A Relaxing Weekend In Kuching
Catch a break and treat yourself to a great weekend in Kuching by checking out these terrific resorts within Kuching, Sarawak in. In the East Malaysian side of the country, on the island of Borneo, Kuching, in its entirety, is a relatively chill town. No one here in their right mind would speed above 80km/h on the right lane of the road, ever. The locals seem to exist in a state of pleasant languor, which may alarm outsiders, though really, they’re doing just fine.
So what do they do on a weekend in Kuching if they’re already so relaxed all the time? Well, probably a morning excursion to the pasar minggu (weekend market), catching up with mates over a cup of Teh C Peng Special milk tea or just spending time at home with the family. However, looking at the uptick in staycations, we reckon that more and more people are looking for short getaways after being cooped up in their house, no thanks to the pandemic.
Where To Check In For A Weekend In Kuching
If you happen to be in town for a short while, or even a true blue Kuchingite, here is a list of fantastic resorts and accommodations you can check out for an amazing weekend in Kuching.
The Culvert Hotel & Resort, Santubong
Nestled in the sweeping greeneries of Santubong’s cliffside lies The Culvert Hotel & Resort. From an elevated view, you’ll notice concrete cylinders overlooking the South China Sea on the ground. Scoot a little closer and you’ll find standalone luxurious suites and rooms fitted inside these repurposed concrete silos, also known as culverts. The remote eco-friendly resort has piqued the interest of many, and couples usually head here to spend their honeymoon. It’s the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and considering the fact that Mount Santubong is just a stone’s throw away, there’s plenty of outdoor activities for you to explore, too.
The Village House by Singgahsana, Santubong
The Village House by Singgahsana, also located in Santubong, is a guesthouse consisting of 12 rooms and impeccably designed in a distinctive Borneon kampung style. Speaking of which, guests are welcome to strike up a conversation with the nearby village residents as they are more than happy to greet new faces. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the verdant Santubong forest, The Village House welcomes those who have been dreaming of a trancelike, blissful retreat with Mother Nature. The caretakers of the grounds also have a knack for procuring art pieces, antiques and crafts from their travels, and they’ve set up a small collection here for all guest to admire.
Permai Rainforest Resort, Santubong
Have you ever heard that gag about how Borneons live on trees? Other than the fact that it’s a distasteful joke, I can assure you that most Sarawakians do, indeed, live in houses, be it landed and or high-rises, even. That said, you’re more than welcome to stay at Permai Rainforest Resort, where their main attraction are their Tree Houses. The cosy cabins – standing on stilts at about 6 meters above the ground – places you right in the heart of the enchanting forest canopy. If you’re big on outdoor activities, you’re also in for a treat as Permai Rainforest Resort offers a list of thrilling adventures for you to choose from, such as an evening mangrove tour, a high rope course and night kayaking, among others. Overall a great destination for those dying for a nature retreat.
Borneo Highlands Resort, Padawan
Head south of the city to Borneo Highlands Resort for a change of scenery. Located in the Padawan sub-district of Kuching, the highland resort is the ideal choice for a quiet and relaxing weekend. We recommend you start your day early and take in the refreshingly crisp morning air, with the resort sitting at the Penrissen Range, approximately 1000 metres above sea level. There are tonnes of outdoor activities lined up here, from guided highland tours to waterfall visits and even night walks, if you’re up for it. Seeing that the resort is close to the Indonesian border, do make it a point to drop by the Kalimantan Viewpoint, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the neighbouring country. Skilled golfers can also take their game to a new height here at the picturesque golf course.
Mendung Escape, Bau
Technically, Mendung Escape is more of a mountain farmhouse than a resort. However, a weekend here is like a weekend in paradise nonetheless. Perched up in the chilly hills of Bau, you can expect a one-hour drive from the city centre to get here. Fair warning, you’d actually have to endure a short hike before reaching the lodging. However, we promise you it’s worth every drop of sweat. The 3-bedroom cabin is irresistibly rustic, while the floor to ceiling glass windows really highlights the open and airy atmosphere of the mountain top. Do bring your own sustenance though, as guests are expected to prepare their own dinner. Come nightfall, Mendung Escape holds the best sights for stargazing that will definitely take your breath away.
While we’re not able to travel as freely as before, there’s certainly no harm in checking out where to stay for a weekend in Kuching should you be able to make your way here someday. Bookmark this so the next time you wind up in Kuching, you’ll know where to go for a relaxing weekend retreat.
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