The Tales of Malaya

- A Secret Retreats journey -
10 days / 9 nights
from 3,250 USD /person



This journey has been personally designed by Federico, the owner of Samadhi Retreats who has been living between KL, Singapore and Tioman Island most of his life. He is sharing with us what cannot be missed on the peninsula.

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

Highlights of the Journey:

  • Kuala Lumpur, and its Petronas Twin Towers
  • The white sand beaches and coral reefs of Tioman Island
  • The old town of Batu Pahat and Perenakan heritage
  • Singapore, the Lion City

This itinerary will bring you from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (or vice versa). If the Lion City- Singapore which is at the same time a city, an island and a nation with more than 5 million inhabitants - has become a world icon and is often described as exciting and surprising, Kuala Lumpur has nothing to envy to Singapore in terms of futuristic exaltation - but the city has managed to keep some little hidden corners and places where one can reconnects with oneself. There are still grandiloquent monuments from the colonial era, magnified by a Mughal or Moorish touch. Chinatown and Little India are 2 vibrant hearts in the center of the city and line up their outdated and colorful storefronts. In between the 2 cities, you will rest in a Botanist House and on the white sandy beach of Tioman Island.


Contact the concierge on

Your Journey Day by Day

from 3,250 USD /person for 10 days / 9 nights

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room


Day 1 : Arrival Kuala Lumpur (-/-/-)
After welcome and pick up at Kuala Lumpur airport, we will directly transfer you by private car to Villa Samadhi. In the center of KL, near the famous Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC (60km, estimated 1-hour drive). Check-in to Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur. Villa Samadhi is a private retreat, exclusive to in-house resident, inspired by Malay architecture and filled with Asia antiques. Afternoon tea and sunset cocktails offered at the Villa> No arrangement for meals, but we can book one of our Secret Tables or Tamarind restaurant.
HOTEL: Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur (Luxe Sarang room)
Day 2 : Kuala Lumpur (B/-/-)
Enjoy morning at your own pace, breakfast can be served where you like in the Villa. After lunch, we propose you to choose one of the two “Urban Escapes” below:
- Batu Caves and visit one of the biggest Lord Murugan statues in the world (15km from Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur, estimated 4-hour tour).
- Kuala Lumpur city tour to visit the old town of the city (8km from Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur, estimated 4-hour tour).
Back to the hotel in evening. No arrangement for dinner
HOTEL: Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur (Luxe Sarang room)
Day 3 : Kuala Lumpur (B/-/-)
Today, you can explore to continue to discover KL on your own, or ask the concierge of Villa Samadhi to help you arrange some more excursions. This is a free day for you to arrange your own activities. In the afternoon (or whenever you like), we invite you to enjoy one 60-minute wellness treatment at the Spa of Villa Samadhi.
No arrangement for meals, but you will get 15% discount on any Tamarind Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur (Tamarind Springs, FOOK, and Tamarind Hill).
HOTEL: Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur (Luxe Sarang room)
Day 4 : Kuala Lumpur – Tioman Island (B/-/D)
Departure after breakfast from Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur to Subang Airport - also known as the old airport of Kuala Lumpur - 30km or about 60mn drive from Villa Samadhi. Flight to Tioman Airport (estimated 1hr30mn flight) and upon landing, pick-up and boat transfer to Japamala Resort (20 minutes).
Check-into Japamala Resort. Enjoy!
For your first night on the island, we invite you for a dinner at the resort with one bottle of selected wine.
HOTEL: Japamala Resort (Sea Cliff Chalet)
Day 5 & 6 : Tioman Island (B/-/-)
No program during the 2 full days on the island. The fashionably rustic eco-luxe resort can organize on request some boat excursions, leisure scuba diving, jungle treks or simply to rest on the beach or relax at the spa.
No arrangement for lunch and dinner.
HOTEL: Japamala Resort (Sea Cliff Chalet)
Day 7 : Tioman - Kluang - Batu Pahat (B/L/D)
After breakfast and maybe a last swim in the clear waters of Tioman, check out and departure to Mersing jetty via Japamala’s private ferry (32 nautical miles, estimated 1.5 hours). Upon arrival and a driver will pick you up from Mersing jetty to Kluang (88km, estimated 1hr30mndrive). We stop in Kluang for a local lunch or coffee break then continue to the Botanist House (another 70km).
Check-in to The Botanist House and rest.
For dinner, you are invited to a local Chinese dinner in the fishing village on stilts
HOTEL: The Botanist House
Day 8 : Batu Pahat – Singapore (B/-/-)
Morning walk and enjoy local breakfast at the old town of Batu Pahat. Then departure from The Botanist House to Singapore for a 165km (about 3-hour drive). Kindly allow for a delay at the immigration border crossing between Malaysia & Singapore during public holidays/weekends and peak hours (between 16.00 and 20.00).
Arrival and check-in to Villa Samadhi Singapore.
No arrangement for dinner.
HOTEL: Villa Samadhi Singapore (Crib room)
Day 9 : Singapore (B/-/-)
No arrangement for the day: you can decide to relax and enjoy the pool or go explore Singapore. Ask the concierge of Villa Samadhi to help you arrange some excursions.
HOTEL: Villa Samadhi Singapore (Crib room)
Day 10 : Singapore Airport (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we can help to arrange a taxi to the airport, depending on your flight time, or extend your stay at Villa Samadhi.
Or extension for more adventure to Penang, Langkawi, or excursions in Sabah or Sarawak for instance.

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary

Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur


The Botanist House

Villa Samadhi Singapore

The Tales of Malaya

10 days / 9 nights
from 3,250 USD /person

based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room


The total price includes:
Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
Some meals as indicated in the program
Transfer from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA/KLIA2) to Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur
Flight, sea, and land transfers from Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur to Japamala Resort
Sea transfer and land excursion from Japamala Resort to The Botanist House
A local lunch or coffee break in Kluang (on route to Batu Pahat)
One Dine-by-Design dinner with one bottle of selected wine in Japamala Resort
One 60-minute wellness treatment in Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur per couple
One Urban Escape excursion (choice of the tour) in Kuala Lumpur

The total price does not include:
VISA – Most country do not need visa for Malaysia, but we recommend you to check when you issue airtickets. Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date.
Other meals that are not included in the program.
Drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
Options and other activities not included in the program.

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Travels with Samadhi.


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