Message to Pantai Hill Resort operators

Hello Pantai Hill Orchard resort operators: Awanmulan, The Shorea and Cabinz Cottage.

We realise that this website may be damaging to your business. We also realise that not all resorts behave in a similar fashion. Our intentions are clearly spelled out in the <<‘Resort Section of this website’>>. Please do review it again.

The articles that we post here are – to our very best knowledge and intention – the truth. Potential visitors to Pantai Hill may be alerted of things and issues that they may be unaware of. It may help them make decisions, it may illuminate the ‘Politics’ happening on the hill, it may eventually assist them in forming personal opinions of Pantai Hill and its band of resort operators. (No one should act as they like and get away with it)

This is what the internet and crowd sourcing is all about… Isn’t it? – To inform and allow people to make better decisions and spread the knowledge to friends and family. Inevitably this information also exposes unscrupulous individuals and entities who take advantage of society at large for personal gains. We at pantaihillwatch.org are not interested in ‘catching’ or ‘bad mouthing’ anyone. We are only interested in preserving Pantai Hill’s environment and the rights of its residents to have a peaceful enjoyment of their own homes.

Is this request so unreasonable to ask???
To some resorts, the answer is Yes – if this request impedes and restricts the potential of resort operators to continue operating in its current configuration and if its expansion plans are challenged.

We respect the universal law concerning the ‘freedom of individual choice’.  As such, we do not threaten, we do not beg and we do not put anyone under duress. We leave it to the ‘UNIVERSE’ with the aid of truthful reporting.

This website does not need to be filled with demoralising pictures of rubbish and trash, of discontent and dispute and of irresponsible behaviour. It can be positive, clean and beautiful. It can be about the ‘privileged people on the hill’ helping the less fortunate below. It can be filled with stories of cooperation, collaboration, of social giving and of non-competition. It can even help promote responsible and sustainable tourism.

Once again, we ask for your cooperation, to come and have a dialogue with us. To work things out, to work on the <<‘Community Agreement’>> that The Dusun first proposed and to make Pantai Hill a sustainable place for all.

As for potential and returning Pantai Hill visitors reading this post, we hope that this appeals to your conscience, and that you may urge your favourite resort operator to respect this request and to personally – make good decisions that are in-line with the serenity, tranquility and beauty that you love so much about Pantai Hill. <<Please take a look at our Visitor Guidelines>>

Dear resort operators, we live in an increasingly inter-connected world. One cannot possibly hope to continue on a path which benefits oneself at the expense of the people around you. The wrath of the ‘UNIVERSE’ may come back several fold. So as they say – the choice is yours 🙂

“Behaviour is the mirror in which everyone shows their image” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Seremban Getaways – Pantai Hill Orchard

Several Malaysian media outlets both online and print versions have highlighted amazing getaways in Malaysia. It is great to know that resorts from Pantai Hill have been featured in these publications. For the media to recognise and highlight these Seremban getaways, it shows that Pantai Hill does genuinely offer a valued getaway destination.

However, we would like to add our (resident) opinions to what these media outlets have perhaps missed out in their quick and short description of such vacation destinations.


Peaceful Getaways in Malaysia

Published by: The Edge Travel Focus

Here is what they said:

Tired of congested tourist spots?Here are some off-the-beaten-track destinations where you can de-stress and rejuvenate…Several retreat bungalows and boutique hotels such as The Dusun, Awanmulan and The Shorea, offer visitors spectacular views of majestic trees and mountains.

We don’t have a problem with publications promoting  ‘off-the-beaten-track destinations’. However, certain resort operators are not conscious of – the impact of their operations on the surrounding environment. When capitalist oriented individuals sell out to – the ‘Priority of Profit’, such mentality overpowers community well being. This is exactly the kind of irresponsible behaviour that destroys relationships with local community and worst, destroys the very place that is suppose to bring a ‘Peaceful Getaway’. (This is the most common result of how places of natural beauty gets destroyed, all over the world)


7 Amazing Places to Vacation at in Malaysia

Published by http://www.femalemag.com.my

They featured 6 destinations in different states. What they failed to recognise is the difference in actual operational status of each resort/hotel destination. Ones in Ipoh, KL, Penang, Melaka and Serendah are proper commercial outlets with hotel licences. The Shorea, featured under Seremban does not have such an operational license and worst still The Shorea’s operations in-fringes on the comfort and peace of their neighbours – partly because of how they have built their structures and how they ignore noise complaints by their neighbours.

Here is what they said:

The Shorea – Built within a tropical forest reserve, the resort is an appreciation of nature itself. Build mostly from recycled shorea timber, it’s a great place for some R&R with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

We can’t blame femalemag for doing so (because how would they know?). In our experience we find that The Shorea does not appreciate nature. Owners of The Shorea do not respect their surroundings and do not respect nature and they have had multiple run-ins with neighbours regarding water drainage, water usage, water preservation, rubbish disposal in nature, noise, building materials spillage and trash.


10 Retreats Under RM250 per night

Published by http://www.thestar.com.my

Here is what they said:

…family-owned business, which was started over 30 years ago, seeks to promote sustainable farming and jungle conservation…There are five houses — Berembun, Emas, Sora, Perling and Tembusu, which combine elements of Malay and orang asli architecture….This is a perfect spot to marvel at nature, whether a waterfall or the beautiful hills. There are several swimming spots as well as jungle trekking and guided walks to experience kampung life.

We find this short reporting by the star to be fairly accurate. This family owned resort were the pioneers of resort business on Pantai Hill and have lived up to their ‘kampung life and jungle conservation’ attributes. They have always responded well to community needs and have earned the respect from the orang Asli community they employ. Residents on Pantai Hill do not have a problem dealing with them.


Romantic Highland Honemoon Getaway in Malaysia

Published by http://www.planyourwedding.my

Here is what they said:

Located on the hills hidden deep in the heart of Negeri Sembilan, The Shorea was built in a tropical forest reserve, making it an exclusively tranquil place to spend your honeymoon. If you and your spouse are nature lovers or you seeking for some peaceful rejuvenation, probably even a taste of Balinese honeymoon away from the crowd in Malaysia, this is the ideal forest getaway.

If you are a honeymoon couple looking for a tranquil place, we doubt that The Shorea will give you tranquility and peaceful rejuvenation they claim. The reason we say this is because as residents, what we have often observed large group bookings into The Shorea. If you read reviews from Tripadvisor.com.my you will find that people complain about how close their ‘Villas’ (which are actually- small rooms) are to each other and if you are a couple on honeymoon, it is certainly not a choice spot for you.


10 Secluded Forest Resorts in Malaysia for a Relaxing Getaway

Published by http://www.Lipstiq.com

Here is what they said:

AwanMulan is a cozy family run retreat located in Negeri Sembilan. Above the hills, and amidst the clouds, it’s not only a romantic getaway, but a perfect stop for family or friends

We do agree that Awanmulan is a cozy family run resort. And especially during rainy days there are many misty pockets in the hills around. In our opinion, it is a great place for family and friends only if the numbers are kept low. Just like The Shorea, Awanmulan is located on a residential hill. There are neighbours close by. Due to the open architecture plans favoured by residents on the hill – sound travels intact and easily reaches into the homes of others. Unlike The Shorea owners, the Awanmulan family have left their doors a little open for negotiation and do respond when taken to task. They are also quite professional in their dealings. Our message to Awanmulan is to please watch your numbers so the noise does not put a bad mark on your operations. To potential guests please regulate yourself – noise penetrates deep and we can hear almost every word (although muffled from time to time).


Best weekend getaways: Two-day trips

Published by http://www.timeout.com

Here is what they said:

A nature lover’s dream, the well-hidden property is mainly constructed using recycled shorea timber (hence its name)… Staff at The Shorea are known for their personalised service – city-dwelling families and couples looking for a relaxing forest retreat will not be disappointed.

We have already highlighted issues regarding The Shorea’s behaviour and it’s standing within the local community of Pantai Hill above. However, visitors to The Shorea will be rudely shocked, that for such a beautiful location that it commands, the owners have ‘overbuilt’. If visitors come today, you will observe a large unsightly construction going on behind the resort. When completed, this add on wing will make The Shorea into a large concrete building with water features that will heavily impose on Pantai Hill’s water demands. <<Take a look at what they are building>> 

Trash everywhere – Pantai Hill Orchard Resort

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Development on the hill leaves its ugly scars. This is the work of Foo Ah Kow and his boys.  This is the original contractor that the developer commissioned to build homes for Pantai Hill. He will often appear neutral and approachable. But looks can be deceiving. He has a ‘God Father’ persona on the hill. So, dear visitors, please if you care for this nice place, bring this rubbish issue up with your resorts and if you do see this white-haired man – Foo Ah Kow riding his bike around, please say something to him.

The Shorea concrete spill – Pantai Hill Resort

Pantai Hill Orchard - Infrastructure mess

Concrete spilled on the road when Shorea was building its new pool. This is one of several stretches of concrete spillage by Shorea within the roads of Pantai Hill.

This issue has been raise with both -The Shorea contractor and the owners themselves. Both parties have blatantly ignored our requests to rectify the problem since March 2015.

Pantai Hill Orchard - Infrastructure mess

The concrete spillage forces cars to align to one side of the road, making the slippery ascent dangerous because of on-coming cars