Who said romance has to come with a high price tag? With Malaysia Airlines’ attractive winter airfare sale to Malaysia, you can woo that special someone without breaking the bank – leaving lots of spare change for celebratory champagne.
Not only is easier and more affordable than ever to get to, Malaysia is the perfect idyll for couples and honeymooners, from its picture-perfect beaches and sumptuous cuisine, to amazing adventure and outdoor activities, not to mention some of the friendliest locals in South East Asia. The perfect place for Cupid to take aim, here are our top romantic resorts in Malaysia!
The Majestic, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur offers up the bright lights and all the sophistication you would expect. For a romantic getaway, take a break from the hustle and bustle, by simply making your way to The Majestic. Regarded as one of the best colonial hotels in South-East Asia, and theonly heritage hotel in Kuala Lumpur, this iconic landmark offers couples a relaxing and luxurious oasis within the heart of the City’s busy downtown area.
Originally built in the 1930s, The Majestic has long been the venue of choice for glamorous social events and historical political meetings. Conveniently located in one of the city’s most intriguing and walkable neighbourhoods, honeymooners don’t have to go far to enjoy a romantic evening stroll. The hotel also stands opposite the grand 1910 railway station, and many of the city’s favourite tourist attractions are also close by, including the National Museum, National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, Lake Gardens, and Bird and Butterfly Parks.
The Majestic also offers a “Leading Romance” experience, with highlights such as flowers and a bottle of champagne in your suite upon arrival, in-room butler service, and an indulgent 2-hour “English Afternoon Tea” spa treatment at The Majestic Spa. It is the ideal setting for a romantic rendezvous in every sense.
For more information: http://www.majestickl.com
The Datai, Langkawi
Situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, The Datai is the perfect getaway for couples seeking refuge from their busy lives. Nestled in the heart of an ancient rainforest and overlooking one of world’s best beaches as rated by National Geographic, The Datai is a captivating resort that blends smoothly with its surroundings. A stay here is not only guaranteed to reignite romance and passion with your loved one, but is also a great opportunity to reconnect with nature.
As soon as you enter the resort, you will immediately understand why The Datai has won more than 80 awards, including World Luxury Hotel Award 2014. Every room, suite and villa embraces the beauty of the lush rainforest and offers unbeatable views of the breathtaking Andaman Sea. Seek guest rooms are sophisticated with tropical wood floors, shantung-silk wall panels and sprawling marble baths. Throw in some award-winning dining options, an indulgent spa and a variety of amenities for your pleasure, and it will be hard to leave!
For adventurous couples, there are plenty of inviting activities on offer nearby. Participate in an interactive Thai culinary cooking class paired with complementary wine, take a ride on South-East Asia’s steepest cable car, meander along one of Langkawi’s breathtaking nature walks or unwind on a sunset cruise with your loved one. The Datai Langkawi is the epitome of a romantic tropical retreat.
For more information: http://www.thedatai.com/langkawi
Gaya Island Resort, Sabah
Imagine a place accessible only by boat, where you can revel in all that nature has on offer, from sheltered coral reefs to protected mangroves, and a place where you and your partner can enjoy peace and quiet, but have excitement close at hand… Welcome to Gaya Island Resort, one of Malaysia’s most luxurious hotels.
Located within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, Gaya Island Resort rests along the coast of Malohom Bay; a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest with a stunning outline of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. Its 120 villas and two-bedroom suites utilise local materials and blend harmoniously with the natural environment, while villa interiors are designed with a contemporary elegance.
Tucked seamlessly within the mangroves, you’ll find the Spa Village, which offers a series of unique spa packages that reflect the ancient healing practices of the region with modern twists. For nature-loving couples, the Resort provides an authentic, intimate experience that is hard to beat.
For more information: http://www.gayaislandresort.com
Cameron Highlands Resort, Pahang
Set amidst tea plantations and rolling hills on the largest hill retreat in Malaysia, Cameron Highlands Resort embodies all the romance of Cameron Highlands’ grand colonial heritage. The boutique hideaway is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, lush greenery and Tudor-styled cottages. The resort features 56 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, and fronts Cameron Highlands’ 18-hole golf course. It also houses the third wellness centre of the award-winning Spa Village group, which offers exotic treatments focusing on the healing and restorative properties of tea.
Endearingly known to some as the ‘little corner of England in Asia’, couples will enjoy all the character and charm of a region that has remained largely unchanged since colonial times, as well as its cool climate and fresh air. With temperatures ranging between 15° and 25°, Cameron Highlands Resort is ideal to visit all year round!
For more information: http://www.cameronhighlandsresort.com
Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang
On the beautiful beachfront of the famous Batu Ferringi Beach, lies the luxurious Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, replete with all the amenities and sophistication that you would expect from one of the Shangri-La Group’s signature properties. But what really sets this fully-integrated resort apart is its sense of history, place and tradition. Its design incorporates distinctive Minangkabau architecture and is decorated throughout with Malaysian antiques and cultural artifacts, from artfully arranged traditional jewellery, and batik-printing molds to coral sculptures. And for anyone with their hearts set on an overseas wedding, the resort’s beautiful and exotic gardens are the perfect location. Exchanging lifetime vows under the sheltering rain trees will make your wedding unforgettable!
For more information:http://www.shangrila.com/penang/rasasayangresort/
Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat, Ipoh
For those keen to combine romance with the ultimate wellness experience, Ipoh’s Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat (www.thebanjaran.com) is not to be missed. Only 15 minutes from the city centre, the Banjaran is built around natural geothermal springs and a naturally heated swimming pool set in lush green rainforest against the dramatic backdrop of Ipoh’s limestone hills. Amidst the tranquil and relaxing surroundings guests can enjoy a broad range of bespoke holistic experiences and treatments and the retreat’s eco-friendly spa including ayurvedic therapies and traditional Malay healing rituals plus a fish foot spa.
The resort’s 30 or so secluded villas each come with a private pool and outdoor hot tub making it an ideal venue for honeymooners and couples. The Retreat’s restaurant, The Pomelo, serves healthy and organic food and a large menu of fresh fruit and vegetable juices is available at The Juice Bar. In the evening guests can also enjoy a glass of wine in Jeff’s Bar set inside a vast cave adjacent to the geothermal springs, with a comprehensive wine list featuring some of the best wines from right around the world.
With its rich culture, unbeatable nature resources and warm hospitality, it is no question that Malaysia is one of the best destinations in the world for a romantic getaway. Take advantage of Malaysia Airlines’ winter sale and create memories that you and your loved ones will treasure for a lifetime!