Are you a minimalist traveller that seeks simplicity and comfort above all else? Or are you adventurous enough to choose something other than the conventional hotel room? If you find yourself answering yes to these questions, then cylindrical-shaped hotels may just be the thing for you.
Providing basic amenities that include shared bathrooms and (mostly) air-conditioned dwelling spaces that often fit two adults, tube-style hotels are quickly becoming a thing in Malaysia. And rightfully so with their quirky architecture and unique facilities.
While these places are often booked-out by single young travellers, they can also accommodate families looking to scratch unique stays off their bucket lists. Here are seven of Malaysia’s most unique cylinder-shaped hotels.
1. Time Capsule Retreat, Pahang
Located in Sungai Lembing is Time Capsule Retreat, and if you haven’t been living under a rock, you may have seen this pop up on your Instagram feed. Surrounded by lush greenery, this destination will have you feeling as though you’re smack bang in a Lord of The Rings
Take your pick from one of their two capsule stays — one option is a garden view and the other of the jungle, but both will only accommodate two people. For those in a larger group, opt to book a few of their cylinder-shaped accommodations, Deluxe Cottage Room, or choose the Parallel Discovery, which comes with an outdoor tub!
Address: Sungai Lembing, 26090 Sungai Lembing, Pahang
Contact: +6013 963 8888
2. Tubotel Langkawi, Kedah
For those looking to check-in at a more budget-friendly concept stay in Langkawi, you may want to consider the quirky Tubotel. The colourful tube rooms have air-conditioning, fans, and a killer waterfront view. Booking a stay here comes with a complimentary intercontinental breakfast, and if you need some snacks for your room, there’s an on-site mini market.
Another cool thing about this hotel? You can ‘work’ for free boat trips to nearby islands with some clean-up work and Cenang Beach is only a five-minute drive away. There’s a variety of the usual water sports available too so you won’t be bored!
Address: Kuala Cenang, 07000 Pantai Cenang, Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +6012 476 2486
3. Lata Kolam Ecopark, Terengganu
Get lost in the lush jungle during your stay at Lata Kolam Ecopark. A location that offers many types of accommodations, which also includes tube stays, this park is perfect for those looking to escape the city’s hustle and bustle.
Besides their pastel-coloured cylinder-shaped rooms, you can also choose to pitch a tent or stay at one of their chalets. Either way, you’ll be able to enjoy the calming sounds of the river and three-tiered waterfalls nearby.
Address: Jalan Kolam Air Panas Kampung LA, 22010 Jerteh, Terengganu
Contact: +6019 693 1662
4. Green Valley Eco Resort, Johor
The brand-spankin’-new Green Valley Eco Resort in Johor Bahru has become the talk of the town since its opening. Their colourfully-paned entrances invite guests to a cosy igloo-like stay where they can enjoy amenities like the swimming pool, karaoke room (yeap, you read that right), and even a mini farm!
Accommodation fees include a tea break and dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second. Like all tube-shaped stays, space is minimal, so guests are encouraged to keep it to two persons per room. Those in larger groups can opt for the family room, which comfortably accommodates five people.
Address: Lot 752, Batu 20, Jalan Sungai Tiram, Ulu Tiram 81800 Johor Bahru, Johor
Contact: +6016 727 8800
5. The Culvert Resort, Sarawak
Eco-friendly tourism has boomed in recent years as most travellers seek sustainable accommodations, and following that trend is The Culvert Resort in Santubong, Sarawak. Here, guests can reconnect with nature and enjoy eco-friendly room designs with facilities like the sauna and dipping pool to elevate your stay in a lush green environment.
Other available experiences include ATV rides in the jungle, hiking, and watching the sunset from a deck on top of a cliff! For the foodies, choose to dine at their Tanju’ Beach Club or Tanju’ Cafe, and if you want the ultimate experience, choose the private dining option.
Address: Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Block 2 Salak Land District Santubong Damai 93050 Kuching, Sarawak
Contact: +6019 889 9925
6. Culvert View, Sabah
From the beach, we take it back to the forest at Culvert View — a more laidback stay with an incomparable view of the great Mount Kinabalu. The cool Kundasang breeze and stargazing at night are also high-selling points of this cylindrical hotel.
Guests can expect the usual amenities available at this fun and colourful destination, and we kid you not when we tell you there are Insta-worthy backdrops everywhere! Book a guided ATV or jungle trekking tour to explore further. If you want to take it easy, that’s fine too, and there is plenty to enjoy on-site with loved ones.
Address: Jalan Lobou-lobou Satu, Kampung Lembah Permai Kundasang, 89307 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Contact: +6016 832 4872
7. Semenyih Eco Venture Resort & Recreation, Selangor
Like most cylindrical stays in Malaysia, the Semenyih Eco Venture Resort & Recreation is also surrounded by lush greenery. Famous for its team building, family day, and other group activities, this destination won’t have you sitting still for too long because there are lots to do. Some of the many fun activities include ATV, biking, fishing, futsal, and there’s even a Ninja Warrior activity.
For those who with kids or simply want to scale down on the adrenaline, check out their petting zoo or go kayaking! There are plenty of cuisine options available on-site at any of the three restaurants.
Address: Lot PT 1351, Jalan Sungai Lalang, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor
Contact: +6017 420 9358