Ipoh for hotsprings, Cherating for beaches, Langkawi for drinks; all your run-of-the-mill hotspots for a roadtrip. But why not ditch the tried and tested the next time you gather your travel buddies, and go for a durian vacay? Yup, we’re talking about a staycation or homestay on a durian farm to feast on the king of fruits all day and all night, while taking in the gorgeous natural surroundings. Take your pick from these places that offer all kinds of accommodation – from luxurious resort-style living to back-to-nature simplicity!
Tip: Call the resorts ahead of durian season to find out when’s the best time to visit. Some of these places reserve their best fruits for stay-in guests!
GREEN ACRES ORCHARD & ECOLODGE
Organic, solar-powered and animal friendly, Green Acres is an eco-conscious farm that’s in a league of its own. Located only 3km from Balik Pulau town centre, the 16-acre land in the hillsides has been kept free of chemicals for over 50 years.
This was long before it was purchased by current owners, Eric and Kim, who built upon that and turned it into a gorgeous durian retreat. You’ll be amazed by their 450 matured durian trees (some are between 80 to 100 years old!) with over 32 different cultivars to tickle your taste buds! Can you hear our lips smacking already?
The owners maintain that they are not a commercial farm and don’t take in many guests at once. Its sustainably built ecolodges were fully restored from rundown Malay village houses. You’ll enjoy spacious, tranquil accommodation with balconies looking out to gorgeous views of the hills. The main lodge is built from half recycled wood, half durian timber (you can tell people you’ve slept on a durian tree!) and comes with a fresh spring water dipping pool. Don’t forget to head up to their Musang King treehouse!
Location: Batu Itam, Balik Pulau, Penang