started and managed this place. A part of me wants to keep MRL as M'sia's best kept secret but I think it would be very selfish not to share this wonderful place with the rest of the world. We were made to feel like a family there and it feels like home away from home.
Many thanks again to the elder Mr Khoo and wife, Nancy who chatted non-stop with everyone, Tamme the lodge supervisor(?), Peng Kiat the lodge owner (I presumed) who personally came and made sure everyone had a good time and everything was well. To Vincent, William, Faja, John, Apel (the forest guide) the cook and other people who have made our stay truly memorable, all 32 of us would like to thank you very much.
Just like to mention a few caveat, if you like down to earth nature and warm hospitality, MRL is for you. If you're looking for high class luxury impersonal experience, then MRL is not for you. I feel that MRL is best for big groups. Couples may find it boring unless you’re there just to get away from life and back to nature. You will get dirty, sweaty, tired and loads of fun, fun and fun! Go with your best buddies!

Room Tip: If big family, choose Main lodge rooms, nearest to bathroom. If looking for privacy, Mollison lodge...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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KL, Malaysia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I joined a photography event and stayed at Moonriver Lodge for a night. The place is clean and cozy and make you feel relax like at home.. They also has a very nice garden full of flowers.

First day we had a garden and farm tour. We also had a bonfire at night. The next day we went for Rafflesia trekking in the nearby forest with orang asli tour guides and the guesthouse also sent two of their workers accompanied us.

The guesthouse provided 3 meals plus a supper for our group. There are no tv, internet and weak service at this place, so event at night will be chit-chatting with your friends and playing card games.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We struggled a little bit to reach and find the place...We didn't had our own car. The Taxi was expensive from Tanah Rata then we decided to take the public bus but without precise idea about eh guesthouse location. We had to wait few hours in Tanah Rata to then reach Kampung Raja... a not very welcoming town. We waited their about 40 minutes before Moonriver staff picked us up after having asked a friendly Malaysian girl working in the bus station to call the place. After a 10 minutes drive we finally reached the place ! We didn't regret our choice ! A wonderful place with colored garden plenty of flowers & vegetables. The staff is very friendly and you feel at home. The rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable. We only stayed there for 1 night but you can easily spend several days there to have a rest. It's was a convenient choice has our next stop was Gua Musang and the guesthouse is located by the road to Gua Musang.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My family and I took up the 4D3N package and it was a truly enriching experience. Peng Keat and Billie together with their wonderful family took great care of us. The lodge was bustling when we were there as it was over the Malaysian Hari Raya holiday and it was just really nice getting to know everyone. Communal living at its best! It's something you certainly won't get when you stay at a "normal" hotel. The room was a bunk bed plus a single bed, albeit of a squeeze for the three of us, but it was clean and comfortable. There is also an attached pantry area with wash basins and a kettle. Now, this isn't a luxury hotel, so don't expect the usual trappings that go with that. This is a real working farm, with a team of real, sincere people, where the kids can play to their heart's content, where food is really delicious, and where the nights are spent watching movies under the stars. A little out of the way, but really well worth the time spent there!

Room Tip: There is a room at the new Mollison Lodge that has ensuite bathroom.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

2nd visit and it is our favourite highland destination. after 9 months since, the place has evolved much. it is children friendly and allows city kids (above 7 years) to explore the place. overly-cautious parents may have to exercise the level of supervision which they are comfortable with. there are many great things to say about the place and revealing them here would simply spoil it for you. i love the weak mobile signals here, no ipads and if you select the programs, you get a great overview of the place. this place is for practical people with a vision for the future. it is not a place for idealists. BTW, there are no swimming pools but there is a wading pool filled by a mountain stream.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ipoh
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

If you like nature and want a relaxing holiday, this is the place - clean, cosy and homey. Very warm and friendly staffs especially Misha. Enjoyed the garden tour. We only stayed a night so did not have the time to enjoy the library nor the pool. Will come back for a longer stay. :)

Only drawback, hv to travel all the way to CH for food.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

An enriching training session with an amazing trainer & warm-hearted folk in a natural & nurturing environment - how much better does life get?

Moon River was my late dad's favourite song, and Moonriver Lodge has carved itself on my heart as just such a HEALING place to be.

What really impressed me was the FAMILY atmosphere, with everyone from Peng Kiat & Billie (& parents & Vincent & Ruby, etc., etc.) downwards to the Nepalese workers being so friendly & chatty & downright neighbourly! Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Like a more famous chap said, "I'll be BACK!" (with my mum next time) =D <3 <3

Room Tip: Mollison Lodge for a great view while you're doing your morning stretches!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lojing, Sigar Highlands, 31150, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Pahang > Cameron Highlands
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Cameron Highlands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moonriver Lodge is a family owned farmstay nestled in a valley of the lush mountains of Sigar Highlands. We are located half an hour away from the hustle bustle of Cameron Highlands. This is a space where children can roam freely along the food garden paths, run through the food tunnel and play with Webby the duck or Zorro the cat. This is a space where nature lovers can watch hummingbirds and butterflies drinking nectar from the flowers and listen out for the distant call of the monkeys. Here at Moonriver Lodge, we provide not just a relaxing stay but also the opportunity to learn about nature and growing food and to participate in day-to-day farming activities. Go on a trek to see the second largest flower in the world - the magnificent Rafflesia Kerrii. Hop onto the back of our tractors and join a farm tour or participate in one of our fun gardening programmes to teach your children to how food is grown. Harvest fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs from our garden to prepare a healthy, organic meal. Whatever you do here at Moonriver Lodge, you are bound to leave our gates rejuvenated but with a heavy heart to part with a place you wish was your second home. Because that's what we try to provide - a comfortable, beautiful home. ... more   less 
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