There’s something in every corner of Malaysia to explore: rugged mountains, towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, ancient rainforest and so much more.
Whether you’re searching for an eco-nature lovers’ escape, beachfront holiday or island getaway – Malaysia has you covered with ultra-luxe resorts. Here are five of the most luxurious…
The Vibe: A serene haven where you can reconnect with nature
Nestled in the heart of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, The Datai Langkawi is a captivating destination resort that blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Situated on the breathtaking island of Langkawi, each room, suite and villa has been specially created to embrace the stunning rainforest surrounds with private verandahs and balconies offering tropical vistas.
The Datai Langkawi offers the perfect escape where you can nurture the full well-being of your mind, body and spirit. Datai Bay is rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world by National Geographic and together with the resort’s surrounding jungle is host to a wealth of wildlife, some of which is endemic to the area. You may well spot Dusky langurs, Tokay geckos and Sunda Colugos during your stay!
Almost 25 years have passed since The Datai Langkawi first welcomed guests. A homage to the work of the visionary architect Kerry Hill, it all started with the discovery of the Datai Bay and a view so breathtaking that he fell instantly in love with the place on his first site visit with fellow designer Didier Lefort.
Rather than using heavy machinery, trees were felled by trained elephants and the wood reused in the construction. Where a clearing had to be made, new trees were planted immediately. The construction materials were chosen to align with Hill’s vision for the architecture, celebrating Malay, Chinese and Indian cultural heritage but, primarily, to give the resort a sense of belonging to the jungle. This approach was truly visionary, at a time when green initiatives and sustainability were not even part of the world’s vocabulary.
The Vibe: Private island meets ancient rainforest at this celebrity-loved resort
Pangkor Laut Resort is located within an ancient rainforest on a private island fringed by white sandy beaches and emerald waters. Set along the Straits of Malacca, three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia, you’ll discover a piece of paradise that has been two million years in the making.
Of the island’s 300 acres, only a fraction has been developed to house this peaceful luxury resort and its estates. Declared a paradise by the late Pavarotti and previously voted ‘Number One in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller; here wooden buildings blend seamlessly into the forest, walls curve around foliage and roofs open up to allow trees to continue on their journey to the sky.
Resting beneath the shade of forest giants as old as the land, this island is not only home to one of the world’s premier resorts but also a variety of wildlife. Long-tailed macaques and oriental pied hornbills perch in the branches above while white-bellied sea eagles soar overhead and large monitor lizards sunbathe on the island’s rocky outcrops. Nature is respected here, almost revered and it rewards visitors in ways that simply need to be experienced.
Comfort, warmth and contemporary elegance find a home on the private island of Pangkor Laut. This one-of-a-kind resort nestles comfortably into its jungle island habitat, offering guests beautifully appointed luxury accommodation set high amidst the hills, nestled within lush gardens or resting on stilts above the tropical waters surrounding the island.
There are eight different types of villas to suit even the harshest critics, from Garden Villas to the Elegant Estates, all of which offers uncompromised comfort and luxury at every turn.
The Vibe: British colonial elegance meets Eastern history
The Eastern & Oriental Hotel is the embodiment of a special time and a special place. For well over a century, this remarkable hotel – known simply as `The E&O’ to generations of travellers – has stood as a testament to the grand elegance of the British colonial era.
In many ways it has also come to represent Penang itself; its story is inextricably woven into the island’s history, its traditions an indelible part of many travellers’ treasured memories and its name synonymous with the magical island once known as The Pearl Of the Orient.
In its long and colourful history, the E&O Hotel has seen two World Wars, the wane of the British Empire as well as the birth of Malaysia. It has welcomed the glitterati of the literary and entertainment worlds including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Noel Coward, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and Hermann Hesse.
Through the highs and lows of world events, the E&O has retained its charm and weathered the passage of time with character and grace. Today, more than a century since its establishment, it is still nigh on impossible for travellers to think of luxury travel in the East without also calling to mind the graceful elegance and storied colonial charm of the E&O, one of Asia’s truly great hotels.
The Vibe: Luxury overwater villas atop sparkling coral reefs and calm turquoise seas
Situated on Gaya Island’s crescent Malohom Bay, off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo, Gayana Marine Resort is a picturesque destination that strikes a balance between ecology and indulgent luxury.
Their extraordinary 52 overwater tropical villas boast vistas of the aquamarine sea, mangrove forest or tropical jungle. Each abode is designed to enhance the lulling sounds of waves lapping beneath the villa.
At the heart of the resort is the protection and regeneration of the island’s precious marine environment. The on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre, the only of its kind on an island resort, propagates endangered giant clams and coral reefs. The resort’s dining venues present palate-pleasing and soul-satisfying local and international cuisine, while the spa beckons with an array of pampering treatments.
The Vibe: Ultra-luxury with extraordinary experiences
When it comes to five-star accommodation, the world-renowned Four Seasons hotel group gives luxury a whole new meaning. As arguably the world’s most glamorous hotel group, the Four Seasons Langkawi has won numerous awards including Malaysia’s Leading Resort 2017 in the World Travel Awards, TripAdvisor Travellers’ Best Choice Award 2017 and Condé Nast Traveler Gold List for Top 10 Beach Resorts 2016.
The natural paradise of Langkawi is a nature lover’s dream destination famous for its heavenly white-sand beaches, glistening waterfalls, vast rice paddy fields and lush tropical jungle filled with monkeys. Visitors to Langkawi can explore the surrounding islands on a jet-ski tour, enjoy spectacular views from the 550-million-year-old Machinchang mountains, delve into the colourful underwater reefs with scuba diving or snorkelling, and much more.
Dramatic. Adventurous. Serene. Spectacular. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi’s mile-long beach is just the start of your epic UNESCO Geopark experience and has been awarded Condé Nast Traveler’s “Favourite Beach Resorts in the World” (Gold List 2016).
The resort offers luxurious living amongst extravagant nature. Lose (or find) yourself in one of the resort’s 91 striking villas and pavilions that emerge from lush beachfront gardens and are located mere steps from ancient natural wonders.
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