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Sekeping Serendah Retreat
Ranked #55 of 364 Kuala Lumpur B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Sweet ending for 2012, finish it with a weekend gateway to Sekeping Serendah. Not that far from Kuala Lumpur just about 1 hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. With minimalism concept but tastefully done. I think warehouse is not small children & toddler friendly.

I also think it is quite pricey if you compare the rate per night with the 3 or 4 star hotel facilities. You have to find your own food, but you could always drive out to Rawang town for food eventhough it is inconvenience.

Generally the place is nice, tastefully done within jungle setting. My advise to the operator, please put a proper signages for guest convenience sake... hehehe

Room Tip: if going in a group worth consider warehouse because everybody can stay together under one roof. Two...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We stayed at the glass house. I think it's the best house compared with the rest. However the glass house can only fit the most 7 person. The house is fully furnished with basic kitchen amenities and bbq area is available. Nothing much to do there so make sure you arrange some activities. We brought laptop and x-box kinect there to kill time. It a good place for getting away from the city and relax.

Room Tip: Stay at the glass house because it's more comfortable and less insects
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Our Sekeping Serendah Rawang's experience started with a confusing entrance, an unwelcoming feeling and a room with a view of another's bed.

We were greeted by a lizard hanging with its head squished at the door hinge (graphic image available on request) and surprised to find the hot water lasts only 30 seconds. We woke up surrounded by a loud symphony of crickets, which sounds like metal being shaved... right beside your ear. Wasn't a pleasant way to wake up after a night's sleep on a cardboard-like pillow.

The flipside is the mud shed's design blends well with the forest (with a nice touch of minimalism & zen) and the forest is an epitome of serenity. A great escape to nature's embrace. But that is as much as the goodness Sekeping Serendah Rawang has to offer. At the price per night, you would just wished that you will get something better, or wished that you had went to somewhere else instead.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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27  Thank JustinPhang
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We stayed in Sekeping Serendah last weekend (1/6-3/6/2012) for three days two nights. After the hectic lifestyles in KL, we thought that it's a good idea for a weekend getaway in the quiet Serendah Jungle, and truth to be told, we found exactly what we were looking for.

We rent two mud sheds with a sharing living and dining area. It's six of us adults, two maids and six kids. We bring extra pillows, blankets and mattresses. The place provides cutlery, tin mugs and plates, but we advise that you bring extra as it is limited. The setting is unique and back to the basic, such as a concrete bed, sink and kitchen top. Even the flooring is just rendered with the cement. As an engineer I find it very cooling, nicely ventilated and genius! Compare to the other sheds, mud sheds provide mosquito netting on the air opening so bugs is not a problem. Furniture are made off wire mesh and cushions are provided for your gentle "derriere".

The common area such as the pool, the open dining hall, the jungle trek are all well-designed with a natural treated-running water-no chlorine swimming pool, they provide fan, bar fridge and gas stove for the open dining hall, hammocks (a bliss for afternoon nap) and chairs.

The caretaker is such a nice guy that leaves us alone to mind our own privacy and showed up when we need help with charcoal, ice cubes or beers.

The only thing that is a bit off (only a really tiny bit) is just the direction provided by the manager. The map should be updated as most of the landmarks had changed (Serendah police station - where is it?, "the really big tree seriously" - the only big tree that we saw is in our mud shed, Caltex etc). The other thing was we were unlucky during our stay that there were other guest stayed in the glass shed (first night) and timber shed (also first night) that played loud (really really loud) techno music in the middle of night (up until five in the morning). I think the caretaker should really apply some rules when it comes to disturbing other guest as this place is for retreat, we don't want to be reminded of life in the city or a night with crazy drunken friends in a cheap disco.

Other that, we enjoyed our stay and will definitely come back for more.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank pixie-alex
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

I've stayed in Glass Shed 2 in Serendah Rawang.It's a beautiful glass house with all the necessity provided.You just need to bring food,drinks,mineral water,shampoos,hair dryer & insect repellent.They provide toilet papers,pan,gas stove,grill oven,cooking utensils,spoon,fork,bbq tools as well.There are lights and fans in the house too.The glass house is surrounded by the trees and it is really very cooling.Me and my friend enjoyed our 2D1N stay there.Oh!There will not be network connection in area.No Wifi,No TV.Totally Great for those who wanna have a retreat,getaway and get some peaceful moment.It felt so great to see the birds,butterflies,dragon flies, squirrels around.There are different size of lizards too.I felt so good,I open my eyes when i woke up and i'm surrounded by the green green trees.The swimming pool is filled up with natural spring water from the waterfall nearby and there is no chlorine added into the pool.Bring along some candles and light it up at the bbq area and have a nice chit chat moment with your friends while moon bathing.Highly recommended for those who want to spend time in nature and have peace of mind.

Note:Call up the owner to get direction to the exact area.The map provided in the website is not accurate.Caltex had changed to Petronas.The seriously big fat tree is just a medium tree.The road to get into the area is bumpy mud road with rocks for 300metres.If you are travelling with normal car be careful while driving through that particular road.

Room Tip: Glass Shed & Warehouse is really Nice!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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9  Thank SarahBikYun
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

17 Mar to 18 Mar 2012

Sekeping Serendah - Timber Shed 2

If you want to bond &/or reconnect with Nature, this is the place to be.

1 hours drive from PJ.
Turn off to Rawang whilst on the northbound highway.
Pass Serendah town, then look out for the "Air Terjun Serendah" signboard.
Then look out for the words painted on a concret slab, just above the sand path.
Do note that the "H" is "missing" from "Serendah".
Drive slowly as there are a number of road bumps, necessary to ensure safety of the Orang Asli families resident in the area.

We stayed at Timber Shed 2, with 6 bed spaces in 2 rooms with mosquito netting.
There was another group which occupied the Tree Top unit.

Privacy designed in,
- as we could only see the lights which were switched on at night
- the swimming pool is nearby but not in view (shielded) of the units.

The heat from the charcoal embers was well spread over the wire mesh on the BBQ pit (a big round wok-like).
Cooking of chicken wings was most effective, compared to the ubiquitous rectangular type of pit.
The roofing covered the "all-weather" BBQ pit.

The cooking area was large, a big space.
Utensils provided (skewers, tongs, plates, spoons, forks, etc).
Small oven, wok, electric kettle, cups, tissue paper, hand soap, shower bath provided.
3-in-1 coffee & milo provided.

The smoothened "granite" slabs by the edge, straddling the 1 length & 2 breadths of the kitchen area is most welcome.
We could seat & eat meals.
You can also sit & do your bbq.
In the afternoon, one can take a nap on the granite slab amidst the jungle "noises" from the insects, stream of water.

Liked the stone sink, seemed like it was dug out from a large piece of stone.
Liked the rounded stone tap head.

Spotted a chameleon on the path & up a tree.
Spotted a wild boar running around.

The "metal mesh" chairs with cushion were just great.
Transparent, but sturdy.
Beds & shelves looked spartan but adequate.

The squarish granite slab jutting out at the front of the Timber Shed 2 was good. We used it to play card games.

The intricate manual carving was nicely designed into parts of the wall of the shed.
Manual & not machine made, as you can see the non-regular size of the patterns.

Although the bathroom & toilet without the roof was somewhat of a "culture shock", it's design was consistent with the "back to nature" theme.

There was no wifi - back to nature & really get away from it all.

Plan some time to drop by the waterfall at the Air Terjun Serendah, on the left, as you leave Sekeping Serendah.

A couple of suggestions for management to address.
Not much light on the pit, so we had to guess whether the bbq items were cooked or (if too late) burnt.
Not much light on the shower & toilet area, esp when "shooting" in the dark at night.
Saw a big rat crawling on the beams holding the partitions together.

All in, a great place to rest, relax & rejuvenate.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

The PR material actually very accurately and honestly describes the resort as "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." And I agree that it is indeed so. But one has to live in to see and understand the subtle message the owner is sending us.

Although some viewers in this forum consider it too basic (towels & toiletries are not provided - but toilet rolls are there!) and overpriced but I think if the group is big enough - six to eight, it works out to be M$80 to M$100 per persons for the most expensive building (timber shed). The glass building and mud (cement) are within the range of M$330-M$500). Pay more for weekends.

The only shortcoming if I may say, is the location is not easy to access. Although it is not that far to drive in from the main road, it lacks directional sign to alert drivers to turn in. And it rightly warns that the GPS map may not point to the right route. Actually a simple and more reliable method is to erect one or two small signboards along the trunk road. But I suppose the owner may not want to make known this place too much as it has only six sheds (buildings) to rent out. So not for big group, unless one could book the entire resort (good for about 40 persons). If lost and have to ask for direction, do not use the official name as the locals only known this place as "Glass House" (玻璃屋)probably after the two glass sheds.

During my stay, my cheap $30 handphone was able to receive quite clear signal, so I suppose it boils down more to the quality of telco providers.

One other advantage of staying in this resort is the free waterfall nearby - 15 minutes walk or 3 minute drive. It is quite safe to swim there. For those who like fishing, there is also a fishing pond (nearer to the resort) on the way to the waterfall.

To me, the most important consideration is that the Serendah old town (less than ten minutes drive from the resort) has one of Malaysia's best coffeeshops where one could still taste old fashion coffee and tea-C. In fact, this small town is worth visiting eve if you have no intention to try the resort.

Room Tip: The best "shed" to me is the timber building near the entrance. It is easy to access and s...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 67 Jalan Tempinis | Lucky Garden, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur 59100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Wilayah Persekutuan > Kuala Lumpur
Amenities:
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Ranked #55 of 364 B&Bs / Inns in Kuala Lumpur
Number of rooms: 11
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