Some call it ecotourism, others call it sustainable travel – but it’s what we have always done on our little piece of paradise.
Sustainable travel is about positively impacting the local population and environment when you travel. The founding family of The Dusun Dusun has always tried to do both.
When Helen and David arrived in this area, the locals were amused by their fluent Malay. They hired and befriended villagers who had helpful local knowledge and skills. Their younger children played with kids in the neighbouring village. The Dusun still hire locally when possible. The founding family and management team maintain good relations with local villagers and business owners in Seremban.
Our guided jungle trek, traditional massages and catered meals are designed to raise awareness of Malaysia’s beautiful natural and cultural heritage and support local traditions, businesses and communities.
When it came to building, the contractors were always amused when we’d bellyache about cutting even just one tree to make way for a house or a path. Instead of cutting the landscape to fit a structure, we designed structures to fit into the landscape.
We don’t need pesticides as the fruit trees are resilient, and our vegetable patches are mainly organic. Chicken shit is a favourite for fertiliser, and our guests produce huge amounts of compost.
All wastewater goes back into the ground and trees, so we buy eco-friendly cleaning products from the Malaysian non-profit Truly Loving Company (TLC). Our complimentary plastic-free soap and shampoo are handmade and customised by the talented people at Kinder Soaps in Kuala Lumpur.
Life on the Dusun may be surprising to some. Still, it is designed for those who enjoy fresh air, lush greenery, jungle views, lingering private meals, peaceful strolls and tranquil swims. All accompanied by the wonderfully uncoordinated orchestra of birds, crickets and frogs. Our commitment to ecotourism in intertwined with our concept and way of life.
Helen in one of her gardens. She is usually tends
to the trees and gardens in the mornings.
A baby pumpkin hanging on the vine.
When in season, these go into our barbecue sets.
The Dusun Walk winds around mature durian trees
and are mostly covered in soft moss.