AFTER a three-year wait, the Boulder Valley Glamping Site in Penang is open to the public who want to try camping without sacrificing modern comforts.
The place in the Teluk Bahang-Balik Pulau eco-tourism belt offers glamorous camping or ‘glamping’ in short, amid the unique boulders and tropical greens.
It was developed on a 10ha site by Amazing Discovery Sdn Bhd.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the site was an abandoned rubber estate with only earth tracks.
“There were no water supply, electricity or any infrastructure.
“But it has since been transformed beyond my expectations,” he said during the soft opening recently.
The place features tents that are equipped with beds, air-conditioners, water heaters, fans, safes and other necessities.
The rooms are known as Safari Tent, Family Safari Tent, Tented Villa, Family Tent Villa and Grand Tented Villa.
Nature lovers can also hold events in the jungle with facilities like Dining Glass House, Glass House Event Place, Pre-Function Area and the Jungle Glades, where the choice of using glass enables the guests to enjoy natural viewsof the environment.
Day trips are also available for those who are not into glamping but wish to enjoy the wildlife ambience of Boulder Valley.
It is open from noon to 7pm with RM30 per entry. The money paid can be used as dining vouchers at the restaurant.
Chow said he was impressed by the owners – Amazing Discovery Sdn Bhd – who preserved the original environment while making it more convenient to others.
“This is an example of sustainable eco-tourism practice.
“The way the owners preserved the natural environment while releasing the economic potential isremarkable, as only 4.5% of the 10ha has been used as built-up area.
“I first heard of glamping from Amazing Discovery Sdn Bhd five years ago.
“Today, it has become a trend and lifestyle in Malaysia.
“The state government willgive its utmost assistance to all eco-tourism players as this is an important sector in the tourism industry,” he said.
Owner Heah Gek Huah said phases two and three of the project were in the pipeline.
They involve the building of a 120-room eco-hotel, 36 villas, 40 chalets and 100 ‘Bird Nest’ villas.
He thanked the state and federal governments as well as the local authorities for helping to make the project a success.