28 Best Places To Stay At In Malaysia’s Most Loved Holiday Destinations

from sandy beach resorts to chilly mountain stays and mod hotels, Malaysia’s travel scene has got you covered for all your amazing vacation plans!

The Asian continent is blessed with an amazing selection of vacation spots and with countries like Thailand and Vietnam gaining popularity among Malaysians, it’s easy to forget how beautiful home truly is.
So, here’s our list of some of the most breathtaking places in Malaysia along with the best places to stay at, there:

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1. Penang Island
It’s no surprise why Penang is referred to as the Pearl of Orient in Malaysia, with the island’s eclectic blend of old and new; think ancient Asian street meets Elizabethan intricacies and details. Penang remains as one of the very few places in Malaysia that has preserved all the history, architecture and beauty of past without forsaking modernity. If you’ve yet to step foot on this little paradise, we suggest a laid back vacation of just walking around the city, absorbing it all.

To unwind and re-energise in this haven, we suggest these great places:

Malihom

The estate comprises a cluster of traditional Thai rice barns which have been carefully converted with modern comforts, while respecting traditional charms. Named after the rice barns that make up the retreat, Malihom means ‘village of the fragrant rice’. Each barn has its own unique name. Malihom offers 8 barns for rental. Each features individual character with ensuite and bathrooms on the deck level.

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa

  • Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa has a sense of history, place and tradition. Its distinctive Minangkabau architecture houses artefacts of Malaysian culture. You feast your eyes on the artfully arranged traditional jewellery, batik-printing moulds, coral sculptures and signature items from the prolific Malaysian kitchen.

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Macalister Mansion

  • Macalister Mansion is designed around the idea of an old English mansion. Each space is designed to provide hospitaliy of an actual home – good food, fine drink, engaging conversation, soothing music, a good night’s sleep or simply lounging by the pool.

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2. The caves and rainforests of Sarawak

  • If your idea of a vacation is to just plug off and immerse yourself into nature, then Sarawak would be just the thing for you. Home to some of the most diverse rainforests in the world and a major part of the third largest island (Borneo) in the world, Sarawak has an interesting selection of unique forms of wildlife and plants. Be it trekking through the national parks, seeing the Orang Utans, or just getting away from the concrete mess, Sarawak is truly one of the biggest hidden gems of Malaysia.

To best experience the nature in Sarawak, we think you should stay in one of these resorts:

Batang Ai Longhouse Resort

  • Situated at the edge of some of Malaysia’s most magnificent rainforest, Batang Ai Longhouse Resort Managed by Hilton on the island of Borneo is the perfect location for a relaxing break. The resort is only a two-hour boat ride away from the Batang Ai National Park, and is surrounded by its own expanse of jungle. Take a swim in our outdoor swimming pool or enjoy a friendly game on our asphalt tennis courts.

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    The Ranee

    • The Ranee is an exclusive 24-room boutique hotel strategically located in the heart of Kuching’s picturesque Old Town. Stylishly rebuilt from two traditional 19th century shophouses and ingeniously adapted to modern standards of plush comfort, The Ranee is unique in that every spacious room/suite is different – designed to express its own individuality, charm and character. Step into The Ranee and you will be enchanted by the magic of old and new – a fusion style inspired by Sarawak’s rich colonial heritage and mysterious ethnic cultures.

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    Sematan Palm Beach Resort

    • Just one-and-a-half hours (120 km) drive from Kuching, Sematan Palm Beach Resort is the perfect destination for a short and adventurous holiday. Sematan is a small fishing village located at the far west tip of Sarawak Facing the South China Sea and a short distance from the Sarawak-Kalimantan (Indonesia) border. Opened in 2004, the resort is well known for its long stretch of clean sandy beach. The view alone is breathtaking. Once you’ve set foot on the resort, you’ll know it’s time to relax and put your worries behind.

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    3. Ipoh

    • A visit to Ipoh would pretty much equate the feels of travelling back in time to the 1950s of Malaysia with its charming old buildings, rustic streets and relaxed pace of life there. Situated in between popular travel destinations, Penang and Kuala Lumpur, the city usually does not get much of an attention from travelers, which makes it a perfect place to go to if you are looking for some quiet time, friendly locals and explosive local cuisine.

      Sleep in one of these chic and uniquely designed hotels after a long day of walking around the rustic streets of Ipoh:

      M Boutique Hotel

      • Be pleasantly surprised by the smallest things! M Boutique Ipoh Hotel pays tribute to the Straits Eclectic Architecture synonymous with the Pre War Shop houses found littered across Ipoh, both inside out. Spotting small cozy rooms that is enveloped in our urban vintage interpretation, M Boutique Ipoh Hotel is a whimsical artistic experience in Ipoh.

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        Sekeping Kong Heng

        • Sekeping Kong Heng, in the charming old town of Ipoh, is the latest addition to the Sekeping family of retreats. It is located in a 3 storey neo-classical building which also houses a famous coffee shop of the same name on the ground floor that serves great coffee and the best local dishes in town. All effort has been made to preserve as much of the character of the existing building as possible in contrast to the surrounding new architectural interventions.

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        Ipoh Bali Hotel

        • The Ipoh Bali Hotel is located in the heart of Ipoh with Baliness stay experience.
          The traditional bamboo cages, the antique rustic natural woods with luxurious furnishing used extensively in the decor at lobby creates a sophisticated contemporary design born from Baliness architecture and interior design.

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        4. Cameron Highlands

        • Deemed as Malaysia’s largest hill station, Cameron Highlands is every bit the beautiful remains from the English colonization. The Brits made the best out of the very few hill stations that our tropical country has by transforming it to their idea of the English plains then. With fragrant whiffs of mountain air, tea plantations and colorful, juicy strawberry plantations, and very Victorian looking cosy little cottages, Cameron Highlands is an irresistible travel destination.

          A night in these beautiful English cottages might just take you back in time to Malaysia’s glorious English past:

          Smokehouse Hotel

          • This English Tudor boutique style hotel, built in 1939, is situated adjacent to a beautiful golf course. Guests will enjoy a prime location on a verdant hill that is just three hours from Kuala Lumpur and nestled upon the frontier that separates modernity from the untamed wild. Guests will find the hotel perfectly situated to explore both. The Smokehouse Hotel is the perfect venue for guests who want one of the best English style boutique hotels in the Cameron Highlands.

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            The Lakehouse

            • Be prepared to be charmed by this Tudor-style boutique resort, The Lakehouse Cameron Highlands, an exclusive getaway in the natural beauty of the Cameron Highlands. Set in an area dubbed “The Valley of Eternal Spring”, this idyllic country house sits atop a hill overlooking rolling hills and verdant woodlands. This refreshing 19-room destination boasts of amazing tea plantation views and the great outdoors.

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            Copthorne Hotel

            • Situated at Malaysia’s famous highland retreat and perched at 1,628 metres above sea level with a panoramic view of serene mountains and lush valleys. Copthorne Hotel Cameron Highlands is a 4-star hotel for corporate and leisure travelers offering stylish full-service accommodations with a choice of hotel rooms or apartments.

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              5. Langkawi

              • Langkawi is known to be one of the most visited places in Malaysia and with its sandy strip of beaches, blue-green waters and with a great selection of resorts its easy to see why it is a favourite travel spot. To top if off, the island also has an amazing selection of resorts and hotels to choose from, each place positioned to best enjoy the beauty of Langkawi.

                Appreciate the true beauty of Langkawi from one of these breathtaking resorts:

                Vivanta by Taj

                • The resort nests on the Rebak Island, named after the native Rebak tree, in one of the 99 isles that make up the legendary Langkawi. Take a short 20 min drive to Port Cenang from the Langkawi airport delighting in backseat surprises (we’re not revealing here). Imagine stepping into a speedboat which cuts through the water creating waves of excitement as you cover 2km in 7 short minutes and are welcomed by yachts from all over the world that are docked at the only fully equipped Marina in Malaysia. Yes, it’s the only resort to offer this service.

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                  The Datai Langkawi

                  • The Datai Langkawi offers the perfect escape and allows you to fully nurture the well-being of your mind, body and spirit. National Geographic has rated Datai Bay as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, while the resort’s jungle surrounds plays host to a wealth of wildlife, some of which are endemic to the area. Bask in the tranquility and reconnect with nature. You may well spot dusky leaf monkeys, tokay geckos or Sunda flying lemurs during your stay.

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                    The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort

                    • The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort located in an idyllic tropical setting on Malaysia’s Langkawi Island, is cosily tucked away between a 10 million year old rainforest and the tranquil Datai Bay and an 8,000 year old fringing coral reef. The resort has created a Coral Nursery, believed to be the first of its kind in South East Asia, with accolades in recognition of its commitment to environmental practices.

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49 Mind-Blowing Photos You Wouldn’t Believe Were Taken In Malaysia

With the thick blanket of murky grey haze engulfing Malaysia, it’s easy to forget how beautiful this slice of haven on earth actually is.

So, we decided to compile a collection of photos so breathtaking, quaint and picturesque, to revel on while we wait for the ugly grey smoke to subside:

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  • Most of these photos were taken by professional photographers, at various off-beat resorts, islands and states in Malaysia.

1. Malaysia’s very own Hamptons at The Datai, Langkawi

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2. Look at the colour of the water!

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Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, Kapalai Island(sabah,malaysia)

3. A resort fit to satisfy the inner Tarzan in all of us at Tadom Hill Resort in Banting

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3. Bora Bora? No, it’s our very own ‘backyard’ Bohey Dulang in Sabah,Malaysia(East Malaysia)

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4. This dairy farm in Kundasang looks straight out of a New Zealand postcard

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5. A war memorial in Sabah that resembles the medieval castles in the Scotland highlands

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6. Penang(Pulau Pinang,Malaysia) has sakura blossoms that could rival the springs in Japan

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7. Colmar Tropicale in Pahang has artfully designed villages that even the French would be proud of

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8. Painting or real-life? We could stare at this all day.

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An aerial shot of a mangrove swamp in Johor photographed by Justin Guariglia,National Geographic.

9. Nature lovers’ paradise tucked away in a little corner in Sekinchan

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Sekinchan is located in the Sabak Bernam district, Selangor,Malaysia

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10. Imagine jumping into the pristine waters of sungai Bangang  right now!

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11. Penang’s very own intimate resort at Malihom, Air Itam

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Malihom Retreat, Balik Pulau

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12. This dreamy view is not from a Disney movie. It’s Danum Valley in Sabah.

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13. A guesthouse that looks like a Chinese mansion from the 19th century at Kimberly House, Georgetown

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14. A most eerie but jaw-dropping view of Gunung Kinabalu taken from the Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa

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15. An ancient Chinese architectural beauty in Georgetown, Penang

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16. Who would have thought the concrete jungle that is Johor would have blue-tinged, crystal clear waters in Pulau Babi Tengah?

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Wooden pier of Batu Batu on Tengah Island (Pulau Babi Tengah), South China sea, Malaysia

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“Yup,  Pulau Babi Tengah for real!”

17. More blue skies and stunning beaches!

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Lankayan Island Dive Resort, Lankayan, Sabah

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18. The National Park isn’t the only attraction Pahang is known for. Look at this clear, sandy strip of beach at Cherating!

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19. Sunset by Batu Uban Jetty in Penang

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‘Jetty Horizon’

20. A beautiful mosque with stained glass windows by the beach in Melaka

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21. Islands that could give Maldives a run for its money at Semporna, Sabah,Malaysia.

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22. Remnants of the colonial past at the Macalister Mansion in Penang

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23. Majestic limestone pinnacles at the Mulu National Park

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Malaysia is so beautiful, we bet nothing can stop you from wanting to visit these breathtaking places right away.

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