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

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

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Text: Ronn Tan Natalie Khoo

Image: One&Only Desaru Coast
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Have you started your domestic travel plans yet? We've rounded up a list of local resorts along with their respective travel packages to consider for your next staycation

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

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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.

Price: From RM1,099 nett per night

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

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2. Tanjong Jara Resort, Terengganu

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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.

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3. Club Med Cherating, Pahang

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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.

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

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

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4. The Majestic Malacca, Malacca

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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.

Price: From RM500++ per night

For reservations and enquiries, call +606 289 8000 or visit the website.

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5. Cameron Highlands Resort, Pahang

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Set amongst rustling tea leaves 1,500 meters above sea level, Cameron Highlands Resort is the place to go for a peaceful highland retreat. The architecture here is reminiscent of the grand colonial heritage, from timber-beamed ceilings to tall French doors.

Escape to the highlands with the Residents Package which offers daily set breakfast, set lunch, and set dinner for two; a complimentary Guided Walk with the Resident Naturalist; and Ultimate Flexibility for date changes of up to seven times, seven days prior to arrival.

Price: From RM699++ per night

For reservations and enquiries, contact +605 491 1100 or visit the website.

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6. Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

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Located along Pasir Panjang Beach, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson offers water villas and tower rooms that each come equipped with a private dip pool and steam room.

The resort is currently having a limited-time-only ‘10 Out of 10’ offer for guests to book their ideal Lexis getaway to enjoy a much needed break from daily life. Relax and unwind with the melting pot of dining options as well as outdoor activities at the expansive resort without worry thanks to stringent cleaning and safety measures to safeguard guests from check-in to check-out.

Price: From RM310 for a 2D1N stay

For reservations and enquiries, contact +606 660 2626 or visit the website.

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7. One&Only Desaru Coast, Johor

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Opened in late 2020, One&Only Desaru Coast comprises a collection of luxury suites, a crowning villa, and One&Only Private Homes. The fairly new resort sits on 128 acres of white powder sands on the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia.

Malaysian guests can enjoy a Staycation in Style with the resort’s exclusive offer that’s inclusive of daily breakfast for two adults, daily guest activity per adult, and savings on spa treatments at Chenot Spa as well as food bills at restaurants and bars within the resort.

Price: From RM2,166 per night

For reservations and enquiries, contact +607 878 3400 or visit this website.

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8. The Datai Langkawi, Kedah

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Tucked away in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, The Datai Langkawi is a serene haven surrounded by natural flora and fauna. Private verandahs with breathtaking views come with each room, suite, or villa, accompanied by a myriad of wellness facilities and holistic activities around the resort.

Book yourself The Datai Staycation to enjoy best room rates for a Canopy Deluxe Room with complimentary upgrade to the next category (subject to availability), daily signature breakfast for two adults and two children below 12 years old, and a 15 per cent discount on food, beverage, and spa treatments.

Price: From RM1,190 per night

For reservations and enquiries, email [email protected] or visit the website.

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9. Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang

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Located on the iconic Batu Feringghi area, the resort comes with a lagoon-style pool, expansive tropical gardens, and architecture designed in traditional Minangkabau style.

To welcome guests back to its serene beachside paradise, the resort is offering the “Selamat Kembali—We Miss You” package of a complimentary third night for every booking of a two-night stay. It is also inclusive of daily breakfast for two adults and two children below six years old at Spice Market Café and welcome drinks on arrival.

Price: From RM1,080 for three nights

For reservations and enquiries, contact 1300 88 7388 or visit the website.

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10. Cove 55, Sarawak

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Originally built as a holiday home for an Iban family, Cove 55 is a luxury boutique resort located at the foot of Mount Santubong. Comprising one villa, two suites, and 13 rooms, this is the ideal hideaway for those who prefer privacy and seclusion.

Whether you’re looking for a sense of Escape, Relaxation, Indulgence or Discovery, Cove55 has something for you. Each package comes with complimentary breakfast and lowest room rates for stays from now until 31 December 2021.

Price: From RM425+

For reservations and enquiries, contact +608 2846 068, email [email protected] or visit the website.

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11. The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi, Kedah

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Nestled on the edge of the Andaman Sea, this beautiful resort boasts a range of accommodation that come with unparalleled views of the 10 million-year-old rainforest. The premium villas are also equipped with private pools, so guests can stay in all-day and still have a good splash if they want to. What's more, the resort is home to the island's only overwater spa. 

Couples planning for a romantic getaway can book the Ultimate Romance experience for an unforgettable private escape. The offer is available with a minimum three-night stay and comes complete with daily buffet breakfast at Langkawi Kitchen, complimentary champagne and macarons on arrival, in-room drawn bath with infused oils, daily replenishment of soft beverages in honour bar, a Signature Dining Beyond experience on the beach for two, an In-Villa Barbecue for two, and a 60-minute Time Together Massage for two.

Price: From RM6,000 for three nights

For reservations and enquiries, contact +604 952 4888 or visit the website.

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12. The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Johor

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Set along the South China Sea, this serene sanctuary is especially popular among families thanks to its proximity to the Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast. Featuring scenic views from its private balconies and the signature Westin Heavenly Bed to lay your head after a day of exploring the resort, you're bound to have a rejuvenating experience here.


Treat the family to a splashing good time with the Escape! Adventure Waterpark Package, featuring exhilarating rides, fun activities for children, and a myriad of dining options. The package includes daily breakfast for two at Seasonal Tastes, one-time entrance tickets to the waterpark for two, and exclusive discounts on food, beverage, and spa treatments at the resort.

Price: Subject to dates

For reservations and enquiries, contact +607 838 3333 or visit the website.

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