Not a fan of quick getaways because you feel like it’s not enough to quench the wanderluster’s thirst in you? Think you can afford something a little bit more luxurious, preferably somewhere within the proximity of a beach or a lake? Oh, you know, because you’re a beach bum like that and you need to just be around water for a few days to do absolutely nothing. Then you’ve just hit jackpot because we’ve taken the liberty to find places where you can do just that!
Move aside, creative accommodations and glamping spots. Nothing says “hitting the sweet spot” quite like staying at one of these beautiful water chalets in Malaysia. Of course, we need to first warn you that some of these can be a little pricey but hey, if you can afford to pamper yourself for a few days’ worth of stay at any of these resorts/hotels, you can’t put a price tag on that kind of experience ;)
1. Grand Lexis, Port Dickson
Located in Port Dickson, a peaceful and harmonious environment, this unique resort-style hotel is approximately 75 minutes away from the city of Kuala Lumpur. Within close proximity to Lukut Town and the coastal area of Negeri Sembilan, this location features many beautiful places of visit, including the Teluk Kemang Beach, Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, and Blue Lagoon Beach. Grand Lexis Port Dickson boasts lavish rooms that have a natural setting and offer a refreshing ambience. Every accommodation unit features its own private pool and beautiful garden (as seen in the picture above), offering complete privacy. All in all, Grand Lexis Port Dickson has got it all, whether it’s the picturesque scenery or the brilliant accommodation units. It features an exceptional collection of luxuriously furnished, Balinese inspired villas linked by spacious boardwalks that command a majestic view of the open sea.
2. Sipadan Water Village Resort, Pulau Mabul
Sipadan Water Village is a resort beautifully constructed with Bajau architectural design. Part of the Mabul Island is also home to groups of Bajau fishermen who have built their traditional palm thatched houses. The Bajau Laut, the world’s only tribe of nomadic sea gypsies spends their lives on the water. Over the years, some have entered a transition from sea nomadic to sedentary village life at a former major anchorage site such as Mabul. The entire resort is built over water on stilts made of Belian Wood commonly called ironwood, laid in certain points so as to minimise damage to the existing reef. In its design, Sipadan Water Village has achieved near utopia in its over-the-water layout, splendid water cottage accommodations with flowered sidewalks, wonderfully prepared Asian and Continental cuisine, and impeccable and personable service.
3. Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Pulau Langkawi
Nestled amidst the rainforests and emerald waters of the Andaman Sea, Berjaya Langkawi Resort is perfect for a getaway. Sitting on Burau Bay, this property boasts traditional and sophisticated rooms and suites that are surrounded by 70 acres of land. Indeed a tropical paradise, this resort guarantees a rejuvenating experience by which guests can take a stroll to the emerald waters, visit the 500-year-old rainforest, and then relax by the sandy beach. A magical and marvelous place for leisure, guests can visit the UNESCO World Geopark, visit the sanctuary for inspired spa treatments, and embrace this harmonious retreat – only at Berjaya Langkawi Resort.
4. Hotel Water Chalets (Kampung Air) Bukit Merah, Taiping
With all rooms perfectly built over the lake, this property is beautifully surrounded by lush greenery facing one of Malaysia’s largest rivers. Guests can unwind at the on-site spa after a long day of sightseeing or visit the nearby water park. Also known as home to some animals, you can walk around and explore the lone Orang Utan Island or have some educational walks in a unique Eco Park. Within the vicinity, guests can also enjoy camping by the lakeside grounds. With a variety of natural attractions and activities, shopping areas, and function facilities nearby, Kampung Air (Water Chalet) Bukit Merah is a haven for all age groups in Malaysia’s prime eco-tourism destination.
5. Avillion, Port Dickson
A fishing village was the inspiration for the concept and design of this cozy boutique hotel located in the centre of Port Dickson. This is a family oriented accommodation with the nature lover in mind. Guests of Avillion Hotel are treated to lavish amenities like king-sized beds, jacuzzis, and private balconies. Wake up to a very early breakfast and sunrise at the Crow’s Nest Restaurant as it is open 24 hours a day. For evening entertainment, visit Jungle Fringe Karaoke Bar and sing your hearts out until late into the night. You can even drop your kids off at the children’s cabin and run to the spa for a day of pampering and relaxation. The fitness centre, tai chi lessons, swimming pool, and tennis courts are available for the Avillion Hotel’s more active guests.
6. AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Sepang
Conveniently located in the new golden triangle of Sepang, this eco-friendly property is about 45 minutes away from KLIA and KLIA2. Their villa stretches along the pristine borders of the magnificent straits of Malacca, commanding breathtaking views of the sea. Boasting Polynesian-Maldivian styled villas, their 393 villas come in different ranges and sizes to cater to the tastes of their clients. With a touch of tropical Malaysian décor, their rooms offer comfort and modern facilities. They feature comforts like a fitness center, library, TV room, variety of dining venues and bars, boutiques, and a spa catered to pamper their clients. AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort also sits in a perfect location that allows diving, water sports, excursions, snorkeling, and many other recreational activities. Offering a splendid location and flawless hotel facilities, it is unbeatable.
7. Gayana Island Eco Resort, Sabah
If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Kota Kinabalu, look no further than Gayana Eco Resort. Only 4.2 km from the city centre, the hotel’s strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. For those of you who want to venture out, The Zip Line, Sword Fish Monument, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall are just some of the attractions available. At Gayana Eco Resort, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like business center, room service, facilities for disabled guests, concierge, laundry service. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the outdoor pool, spa, water sports (non-motorized), private beach, hot tub. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Gayana Eco Resort the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Kota Kinabalu.
8. Pangkor Laut Resort, Pulau Pangkor
This multiple award-winning, privately owned resort island is a perfect getaway spot for couples. With only a fraction of the island developed, jungle trekking is a popular activity to explore the local wildlife. Other activities include fishing, golf, island hopping, and perfect sunset cruises. The award-winning Spa Village at this luxury property is a must visit for all guests, with a range of treatments available from across Asia. Dining options, as with the cuisines offered, are numerous and can be made extra special with the private dining choices. Experience unsurpassed service and amenities at the luxurious Pangkor Laut Resort.
9. Lexis, Port Dickson
Not to be confused with Grand Lexis, although they’re both managed by the same hotel group. Lexis Port Dickson is a business class hotel situated in Negeri Sembilan, located along a coastal stretch of Port Dickson. Lexis Port Dickson is within close proximity to a multitude of cultural, historical, and tourist attractions and not far from nature parks. Guests will be able to enjoy the Lukut Museum and Fort, PD Ostrich Farm, Royal Port Dickson Yacht Club, and the Armed Forces Museum. The hotel offers modern rooms decorated with a Malay theme that is visually pleasing. Best of all, the rooms enjoy magnificent views of the Straits of Malacca. Guests can enjoy delectable international and local dishes at the on-site restaurant and authentic fresh cocktails at the lobby bar. Lexis Port Dickson is perfect for travellers that want a beautiful coastal location.
10. Langkawi Lagoon Sea Village, Langkawi
Offering quality accommodations in the sightseeing, family fun, beaches district of Langkawi, Langkawi Lagoon Sea Village is a popular pick for both business and leisure travellers. Only 20km from the city centre, the hotel’s strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. For those of you who want to venture out, Beras Terbakar (Burn Rice), Klinik Kesihatan Padang Matsirat, Port Langkasuka (Jetty to Rebak Island Resort) are just some of the attractions available to visitors. While you’re there, take advantage of a wealth of unrivalled services and amenities because this hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Guests can choose from 156 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including spa, outdoor pool, steamroom, sauna, pool (kids). Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Langkawi Lagoon Sea Village the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Langkawi.
11. Gem Island Resort & Spa, Pulau Gemia
Gem Island Resort & Spa is your ultimate private island getaway with a “one island one resort” set up. It is one of the few privately owned islands in Malaysia built with its superb natural beauty still intact. Gem Island is located in a Marine Conservation Park with crystal clear waters, a spectacular underwater seascape of corals and marine life as some of its natural wonders. Built along the ridges of the coastline and maintaining its lush greenery, it is a superb getaway for a relaxed holiday. Each villa is tastefully furnished with air-conditioning and a fan, a balcony with swing chair, a king size bed and a day bed, TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, and attached shower room and toilet. Gem Island Resort & Spa houses a restaurant that serves Local, Chinese and Western cuisine with fine wines and liquors to accompany meals while the Gemm Shoppe offers souvenirs and basic conveniences.
12. Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson
Located within Grand Lexis Port Dickson, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson is the epitome of a contemporary and avant-garde 5-star resort, architected by a team of award-winning designers. A stellar collection of 639 pool villas comprising 117 tower rooms and 522 picturesque seawater villas, each unit of Lexis Hibiscus is spacious, tastefully decorated and equipped with practical amenities for a relaxing and indulgent stay. The highlight of these villas is that all units are equipped with its own private dip pool, giving its dwellers an unsurpassed luxury and convenience. What’s more, one can even adjourn to the adjacent private steam room for a moment of respite after a dip in the pool. This ultimately sets a new record for an iconic resort development in Malaysia as it boasts exclusivity and mystical charms within its ecological surroundings.
A word of advice before you make your reservations though, be sure to check your selected dates against the monsoon seasons. Happy booking!
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