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“Good retreat back to Nature”
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The Dusun
Ranked #1 of 23 Seremban B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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27 reviews
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“Good retreat back to Nature”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Would like to thank The Dusun Team for a wonderful stay.

We travelled from Singapore to Seremban Terminal 1 Bus Station and was greeted by a friendly taxi driver to ferry and guide the way up to dusun. It's a little winding trail and would need some expertise to drive along narrow paths and very steep slopes to reach the top of Dusun's location. 15km away for the hustle and bustle of Seremban town.

We were greeted at the Car Park area and led to our House Emas, it's a wonderful breathtaking view from our verandah. Nothing but endless greenery.

House Emas sleeps 4 adults and 2 children comfortably. One Loft with a queen and single and master room with One king size bed, all with sufficient pillows, blankets and netting to keep the bugs away. A bath with hot shower facilities. A fully equipped kitchen, with fridge, stove stop and condiments.

House Emas comes with a bbq pit which is great for a good get together, sits comfortable 6adults and 3kids, we hosted dinner for friends whom stayed at another House at Dusun. The food menu provides you to order sets of meals to cook on open fire which is really hassle free, cooked food is also available to order with vegetarian options.

Moving along to Food, all food prepared are fresh and excellent, breakfast is served at the patio from 8.30 onwards to 10am. We had toast, omelets, fresh fruits, juice, nasi lemak and coffee, tea on alternated days there. Helen shared an avocado, most delicious we've ever had - straight from her garden.

The pools
There's 2 swimming pools, both ph controlled and environmentally safe and friendly. It's slightly deep for average height swimmers, theres a wading pool for babies or young swimmers. The pool is naturally very cold due to altitude and surroundings.

Activities
There's a short trek to the river, we would not recommend this trail if with young children. The trails are off the foot path and you will need to look closely and rely on the sound of the river as guide. It's not a dense jungle but after rain the trail and wet surroundings made it a slightly difficult
task. When you reach the river its a steep decent thru mud, slime rocks and tree roots. The river bed is very narrow or none existing which makes it more difficult to rest. It takes about 15mins walk, though near, most of the time is spend searching for a right trail and maneuvering to get to the river bed. We assume it's much easier on a sunny day but bear in mind the hills are mostly moist, damp or wet due to our tropical climate. Do bring along shoes, socks, long pants, long sleeves and insect repellent with salt included or other remedies for leeches are aplenty.

Other activities, massage is $150 per session, Jungle trek which we didn't do due to age requirement - 8yrs and above and Bird watching which the guide was on leave during our stay.

As an eco friendly resort, guest are required to use bare minimals during their stay, recycle all their products from food, waste and other earth friendly methods as possible. We give a great deal of applause to Dusun for these efforts.

Dusun is a place to travel back in time, a place to sit and forget about everything (expect recycling everything you use) and leaving only your footprints behind.

We sense that the management has often been facing problems with guest vandalizing their premisses which is very sad. If you are staying here in the future, it's a lot of responsibility to care for every piece of item thats being brought back a least of life for the future generations to see and enjoy. Stay responsibly.

All prices quoted here are of my reference, please check with management to get latest listing.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Hi Carol,

Thank you for your detailed and helpful review. It does help when guests know what to expect since we're not an ordinary hotel.
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Kuching, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

I would say that my stay at The Dusun is among the best experience we ever had. Me and my husband are more or less a beach person. We love the sea. Instead, The Dusun really change our perspective. Being a first timer on a jungle retreat really tough. We come across with frog, insects, bugs. But that just made the whole experince wonderful.
We stayed at Tembusu.
Reservation went smooth, in just a couple of hours.
On arrival, we were greeted by Helen and Hansi. Went to our room and they show us around. Well I actually love the fact that when you are in The Dusun, you can just mind your own thing. I mean you can just relax, unwind, and do whatever you wanna do. Sleep, cook, dance to the jungle, or just do stupid things with your partner. Theres no one to judge and there are barely anyone gonna see.
The house, Tembusu is extraordinary. I love itttttt. From the rug, the daybed, the patio, the bedspread, almost everything. To the point that I ask my husband to change our current bedroom interior just like Tembusu. It spells comfort. It feels like home.
We spend the night playing card even if its just the two of us, read some books(barely touch it), tease each other around, put on some slow music while bbq-ing. There are literally nothing to do except talk and we actually havent been talking to each other for quite awhile. Both were busy at work and having a place with no tv, slow internet connection is where people started to talk and stop looking at their phone.
The sky at The Dusun are so pretty we havent seen it in ages. We travel alot but sometimes to the point we forgot what it feels like to just stare at the sky, and not cramping the day with places to see and things to do.
Breakfast here is more than enough. Its generous i must say. Watermelon juice, tea/coffee, nasi lemak(alot), local fruit.
Overall i think its a whole new experience. Well yes you will be bite by some mosquitos, you will come across some insect, bugs. But that just add up to the taste. Will definitely return and opt for a longer stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It's such a pleasure to see loved ones reconnect while they are here. The fact that we have no TV, air-cond and choppy phone reception is a foreign experience for most people. Thank you for sharing why it's a good thing to do once in a while.

Best regards,
Haanim
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Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We had the Sora house for a night. The kitchen was fully equipped with pans, cutleries, wine glasses, basic seasonings, bbq utensils, bowls and plates. And I really liked the big kitchen island. Beds were decent, though we would appreciate that the bathroom accessories were not rusty. The other house we had - Berembun was tiny (!!), and located right next to the salt-water pool which was great as we had the pool to ourselves most of the time.

Bugs and insects are literally everywhere, in the shower, bed, pool, kitchen, bags. Well it is afterall in the forest so no complaints about that.

For the premium price we paid, I'd recommend this place for couples or retirees. We came in a large group and were asked to keep our noise low at 9pm on a Saturday night. It is also pitch black around this hour, while we walked our friends to their car (who were on a day visit), the slope was very steep and even trickier to drive on, and we later found the gates at the exit closed. After the hike up the slope, we'd expect Haanim to send someone to open the gates, instead we were handed the keys and asked to return it asap. Yeah we had to constantly remind ourselves that we are in a private property and not some luxury resort. Much to our surprise the gate wasn't even locked, I'm guessing the management are not aware of this either elsewise why would they have sent us down for a walk in the dark?

Our enquiries and reservations were made via emails, and some stuffs we weren't pleased to be informed were: a maximum of 2 houses are allowed for each booking for stays under 2 nights, and their newest policy also restricts stays under 2 nights to be booked more than 1 month before the actual stay. These are nowhere stated in their current website as they are pending for an upgrade, however I'm sure it could have been conveniently mentioned in Facebook.

  • Stayed July 2013
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dusun, Owner at The Dusun, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
I am very glad that this review was posted because it clarifies the kind of place we are. We don’t tolerate noisy parties because we have a regular clientele who come here to enjoy nature in tranquility. We have large groups and extended families who bring their music and enjoy themselves without disturbing other houses.

We discourage day guests, but this group insisted. This is not just because they crowd out the facilities for other guests – but also going down our road after dark (and after a few drinks) is not a good idea and it compromises our security.

Earlier this year we had Saturday nights booked out months ahead. This meant that people who wanted to stay for a long weekend couldn’t get a booking. We want people who can truly relax and explore the orchard and the forest over several days. So we give them first shot and accept single night weekend bookings only one month before the booking date.
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

My husband and I booked the Perling house for 3D/2N. It was just 15 min from Seremban town and we found it without a problem with google maps. Within a short time, the scenery changed so dramatically and we were met by lush greenery.

There was no panaromic pic of the property on the website so we couldn't quite visualise. We saw a sign to enter via a steep slope. The majority of chalets were perched on top of a hill where the original pool and breakfast patio was. The Perling House (2 chalets side by side) was on the other side of the hill, slightly lower with its own driveway. You could get to the other side by stairs. There was another pool just for the two Perling houses.

Checking in was just getting the key - easy. We got the inner house, the outer was not occupied that day so we had that whole side of the hill to ourselves which was lovely. Besides a bed and sofa, there was a day bed by the window, great for reading / relaxing, outdoor rain shower, large flashlights, mosquito net and the electric repellents - everything we needed.

The kitchen on the verandah was equipped with most of the utensils, pots, pans, kettle. We brought most of our own ingredients but they had the basics salt, pepper etc. The fridge was the mini bar type. Plus point was the water dispenser - convenient! There was also a BBQ pit which they would light for you if you tell them the time. You can also order food - Minangkabau set, BBQ set etc We ordered a BBQ set for one night and couldn't finish!

Most people look at the price point and think of Hilton with big buffet spread, fluffy slippers, toilet kits and service. But at The Dusun you pay for the fresh air, the relaxing environment, for being so close to nature, the chance to stay in someone's private property which you would otherwise not have the chance to and was not too commercial-looking and still homey. Going to bed to the call of various birds / insects and waking up to the pitter patter of rain and misty surroundings with no one else in sight except trees was worth the price alone. Breakfast was served to you on the main patio and the portion just nice which meant we didn't have to waste.

They offered massages, nature walks with an orang asli guide (it seems 100% goes to the orang asli which is great) etc But we basically cooked, ate, read, watch movies on our laptop and swam. We were there to rest and recharge and that was exactly what we did.

Being a city girl I was initially worried about the insects etc We ended up burning big citronella candles and slept without mosquito nets and it was fine. The insects were quite harmless and I got used to it.

The family running the place Helen & her husband, her daughter Haanim & son in law C were friendly. They would say hello and chat for a bit but were the otherwise understandably occupied with various chores. It was obvious it was not cheap nor easy maintaining the place. And it was fine. We knew where to find them if we needed anything - which we didn't.

A big group checked in the next day and we could hear the loud chatters and were dreading the disruption of our peace but we didn't hear much after a while. We found out later that C recommended that they congregated at a house further from ours so that we wouldn't be too affected. We were thankful for their thoughtfulness.

We did drive further up and saw other similar resorts. But it seemed like The Dusun's property was bigger and architecturally less jarring with its surroundings, which we felt should be the way to go.

Only a stone's throw from KL, The Dusun is a gem of a spot that we would return to. The distance meant that you didn't feel like you needed a holiday to recover from your holiday. We felt truly relaxed after.

  • Stayed July 2013
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we do appreciate it. We hope to see you again some time.
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Our visit in June was the third visit to the Dusun. We regard staying there as a "a must" every time we come to Malaysia. Each time we have stayed at Berembun House, which is ideal for a couple. We love it because of its perfect location with beautiful views over the hills and rainforest. It is a great place to just relax and enjoy swimming in the infinity pool, especially after a walk along the jungle road, and there is nothing better than sitting outside in the evenings watching the gathering dusk over the forested hills and taking in the wonderful sights and the sounds of the jungle. It’s not too hot, being perched on the side of a hill there are refreshing breezes; it is a lovely place to relax for a few days. Berembun house itself is well ventilated by the breezes and never stuffy, so we always sleep very well there.
We especially enjoy the walks around the Dusun and on this visit we got up early to go on the excellent bird-watching walk before coming back for a very good traditional Malay breakfast. There are walks into the jungle as well, and on a previous visit we took the guided walk to a mountain pool for a swim. The Dusun offers a menu of evening meals which can be booked in advance (this time we enjoyed a very pleasant Malaysian curry there with a friend we had met at Pantai on our earlier visits). On other evenings we have cooked our own food—we drop in at Tesco’s on the way, which is near the Seremban exit from the Expressway, to pick up supplies. The staff at the Dusun, many of whom are from the local orang asli village, are charming, and Haanim and Helen are very helpful if there is anything you need while you are there.
For international visitors who want to have a unique experience of authentic Malaysia without too much additional travelling, I strongly recommend the Dusun. It’s a real contrast from the standard resort type venues, and is an experience to savour when you get home—you can be sure of taking some good pictures if you have a camera. At most it is an hour’s drive from the KL International Airport where we pick up a hire car—just follow the directions provided on the website once you leave the motorway. We hope it’s not too long before we are back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Hi Richard,

It's always a pleasure to see you both. We love that you enjoy the same things about Seremban as we do. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Thanks also for giving us feedback on how we have changed over the years. We look forward to seeing you again.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Directions are pretty easy to get to the place. Follow exactly on the direction given in their website. Visitor carpark are quite limited as it can only cater 4 cars which means 1 car per house. No visitors are allowed therefore it feels more private.

There are only 4 houses and we went for Berumbun House due to it's pet friendly and just nice for 2 adults. We brought our 2 furkids (1 chihuahua and 1 westie) for a short getaway and I must say this is the most fantastic holiday for them. Not too far from the city as we're staying in KL and it feels like we had just got back to nature. Do specify to the owner what kind of breeds you're bringing before you take them there. There are no air-cond, tv or luxury treatment that you may find from those high-end hotels. Even the toilet are open air and it's common for you to find various kind of insects, frog or squirrel looking back at you. The owner will provide breakfast every morning. You defitely have to bring your own raw food to cook and bbq. The kitchen are pretty well-equipped with complete stove, pans, kitchen utensils, spices, cooking oil, salt, sugar and etc. Do not expect to find a restaurant or shop up the hill.

There is a small pool just right beside the Berumbun House. There is also a big open deck for the furkids to walk around. They just enjoyed themselves walking around by their own. If you intend to BBQ, inform the staff early and they will be there to light up the pit for you.

In the afternoon, it's a bit hot and stuffy therefore a dip in the pool is just perfect to cool your temperature. However, it may get a little bit chilly 7pm onwards. Night time is just perfect to chill at the lounge chair beside the BBQ pit with some alcohol. Peaceful and relaxing at the same time.

Will definitely return for a short holiday. Just a note to people bringing furkids, there are not many places with pets allowed therefore please do not spoil any furniture, leaving their poos everywhere to ensure this place can continue to be pet friendly. Thank you.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we do appreciate it. We hope to see you, your partner and your furkids again some time. Tembusu House is now also dog-friendly.
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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

A work colleague put us on to The Dusun and we are very glad he did. We stayed for three nights and had a marvelous time.

Guests must realise that it is primarily a self-catering establishment. The kitchen, while small, was adequately provisioned and we were able to produce lovely meals. Breakfast was held up on the terrace until 10am and if you are later than that it is taken to your house. The food was of excellent quality and there was an abundance of good coffee – and you can even borrow a cafetière! All you have to do is ask. The emphasis on local cuisine appeals greatly to me and we were not disappointed.

We stayed in one of the Perling houses and it was ideal. It was quiet and private, had a very comfortable bed with mosquito net, although we didn’t need it, a ceiling fan and a very good bathroom. The room proportions were just right and the view was stunning. It is situated at the top of a steep drive, and is next to a brand new 15m swimming pool.

We were warmly greeted by Helen and her family (daughter Hannim and son-in-law Cee) and our every need was catered to. One or two of the reviews on this website are, in our experience, unreasonable. The houses are clean, comfortable and well-ventilated. The chances of locking your mother-in-law in the bathroom (see review below), while unfortunate and unexpected, are minimal. We have enjoyed it so much we are going back.

Luxury is a very subjective term, but we found that luxury doesn’t come much better than this – luxurious jungle surroundings and simple, elegant material furnishings. If you want to leave the trappings of the city and get back to a simpler, but in no way lesser way of life, then The Dusun is for you.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
HI Mark,

It was a pleasure having you. Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we do appreciate it. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Property: The Dusun
Address: Jalan Kolam Air, Seremban 71770, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Negeri Sembilan > Seremban District > Seremban
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Seremban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dusun is a small resort on a fruit orchard with views of the Berembun rainforest reserve. Set on a small hill, the Dusun rents out houses that are set apart from each other not only to offer peace and privacy, but also to catch the winds with traditional architecture and enjoy lovely views. Each house has a fully equipped kitchen for those who love to cook and a barbecue on an open deck for lingering dinners. Breakfast is provided while lunch and dinner can be catered if you prefer not to cook.We are just an hour south of Kuala Lumpur. KLIA or Kuala Lumpur International airport is in between us and Kuala Lumpur city so we're the perfect nature escape for those in transit who would prefer to give the city a miss. The Dusun honors sustainable practices in farming and building, which has created a beautiful and healthy environment. As the family enjoys a good relationship with the local community, the business only hires from the nearby kampungs and shops from small entrepreneurs or other interesting responsible businesses as much as possible. All activities that guests enjoy here were created to raise awareness of Malaysia’s beautiful natural heritage and support local traditions, communities and NGOs. ... more   less 
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