Ah, to be in love and newlyweds… A lot of the time, the question in mind after setting a wedding date is, “Where do we go for our honeymoon?” Sure, there’s a plethora of options worldwide, and some of these stunning destinations will surely take that newlywed bliss up a notch, but here in Malaysia, there are some pretty incredible and incredibly romantic locations too. Don’t believe us? Read on.
The Datai Langkawi, Kedah
Tengku Zai, Editor
When it comes to holiday destinations throughout Malaysia for any reason whatsoever, Langkawi always comes up tops — great food, a short flight from KL, plenty to do/see, and of course, it’s duty-free! But if you’re looking for love in the Jewel of Kedah, then The Datai is the place to be. As a quasi-local of the island, I’ve stayed at just about every stunning resort there is to be enjoyed on Langkawi and can tell you from personal experience that The Datai will not disappoint if what you’re looking for is quality time with your SO, but make it boujie and idyllic.
Regarding your stay, The Datai is a sprawling resort of just 121 suites and villas, meaning that quietude and privacy are ensured. It’s also one of those self-sufficient resorts, where you can spend your holiday rapt withal in each other’s company and never leave the bubble of the property. From nature walks to enjoying cocktails at the bar, to a breathtaking vista of the Andaman Sea and Tarutao Island, to heavenly couples treatments at The Spa, seriously, why even consider leaving at all? Oh, and don’t get us started on the food! It’s home to what’s easily the best fine dining fare you’ll find on Langkawi.
Address: Jalan Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +604 950 0500
Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak
Xin Xin Lee, Head of Design
Pangkor Laut Resort has beautiful wooden private villas on stilts along the Straits of Malacca. Built within a lush green forest, this famous resort has its own private beach for those looking for that bit of extra privacy.
While, you’ll be able to shy away from people, you won’t be able to escape being surrounded by native wildlife; in a good way, of course. Expect to keep in the company of oriental pied hornbills, white-bellied sea eagles, monitor lizards, and long-tailed macaques around the resort, which makes it an even more attractive destination.
Address: Pangkor Laut Island Pangkor Laut, 32200 Lumut, Perak
Contact: +605 699 1100
Club Med Cherating, Pahang
River Huei, Junior Content Creator
Looking for a jungle-beach adventure? From rock climbing to batik painting, from hiking in nature to late-night parties, or from sailing to kayaking, Club Med Cherating’s all-inclusive resort concept has got it all. Whether you’re here for the thrill or just to chill, they’ve got you covered. Suffice to say, this also makes it the perfect spot for any kind of honeymooner!
Address: Hvom 29th miles Jalan Kuantan – Kemaman Pahang Darul Makmur, Jalan Kuantan
Contact: +609 581 9133
Mutiara Taman Negara, Pahang
Maggi De souza, Brand Experience Manager
For nature- and adventure-loving honeymooners looking for a beach alternative, Mutiara Taman Negara Resort may be just what you need. Here you’ll enjoy a quiet respite in the heart of the 130 million-year-old tropical rainforest, marvelling at night-blooming flowers, glow-in-the-dark fungi, and nocturnal wildlife. If you’re both up for it, you can feed your adventurous souls with more thrilling activities like hiking Gunung Tahan or shooting the rapids.
Address: 27000 Kuala Tahan, Pahang
Contact: +609 266 3500
One&Only Desaru Coast, Johor
Fiona Thong, Sales & Marketing Lead
One&Only Desaru Coast, located in Johor, is one of the top choices of resorts to go to if you’re looking to stay at a property by the beach that’s the pinnacle of luxury. I like it because it feels exclusive. Of course, there are other guests at the resort, but never will it ever be crowded with throngs of guests, especially when you’re heading over during their non-peak season. The widespread breakfast buffet is one of the highlights too.
Address: Darul Ta’zim, Persiaran Damai, Desaru Coast Bandar Penawar, 90, 81930, Johor
Contact: +607 878 3400
The Danna Langkawi, Kedah
Emma Mallaburn, Sub-Editor
Malaysians are spoiled with beautiful resorts, and one of my absolute favourites has got to be The Danna Langkawi. If I could do over my honeymoon and make it a local spot, this would be it. Top-notch service, a 5-star experience tucked away in the quieter part of this famed island, and let me tell you, the rooms are incredible — one of the best beds I have ever slept on! The blend of colonial-mediterranean charm is as spacious as they are beautiful.
Being a foodie, one of the many lovable things about this resort is its food. There are three restaurants to choose from, and while each differs from the other, the Terrace offers exquisite Italian dining. With a sprawling (and inviting pool) dotted with plenty of sunbeds, The Danna is perfect for honeymooners looking to do nothing but bask in the presence of each other against a luxurious backdrop.
Address: Pantai Kok, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Contact: +604 959 3288
Tiarasa Escapes – Glamping Resort, Pahang
Teresa Rodrigues, Brand & Programme Executive
If you’re looking to camp in style, Tiarasa Escapes – Glamping Resort at Janda Baik is the place to book! They have only 20 glamorous safari-style tents and five dreamy treehouses enveloped by the sights and sounds of nature. It’s truly the perfect honeymoon choice for a quiet escape, where you’re sure to have quality time with your partner away from the city’s noise. Make memories as you go on nature walks, birdwatching, or even a romantic riverside picnic.
Address: Persiaran Enderong, Kampung Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang
Contact: +6012 887 7777
Rawa Island Resort, Johor
Nora Faizul, Digital Marketer
My choice for the ultimate honeymoon destination in Malaysia is the Rawa Island Resort! Rawa Island itself is small yet stunning, and is particularly suited to couples who prefer a secluded retreat as it offers an intimate setting. Crystal clear ocean water, quaint beach bungalows, and white sand — this needs to be your go-to if you’re craving to experience the island life and a romantic getaway.
Address: Rawa Island, 86800 Mersing, Johor
Contact: +607 799 1204