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The Dusun
Ranked #1 of 24 Seremban B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Lovely restored house with grt views bordering a forest reserve. Very comfortable and wonderful quiet escape. Meals were delicious and staff and mgmt. friendly and helpful. Loved the pools. Hiked to the waterfalls and loved being in the bush and away from crowds. Bring coffee and whatever liquor you want to drink and they do not accept credit cards. They can arrange for massages. Well worth visiting and spending time at.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Hi Katie,

We're thrilled that you enjoyed the Dusun, especially since you come from such a beautiful place. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We hope to see you again some time.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We came to The Dusun for one night, and could have stayed forever. Only an hour away from KL, it felt like the highways and malls were a million miles away from our balcony nestled in the middle of the beautiful rolling orchards and jungle. The calm is unlike anything you'll find elsewhere - there's not the dead silence of an air-conditioned, double-glazed city hotel, but rather the constant hum of nature. The last hotel in KL I stayed in had an 'ambient' TV channel to try to fake this for over-stressed businessmen. Here, it's the real deal.

The Dusun is beautifully and thoughtfully landscaped, with hidden benches positioned perfectly to watch the sunset over the valley in the midst of winding, fruit tree-lined paths, and the two infinity pools also have totally killer views.

Our house was the ultimate getaway with just the right balance of luxury and simplicity. Waking up in a super comfortable bed to an unobstructed orchard view, only to have breakfast bought to the room a few minutes later was utter heaven. But also being able to fend for ourselves, cooking our own barbecue supper on our deck, made the stay so memorable.

So much work and careful thought has clearly gone into making The Dusun somewhere truly unforgettable. It's no Hilton, and it's all the better for it - concierge service can wait when there's rolling misty mountains, waterfalls and candlelit balconies instead.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

Hi Isabel,

It's heart-warming to know that you noticed all the small details that enhance the enjoyment of this place, the scenery and beautiful things that nature offers us. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We hope to see you again some time.

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Reviewed September 9, 2013

The pluses:

1. The location: as others have stated here, the best part of staying at The Dusun is the location itself: the virgin forests that surround the hilly property are a sight to behold. If you like trekking, there is plenty by way of trails to trek on with a trusty native guide.
2. The food: meals ordered ahead of time are freshly prepared and if you enjoy local fare, the food is excellent.

The minuses:

1. Berembun House: as the website does not provide photos of the rooms / houses, we went with Berembun House solely on the fact that it provided an excellent view of the surrounding vistas and was next to the pool. We were shocked to discover that the room was tiny and not all that well-maintained. The room also has several vents / openings which means that large lizards (called 'tokays') can get into the house (a large one got into ours one night) and that scampering reptiles, bats or anything else running around the roof will inevitably keep you up at night. Again, this was specifically the case with Berembun House. If you want to sleep well, this wouldn't be the house to do it in.

2. Pick the season: This is not an ideal spot in the rainy season (heavy rains seem to have started in early Sept). You can't swim, you can't really go on the jungle trek (the trails can be treacherous if wet / slippery) and in the case of the Berembun House, it's not a pleasant room to relax in. Come in the dry season.

3. Service: we fully understood that this is a self-catering place. We'd just have appreciated a little more attention to basic needs. We asked if we might have a durian, or a little goreng pisang (fried banana): neither happened. The season for durian wasn't good (we were told) and we were simply told "no" for the fried banana. One evening, we asked if we might get Milo (a warm beverage other than the instant 3-in-1 coffee and tea in our kitchen) and we were told no. Outside of what you bring with you, or request ahead of time, nothing appears to be available.

It feels as though you are staying as guests on someone's property. In theory, this can be a lovely feeling: it's intimate, personal and unique (i.e. not a nameless, faceless large chain hotel). But at times, we also felt as though we were imposing on the owners and felt self-conscious asking for these basic things. Not the best feeling when you're on holiday.

Perhaps those who stayed in houses other than Berembun had a completely different experience. I think photos of the interiors would help visitors decide what they'd best prefer (and can afford). Had we known, we'd have picked a better house with greater comfort.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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dusun, Owner at The Dusun, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2013

Hi Vinita,

We are sorry you didn’t like Berembun House. Actually there are inside pictures of all the houses on the website. But following this feedback we will put the square footage of each house as well. Berembun is small, but has a big deck. We have other houses at the same rate, which are much bigger.

Vents in the houses are by design, to keep them cool. We understand that the lizards may sound alarming, but they are harmless. Being a nature resort guests should expect the usual tropical fauna in this healthy environment.

We did look for durian for you, but none had fallen. Since we have kitchens in each house, many guests don't order anything from us, so having food at hand for the off chance that someone would order would create too much wastage. But we are really sorry that the staff did not offer some alternative.

As for feeling self-conscious asking for things; we are responsive to all our guests but they do need to communicate with us. In fact we rearranged your menu substantially to accommodate your dietary preferences and restrictions. We also spoke to you at length on many things and had the feeling you had a wonderful time. Hence our surprise at this review.

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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.

Room Tip: Please ask management, some rooms require a slight steep climb to reach. *location rating is base...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank carolchalker
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2013

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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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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3  Thank hassy12
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dusun, Manager at The Dusun, responded to this reviewResponded 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 reviewResponded 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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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 reviewResponded 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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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Seremban
Price Range: $100 - $300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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