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Malaysia Beach Hotels & Resorts

Malaysia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South East Asia. It’s known for its vast range of islands featuring tropical climate, rainforests, diverse and unique cultures, and beautiful beaches. The islands in Malaysia are also known for their vast availability of coral reefs, and as such they make for great snorkeling and diving spots. In addition to the beaches, the Malaysian islands are also popular for their temples, adventure activities, and their vast range of luxury resorts. In this list we’ve reviewed the top 15 beach hotels in Malaysia so you can make sure that every minute of your trip is luxurious.

# 1

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Malaysia

This Four Seasons Resort is located in Langkawi island, on a beautiful white sand beach alongside dense foliage-heavy limestone cliffs. The resort’s private beach is one of the best in the island of Langkawi, and perhaps even in all of Malaysia. Langkawi itself is an archipelago of 99 islands, and it’s famous for its UNESCO protected mangroves. The resort is surrounded by lush green gardens, and the exteriors of the buildings are designed in a Moroccan style. The service in the hotel is impeccable, and all the staff members make it a point to familiarize themselves with all their guests’ tastes and preferences so that they can serve you perfectly. The hotel is west facing, and as such it’s perfectly placed so that the setting sun always hits it just right. You can enjoy the sunset view from your private villas, the restaurant, or the beach. There are 2 sets of pools in the hotel. The first set is a combination of four pools meant for families with kids. The second set is meant solely for adults who want to enjoy some peace away from children. This adult pool also comes with 8 walled cabanas for the benefit of couples and honeymooners. There are three restaurants in the hotel — Ikan Ikan, Kelapa Grill, and Serai. The first of these restaurants serves Malaysian cuisine, the second is for seafood, and the latter of these serves Italian cuisine. The villas are designed in an Arabic style with a lot of wood and marble accents. The bathroom is the best feature of the villas as it’s completely marble clad and comes with a terrazzo soaking tub.

# 2

The Datai Langkawi

The Datai is located on the quiet northwestern stretch of the Langkawi islands. It’s located in the midst of tropical rainforests, perched high on a cliff, with white sand beaches down below. The beach below the hotel is privately owned, and as such this is the perfect place to retreat to if you want some quiet time to yourself. This tropical resort is built completely from timber, and as such it looks like it’s a part of the jungles around it. The resort is always brightly lit with plenty of natural light, however that’s largely because of their open wall aesthetic, as opposed to the more modern glass wall aesthetic. Every single room in the hotel has a magnificent view of the jungle, and a few look out at the sea as well. Despite being labeled a beach hotel, The Datai is really more of a jungle hotel. The resort grounds span across 46 acres, and they have plenty of golf buggies lying around that can take you around the villas, spa, rooms, etc. The hotel also lends out water sports equipment such as snorkeling gear, kayaks, etc, however they don’t give out motor sports equipment. The beach club also features a bar and a swimming pool, however this is a strict adults-only zone, and as such you can go here if you’d like to escape from your kids for a while. The hotel spa comprises a series of four villas located along a stream, and the spa treatments you’ll receive have been derived from ancient methods of healing and from the Maya traditions. This is the perfect resort for relaxation and tranquility.

# 3

Casa del Mar Langkawi

The Casa del Mar resort is located in Langkawi’s Cenang Beach, and it’s one of the most pleasant beach hotels amongst the Malaysian islands. This resort is meant for adults only, and there are only a few rooms available. As such, they ensure that your stay at their resort will be peaceful and restful, and it also feels extremely exclusive. The villas and rooms are designed in a terra-cotta style, and as such they’re made to look homely and warm. There are only three storeys in the building, however you get a sweeping view of the sea from every room in the hotel. They also have a library from which you can borrow books or DVDs. The rooms in the hotel embody a distinct Spanish elegance with large candelabras used for lighting and parquet floors adding some warmth to the room. The rooms also come with a jar of peanuts and cookies that you can snack on. These small touches of intimacy really make the hotel feel exclusive and a class apart. The beach is just a few feet from the resort, however it’s just as tempting to simply lounge by the hotel pool all day, especially since it looks out at the beach and it’s in the prime spot to glitter during sunset. The Satkara Spa is a must-visit as it includes a number of different massage techniques from regions across the globe. Breakfast and meals at La Sal, the hotel restaurant, are always great. Guests can choose any number of meals from the a la carte menu.

# 4

Gayana Eco Resort

The Gayana Eco Resort is located on Malohom Bay, which is in the southern coast of the Gaya island. The nearest metropolis is Kota Kinabalu, and this island is a short 20 minute ride from it by motorboat. While the resort is located on the coast, there’s a lot of tropical rainforests present just behind it. There are less than 70 rooms available in this boutique beach hotel, and as such it feels truly intimate and exclusive. There are also several overwater villas available on stilts from which you can directly descend into the water. You can also go to the dive center if you’re looking for some activity. You can borrow kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and even scuba equipment if you have a diving certificate. You can also enroll yourself into a PADI course to get yourself certified, or enroll yourself into a half-day course in the ocean a little distant from the shores of the resort. The spa in the resort looks out into the bay, and it offers a great range of treatments. There are a total of 28 two-bedroom overwater villas in the resort, and the bedrooms are linked together. The general aesthetic of the villas are wooden, however the bathrooms are made completely of stone tiles. As for the meals, you can go to the organic farmed fish restaurant wherein you get to actually see the live fish before they serve it to you on a platter. If you’re looking for some regular fast food, you can go to the poolside Macac Restaurant.

# 5

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Located on a quiet stretch of private beach land, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is far away from the populated city of Kota Kinabalu. It’s largely known because of how remote it is and how it can offer you complete peace and tranquility. There are plenty of forests around the resort, and as such it’s often used as a base to embark upon adventure activities such as hikes, excursions, etc. There are two separate parts to this hotel — the Ocean Wing, and the Garden Wing. The former is exclusively meant for adults, and the latter is largely popular amongst families with kids. The resort pathways are all flanked by large palm trees on both sides. The Ocean Wing rooms are some of the most expensive rooms in the resort, however they boast an amazing sweeping view of the sea, and the balcony also features large whirlpool tubs. The swimming pool in the resort has been designed in the likeness of a large lagoon. The resort also has a large 18 hole golf course. If you instead care for water sports, you can also borrow non-motor related water sports equipment such as kayaks, paddle boards, etc. As for the meals, you have plenty of options in the resort but some of the most popular are — open-air Makan Street restaurant, which imitates the quality of Malaysian streets, and Kozan, known for its sushi menu.

# 6

Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur - By Samadhi

Villa Samadhi is located amidst embassies in the center of Kuala Lumpur’s business district. This hotel isn’t ideal for people who want to engage in sightseeing activities, however it’s perfect for couples who just want to hunker down in privacy and luxury for a while. The hotel has been designed in a cosy and warm manner with dark wood furnishings, thatched roofs, and lots of foliage strewn around. The rooms come with private terraces and whirlpool tubs, and if you’d like you can interact with other guests at the rooftop bar called Bumbung.

# 7

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort is located a 20 minute water boat ride from the city center of Kota Kinabalu. It’s quite a rustic haven, surrounded by mangroves and coral reefs on all sides. The resort has been with a color palette comprising sandy neutral shades, juxtaposed alongside shades of natural green, and as such it camouflages with the surrounding environment. The pool in the center of the hotel is large and surrounded by dense green foliage. You can also embark on excursions into the forest, or you can borrow kayaks, snorkeling gear, and paddle boards from the hotel. As such, there’s plenty to do around the resort.

# 8

The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort

The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is situated off the coast of Terengganu. It’s a luxurious beach hotel with spacious suites that come with private balconies looking out at the sea. There are 4 dining options available in the resort, along with one large swimming pool. The resort is decorated in a modern and contemporary style, allowing plenty of natural light to flood in through glass walls. The Asean restaurant is one of the highlights of the resort as it offers both local and international cuisine. Meanwhile, Beach Brasserie is known for its selection of Japanese, Indian, and Western dishes.

# 9

Tanjung Rhu Resort

Tanjung Rhu Resort is located on Langkawi island, and it’s replete with several restaurants, pools, spa, and activities. You can get yourself a room with either a garden view, pool view, or the sea view. If you’d like to engage in activities, you can go for a cruise along the coast, or you could borrow snorkeling gear, kayaks, and paddle boards to enjoy a day out on the sea. The resort is decorated with timber walls and flooring, and the bathroom features a separate shower and a soaking tub.

# 10

Villa Molek

Villa Molek is located in Langkawi, equidistant between two beautiful beaches — Pantai Tengah Beach, and Pantai Cenang Beach. It takes just a short 4 minute walk to enter either one of these. One of the most stunning features of this hotel is how well lit it is, even the bathrooms come with their own skylight windows. There’s a great outdoor pool available in the resort, and you can even relax on the sun loungers beside it. Villa Molek is also quite well situated to take a day trip to Underwater World Langkawi, as it’s just a 10 minute walk away. Meanwhile, the Langkawi International Airport is just a 10 minute drive away.

# 11

The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is a quiet and peaceful paradise resort located in a quiet part of Langkawi island. The hotel is located in the same neighborhood as several other elite luxury hotels in Kuah town. The resort comes replete with great amenities. It boasts four pools, two squash courts, and even a kid’s club. There are 202 rooms and 20 villas on the hotel grounds, however only some of them offer an oceanfront view. The best accommodation in the hotel is the Premium Villa which comes with its own private jacuzzi, infinity pool, rain shower, and an outdoor bale.

# 12

Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa

The Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is located a short 2 minute walk from Pelangi Beach, a 20 minute walk from Underwater World, and a 10 km distance from the airport. As such, it’s quite ideally situated. There are 2 dining options in the hotel, along with one outdoor pool, and a tennis court. The hotel also offers rental of water sports gear such as kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkeling equipment.

# 13

Vivanta by Taj - Rebak Island

Vivanta by Taj is one of the most exclusive beach hotels in Rebak Island, a 10 minute speedboat ride from Cenang Beach. The hotel is located on 390 acres of a private island complete with dense jungles and white sand beaches. The rooms in the resort either look out at the sea, or the mass swatches of tropical rainforests. The resort offers various activities as well. You can easily paddle your way to the nearby islet of Pulau Rebak Kecil. You can even arrange for a jet skiing adventure in Cecang beach, amongst many other activities.

# 14

Grand Lexis Port Dickson

Grand Lexis Port Dickson is located smack right on the beach of Port Dickson, and it features villas designed in a Balinese aesthetic style. All the villas enjoy a stunning sea view, and they’re all connected to each other by boardwalks. Each villa comes with its very own private plunge pool and a little garden, and the bathrooms feature separate soaking tubs and rain showers. Duyung Restaurant serves a buffet breakfast wherein both local and international dishes are served.

# 15

The Pacific Sutera

The Pacific Sutera is located 15 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, and it’s only a short 10 minute drive from the Kota Kinabalu city. The rooms in this resort are designed in a contemporary style and they all enjoy a view of the South China Sea or the 27 hole golf course. The most popular restaurant in the resort is Silk Garden Restaurant, and it’s famous for the Chinese cuisine.

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