Calling all lovers, empty nesters, and parents in need of respite! It’s been a busy first half of the year with the country transitioning into endemicity, seeing us back to hustling at work and catching up with our social lives. So, a mid-year break is definitely due. We’ve got you covered if the absence of splish splash, mid-pool meltdowns, and guilt-free morning lie-ins sound like the ideal holiday.
Here’s a list of Malaysia’s most romantic properties for some uninterrupted grown-up time.
Villa Samadhi in Kuala Lumpur
Escape the humdrum of the city while never having to leave it at Villa Samadhi, a private retreat hidden in the city. This Malay-styled resort is beautifully surrounded by lantern-lit paths, a curvaceous central pool and rooms built for the ultimate privacy. To ensure absolute relaxation, children 16 and below are not allowed on the property.
Address: 8 Persiaran Madge, Opposite U Thant Residence, 55000 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: +603 2771 2741
Casa Del Mar in Langkawi, Kedah
Casa Del Mar, the Spanish term for ‘Home of the Sea’, is aptly named for this beachfront resort on the island of Langkawi. This stunning property oozes charm and romance via natural timber floorings, soft lighting, and Mediterranean-style furnishings.
The Casa Seaview Studio Suite and Casa Beachfront Studio Suite are only for two adults per room. There are selected suites available to families, giving this resort area a little more privacy.
Address: Jalan Pantai Chenang 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +604 955 2388
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, Perak
A natural geothermal hot spring and 260 million-year-old limestone caves surround this resort and wellness spa. Plunge pools, open-air showers, and geothermal hot tubs make this a sanctuary for couples needing some grown-up luxuries.
While children are allowed to spend the day with parents at this retreat, those 12 and under cannot stay on the property for safety concerns.
Address: No 1 Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, 31400 Ipoh, Perak
Contact: +605 210 7777
Villa Molek in Langkawi, Kedah
A five-minute walk from Pantai Tengah, Villa Molek is a 4-star, child-free, boutique resort in Langkawi. The property’s 12 villas are hidden in a garden set away from the main road, offering privacy from the tourists at Pantai Cenang. The rooms are warm and surrounded by lush tropical greens, which make it the perfect setting for some relaxation.
Address: Jalan Teluk Baru, Pantai Tengah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +6017 420 1688
Sinkeh in George Town, Penang
An unconventional choice is this guesthouse in George Town, as it doubles as a space devoted to the art scene of Penang. At Sinkeh guesthouse, 20 Sen of every Ringgit goes toward producing local theatre and dance shows, staging gallery exhibitions, and hosting workshops and lectures. The rooms are delightfully simple, and being located just outside the city means having quiet, restful days.
Address: 105, Lebuh Melayu, George Town, 10100 George Town, Penang
Contact: +604 261 3966
The Kasturi Resort in Cherating, Pahang
A semi adult-only property, The Kasturi is a 5-star beachfront resort with spectacular sunrises backdropped by a rainforest. The site is exclusive to guests allowing for long romantic walks on the beach, shared with the local wildlife, including sea otters, eagles, fireflies, green turtles, and stingrays.
Address: Jalan Kuantan/Kemaman, Cherating, 26080 Kampong Baharu Cherating, Pahang
Contact: +609 582 5000
The Village House in Kuching, Sarawak
Located at the foothill of Mount Santubong is a 3-star boutique resort built for private getaways. With guests’ privacy being their top priority, the staff do everything to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable. Children under 12 are not allowed on the property.
Address: Lot 633 & 634 Off Pantai Puteri Road, Kampong Santubong, Damai Peninsular 93050 Kuching, Sarawak
Contact: +6016 879 8802
Japamala By Samadhi in Tioman Island, Pahang
Japamala is a sophisticated romantic island resort fit for royalty, surrounded by lush greens and facing the South China Sea. The villas are tasteful and elegant while keeping a natural design sense to their surrounding elements.
Soak in the gorgeous blues of the ocean or book a spa treatment at the resort with your partner; whatever your pick, it is sure to be divine. This property is unsuitable for children 16 and under.
Address: Kampung Lanting, 28600 Pahang Tua, Pahang
Contact: 03-2771 2741