Get away: 4 luxurious Malaysian resorts for your next staycation
Relax and take in the view
The Datai Langkawi
Surrounded by a 10 million-year-old rainforest on Langkawi's secluded Northwest tip and flanked by Machinchang mountain, The Datai Langkawi is a combination of a jungle and sea experience. Choose to stay in villas catered to your desires, be it a rainforest experience you want in rustic villas deep in the rainforest where you can be surrounded by the local wildlife,
private beach villas with butler service, a private pool and sundeck or the Villa Hutan Experience with four separate bedroom pavilions and your very own living pavilion, dining area, al fresco bar, swimming pool and sundeck. Keep entertained with a variety of activities such as golfing, snorkelling, wind-surfing, kayaking, boating, morning and evening rainforest walks guided by the in-resident Jungle Walla, playing tennis, swimming or attending a Malay and Thai cooking class or batik workshop.
For further information, visit www.thedatai.com
The Taaras Resort
Indulge in The Taaras Villa, a private five-bedroom residence perched high up on the cliff with a Villa Host at your beck and call, 24-hour security, an infinity swimming pool, a personal fitness room and interior and exterior lounge decks. And if your idea of a mini getaway involves having not to think about anything, the Leisure Concierge will take matters into their hands and organise your day for you, whether it's breakfast on your balcony, a snorkelling sessing, an island picnic or diving. You can even learn to dive during your stay if you don't already know how to, with an instructor at the Five Star PADI Dive Resort and Instructor Development Centre.
For further information, visit www.thetaaras.com
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
It's all about rejuvenation and calm at the Banjara Hotsprings Retreat. Situatied in a valley, surrounded by 260 million-year old Paleozoic limestone hills, a rainforest, a rejuvenating geothermal hot spring, natural caves and cascading waterfalls, you know you're in for a treat. Soak in the geothermal hot springs dipping pools containing fresh hot water that billow up daily from the ground below or spend time in one of the three caves around the retreat - a thermal steam cave, a meditation cave made of granite and limestone and a crystal cave where amethyst and quartz crystals line the walls. And there is even a Garra Rufa doctor fish pool for a one-of-a-kind aquatic treatment where the special breed of fish nibble away dead skin on your feet.
For further information, visit www.thebanjaran.com
Gaya Island Resort
Located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu and set on the shores of Pulau Gaya, the largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Gaya Island Resort has idyllic golden sand beaches, dive sites and untouched tropical rainforests. It's the perfect couple's retreat as there are plenty to do together. Sail into the sunset onboard the Borneo Stardust Voyage, a cruise aboard the resort's 64-foot private luxury yacht and be spoilt by food grilled on deck by the personal chef. If that's not enough, the resort offers activities to keep you busy, whether you want to explore the island, get physical with water activities, discover Borneo craftworks and dance or rejuvenate during one of the resort's traditional spa treatments.
For further information, visit www.gayaislandresort.com