Purr-fect: 7 Pet-Friendly Hotels In Malaysia

Travelling with your furkid may seem like the stuff of Hollywood movies or a day in the life of the ‘have mores’ – private jet, pet passport, butler, and teacup dog in tow. Here in Malaysia, whether you’re the sort who loves to rough it out in a tent or one who needs their creature comforts, there are pet-friendly accommodations across the country that provide spaces for you and your furry friend to chill out in. Read more to find out where they are:

Temple Tree Resort, Langkawi, Kedah

Hands down one of the most unique places to stay at when in Langkawi is Temple Tree Resort. It’s a picturesque amalgamation of eight antique buildings of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and Eurasian origin, plus these luxurious homes were painstakingly relocated from Peninsular Malaysia to Langkawi island. Suffice to say, it’s a truly Malaysian experience made modern with the comforts of things like a swimming pool and air-conditioning. 

The best part? It’s pet-friendly! For a charge of just RM50 (approximately USD12) per stay, your pet is allowed to come along for the fun. The only conditions are that they’re not allowed on furniture, beds, or in the pool. When at the restaurant, guests can seat themselves with their pet in the garden while dining. 

Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi, Kedah

This is one for all the pampered pooches out there! Langkawi’s Four Seasons Resort is a stunning property tucked in between a million-year-old verdant rainforest (a UNESCO geopark) and the sparkling waters of the Andaman Sea. The beach, Tanjung Rhu, is one of the island’s most beautiful and secluded. It’s really the perfect holiday destination for families, lovebirds, or (furry) friends.

If you do decide to bring your pampered dog or cat along, there’s a RM500 (approximately USD119) cleaning fee. Pets are also only allowed for those checking into one of the resort’s villas and must weigh below 15 lbs. Other conditions include that your pet is fully trained and kept on a leash unless they’re in your villa. On the upside, the hotel offers pet-sitting services in case you’re unable to pander to your four-legged bestie. Do note that not all Four Seasons Resorts are pet-friendly, so do check with the hotel prior to bringing your pet along. 

Noodrin Mews, George Town, Penang

Located in a 1920s Peranakan shophouse along Noordin Street, you can easily explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the surrounding area when checked in at the Noordin Mews. What started out as a passion project to restore a dilapidated property quickly became a boutique heritage hotel. With an additional charge of only RM20 (approximately USD5) per pet per stay, the good people of the Noordin Mews will accept any pet “as long as they can fit through our doors.” So, unless you’ve got a pet elephant, Fido, Mittens, and Polly can join you on holiday. Pets are allowed to wander freely around the hotel, but just not jump in the pool. 

Now that you know where you’re going to stay, here are some need-to-know tips when hitting the road or jetting off with your furry friend.

Awanmulan, Kampung Baru Pantai, Negeri Sembilan

Awanmulan is an homage to the furry creatures we call family. Named after a beloved family pet, Mulan the dog was found in a drain near the owners’ old family home. Mulan passed away at the ripe old age of 12, but her memory lives on in the clouds – hence the name Awanmulan that translates to ‘Mulan’s cloud’. In this case, it’s in reference to the misty fog that envelops the property on rainy days which the owners have declared belongs to Mulan for all time. 

You’ll find this lovely retreat hiding up in the hills, equipped with rooms that all face the sunset, a saltwater pool, and coal barbecue for those who wish to use it. Currently, Awanmulan has a lovely resident dog named Daniel and two cats – Cantik and Michelle. They enjoy wandering around the pool area and will come to say hello, so give them a pet. 

Guests are more than welcome to bring their pets too. Only small dogs are allowed with a limitation of one to two dogs per room. Dogs are also only permitted when checked into the Sasterawan and Senjja rooms. Pets are also not allowed in the pool and must be leashed when in common areas. 

North Borneo Biostation Resort, Kudat, Sabah

This is one for avid trekkers, hikers, divers, and all-around nature lovers. If you’ve got a cat or dog who loves the great outdoors just as much as you do, then a visit to this resort situated within the confines of a Field Scientific Station is a must-stay. The North Borneo Biostation Resort is in one of the most biodiverse locations on the planet and spans seven acres of secluded seafront land – it’s paradise!

You’ll find a resident dog who roams about freely, so if you have a mild-mannered or friendly pooch, then feel free to bring them along. For now, the resort hasn’t imposed a size limitation on dogs allowed. Other pets, such as cats, are allowed on site too and there are no fees for them following you. 

Payung Getaway Campsite & Campervan Park, Cherating, Pahang

A great thing about holidaying in Cherating besides the obvious crystalline ocean and soft sands is that the beachfront restaurants and bars are mostly pet-friendly. So you won’t feel stuck in just one place when setting up camp at the pet-friendly Payung Getaway Campsite & Caravan Park. One should add this to among Malaysia’s best beach camping spots. What makes it so unique is its location – they’re flanked by the shore on one side and near the mouth of a river as well, giving you a riverside option. 

In terms of who among your fur babies you can bring along, the site has no size restrictions. Just be sure to keep your pet on a leash in shared spaces and to clean up after them. Pets are also not allowed to use the communal toilets, but there are outdoor showers where you may hose them down. There are no additional charges for bringing a pet. Do note, however, that they have a few cats of their own and a dog. 

House of Sen, Bentong, Pahang

Maybe your pet isn’t keen on being in the water, or you’re about to get married or have a big event and would like your fur kid around. The House of Sen may be just the getaway for you. Spread across three acres of lush green and beautiful gardens, this home allows for eight in-house guests (anyone extra will cost RM89 (approximately USD21) per night) with enough outdoor space to cater to up to 100 guests. There’s even an option to rent a tent for RM300 (approximately USD71) per night. If you love this place so much and don’t feel like leaving, you can opt for a long-term stay too. 

Your getaway checklist:

Now that you know where to go, here’s a list of things to keep in mind when staying away from home with your pet:

  • No ticks and fleas
  • Toilet trained (please clean up after them)
  • Quiet and non-aggressive
  • Keep your pet off furniture and beds unless they’re allowed
  • Keep them out of the pool
  • Never allow your pet to eat off a property’s utensils
  • Keep them leashed in common areas unless they’re allowed to roam
  • Don’t use a property’s towels for your pet

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Tengku Zai
Going by the nickname Kuzai, the Kelantan native has spent 15 years in the wonderful world of publishing, formerly managing the beauty sections of glossies including ELLE and Harper’s BAZAAR. Now, Kuzai is the Editor of Zafigo. The wannabe runner is also mom to a feisty toddler, suffers from constant wanderlust, and really just works to eat, travel, and shop.