Malaysia has become the centre of attention for leisure seekers internationally, and that’s great for locals who are looking for a refreshing holiday in their personal lives, or just a relaxing break to their professional careers.
These five diverse getaways are among the best destinations in Malaysia. Each offers a unique adventure and a one-in-a-lifetime luxury experience. Welcome to Malaysia’s most secreted vacation hot spots, and all the places you never knew were on your travel bucket list.
Rawa Island Resort, Pulau Rawa, Johor
Rawa Island is a coral island located just a short 20-minute speedboat ride from the port in Mersing, Johor. The beachfront resort boasts 77 rooms and ready access to marvellous treks through unspoiled jungle, snorkelling in pristine waters, and a range of scuba diving activities. If you’re looking a more hands-on sort of rest and relaxation, the spa at Rawa Island Resort provides all kinds of Thai massages that are sure to smooth all those stressful kinks out. Best of all, as the island is located in the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, you don’t need to worry about other travellers noisily jet skiing or fishing.
Japamala - Tioman Island
Off the east coast of the Malaysian peninsular is an unspoiled piece of land rising out from the sea: Tioman Island. A boat ride from Mersing jetty takes you over the azure waters to arrive at Japamala Resort, just 45 minutes from the mainland. With jungle treks, swimming, spas and fine dining, Japamala is quietly exclusive. It’s perfect for couples looking to get away from the hustle and just enjoy each other’s company. Japamala’s distance from the bustle of civilization ensures that a peaceful time can be had by all. Native flora and fauna also abound, and the resort has been conscientiously built so as not to disturb the natural beauty of the island.
Tanjong Jara Resort – Dungun
Three-and-a-half hour’s travel from Kuala Lumpur, you’ll come across Tanjong Jara Resort on Malaysia’s east coast. With buildings in the style of 17th-century Malay palaces, this serene resort serves a taste of luxury and age-old traditions for modern times. From dining on the rocks next to the ocean to diving and river cruises, this resort is stunning. The lush jungle and clean beach are natural amenities that compliment the well-appointed rooms. Swimming pools, tennis courts and bicycle tours present top-notch distractions from everyday life.
The Danna – Langkawi
Off of Malaysia’s west coast is the beautiful island of Langkawi. The Danna is a hotel that deserves its five stars for its outstanding service and amenities. Located in a harbour park built to be a Southeast Asian version of a glamorous French Riviera harbour town in the Mediterranean, The Danna has it all: infinity pools, fine dining, cigar bars, billiard room, library, wine cellar and a relaxation spa are just some of offerings available at The Danna. With high mountains and sublime beaches all within minutes of each other, The Danna is the perfect spot to settle down into island life.
Bunga Raya Island Resort – Pulau Gaya
Fly into Kota Kinabalu International airport, then take a short drive to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, and finally catch a ferry over to Bunga Raya on Gaya Island. Surrounded by pristine rainforest on Polish Bay, there’s always something to do at this tranquil hideaway. Trek through the jungle to experience the untouched beauty of the tropics, kayak around the magnificent bay, or indulge in a luxurious health treatment at the hilltop spa. Whatever you decide to do at this remote resort, you’ll surely leave with memories to last forever.
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