If you, like us, have been looking for any excuse to feed your wanderlust, we suggest you don’t hold back. But forget beach holidays for a while, they’ve been done to death. Try something new — like a lakeside retreat! Since Malaysia’s borders reopened on 1 April 2022, many have started travelling again, but if you’re not too comfortable with an international destination, interstate travel will have plenty for you.

From the coastal state of Penang to the concrete beauty of Putrajaya, all the way to Kota Kinabalu’s blue harbour, you’re guaranteed to find a retreat that will cater to your needs. These cities are not only located by some of the country’s prettiest lakes, but they also feature bustling town centres and vibrant cultures.

Loaded with 5-star restaurants, shopping malls, attraction spots, and a range of family-friendly outdoor activities, these eight lakeside locations promise a memorable vacation.

1. DoubleTree by Hilton, Putrajaya

Located in Putraja’s bustling commercial district, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Putrajaya Lakeside is a place for those looking to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding their vacation property.

This lakeside resort also gives guests access to plenty of aquatic activities like swimming, snorkelling, and fishing, which can all be done nearby. Other attractions include Farm In The City and Bangi Wonderland Waterpark – great for those with kids, but it’s not within walking distance, so either drive or book an e-hailing ride.

Address: 2, Jalan P5/5, Presint 5, 62200 Putrajaya
Contact: +603 8890 0000

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2. Mangala Resort & Spa, Pahang

Nestled within a lush and tranquil plantation that boasts a big lake is the multiple award-winning lakeside property knowns as Mangala Resort & Spa. The name Mangala derives from a Sanskrit word that means ‘lucky’ and it’s a place that will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to a tropical oasis far away from home. Lucky indeed.

Each nature-inspired residence is made up of modest pavilions that enable the surrounding plants to thrive in between. There are plenty to choose from that offer seclusion, tranquillity, or a touch of luxury, and each villa also comes with spacious decks giving you an unparalleled view of the vast lake and wetlands.

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

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3. Kenyir Eco Resort, Terengganu

Here’s a story — Tasik Kenyir is Southeast Asia’s largest man-made lake, encompassing 260,000 hectares. It is also the largest rock-filled hydroelectric dam in Malaysia. When the region was inundated, most of the hills were elevated above the water level, resulting in around 340 man-made islands. The rainforest that surrounds the region provides an astounding variety of plants and wildlife to the lake.

At Kenyir Eco Resort, you’ll be surrounded by a large tropical rainforest, and the lake region is renowned for angling (since the lake is home to a variety of freshwater fish species), boating, canoeing, jungle hiking, and 4WD driving. Because it’s surrounded by such lush foliage, it’s a great destination for nature enthusiasts.

Address: Jalan Pengkalan Utama, Tasik Kenyir, 21700 Kuala Berang, Terengganu
Contact: +6019-280 4877

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4. Banjaran Hotsprings, Perak

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh is Malaysia’s first premium natural hot springs health retreat. This resort offers holistic experiences for those looking to escape the city’s bustling busyness. Located in a 22.7-acre valley in northern Perak, this property is a mere 15-minute drive from Ipoh, so not only can you have a tranquil stay, but you’re also in close range to some of Ipoh’s finest foods.

During your stay at the Banjaran Hotsprings resort, check out the restaurant known as Jeff’s Cellar – nestled within a cavern of limestones that is 260 million years old. Famed for its fine dining experience, guests of the property will indeed be treated to a gastronomic adventure.

Address: 1, Persiaran Lagoon, Sunway 3, 31150 Ipoh, Perak
Contact: +605 210 7777

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5. Cyberview Resort & Spa, Selangor

Whoever said that Cyberjaya doesn’t have lakeside views clearly has never visited the Cyberview Resort. This 5-star boutique resort is truly an escape from the city within a city and has an award-winning garden sprawled across over 28 acres of land.

Surrounded by towering palm trees and lush landscapes, the resort successfully mixes rustic charm into all 112 chalets, suites, bungalows, and presidential suites combined. Each spacious accommodation is adorned with wooden interiors and private balconies overlooking the garden, pool, or the beautiful lake.

If you’re one to gravitate towards spas, we highly recommend checking out the Sembuyi Spa for a full body massage or any other wellness treatment available.

Address: The Lodge, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 7, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor
Contact: +603 8312 7000

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6. Lakeview Terrace Resort, Johor

Located across 10 acres of land in Pengerang, Johor, the Lakeview Terrace Resort is a picturesque getaway for those who appreciate an intimate time with nature. This site provides a new level of premium lodging by combining spectacular lakeside scenery and green terraces with modern interior design, and there’s a total of 372 fully equipped and cosy cabin-style abodes.

These inviting spaces amidst lush foliage, give you an open and tranquil setting. You can choose between the Studio Queen, Studio Twin, Executive, or 10 Suites — all of which come with a stunning view of the lake.

Address: PTD 5025, Jalan Kota Tinggi, 81620 Pengerang, Johor
Contact: +607 819 0300

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7. Enderong Resort, Pahang

If you’re looking to escape the city’s heat and humidity, you don’t have to travel far. A quick 45-minute drive to Janda Baik in Pahang will take you to Enderong Resort. Named after the Sungai Enderong mountain stream, this highland retreat is located 2000 feet above sea level and happens to be an award-winning project.

Temperatures here can range from 21° to 28° Celsius, so there’s no need to bring a massive puffer jacket in your travelling bag, but a light shawl may come in handy. With 22 rooms available that comfortably fits 64 staying guests, this resort comprises Enderong House, the Annex Rooms, the Annexe Plus Rooms, The Cottage, and Annexe Hall.

Address: C21, Persiaran Enderong Jalan Tanarimba Pine Tanarimba, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Contact: +609 233 0512

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8. The Haven All Suite Resort, Perak

Book a stay at The Haven All Suit Resort in Ipoh, Perak for a luxury experience with the natural beauty of rocks, woods, and rivers. Arguably one of the few rare places that allow you to soak in the lush rainforest while still being close by to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Truly a slice of paradise, the view of the infinity pool is of the majestic lake with limestone hills in the background. Talk about ultimate relaxation! There are also other amenities available at this resort, like a fully-equipped gym, spa, steam room, tennis court, outdoor playground, poolside bar, and even a meditation deck, and the list does not end there.

Address: Jalan Haven, 31150 Ipoh, Perak
Contact: +605 540 0000

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