Top 10 Holiday Resorts in Malaysia

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What could be more satisfying after a long days’ worth of adventuring than a dip in a sparkling pool, a scrumptious local meal, and a soft king-sized bed. Many Malaysian resorts and hotels offer all these luxuries and more, but the establishments listed here possess an array of uniquely decadent qualities that make them a cut above the rest.

Whether you want to conduct your holiday experience from soothing, open-air villas overlooking the ocean, take a 30 second elevator trip from your spacious suite to a 5-star water and theme park, or live like a lord in a flower-girdled English manor, the resorts found here are sure to set you daydreaming.

As the Malaysian landscape abounds with so many great tourist destinations in city and country alike, we have included those resorts which encapsulate the distinct allurements of the peninsular in their amenities and services whilst also being situated at a convenient distance from Malaysia’s most famed attractions.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Nestled right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Shangri La has acquired a reputation as the criterion against which all other inner city hotels are measured. One need only glance at its opulent art-deco lobby and smiling attendants to see what a quality establishment the Shangri-La is. Its 612 guestrooms come fully furnished with flat screen televisions, coffee and tea making facilities and free Wi-Fi all situated within stylishly decorated confines.

Guests are also encouraged to take advantage of Shangri-La’s numerous health and leisure amenities guaranteed to revitalize and delight. These include Jacuzzis, steam and sauna rooms and a Gymnasium were the guest can work out whilst enjoying garden views. A full-sized outdoor swimming pool is also available and is perfect for making the most of those humid KL nights.

For the businessman on the go, the Shangri-La offers state-of the art tele and videoconferencing technologies, as well as 15 efficient conference rooms.

Looking for a party experience that is out of this world? The Shangri-La offers a range of pre-arranged theme party packages that are a great way to make that wedding or conference unforgettable. Themes include ‘1001 Nights’: which recreates the lavish Arabian splendor of the famous legend, ‘Carnival Samba’: for lovers of Latin Fiesta, and “Carry on Up the Jungle” which combines the wonders of the rainforest with the luxuries of the hotel.

To compliment your stay in Kuala Lumpur with comfort and style, look no further than the Shangri-La.


Address: 11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur 50250, Malaysia

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Pangkor Laut Resort

With a voluminous list of awards and accolades, and an even longer list of favorable customer reviews, the Pangkor Laut resort possesses everything you would want on a tropical island resort and more. Guests can return from a day’s worth of sight-seeing and beach-activities – around the magical island of Pangkor – to the exclusive beauty of the resort’s many fine rooms. Just a few of the sumptuous accommodation choices offered include a Spa, Sea and Garden Villas as well as the famous two-bedroom Pavarotti suite (named after the great tenor who so frequently holidayed at the Island.). Pangkor Laut Resort boasts a wide variety of delicious eateries and casual bars that feature the very best of local, eastern and western culinary delights. Fishermen’s cove is particularly famous for its seafood menu, though children under the age of 16 are not admitted.

Chartered Sunset Cruises, fishing and snorkeling, golf and even Tai-Chi sessions can be easily arranged by Pangkor Laut Resort’s friendly staff. For the guest who wants to experience flawless luxury without leaving the hotel, luxury spa access is also offered.

So, if you want to be pampered like a sultan at a location that the “King of the High C’s” himself was proud to lay his hat, look no further than Pangkor Laut Resort.

Address: Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia

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The Majestic Malacca

The ideal point of departure for anyone who wants to absorb the rich history and neon-lit nightlife of Malacca, the Majestic hotel – dating back to the 1920’s – combines old fashioned charm with every modern luxury a guest could hope for. Every facet of the Majestic Malacca’s splendid rooms, right down to the claw footed bathtubs, hearkens back to the sleepy grandeur of Malacca’s golden years.  Trishaw rides that follow the most historical circuits of the city can be booked at the hotel lobby, as can lazy river-cruises that drift through some of the most picturesque locations that Malacca has to offer.

Guests who want to stimulate the mind as well as the senses can recline at the Majestic’s old-fashioned library – fully equipped with comfy armchairs and soft-lamps. Gym and swimming pool access is also available.

The cultural connoisseur who wants to really experience the essence of Malaysia will no doubt find the Majestic Malacca to be the perfect selection.

Address: 188 Jalan Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia

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The Danna Langkawi

The Langkawi archipelago bristles with beach resorts and hotels, but few compare to the Danna. Sandwiched between jade waters and emerald hills, the Danna showcases an eclectic tapestry of unique activities, spacious sweets (with views to die for) and magnificent restaurants. One can wake up to the sumptuous comforts of the hotel suite before ambling down to the white sands at the water’s edge to enjoy activities such as Island Hopping, snorkeling and diving, or even a mangrove cruise. In the evenings, couples can enjoy sunset views from the comfort of their own private beach-front pagodas, or laze happily about the 3-Tier swimming pool. The Danna’s Smokey “drawing room” contains a delectable catalogue of wines famed throughout the world, and the Planter’s Poolside Restaurant is perfect for some Al-Fresco dining.

The prospective guest can have their desire for the Danna whetted further at the listed website, which offers a 360 degree virtual tour!

Address: Telaga Harbour Park Pantai Kok 07000 Langkawi, Malaysia
Phone: 04 959 3288

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Gayana Eco Resort 

For the guest of the Green disposition, the Gayana Eco resort is a dream come true. Situated on the edges of an amazing coral reef, this amazing resort also doubles as a Marine Ecology Research Centre devoted to sustaining its local natural wonders. During their stay, guests can kayak along the edges of the butterfly-filled jungles as well as swim amongst colorful seahorses and colossal clams.  The Gayana resort also provides a number of decadent pampering services, as well as a magnificent and (predictably) eco-friendly spa. The traditional Malay-style villas of Gayana are perfectly harmonized with the surrounding mangroves, rainforest and ocean, and guests will often find the boundary between natural and artificial comforts frequently blurred.

So, for a five-star luxury experience that will also allow you to get in touch with your wild-side, the Gayana Eco Resort is certainly the place to be.

Address: Malohom Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Phone: 088 271098
Fax: 019 8816527

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The Lake House- Cameron Highlands

Surrounded with a gorgeous array of flowers, this charming Tudor-Style boutique resort combines the coziness of the English Countryside with Malaysia’s natural bounty. Its 19 splendid rooms are furnished with antique table-fans and bathroom facilities, helping to thoroughly create the impression that the guest has gone back to simpler times.

The magnificent countryside and forests that border The Lake House can also be taken advantage of by the guest, with tours that explore both the natural wonders of the Cameron Highlands and the buildings that are part of its heritage. Guests can also relax at the Lake House’s rejuvenating Satkara Spa before enjoying a delicious meal at the resort’s candle-lit bar and restaurant.

For a truly transportive resort experience, the Lake House Cameron Highlands cannot be beat.

Address: 30th Mile Ringlet, 39200 Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia

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The Chateau: Spa and Organic Wellness Resort

Guests are sure to feel like royalty at this incredible resort, modeled after an 18th century French castle. The Chateau is the very first organic wellness resort of its kind, offering a wide variety of body therapy services, spa treatments and stress relief programs. Professional nutritional consultation is also provided for visitors who truly want to embark upon a rebirthing experience during their stay. Lovers of action will also be well satisfied with the Chateau’s Adventure Park which offers paintball, canopy walks and rock-climbing. Horse Riding packages are also available for purchase.

The Chateau also boasts some of the best organic gourmet dining to be found anywhere in the world, which the guest can enjoy at any of the hotels five eateries.

Address: KM 48 Persimpangan Bertingkat Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi, Berjaya Hills, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 28750 (Tunjuk Peta)
Phone: 09 221 3888
Fax: 09 221 3828

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Tanjong Jara Resort

One of the most dazzling resorts to be found on the Malaysian East Coast, the Tanjong Jara encapsulates the traditional regality and brilliance once reserved only for the Malaysian kings of old. Overlooking the picturesque South China Sea, the Tanjong Jara resort offers a number of exciting water activities including snorkeling, diving and river cruises. However, the picnic excursion to Chemerung Waterfall offered by the resort is particularly special, though it is only offered after March. The sweet-scented rooms and suites of Tanjong Jara harness the ascetics of the surrounding landscape, and the guest can fall asleep to the sound of wavelets lapping the beach.

Guests can enjoy a game of tennis and a dip in the pool before enjoying the spectacular Di Atas Sungei restaurant which sits atop a running river. The local food available at the Atas Sungai is of the highest quality, and the masters of cuisine that serve it are so knowledgeable, and know so well how to formulate meals to suite any palate, that menus are dispensed with completely!

Address: Batu 8 | (off Jalan Dungun), Dungun 23000, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Phone: 03 2783 1000

Take a look at Tanjong Jara on Agoda.

Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa

The perfect hotel choice for family vacationing, Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa offers an exceptional array of lavish facilities and services that are sure to excite and delight. However, the most obvious reason for the Hotel’s popularity is that it is connected to the amazing Sunway Lagoon Water-Park and Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall. One can hang with ease at Sunway Lagoon’s man made surf beach – the largest on earth! – or engage in some retail therapy at the colossal, Egyptian-themed, Sunway Pyramid. As for the Resort Hotel, guests can take advantage of the Rooftop tennis courts and 24 hour fitness center. There is even an artificial waterfall to frolic beneath.

Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa contains a variety of rooms and suites to choose from, many of which have incredible views overlooking the Lagoon. Each is also fully furnished with colossal beds, flat-screen televisions and high-speed internet access.

Address: Persiaran Lagoon, 46150 Petaling Jaya
Phone: 03 7492 8000
Fax: 03 7492 8001

Take a look at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa on Agoda.

Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru

This magnificent hotel, idyllically situated a short distance away from Singapore, and Johor’s famous Lego Land Theme Park, contains all the comforts you could want from a top-notch resort along with some added benefits. Guests can cool off at the Thistle’s lavish two-level swimming pool, loosen up with massage and sauna treatments, enjoy a match or two of tennis, or simply lounge in luxury in one of the hotel’s 380 plush rooms. The nearby City Square Mall, showcasing some popular factory outlet stores, is the perfect spot to while away the hours. Or, should you want to add a dash of culture to your stay in Johor, the Royal Sultan Abu Bakar Museum is a mere 0.9 miles from the hotel entrance.

Iskandar Malaysia, Johor Bahru’s major southern development corridor, has improved the residential and recreational landscape of the region vastly over the past few years. Skate parks, playgrounds, theme-parks and even water-sport centers are planned for the Johor Bahru region, and the Thistle Hotel will serve as the perfect point of departure from which to enjoy these dazzling new features. In the meantime however, guests are sure to find myriad ways to enjoy themselves at this convenient, and critically acclaimed establishment, which only last year won’s travelers choice award for being among the top 25 trendiest hotels!

Address: Jalan Sungai Chat, 80100 Johor Bahru
Phone: 07 222 9234

Take a look at Thistle Hotel Johor Bahru on Agoda.

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