A collection of small homes in the hills of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, only a short distance from the bustling capital of Kuala Lumpur, but a world away from the trappings of modern living.
Awake each morning to the chirping of birds, the rustling of leaves, the rays of light through the trees. Fall asleep each night to the creeking of cikadas and crickets, the cool jungle air, the stars and clouds over moonlit skies.
Before there was Awanmulan the retreat, there was Mulan the dog. As a little pup with her brother Mowgli were discovered in a drain near our old family home by our neighbour. Mulan came to live with us, while her brother lived next door. She was given the name of the ancient Chinese female general who impersonated a man to rise up the ranks of the military.
Mulan was the most awesome canine family member we have had. Super intelligent and empathic she lived with us and gave us many beautiful memories. She passed away at the age of twelve during the construction of Mr and Mrs Teng's new house on the hills of Kampung Pantai, Negeri Sembilan, and was buried on the land. Awanmulan is malay for "Mulan's Cloud" which is in reference to the misty fog that envelops the house on rainy days which we have declared belongs to Mulan for all time.
The retreat of awanmulan was completed in many stages. The first plot of land facing east started construction in late 2009. The first house that was built was Teratak Bonda (which is malay for Mother's hut). The other family rooms Kesidang and Sunrise followed a year after. The western hillside land across the road was purchased soon thereafter where the Sasterawan and Evensong houses were built and some time in 2013 began the construction of the Durian Runtuh house which was completed at the end of 2014. The Senjja container house was then envisioned and completed in early 2016. All rooms were built to bring about a sense of being at a home away from home and as such are fully equipped with all cooking equipment and dining utensils. Self catering is encouraged and coal barbecues very popular amongst visitors.
The eastern wing of the retreat housing the Teratak Bonda, Kesidang and Sunrise rooms was subsequently sold to a private owner in early 2018 but we continue to receive guests on the western wing facing sunset.
Our Sky Pool (facing sunset) is the most popular focal points of activity. Swim in the cool lightly salted water and stare at the serenity of the hills, or the expansiveness of skies and let your worries dissolve and wither away as the sun sets over the western horizon. Also enjoy the company of our loving resident dogs Gina and Daniel whom you will find wandering around the pool area, coming to say hello. You may also find Mrs Teng wearing her straw hat and tending to her lovely garden.