Elle LivIng Quik Get Away – Eight Acres
EIGHT ACRES, PAHANG – Tranquillity and nature are key to the attraction of Eight Acres, writes Samantha Joseph
Raub, Pahang is home to several ecotourism resorts, one of them being Eight Acres. Set on over three hectares of lush greenery, the resort was carved out from land that had originally been filled with oil palm and durian trees. Eight Acres isn’t just an idyll of trees and grass — there’s a waterfall and five ponds, the smallest one overflowing with water lilies. The resort relies mainly on a hydroelectric system for its energy and waste is turned into organic fertiliser. Although it’s only half an hour’s drive from Raub Town, it feels like an entirely different realm, one where days pass by in undisturbed serenity.
A Balinese-inspired villa and red brick building make up the main living areas. The airy rooms house pristine white beds, a plethora of local fabrics and sturdy wooden furnishing. The Brick House offers an eclectic mix of thematic rooms to fit the mood of your stay. Surround yourself with bookshelves in Discovery or stand on top of the colourful world maps that paper the floor and walls of Geography. Many rooms are meant for group getaways and can fit four people or more.
Chickens, ducks and geese roam freely, and ponies amble amiably about — they don’t seem to mind visitors much. The ponds are full of fish, and if you’re so inclined, you can do some catch-and-release fishing. Those who really want to get close to nature can harvest fruit and vegetables from the orchard and the vegetable patches. For the outdoorsy types, activities such as abseiling, wall climbing and the flying fox abound, while the more retiring can stay inside and sample a variety of indoor games — Scrabble, congkak and mah-jong included.
Speaking of food, all meals are provided for, kampung style. Mingle with other guests at the communal dining area and sample delicious home-cooked fare prepared by the excellent cook. Dishes such as kangkung belacan, fried fish and chicken curry are prepared daily. The best part is that most of the fresh produce and poultry are grown and reared within the Eight Acres compound.