Looking to plan your next staycation or wondering where to stay when holidaying around the region? Regardless of what kind of trip you’re looking to make — whether as a foodie, a digital nomad, or even for a destination wedding — you can always count on a hotel to give you all you need and more. And here are some of the most exciting developments in Malaysia and beyond.

A balance of work and play

DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort, Perak, Malaysia

Maybe you’re looking for a team retreat rather than a family one. The DoubleTree by Hilton Damai Laut Resort is the ideal location to achieve your objectives thanks to its magnificent natural landscape, exquisite accommodations, and cutting-edge meeting facilities. The property is located between the Straits of Malacca’s exquisite beaches and a verdant jungle, making it an ideal setting for business retreats, team-building activities, and conferences of all sizes. It also has an 18-hole golf course and two full-service restaurants.

When comes time to play, modern furnishings, sumptuous linens, and a private balcony with breathtaking views of the nature await guests after a day of fruitful meetings or team-building activities. A swimming pool, a private beach, a fitness facility, and an on-site spa are just a few of the amenities available to visitors.

The resort provides a variety of indoor and outdoor team-building packages that take advantage of the resort’s beautiful natural settings to foster team unity and boost employee participation. Dodgeball, tug-of-war, ATV trips, water sports, and other activities are available upon request.

Prices for team building packages start at RM50 and go up to RM100 per participant. Visit their website or call +605 5684 3333 for additional details or to make a reservation.

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And the award goes to…

Crockfords at Resorts World Genting, Pahang, Malaysia

The Forbes Travel Guide has named Crockfords at Resorts World Genting (RWG) one of the world’s best 5-star hotels for the fifth year in a row. Crockfords is Malaysia’s most luxurious hidden gem, nestled in the cool highlands amidst the brilliant lights of RWG.

The beautiful hotel’s 177 rooms, which include three villas, 19 signature suites with three distinct themes, 13 junior suites, 111 superior rooms, and 31 premier rooms, all have unimpeded views of the surrounding rainforest and mountainous terrain. For the ultimate pampering just an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, the suites at Crockfords offer individual steam baths and bathrooms outfitted with magnificent Greek Calacatta marble fittings created specifically for the hotel.

When it comes to food, the 5-star hotel is well-known for its distinctive Lobster Nasi Lemak dish and Deluxe Dimsum Set. It also has an entertainment suite with amenities for karaoke sessions or private events.

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Eat your heart out

Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

A new standard in downtown Kota Kinabalu dining was introduced with the opening of Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu. Both the restaurant ON22 and the bar ON23 provide diners with a wide range of innovative flavours and stunning vistas. The specialised menus here are created especially for savvy explorers and food adventurers and feature everything from the immersion of the colourful local Sabahan cuisine to the experimenting of flavours in creative and unusual beverages.

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Destination wedding locations

Elite Havens, Thailand & Indonesia

Elite Havens, Asia’s premier provider of luxury villa rentals, has added four jaw-dropping new properties to its hand-picked collection of extraordinary event villas in Thailand and Indonesia, bringing its total inventory of available villas to more than 300.

The latest additions, which include the Permata Ayung Private Estate in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; Tirtha Bayu Estate in Seseh-Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia; Infinity View in Kata, Phuket, Thailand; and Inasia in Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Thailand, are well-placed to capitalise on the resurgence of destination weddings and other special events. Elite Havens’ new properties all provide discreet service and tailor-made activities orchestrated by a professional staff.

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Work From Hotel is the new WFH

Meliá Hotels International, Malaysia & Thailand

Meliá Hotels International is growing its INNSiDE brand throughout Asia with the opening of two new INNSiDE hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Their target? Digital nomads looking for a new place to temporarily call home. The hotels that make up INNSiDE’s collection —both city and beach properties — are all geared for intellectually-curious, nomadic travellers. According with the nature of their place, they provide visitors complete freedom within a loosely knit group.

INNSiDE by Meliá Kuala Lumpur Cheras, featuring 238 rooms, will be the first INNSiDE hotel to open in Malaysia this month. The new property’s position in the heart of Cheras’s bustling commercial district makes it ideal for business and pleasure travellers alike.

Meanwhile, the 208-room INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit, located in the hip On Nut district, features design elements inspired by temples and Bangkok landmarks and also provides the inventive work and play spaces that define the INNSiDE brand. As a bonus, the 32nd level of the hotel features a large shared workspace with panoramic views of the city. Stunning!

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