A Highlands Nature Retreat: Moonriver Lodge
If you’re looking for a nature retreat that’s away from the city and gives you natural cool weather 21 degrees Celsius in Malaysia, Moonriver Lodge is the perfect place for you! This charming retreat is located in the Malaysian highlands of Lojing (which is just beside the more famous Cameron Highlaands), surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking views of the mountains and vast farmland.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what Moonriver Lodge has to offer, from its stunning location to its comfortable accommodation and exciting outdoor activities.
There are primarily two types of accommodation – cabin rooms and tent grounds.
Both options are available to provide a comfortable and cozy stay in the heart of nature whereby one is either really out in the wild or indoors but still surrounded by nature – the choice is yours but the availability of the wonderful amenities such as communal areas and hot water showers can be accessed by with either option.
The rooms at Moonriver Lodge are spacious and well-equipped, featuring wooden furnishings and large windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Each room comes with access to common bathrooms with hot showers, and comfortable beds, ensuring a relaxing and peaceful stay. There are a total of 17 rooms available under different configurations that can fit from 2 – 4 people.
2. Tent Grounds
For those who want a more unique and adventurous experience, Moonriver Lodge also offers tent space rental. These tent grounds provide an amazing view of the surrounding nature. You’ll have to bring your own tents of course! These are some of the best kept camp grounds in all of Lojing and if you are a fan of camping, should definitely not miss out on! The tent grounds can comfortably house tents for up to 30 people.
Moonriver Lodge offers a variety of outdoor activities that allow guests to immerse themselves in nature and explore the surrounding environment. Some of the activities include:
1. Guided Hikes
Moonriver Lodge is surrounded by beautiful hiking trails that lead visitors through lush rainforest, waterfalls, and stunning viewpoints. The lodge offers guided hikes that cater to all levels of fitness, from leisurely strolls to more challenging treks. The guided Mossy Forest Hike is one of Moonriver’s guests favourites!
2. Farm Visits
For those interested in learning about sustainable farming practices, Moonriver Lodge offers farm visits. Guests can learn about organic farming techniques and even participate in activities like planting and harvesting.
3. Bird Watching
The highlands of Malaysia are home to a variety of bird species, and Moonriver Lodge offers guided bird watching tours. Guests can spot colorful birds like the Black Throated Sunbird, Tiger Shrike or White Tailed Robin!
The highlands of Malaysia offer some of the best stargazing opportunities in the country, and Moonriver Lodge offers stargazing tours. Guests can marvel at the night sky as the grounds are far from any bright city skyscraper lights which produces a view of the night sky that is truly a pleasure to behold.
5. Rafflesia Tours
There is nothing quite like getting to view the Rafflesia, largest flower in the world up close! The lodge offers ‘orang asli’ guided tours so you can view these amazing wonders of beauty and pride of Malaysian Forests up close and personal.
Moonriver Lodge is located along Jalan Gua Musang in Kelantan (Yet is actually closer to Ipoh in Perak!) but is also just adjacent to Cameron Highlands. The nearest airport is the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh, which is about a 1.5-hour drive from the lodge. Guests can also take a bus or drive from Kuala Lumpur, which is about a 3-hour drive or leave from Kota Bharu in Kelantan which is also about a 3-hour drive.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Moonriver Lodge is during the dry season, from March to September. The weather during this time is pleasant, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. However, it’s important to note that the highlands can get chilly at night, so guests should pack warm clothing.
What to Pack
Guests should pack comfortable and lightweight clothing for outdoor activities like hiking and farm visits. It’s also important to pack warm clothing for the chilly nights in the highlands. Other essential items include sunscreen, insect repellent, and a sturdy pair of shoes.
Tips for a Great Stay
- Book in advance, especially during peak season.
- Bring a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic waste.
- Participate in outdoor activities to fully immerse yourself in nature.
- Try the local food and support sustainable practices.
- Disconnect from technology and enjoy the peaceful surroundings
Moonriver Lodge has received rave reviews from visitors who praise its stunning natural surroundings, comfortable accommodations, delicious food, and friendly staff. Here are some examples of reviews:
- “Moonriver Lodge is an incredible escape into nature. The views are breathtaking and the accommodations are cozy and comfortable. The food is delicious and the staff is so friendly and welcoming. I can’t wait to go back!”
- “I had an amazing time at Moonriver Lodge. The glamping tents were such a unique experience, and the outdoor bathroom was so cool! The guided hikes were beautiful and informative, and the food was some of the best I’ve had. Highly recommend!”
- “The sustainability efforts at Moonriver Lodge are impressive. It’s clear that they are committed to reducing their impact on the environment. The guided farm visit was a highlight, and the fresh ingredients used in the meals were so tasty. I loved my stay here.”
If you’re looking for a peaceful and nature-filled escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Moonriver Lodge is the perfect destination. With comfortable accommodations, delicious food, and a variety of outdoor activities, it’s the ideal place to unwind and reconnect with nature. Plus, with its commitment to sustainability, you can feel good about your stay and its impact on the environment.
You can book a room at Moonriver Lodge here with us or enquire to find out what rates we can offer for large groups!
- Is there Wi-Fi at Moonriver Lodge?
Yes, there is Wi-Fi available in the common areas of the lodge.
- Are pets allowed at Moonriver Lodge?
No, pets are not allowed at the lodge.
- Can I bring my own food to Moonriver Lodge?
No, outside food and drinks are not allowed at the lodge.
- Are there any age restrictions for outdoor activities?
The outdoor activities at Moonriver Lodge are suitable for all ages, but some may require a certain level of fitness.
- Is there air conditioning in the rooms and tents?
No, there is no air conditioning in the rooms and tents. However, the high altitude and cool mountain breeze make for a comfortable temperature.