13 Coastal Resorts Around Malaysia For Your Next Beach Getaway

Take a gander at these coastal resorts around Malaysia for your next beach getaway. (Photos from Gaya Island Resort’s Facebook)

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As overseas travel remains a question mark for the foreseeable future, Malaysians can count their blessings to live in a country that’s so rich with tropical rainforests, breezy highlands, postcard-worthy islands, and pristine beaches.

On that note, there’s nothing like a beach getaway to replace the Monday blues with ocean blues – the best kind of the shade there is. With the country surrounded by the Straits of Malacca and the South China Sea, there are acres upon acres of coastline for us to explore.

For a start, take a gander at these 13 coastal resorts from the east coast to the west coast of the peninsular and East Malaysia. Don’t forget to pack extra sunblock!

Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor Laut Resort

Hidden away on a private island three miles off the West Coast, Pangkor Laut Resort is an idyllic escape loved by couples for its romantic atmosphere. Expect long-tailed macaques and oriental pied hornbills to join you as you soak in the bathtub in your villa or sunbathe on the beach. Don’t miss the sunset cruise, private dining on the beach, or island excursions for a truly memorable experience to keep as a souvenir.

Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia
Peak season: January to February, June to September
Monsoon season: October to December
Rates start from RM860 per night

Club Med Cherating

Club Med Cherating

Famed for its all-inclusive stay, Club Med Cherating is the destination to go to for full-board meals on top off an extensive list of activities. When not soaking in one of the two pools or lazing around the rocky beachfront, there’s still plenty to do at no extra cost – try archery, a flying trapeze, sailing, kayaking, and more. Did we mention there’s an open bar where you can enjoy a free flow of cocktails after dinner?

29th Mile, Jalan Kuantan-Kema, 26080 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Peak season: June to August
Monsoon season: November to December
Rates start from RM800 per night

The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort

Photo from The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort’s Facebook

Sink your feet into powdery white sand and clear azure waters at The Taaras, located on the beautiful Redang Island. Nestled on a bay facing the South China Sea, the resort offers dreamy views of the ocean or the surrounding landscaped greens from your suite or villa. There’s also a range of experiences offered, including a spa, turtle sanctuary, or diving excursions to explore nearby marine parks and coral reefs.

PO Box 126, Main Post Office, 20928 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
Peak season: June to September
Monsoon season: November to December
Rates start from RM900 per night

Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Photo from Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson’s Facebook

Famed for its overwater villas that form the shape of a hibiscus at sea, Lexis Hibiscus is a beachfront family-friendly resort in the coastal town of Port Dickson that caters to all ages. Not only do guests enjoy private pools facing the sea and convenient access to the beach, there’s also a water park for the kids and a range of water activities for all. Plus, a variety of street food and vendors await to tempt your taste buds as you take a scenic stroll along the Hibiscus Walk.

12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, Pasir Panjang 71250, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Peak season: March to April
Monsoon season: November
Rates start from RM666 per night

The Ritz Carlton, Langkawi

The Ritz Carlton, Langkawi

As one of the largest and most popular islands in Malaysia, Langkawi is not short of coastal resorts. But when it comes to those that promise unreserved luxury, few come close to The Ritz Carlton. Built amidst a 10-million-year-old rainforest on the edge of the Andaman Sea, every suite and villa promises uninterrupted vistas of verdant greens – some alongside views of the sea stretching out into the horizon. There are three pools, including an adults-only infinity pool and a beachfront pool, as well as water activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding from the resort’s private shore. Not forgetting, the property also has one of the island’s best bars to boot!

PO Box 199, Jalan Pantai Kok, Teluk Nibong, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Peak season: December to February
Monsoon season: September to October
Rates start from RM945 per night

Gaya Island Resort

Photo from Gaya Island Resort’s Facebook

Set within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a collection of five islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island Resort boasts pure white sand beaches that are as breathtaking as you can imagine. The resort features hillside villas with views ranging from mangrove forests and a canopy of greens to the seashore and outlines of Mount Kinabalu. Besides going on a marine expedition or snorkelling right in front of the beach, guests will be able to discover the cultural wonders of Borneo through the native arts and activities held at the eco-conscious resort.

Malohom Bay, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Peak season: December to February
Monsoon season: September to November
Rates start from RM960 per night
(Note: Temporarily closed until February 2021)

Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Photo from Hard Rock Hotel Penang’s Facebook

Live like a rock star at the ever-popular Hard Rock Hotel Penang, where beachfront facilities meet a colourful atmosphere and music-themed rooms. Featuring the largest free-form pool in Penang, a full-service rock spa, an infant/kids/teens club, the world-famous Hard Rock Café, as well as a shop and displays that pay tribute to rock, this Batu Ferringhi resort is where guests of all ages can let loose and have a good time.

Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, Malaysia
Peak season: November to February; School Holidays
Monsoon season: September to October
Rates start from RM270 per night (promotion price)

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Photo from Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa’s Facebook

At the tip of Kota Kinabalu lies Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa – a haven for sunset-watching by the beach with a cocktail in hand. This stunning resort is home to the STAR Marina, which offers a host of watersport services like boating and parasailing, in addition to spa and pool amenities. Plus, there are daily activities to keep you entertained – no matter how long or short your stay is!

No. 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Peak season: June to July; November to December
Monsoon season: October to December
Rates start from RM375 per night

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Set within a UNESCO Geopark, the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is a retreat for nature lovers with its backdrop of a tropical rainforest and limestone cliffs juxtaposing the calm emerald waters of the Andaman Sea. Find relaxation in the calming ambience of your suite or villa, or excitement in the nature that awaits outside – whichever your idea of escape. You can even cycle on the beach while waiting for the sunset, before indulging in a lip-smacking dinner. It’s one of the best ways to truly experience the beautiful Langkawi island.

Jalan Tanjung Rhu, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Peak season: December to February
Monsoon season: September to October
Rates start from RM946 per night

Rimba Resort

Rimba Resort

Located on Sibu Island that’s two hours off the coast of Johor, Rimba Resort promises to cocoon you in the simple beach life with its 350-metre private beach and rustic jungle setting. Inspired by a Kenyan village, the sea view chalets are designed to be open-air to offer a more laid-back, authentic island escape. While you’re here, throw on your diving gear and head for the ocean or join in other guests for a round of beach volleyball before pampering yourself at the in-house spa.

P.O. Box 38, Majidee, 81100 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Peak season: May to August
Monsoon season: November to February (May be closed during this period)
Rates start from RM330++ per adult per night

Bungaraya Island Resort

Photo from Bungaraya Island Resort’s Facebook

Explore Borneo’s beaches and forests all in Bungaraya Island Resort, which calls Gaya Island its home. Answer the call of the ocean with activities such as sailing, kayaking, or diving; or discover the enchanted rainforests via a jungle trek or canopy walk. With villas set on the hillside or facing the sea, you’ll return to amazing views that are sure to end your night with sweet dreams.

Polish Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, 88778, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Peak season: July to August
Monsoon season: September to November
Rates start from RM650 per night

Tanjong Jara Resort

Tanjong Jara Resort

Rediscover the cultural heritage of Malaysia at Tanjong Jara Resort, offering immersive experiences that are unmistakably Malay in their roots. From the architecture that resembles 17th century Malay palaces to the cuisine that echoes familiar Malay flavours, this serene property is uniquely steeped in tradition yet uncompromising on luxury and resort experiences. For an unforgettable stay, try one of its signature experiences, including dining on the rocks overlooking the sea, or having a relaxing picnic on the beach.

Batu 8, Off Jalan Dungun, 23000 Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia
Peak season: April to June; School holidays
Monsoon season: October to December
Rates start from RM514

The Magellan Sutera Resort

Photo from Sutera Harbour Resort’s Facebook

Boasting 456 rooms and suites, The Magellan Sutera Resort is an expansive 384-acre property that shares its facilities with the neighbouring The Pacific Sutera Hotel. Thus, it’s not surprising that it comes equipped with an impressive range of facilities along its harbourfront, such as an exclusive beach, swimming pool, and championship golf course.

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Sutera Harbour, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Peak season: July to August; December to January
Monsoon season: October to December
Rates start from RM290 (staycation deal)

*All photos are courtesy of respective resorts unless stated otherwise

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