Seminyak In Our Backyard: Top 8 Bali-Like Resorts In Malaysia

Can’t travel to Bali yet again this year? Check out these eight Bali-like resorts in Malaysia and transport yourself right to the magical island. (Left: Image by @ashlynn.neh. Right: Image by @anantaradesaru)

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Are you dreaming of relaxing in a well-appointed Balinese resort surrounded by lush greenery, white-sand beaches, and azure waters? Thankfully, you don’t have to travel outside Malaysia to enjoy a Balinese-style resort experience.

With international travel to Indonesia currently heavily restricted, thankfully, you can enjoy homegrown Balinese-style resorts that remind you of this magical island. Here are eight properties in Malaysia that will have you feeling like you’re in Bali.

Rina Balinese Resort

Johor
 
 
 
 
 
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Nestled within Senai in Johor, Rina Balinese Resort is a spa sanctuary that offers its guests traditional Balinese aromatic massage, traditional foot massage, body scrubs, and other luxe spa services. Visitors can also tour the fruit orchard, go cycling and fishing, or relax in the firewood bath. You can take advantage of the half-day spa deal (complete with a set lunch) or stay overnight with friends and family.

Address: Lot 2515 Jalan Seelong Jaya 6, Kampung Seelong Jaya, 81400 Senai, Johor
Contact: +6016 716 1168

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2. Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort

Kelantan
 
 
 
 
 
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Located at Pantai Bisikan Bayu in the district of Pasir Puteh (roughly 45 minutes from Kota Bharu), Tok Aman Bali Beach Resort is conveniently situated near the beach. All rooms have lagoon-facing balconies, and guests can enjoy the infinity-edged swimming pool, as well as the Tok Aman Bali Spa. Fun activities include touring the herb and butterfly garden, pedal boat rides, fishing and kayaking, and braving the obstacle course.

Address: Lot 6264(1) Pantai Bisikan Bayu, Semerak 16700, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan
Contact: +609 691 8899

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3. Mangala Resort and Spa, Pahang

Pahang
 
 
 
 
 
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Mangala Resort and Spa in Kuantan boasts nature-inspired villas, lush palm plantations, flower and herb gardens, and plenty of fruit trees. Guests can enjoy all-day dining at The Lakeside Restaurant, pampering at The Mangala Spa, guided tours to nearby natural and cultural attractions, as well as uplifting nature walks. You’re guaranteed to leave the resort rejuvenated and ready to tackle upcoming challenges.

Address: Lebuhraya Tun Razak, 26300, Kuantan, Pahang
Contact: +609 505 7788

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4. Anantara Desaru Coast Resort

Johor
 
 
 
 
 
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Offering an array of luxurious accommodations near the lagoon and ocean, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort in Johor, is a must for city dwellers looking for a tranquil getaway. Amenities include an infinity pool, Malaysian, Thai, and international signature dining; a well-appointed spa; and a romantic venue for beachfront events (including weddings and anniversaries). Read our full review of the resort if you want to know more.

Address: Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor
Contact: +607 828 0888

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5. Anson Bali Living

Perak
 
 
 
 
 
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Known for its Balinese-inspired interior design and architecture, Anson Bali Living is located about 2.3km from Teluk Intan. Rooms are tastefully furnished, and guests can try out the nearby restaurants and cafes. This boutique hotel has become a popular local destination for wedding photoshoots and other events due to its sumptuous surroundings. Add this destination to your bucket list if you’re looking for a scenic staycation spot in Perak.

Address: 1861, Jalan Manggis, 36000 Teluk Intan, Perak
Contact: +6011 2629 1861

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6. Samaya Villa

Melaka
 
 
 
 
 
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In Klebang Besar, Melaka is a modern private luxury villa with distinct Balinese accents known as Samaya Villa. Guests can enjoy the private pool, well-stocked fish pond, and private gardens decked with intricate Balinese statues and lush foliage.

It’s a great getaway if you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy and authentic Balinese experience right in the heart of Malaysia. Highlights include quintessential Balinese floating breakfasts, luxury high tea, and giant pool floats. Your Instagram feed will thank you for following a stay in this luxurious retreat.

Address: 7602, Taman Mawar, Klebang Besar, 75200 Melaka.
Contact: +6012 631 8668 (Jacky) or +6011 3331 1220 (Rachel)

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7. Bao Sheng Durian Farm, Penang

Penang
 
 
 
 
 
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Bao Sheng Durian Farm is a third-generation durian farm in Balik Pulau known for its organic farming techniques. Guests should consider visiting the farm during the durian season, which runs from May to August, as sampling the produce isn’t available out of season. In-season, those who book can sample the durians and enjoy their smells wafting through the trees. Accommodations are comfortable and well-appointed, with a focus on relaxation.

Address: 150 Mk2 Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau, 11000 Penang
Contact: +6012 411 0600 or +6012 401 0800

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8. Villa Samadhi

Kuala Lumpur
 
 
 
 
 
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Villa Samadhi Kuala Lumpur offers luxurious resort accommodations inspired by traditional Malay and Balinese architecture. Enjoy tranquil surroundings without being separated from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kuala Lumpur.

The resort’s heart is an artificial lagoon where guests can swim and enjoy the ornamental fountains. They can also relax in the outdoor decks while sipping champagne and nibbling on chocolate fondue. International travellers will appreciate the Heritage Food Tour, day trips throughout the city, and excursions to the Elephant Sanctuary at Kuala Gandah – all arranged by the Samadhi Group.

Address: 8 Jalan Madge, Taman U Thant, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2143 2300

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Michelle is a Manila-based content editor. As a journalist, she's covered the property investment and mortgage markets in Australia and Canada. Her freelance writing focuses primarily on lifestyle, travel, and skincare. When she’s not working, she likes to visit museums and take Instagram photos of well-plated food.