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Elle Liv­ing Quik Get Away – Eight Acres

EIGHT ACRES, PA­HANG – Tran­quil­lity and na­ture are key to the at­trac­tion of Eight Acres, writes Sa­man­tha Joseph


The Resort

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.

The Rooms

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.

The Activities

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.

The Food

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.


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