The Dusun, Seremban
|Kampung Kolam Air Pantai, 71770, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, MALAYSIA.|
Description: The DusunThe Dusun is a unique family owned and run inn set in the rainforest of Malaysia. Only an hour from Kuala Lampur, the Dusun offers a quiet retreat and exclusive space in its four private houses. Visit Batang Penar River and explore the Berembun Forest Reserve or Orang Asli Reserve with Temuan guides. Discover the Jerang Toi Waterfalls and the Adat Museum in Kuala Klawang, Overlooking the jungle on one side and a wide view of the Mantin Hills and Seremban on the other, the Dusun and its 12 acre tropical orchard is well off the beaten path and is not a typical boutique hotel.
There is no place to eat nearby. Bring food or order well in advance, a small menu is sent to guests upon confirmation of the booking. Be sure to get detailed arrival instructions. Credit cards are not accepted so payment can be made through PayPal.
Type of rooms: The DusunThere are 4 separate houses. Each house has the following essentials: a gas cooker, rice cooker and refrigerator, luxury bed linen and towels. There is an herb garden and a spice rack for gourmet cooks as well as cutlery, dishes and cooking utensils, barbeque charcoal and lighters. Organic fruit and vegetables are available in season.
The Dusun has liberated itself from TV and air conditioning. There are some gentle walking paths around the Dusun connecting each house to the pool. An Ipod station on request. Mosquito nets are available if needed. Fans, vape mats and the wind are usually enough.
Berembum House: one double bed, 2 adults maximum occupancy. A Malay-style chalet on stilts, with verandahs on two sides, incorporates carved panels scavenged from old houses and traditional shutter windows. It looks out onto the rainforest and the orang asli reserve. It has a luxury bathroom, a kitchenette with cooking facilities and a hanging herb garden. Close to the pool and entertainment patio, guests can get up in the morning and jump directly into the pool from its deck.
Tembusu House: one double and one single bed. An extra mattress can be provided for a maximum occupancy of 4 adults. The original Dusun house, this is built in the orang asli style, with a deck and a modern bathroom and kitchen. It overlooks the orchard with a view of the Mantin hills. The deck has a barbeque pit and an herb garden. It is named for the mature tembusu tree which shades it throughout the day and fills it with scent during the flowering season.
Emas House: two double beds and one single bed for a maximum occupancy of 5 adults. There is a sofa bed for children if needed. Emas has a separate bedroom, as well as a sleeping loft, a living area, kitchen and bathroom. Emas has a large open deck for entertaining, with its own barbeque. The house is shaded by trees most of the day and is designed for coolness. It has a splendid view of hills rolling down to the Sepang coast and is the best place to watch the sunset. Emas is set at the end of a gently sloping path two minutes from the poolside. This is a traditional Malay house, made of recycled timber with original shutter windows and carved panels.
Sora House: One bedroom with a double bed and a loft with a double bed and a single bed. Maximum occupancy of 5 adults. This house is newly built and features a plunge pool, wooden deck with barbeque pit, and a glass front facing a hill of jungle.
Sora House is a modern villa full of light looking as if it is about to fly off into the jungle. It is designed by the owner?s son and daughter-in-law who live in Tokyo and are in love with all things Japanese. Sora means sky in Japanese, with allusions to lightness and flying. The entry is over a fish pond. Once inside, the white decor and expanses of glass invite the striking jungle scenery inside. There is a roomy living area with a cooking island, seating spaces and a deck. A large separate bedroom on the ground floor has its own private balcony and plunge pool while the sleeping loft is reached by a spiral staircase. Sora is 20 meters from the pool and screened by a garden of bamboo and water plants. The house is disabled-friendly and sleeps five people.
Additional information: The Dusun
Important: The Dusun is well off the beaten path and is not a typical boutique hotel! Get detailed arrival instructions and bring food or order well in advance. Credit cards are not accepted so payment can be made through PayPal.
Dining: There is a small menu that is sent to guests upon confirmation of the bookings. Barbeque and traditional Minangkabau sets are available and need to be ordered in advance.
Seremban has a vibrant wet market, Jusco and Tesco supermarkets. They can also provide a list of some excellent restaurants.
Swimming Pool: An infinity pool 40 feet long, surrounded by timber decking, this is a tranquil setting to swim and unravel. Each house is connected to the pool by some gentle walking paths.
Patio: 800 square feet of entertainment patio with a bathroom, a barbeque and a wine cooler under a palm roof and plenty of relaxed seating for family groups or larger parties. It is shaded by huge angsana trees and surrounded by lush gardens.
Special Events, Functions and Parties: Management is pleased to discuss facilitating group functions and parties using the pool and patio.
Getting Around: The Dusun can recommend an English speaking taxi driver for trips to Seremban, Kuala Klawang, Malacca or elsewhere.
They can arrange for a Temuan jungle expert to guide you into the jungle. Price will depend on the number of trekkers.
There are no TVs or air conditioners in this hotel. The Dusun honors the idea of sustainable farming and jungle conservation.
Parking: there is limited parking available.
Pets: may be permitted in certain houses. Please ask prior to booking.
Laundry Service: available for long staying guests.
The Batang Penar River starts in the forest reserve and runs down the valley at the foot of the Dusun. There are several swimming spots accessible from the road and some paths into the Orang Asli Reserve.
Jungle Trekking: Within the Reserve, the Batang Penar is a pristine rush of pools and waterfalls. There is a 45 minute trek on a reasonably easy path to a deep swimming pool and some magical waterfalls. Longer treks to those parts of the forest where petai and durian are harvested, or a trek to the mountain peak, can be arranged with Temuan guides. The Temuan are jungle experts and a walk and talk with any elder is a unique window into their world.
Adat Museum: In Kuala Klawang, some 25 kilometers from the Dusun on the Jelebu Road, is a four story museum which illustrates a variety of lifestyles and cultures in Malaysia, including that of the Orang Asli. The drive is scenic and the museum is even-handed and interesting. Visitors who go on Thursday afternoon, can also take in the weekly night market right next door, which has lots of cooked-on-the-spot local food and fresh produce.
Jerang Toi Waterfalls: En route to Kuala Klawang is a pretty series of waterfalls, with a park and picnic tables for visitors.
Serembam Wet Market: Malaysians will be blasé about this site, but foreigners should see and smell it! Hundreds of tiny stalls under one roof sell an amazing range of vegetables, spices, fruit, fish, meat, and soy products. Many stalls are operated by the same family who farm the produce. It is a noisy, vibrant place and everything is super fresh. Open every day except Tuesday.
Local Community & Staff: Temuan, a proto-Malay group of Orang Asli, live in two villages on the western side of the river. This community was resettled out of the jungle during an emergency, and still own durian and petai trees inside the reserve. Nowadays, there are around 50 households and around 350 people, with a high proportion of children and youth. Harvesting the jungle is still a vital part of the Temuan economy and lifestyle, but most families also have some rubber trees, and many adults work for cash in nearby farms or in factories near Seremban. The Orang Asli are happy to be "modern", so long as they can retain their own culture and spiritual identity. Their children go to school in Pantai, although not many go on to secondary level. The Orang Asli reserve is used by every household, but it has never been published, announced, or listed in a gazette, and is periodically under threat. The Temuan knowledge of the rainforest is unparalleled and they are proud to share it with visitors.
Crucial: The Dusun is well off the beaten path and is not a typical boutique hotel! Be sure to get detailed arrival instructions. You need to bring food or order well in advance.
Number of rooms: 4
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1984/2009/2012.
Period of closure: December 24, 25, 26.
Languages spoken: English, Bahasa, German.Smoking policy: smoking outside only.
Credit cards accepted: no credit cards accepted at this time.
Nearest airport: Kuala Lampur International - 1 hr. drive