Need to recuperate from your hectic urban lifestyle? We’ve found just the place for a (naturally) relaxing retreat.
If like me, you often find yourself on Google searching for a green getaway every few months in the hopes of escaping the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur but don’t want to compromise on luxury (because let’s face it, comfort always comes first for the city girl), then here’s an eco-leisure paradise – and a five star one, no less – that might tickle your fancy.
Tucked inside an oil palm plantation in Gambang, Pahang, Mangala Resort & Spa is home to the most serene setting yet: think non-polluted skies, lush tropical greenery and organic orchards plus a tranquil lake and river surrounding its villas and cottages. With only 31 rooms and suites in total, rest assured your stay will feel equally private and peaceful.
Bonus: it’s only a two-hour drive away, so grab your boyfriend, girlfriend(s), friends or family for a mini road trip and bonding time at this secluded sanctuary that has lots of recreational activities to offer, both on-site and around town.
In the resort…
1. Unwind at Mangala Spa
With a Sanskrit-derived name that translates to auspicious well-being, it’s only natural that the resort’s spa is designed to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind with its range of treatments and therapies. Besides bringing Balinese body-massage techniques to the table (give the 60-minute Spa Signature Massage a go), it also offers moisturising body wraps and scrubs, invigorating milk baths, lavish spa packages as well as mani and pedi services.