It was really nice experience to bring my family to have an adventurous holiday to MRL. Stayed 3D2N from 16-18 Oct 2013. My small group consist of 7 persons from the youngest 8 years old (my pair of twin boys) to my mom's friend Uncle Tang who is 75 years old.
What matters most is the great hospitality from Ms. Temme, Faja & wife, the Sata (the Temiak jungle guide), Vincent, Lalitha and Billie.
Things was smooth from the day even before the deposit was paid. Thanks Lalitha and Billie for the booking arrangement.
MRL is clean and accommodating. Me, my wife and three kids occupy the largest room (Montessori) which has got the bathroom next to it. My mom got a room for two (LoveLock) which need a bit of walking, but it is still near enough if you frequent the bathroom at night.
My mom love the flowers, greeneries, herbs plants, basically my mom loves all of them! 1st day we were introduced and toured MRL with explanation of types of plants by Temme. The nearby waterfall short trekking provided my kids with 'the warm up' session before the real jungle trekking on the next day. Fun and exciting yet relaxing 1st day. It was also my kids' first jungle trekking. We were looking forward to this trip and personally me and my wife were excited how the kids may interact with MRL too.
Temme was kind enough to cater for a last minute barbeque as I wanted to have dinner at MRL on the first night. She even took me to a shop nearby about 5 minutes drive to buy the barbeque food. It was a great barbeque thought it was drizzling. We had zuchinni, tomatoes & potatoes, all organic from MRL farm plus some sausages and fish balls from the shop. Not something fancy but it was fun and filling for the kids too. After dinner, the kids was enjoying movie which was provided by Temme at the Garden Pavilion. Thanks Temme for accompanying my kids during the movie!!
Breakfast on 2nd day is simple yet complete with fruit. Milo drink is a must for us Malaysian. It was fun to see my kids 'roaming' MRL as if they are free.... playing with Webby the Duck, Manja the cat, the 5 Musketeers Dogs and mingling with the staff of MRL since day one.
The Rafflesia jungle trekking is most adventurous for the kids and us too. Not very strenuous but yet will take about 5 hours in and out ... a pair of good hiking shoe is necessary.
My mom and Uncle Tang did not join in the jungle trekking so they stayed at MRL. It was a bit hot for him as there are no electricity to power the ceiling fan during the day. Anyway that is his only single comment about MRL. We were lucky to have the opportunity to see The Rafflesia in different forms, from a 'baby' size of a large cabbage, fully and freshly bloomed (boy, it was real big for a flower!!!) and to its ending grey and dark rotten form, biggest and hardest bamboo tree (with its thickness of 1.5 inch and like 6-7 storey high) giant leaves...What a hike...Thanks Vincent for the Land Rover ride....
Tea time was provided. Temme made a drink from the farm's flower, English Rose.... Dinner was at MRL and pre-booked. We had a good home cooked dinner. Plenty...
Please do be mindful when talking at night as you can hear the other room conversation clearly. We could only get our sleep when our neighbour's room chats ended pass midnight!
The last day was spent at MRL. My kids had a great time playing with the 5 dogs which were very friendly. The pool provide a good dip. It was hot and chilling at the same time. I had a good time taking pictures of the garden.
It was a great trip for all of us. We would love to have the opportunity to visit MRL once again and would surely recommend MRL for others to enjoy too!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moonriver Lodge is a family owned farmstay nestled in a valley of the lush mountains of Sigar Highlands. We are located half an hour away from the hustle bustle of Cameron Highlands. This is a space where children can roam freely along the food garden paths, run through the food tunnel and play with Webby the duck or Zorro the cat. This is a space where nature lovers can watch hummingbirds and butterflies drinking nectar from the flowers and listen out for the distant call of the monkeys. Here at Moonriver Lodge, we provide not just a relaxing stay but also the opportunity to learn about nature and growing food and to participate in day-to-day farming activities. Go on a trek to see the second largest flower in the world - the magnificent Rafflesia Kerrii. Hop onto the back of our tractors and join a farm tour or participate in one of our fun gardening programmes to teach your children to how food is grown. Harvest fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs from our garden to prepare a healthy, organic meal. Whatever you do here at Moonriver Lodge, you are bound to leave our gates rejuvenated but with a heavy heart to part with a place you wish was your second home. Because that's what we try to provide - a comfortable, beautiful home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moonriver Hotel Cameron Highlands