10 Best Resorts In Malaysia For Your Next Holiday

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Envision a morning where ocean waves compose a symphony, and vibrant landscapes paint tales of sheer delight, seamlessly transporting you to the lap of opulence at a Malaysian island sanctuary—a dream haven crafted for nature aficionados and those with a taste for refinement.

In the rich tapestry of Malaysia, find your adventure – whether it's a romantic rendezvous or a family-friendly escapade. The canvas unfolds with island resorts tailored to every whim. Worried about the overwhelming task of selecting the perfect hideaway? Fear not, we've curated a list of resorts where leisure, luxury, and the enchanting beauty of Malaysian islands dance in perfect harmony.

Hold onto your hat because here's the exciting twist – Indians can now jet off on a Visa-Free journey to this island paradise, bidding farewell to visa hassles. It's the cherry on top of an already enticing escape, isn't it? So, what's your excuse? Scroll down and check out the list now!

1. The Datai Langkawi: A Tropical Paradise In The Rainforest

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Encapsulated by a primeval rainforest, The Datai Langkawi is a dreamy escape for those who seek relaxation and luxury in a lush green setting. Facing the glittering jewel of the Andaman Sea, this resort offers a slice of paradise for its guests, with stunning views, a private beach, a splendid spa, a golf course, and many nature activities.

You have two options to enjoy your stay: you can either cocoon yourself in the coziness of your elegant suites, or villas that harmonize effortlessly with the surroundings, and savor delicious local & international dishes, drinks, with a side of live music at the bar; or you can indulge in a bit of self-pampering at the resort’s spa, a fountain of youth, where you can experience healing therapies that involve authentic local ingredients. And the icing on the cake is the resort’s golf course, a masterpiece of design that challenges and delights the golfer in you.

Distance from airport: 40 minutes by car

Tariff: From INR 32,185 per night

To book a stay at The Datai Langkawi click here.

2. Pangkor Laut Resort: A Private Island Retreat

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Pangkor Laut Resort is a private island paradise, tucked against an idyllic backdrop, just 5km from Malaysia’s west coast. You can pick from seven types of villas and suites, each with its own character and flair. The Pavarotti Suite, named after the legendary singer who adored Pangkor Laut, is a two-bedroom marvel with endless views of nature and a colossal outdoor bath.

Apart from unwinding in the embrace of nature, you can feast on scrumptious Nyonya and Hock Chew dishes at Uncle Lim’s Kitchen, chill out in the infinity pool at the Royal Bay Beach Club, and enjoy your evening with a side of exotic Asian cuisine.

Reaching Pangkor Laut is a breeze, whether you fly to Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh, and the resort will arrange a car and a speedboat for you. Pangkor Laut Resort is the ideal destination to flee and pamper yourself in luxury and nature.

Distance from airport: 3 hours by car and 15 minutes by boat

Tariff: From INR 17,800 per night

To book a stay at Pangkor Laut Resort click here.

3. The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort: A Redang Island Gem

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Ever fantasized flying to an unspoilt island retreat, where you can savour the best of both worlds? Then you must check out The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, a hidden gem nestled on the sandbanks of Redang Island. Sitting at the doorstep of some of Redang's major attractions - The Turtle Sanctuary, Marine Park and Redang Island Museum.

This resort has everything you desire for a sublime tropical escape, from a private beach with powdery sand and azure water to snug and chic suites & villas artfully designed with modern minimalism ethos, and stunning views of tropical greens to keep you blissfully cocooned in vacation mode.

Distance from airport: 1 hour by car and 45 minutes by boat

Tariff: From INR 14,300 per night

To book a stay at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort click here

4. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat: A Wellness Sanctuary In Perak

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If your idea of luxury is something like staying at a resort lapped by islands in a spectacular valley, where nature’s healing powers welcome you. Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is your place to be. Here, you can dive into the wonders of the earth and enjoy its enchanting magic. Relax in your serene and chic villa, where you can choose from garden, water, or lake views, coupled with the luxury of private pools, jacuzzis, outdoor showers, and sun decks.

To end your day with a touch of relaxation, you can treat yourself to an invigorating massage at the spa village, where ancient and modern techniques merge to create holistic therapies and programs for its guests. Relish the delicious organic and scrumptious food, made with fresh and local ingredients. Or discover the exotic nearby attractions, like the Ipoh Old Town, Kellie’s Castle, the Gua Tempurung, and the Lost World of Tambun.

Distance from airport: 2 hours by car

Tariff: From INR 26,800 per night

To book a stay at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat click here.

5. Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort: A Borneo Adventure

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Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort is a dazzling display of the brand’s signature style, with its white marble, solid wood furniture and modern art. This resort shines on its own peninsula in the Borneo region of Malaysia, embraced by water and nature. The resort has two sections for guests to select from: Rooms in the Kinabalu Wing have views of either the sea or the mountains; while those in the Tanjung Wing have only the sea. The facilities at this Shangri-La property surpass the usual private beach and grand central block. Imagine sunrise yoga, kayaking lessons, and the very fun, coconut bowling.

Guests can also savor a variety of culinary delights within the premise. Shang Palace, the resort’s Chinese restaurant, and Peppino’s, the Italian option, offer formal dining, while the lively cooking stations of Café TATU are more relaxed. The most fun, however, is Coco Joe’s: a quirky, open-air restaurant serving grills, huge dishes, cocktails, and uninterrupted sea views.

Distance from airport: 45 minutes by car

Tariff: From INR 10,700 per night

To book a stay at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort click here.

6. Borneo Highlands Resort: A Serene Escape In Sarawak

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Uncover a hidden paradise in the heart of lush thickets of tropical greens, far from the noise of urban life, and plunge into a sanctuary of exotic flora and fauna, enveloped by pure tranquility. The 40-room luxury property works its enchanting magic, on a flawless canvas blending colonial architecture with rustic jungle charms, ensuring a select and intimate experience for guests. The resort also strives to provide a serene and harmonious atmosphere, where you can connect with your inner self and nature.

There are plenty of adventures to embark on at this resort, such as Mountain Biking, Guided Highland Tours, Rainforest Walk, Jungle Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Night Walk, Organic Farming, Waterfall Visit, Longhouse Visits, Bird Watching, and more. After a thrilling day in the wild, the Jungle Spa has all the elements of a rejuvenating oasis to make you feel alive all over again.

Distance from airport: 1.5 hours by car

Tariff: From INR 7,150 per night

To book a stay at Borneo Highlands Resort click here.

7. Berjaya Tioman Resort: A Tropical Island Oasis

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Uncover a majestic jewel of luxury and comfort, hidden in the heart of Pulau Tioman, where 200 acres of lush tropical rainforest and azure beachfront views welcome you. This four-star resort exudes a classic traditional charm, with a plethora of facilities and amenities to satisfy your every whim, from function halls, dive center, spa, golf course, outdoor team building circuit, swimming pools and various restaurants. You can cocoon yourself in cozy chalets and duplex structures that echo the local village architecture, perched on stilts along the beachfront or garden.

Whether you seek a family escapade, a romantic rendezvous or a corporate retreat, this is the ultimate destination to relax and rejuvenate. Every journey to this tropical haven will captivate you with the natural beauty of the island paradise, enticing you to discover its secrets. You'll be spellbound by the waters that are as dazzling below the surface as they are above, revealing amazing underwater stories. When you are surrounded by the gifts of nature, the possibilities are infinite. What do you think?

Tariff: From INR 5,364 per night

To book a stay at Berjaya Tioman Resort click here.

8. The St. Regis Langkawi: A Luxury Haven In Penang

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Experience the epitome of luxury at the St. Regis’s Langkawi property, a stunning oasis of elegance and comfort, tucked away on the beachside island town of Kuah. The colossal architectural wonder dazzles with its Middle Eastern-inspired white walls and wooden arches, creating a striking contrast with the azure sea. Inside, the decor of The Mansion evokes a cool European city hotel with lofty ceilings, white lounges, and local art.

The crowning glory, however, is the Kayu Puti: a wooden beach house perched over the ocean and crafted by famed architect Bill Bensley. International antiques, seashells, and regal chairs with peacock feathers adorn the interior, with the structure serving as a sublime spot for sunset cocktails.

Distance from airport: 30 minutes by car

Tariff: From INR 21,450 per night

To book a stay at The St. Regis Langkawi click here.

9. The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort: A French-Inspired Castle In Pahang

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Relive the romance and glamour of a bygone era at The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort - a French-inspired castle in Pahang. Perched on a hilltop, this resort boasts of breathtaking views of nature, crisp air, and lush greenery. The property is known for its impeccable French charm that'll spoil you with opulent and refined rooms and suites designed in whimsical French style and furnished with decent amenities.

You can pick from garden or mountain views, and revel in the features such as four-poster beds, chandeliers, fireplaces, and balconies. The property also boasts a spa, where you can pamper yourself with a soothing spa session, enjoying European techniques that involve organic products. The resort also flaunts a fitness centre, where you can partake in fitness classes, personal training, boot camps, and more. And also sports a golf course, where you can play a tranquil game while admiring the natural beauty. As for food & dining options, the resort is home to some of the finest gourmet cuisine, wine tasting, afternoon tea, and an organic buffet.

Distance from airport: 1.5 hours by car

Tariff: From INR 16,100 per night

To book a stay at The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort click here.

10. Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson: A Record-Breaking Resort In Negeri Sembilan

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Escape to a world of wonder and luxury at Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, the record-breaking resort that boasts the most overwater villas in the world. Perched above the azure waters of the Strait of Malacca, this resort is a haven for those who seek adventure and relaxation in equal measure.

Dive into your private pool, gaze at the marine life through the glass floor, or pamper yourself in the steam room or sauna. This is not just a resort, it’s a destination on its own.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The resort also features a spa that offers a variety of natural and marine-based treatments and massages to soothe your body and mind. And when you’re feeling hungry, you can choose from a plethora of dining options that serve mouthwatering seafood, local delicacies, and international cuisines. Whatever your taste, they have it covered. Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson is the ultimate hideaway for any discerning traveler. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets already!

Distance from airport: 1 hour by car

Tariff: From INR 8940 per night

To book a stay at Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson click here.

These resorts are more than just places to stay, they are destinations that offer everything you need to make your vacation a memorable one. Whether you crave the tropical sun & sand, exquisite self-pampering and wellness, splendid family fun, or a mere majestically romantic rendezvous, you will find it all and more in Malaysia.

Book your stay at one of these incredible resorts and delight yourself with the ultimate luxury and relaxation!

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