Thailand is definitely not the only country in southeast Asia with stunning beaches and islands. Malaysia has dozens of islands on both the east and west coasts that easily rival the beauty of those in Thailand. In addition, Malaysia’s beach resorts rank as some of the best in the region. This list presents the best beach resorts in Malaysia, as rated by visitors.
The Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa is located in a secluded spot close to the city of Kota Kinabalu. Cable television service, air conditioning, high speed Internet and minibars are available in every room. The villas at the Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa also feature balconies. The beach resort has modern amenities but features a design that incorporates many of the characteristic elements of Borneo architecture such as timbered construction. The villas are located on the beach where they enjoy sweeping views of the South China Sea.
Set in an idyllic natural retreat on the island of Langkawi, the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa boasts its own private beach. Tastefully designed with contemporary decor, all 202 rooms and suites offer modern amenities such as a 42″ plasma TV with satellite channels and internet access. Guests can cool down in the infinity pool, relaxation ocean pool or on the white sandy beach while enjoying the magnificent view of neighboring islands.
Tanjung Rhu sits on the northern tip of Langkawi at on one of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches on the island. It is the only resort on this part of the island ensuring its exclusivity and the privacy of its guests. The resort is flanked by a landscape of centuries-old limestone caves and uninhabited islands. Every room is spacious, with timber floors and large windows, to take advantage of the tropical breeze and a choice of enchanting garden, pool or sea view.
The Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is nestled in beautiful natural surroundings in Kota Kinabalu. Shopping and entertainment venues are close by. There are private balconies attached to all of the rooms at the Tanjung Aru Resort. Guests can choose between six different restaurants and bars. The hotel also offers extensive spa services to its guests.
The Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort is situated just over a half an hour from the center of Kota Kinabalu. The hotel is close to crystal clear waters and pristine beaches. The facilities at the hotel itself include a restaurant that serves California dishes, a gym, a steam room and a massage service. There is also a swimming pool and the hotel even has its own golf course.
Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca. There is no other resorts on the island, just secluded bays curled around pristine beaches and a deep sense of serenity reserved exclusively for the guests. The villas are carefully positioned along the island. Some are on the hillside amongst tropical rain forest, others in lush tropical gardens, and others overlook the beach with beautiful views of the sea.
The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is located on the Tanjung Rhu Beach. All guest pavilions and villas offer the soothing sounds of the Andaman Sea and sensational views of sunsets beyond the beach. The guest accommodations are a fusion of traditional Malaysian design elements and contemporary resort features, with timber floors, soaring ceilings and large open verandas. The standalone villas offer complete privacy overlooking the azure sea. The spacious patio outside the room is furnished with a dining table for four and an oversized daybed. The living area includes a 42 inch plasma screen television and high speed internet.
The Datai Langkawi Hotel features a variety of villas and suites set against a tropical rainforest atmosphere in close proximity to the beach. Facilities are plentiful and include a gym, health club, sauna and not one but two pools. The larger of the two pools is elevated among the forest canopy, with stunning views through the tree tops to the sea below. The other pool is located down near the beach for those who wish to enjoy refreshing sea breeze. The resort contains five specialty restaurants serving a range of global cuisine. Situated high up in the rainforest canopy, The Pavilion restaurant for example serves authentic Thai cuisine in an open-air setting.
The Danna Langkawi is located on Pantai Kok in the northwest of Pulau Langkawi. Set in a five-storey building, the beach resort offers spectacular views of the sea, marina and mountains. It comes with facilities such as a fitness center, spa, and games room. The luxury hotel comes with a mix of local architectural design and British colonial style, with a vibrant greenery of the landscaped courtyard overlooks the pool. The 125 rooms and suites are equipped with a host of modern amenities and are designed with timber flooring and handcrafted woodwork.
Rated as one of the best Malaysia beach resorts, the Casa del Mar in Langkawi, sits on Pantai Cenang Beach. This is one of the most popular entertainment areas in Langkawi with a wide selection of restaurants and pubs nearby. All hotel rooms face the sea and are cooled by air-conditioning and ceiling fans. Floor to ceiling sliding picture windows provide great views of Cenang Beach. Deluxe rooms are located on the ground floor and suites are on the first floor.