a former durian orchard with natural hot springs and a river flowing through with an igloo as lodgings and aromatic nasi lemak for breakfast – if refreshing springs resort sounds like paradise, it is.
guests have several choices of accommodation, from longhouse-style dormitories to cosy villas for two. the aforementioned igloo certainly stands out for its unique architecture and for being the only one of its design in this nature tourism property – after completing it, the owners realised how difficult it was to get the shape right and so they reverted to a regular design for the other villas. the furnishings are basic but most importantly, clean and comfortable.
that pretty much sums up the entire resort; there are no fancy amenities but nature provides all the enjoyment and entertainment. undulating greens and fruit trees surround the spacious property so you feel as if you’re in a sprawling, neatly kept garden that invites you for a relaxing stroll. take a dip in the relatively calm sungai gumut within the resort grounds; find a spot in between the rocks and sit with your back against the cool gushing water for a natural aqua massage that’s both relaxing and refreshing. or warm up in the pools which are fed by natural hot springs, although the water is more lukewarm than hot.
if you’re looking to let off steam though, there’s the lakeside climbing wall as well paintball facilities and also an obstacle course where families and corporate groups – the resort is very popular among this crowd – can conduct teambuilding telematches. work up an appetite and you will be rewarded at meal times.
local malay ladies manage the kitchen, dishing up simple, wholesome meat and vegetable options to pair with rice. like the facilities, there’s nothing fancy about the food but authentic, home-cooked flavours. If there’s enough demand, the resort can also prepare a barbecue dinner at additional charge. for breakfast, you’re in for a treat if nasi lemak is on the menu as the sambal is superb.
nights are the most enjoyable as that’s when you really feel the crispness and freshness of the air, and best savoured with a post-dinner stroll around. end with a bout of pool at the games room or just chill at the adjoining living lounge, both housed in a cosy semi open-air wooden complex. the owners not only built this themselves as they did the other lodgings on site but also designed all the wooden furniture here. a warung stands outside this complex, where a family friend sometimes set up stall selling snacks like shaved ice with cendol and ais kacang.
a bowl of icy cold dessert enjoyed under the trees amidst cool, clean air at the end of a day surrounded by and submerged in nature – refreshing truly is the word that comes to mind.
refreshing springs resort pt 4049, mukim sungai gumut, kampung gumut tambahan, kalumpang, selangor refreshingspringsresort.com Facebook Where exactly About an hour’s drive from KL; the resort will provide directions and a map after your reservation is confirmed
note the resort is not open for walk-in guests as it only opens when there is a minimum of 30 guests; reservations can be made via email or by filling out a form on their website. you can still try your luck if you fall short of this number as you can join other groups.