The travel industry has changed as a result of COVID-19. We want more open spaces, more private areas, less crowding, and of course, cleaner rooms. While higher hygiene standards are a given, properties are now playing into the demands of 2023’s revenge travellers in subtle ways — with innovative experiences to meet these new expectations. To make the most of these creative approaches to vacation, here are some Marriott Bonvoy properties across Malaysia to stay at and why (besides racking up those points, of course).
Explore local culture
Courtyard by Marriott Penang
Courtyard Penang is ideally located for visits to George Town. Penang is a great place to go if you want to enhance your social media game because of its rich history, interesting sights, and beautiful street murals. The hotel on Jalan Macalister in the city centre is a great starting point for exploring.
Once you’re done, take a plunge in the infinity pool overlooking Penang Hill, enjoy local and international food at Penang Kitchen, and unwind with a nightcap at Malaysia’s first Gin Library distillery-themed bar with over 40 curated gins, whiskies, spirits, and hand-crafted cocktails.
Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur
Visitors staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown may easily explore the neighbourhood’s historic structures, street merchants, and trendy new eateries on foot. Those in the mood for exploring can wander the backstreets of Kwai Chai Hong to see charming street art and Instagram-worthy murals reflecting the lives of Chinese settlers in the 1960s. Many different types of local street cuisine, snacks, and contemporary Asian restaurants and bars can be found in the historic shophouses that line Petaling Street.
After a long day of exploring Kuala Lumpur, relax in the hotel’s pool, work out in the gym, or sip a drink at the Jann bar, which features a chinoiserie-inspired decor while overlooking the city. If you’re hungry, try some of the best local cuisine at Quan’s Kitchen or some authentic Peranakan treats at Lady Yi’s Tea House.
Indulge in wellness when you travel mindfully
The Westin Kuala Lumpur
Travellers in 2023 are mindful of their mental, physical, and spiritual health. The luxurious rooms of The Westin Kuala Lumpur are an invitation to a place of rest and rejuvenation. The Westin Heavenly Bed and White Tea Bath & Body products in each room promote a rejuvenating night’s sleep and contribute to the hotel’s overall wellness philosophy.
Complementing the physical aspect of your wellbeing, the cutting-edge WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio is one of the hotel’s most popular amenities for visitors who want to not only play, eat, sleep, and work, but also move and feel good. The hotel’s unique programmes and rejuvenating amenities, including its Eat Well menu with nutritious foods, promote a healthy lifestyle and help guests eat well while travelling.
The Putrajaya Marriott Hotel
The Putrajaya Marriott Hotel provides a relaxing retreat from the city’s hectic pace while still providing all the amenities necessary for a comfortable and rejuvenating stay. Nestled among a verdant botanical garden, the hotel’s rooms have sumptuous bedding with fluffy pillows and handmade duvets that beg you to stay the night.
The hotel’s Tranquility Spa and Wellness Centre is inspired by the Nepalese traditions, and offers a combination of head-to-toe treatments that aim to revitalise the body, mind, and soul, making it an ideal retreat for families with young children. The pool is fashioned like a lagoon, and there is also an outdoor Jacuzzi pool.
For some exercise and fresh air, play a round at the 18-hole championship Palm Garden Golf Course and then enjoy a light meal at Midori Japanese Restaurant or Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant.
Get Back to Nature
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa, Sarawak welcomes travellers seeking outdoor wellness excursions to explore. Here, you can relax in style next to Gunung Mulu National Park, a preserved rainforest and a UNESCO World Heritage site on the island of Borneo. Each room has a magnificent outlook and plush bedding for your comfort.
The ‘Unplug’ package, which includes guided trips to Deer, Lang, Wind, and Clearwater Caves with Bat Watching for the ultimate Mulu experience, is one of the hotel’s several packages available to thrill-seekers. Meanwhile, the ‘Clarity and Peace of Mind Retreat’ package is perfect for health-focused and wellness-minded vacationers, as it features integrative yoga lessons, forest immersion, and movement workshops, signature massages, clear water bathing, and medicinal walks to feed the mind and body.
Focus on making wonderful memories
Westin Desaru Coast Resort
Visit The Westin Desaru Coast Resort in Johor’s Desaru Coast to spend quality time with your family and friends by the beautiful South China Sea. On the weekend, golfing families may hit the Els Club Desaru Coast’s 18-hole Ocean Course with a golf cart, while weekend yoga aficionados can enjoy nature’s peace at the hotel’s outdoor beach yoga lessons.
Before retiring to the Westin Heavenly® Beds, enjoy a delicious lunch with the family at Prego, the hotel’s Italian restaurant.
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur is a fantastic location for families to get together over a meal or celebrate special occasions. Experience a culinary journey at the hotel’s award-winning eateries. Families can enjoy breakfast at Latitude 03 while sipping Illy coffee and indulging in Petit Plates that are inspired by specific locations, or they can enjoy a substantial buffet breakfast at Latest Recipe with a variety of local and international favourites before dining on Australian and Japanese steaks at the acclaimed steakhouse PRIME.
In the evening, return to the hotel’s Pool Bar & Grill@8, which overlooks the city, and unwind after a day of sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur’s lively centre. You can book the perfect FUN-mily Escape, which includes a second Deluxe room at no extra cost and free meals for children under the age of 12.