12 Idyllic hotels and resorts in Malaysia for a staycation to remember


By Natalie Khoo

12 Idyllic hotels and resorts in Malaysia for a staycation to remember

Itching to travel but not ready to fly out of the country (or be subjected to mandatory quarantine when you return) yet? We hear you. Thankfully, Malaysia is not short of travel destinations to scratch that itch, without compromising safety and hygiene measures even as we transition from the pandemic to the endemic phase.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up a list of idyllic hotels and resorts from East to West Malaysia, along with their respective travel packages to consider for your next local staycation.

[Disclaimer: Although the following information is accurate at time of writing, make sure to check with the respective establishments for updates or changes.]

1. Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak

Nestled in a two million-year-old rainforest along the Straits of Malacca, Pangkor Laut Resort is a private haven to immerse yourself in emerald waters and sandy beaches. To house this resort and its Estates, only a fraction of the island’s 300 acres has been developed.

Enjoy an all-inclusive stay at the resort with the Residents’ Package, which comes with accommodation; daily set breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two; return scheduled speedboat transfers to and from Marina Island Pangkor; and a Jungle Walk with the Resident Naturalist.


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Price: From RM1,099 nett per night

For reservations and enquiries, contact +605 699 1100 or visit the website.


2. Tanjong Jara Resort, Terengganu

Located in Kuala Dungun on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Tanjong Jara Resort is a secluded paradise defined by age-old Sucimurni philosophies. The resort is designed to reflect 17th century Malay palaces and faces a crescent-shaped beach of golden sand.

The Residents’ Package includes accommodation, a two-course set lunch and two-course set dinner for two, in-room wireless internet access, and a Jara Hill Walk with the Resident Naturalist. Additionally, the offer comes with flexible date changes of up to seven times, as long as they are made seven days prior to arrival at the resort.

Price: From RM799 nett per night

For reservations and enquiries, call +603 2783 1000 or visit the website.


3. Club Med Cherating, Pahang

Club Med Cherating, the first Club Med resort in Southeast Asia, has recently reopened on 15 October 2021 even as it looks forward to expansions across the region. Spanning 85 hectares, the resort is a pioneer of the all-inclusive holiday experience in Malaysia, offering a multitude of adventure sports in addition to social, F&B and entertainment venues.

In conjunction with its reopening, Club Med is introducing a special three-day, two-night package where guests can take advantage of its wide range facilities and amenities away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With the ‘Safe Together’ protocol in place, guests can also be assured of heightened hygiene and safety measures supported by Ecolab for peace of mind to relax and enjoy their holiday.


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Price: RM930+ per adult (for a 3D2N all-inclusive stay)

For reservations and enquiries, call +603 2053 1888 or visit the website.


4. The Majestic Malacca, Malacca

Steeped in the rich tapestry of colonial history and multicultural influences, The Majestic Malacca reflects the heritage architecture and eclectic cuisine of the city from its exteriors to its warm hospitality. At the heart of the hotel is a restored 1920s Straits Settlement mansion, characterised by original porcelain tile flooring and teakwood fittings that amalgamate luxury, modernity, and tradition.

Opt for the Kristang Dine & Stay Package to discover the unique Kristang heritage that’s integral to its identity. The package is inclusive of accommodation, daily set breakfast for two, a complimentary Kristang 3-course dinner at The Mansion for two, a Historical Walk around the city, and Ultimate Flexibility for date changes of up to seven times until December 2022.

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