Sekeping Retreats are ideal for those who crave a quick urban escape.
The pool of Sekeping Tenggiri acts as the property’s centrepiece. ― Pic courtesy of Sekeping Retreats
When it comes to staycations in Malaysia, one would be spoilt for choice. There are homestays for affordable large group stays, and luxury chain hotels for those who opt for opulence. Airbnb is also a great option if you prefer to pick from a variety of accommodation and easy tip-of-the-finger booking.
Previously under the radar but gaining attention for their minimalist designs and spartan aesthetics are the Sekeping Retreats. The brainchild of architect Ng Sek San, there are 10 properties in the Sekeping range.
Five of the Sekeping Retreats including the newest addition (Sekeping Jugra) are in the Klang Valley area while the rest are in Ipoh and Penang.
A breathtaking view can be seen from the roof of Sekeping Terasek. ― Pic courtesy of Sekeping Retreats
As there are many city folks who are on the lookout for a quick getaway, the properties in the Sekeping collection are ideal.
Featuring unadorned brick walls, metal pergolas, large glass windows, open spaces and plenty of plants, unwinding at the Sekeping Retreats in the cities makes for a calm body and soul.
Here’s a closer look at some of the Sekeping Retreats in and around Kuala Lumpur:
Sekeping Tenggiri (Bangsar): This particular establishment is located at Jalan Tenggiri (off Jalan Tanduk), Bangsar. Despite the proximity of the location to prime business centres, it serves as a peaceful sanctuary due to its simple building design and concept. A swimming pool and common lounge act as the centrepiece of the property.
The simple room of Sekeping Backlane exudes calmness. ― Pic courtesy of Sekeping Retreats
Sekeping Backlane (Bangsar): Sekeping Backlane is located at the back of Sekeping Tenggiri and is separately accessed using the back lane. The accommodation only has one room that sleeps two but it comes with cooking facility and a roof garden that overlooks the Pantai Valley. It shares the swimming pool with Sekeping Tenggiri. Designed for those adventurous ones who are looking for the unusual and an offbeat way of living, it definitely provides a one-of-a-kind experience.
Sekeping Terasek (Bangsar): As the name suggests, it resides in Jalan Terasek, Bangsar. Five bedrooms and a living room with two seating areas make this a great place for an extended family or large group of friends. There’s also a courtyard and a rooftop garden so that you can watch the stars at night. Other facilities include an open-air dipping pool, a kitchen for light cooking and a television.
The courtyard area of Sekeping Sin Chew Kee. ― Pic courtesy of Sekeping Retreats
Sekeping Seapark (Petaling Jaya, Selangor): Despite being tucked in a busy housing area, Sekeping Seapark radiates warmth and simplicity. It is perfect for those who crave home-like surroundings. With four bedrooms and all the basic amenities of a home, it is also a short drive to major shopping centres such as Mutiara Damansara and 1 Utama.
Sekeping Sin Chew Kee (Kuala Lumpur): Stay here to experience and explore what’s considered to be among the last heritage row area in the metropolis. Although most of the properties (including Sekeping Sin Chew Kee) have been renovated, they still exude a quaint otherworldly feeling. Amenities include air conditioning, fridge and hot shower.
Spaciousness, like Sekeping Jugra’s courtyard shown here, is synonymous with Sekeping Retreats. ― Pic courtesy of Sekeping Retreats
Sekeping Jugra (Kuala Lumpur): The latest addition to the Sekeping family is situated at Jalan Klang Lama. The semi-private living and work spaces are all interconnected via narrow alleyways, gardens and courtyards. There is also a roof farm where guests and tenants are welcomed to plant and pick their own food. Uniquely, this single-storey house is partly renovated using discarded materials from landmarks such as Mutiara Hotel in Penang, Brickfields Methodist School, Choong Kee Foundry in Kampar as well as Kong Heng, Ipoh and (mud from) Sekeping Jugra’s swimming pool.
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