Struggling with the perfect gift for that special someone in your life this Xmas? Well nothing says ‘I love you’ like the gift of travel. And for the ideal romantic getaway this Festive Season, what better place to visit than Malaysia.
Malaysia is the perfect idyll, 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. Throw in a favourable exchange rate which makes it one of the best value-for-money destinations in South East Asia, and no one does affordable luxury better – leaving lots of spare change for extra Christmas presents.
Here are our pick of top romantic resorts in Malaysia to see in the Festive Season!
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. 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 the only 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.
For more information: http://www.majestickl.com
The Datai, Langkawi
Situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, The Datai offers up the perfect Xmas 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. Every room, suite and villa embraces the beauty of the lush rainforest and offers unbeatable views of the breathtaking Andaman Sea. Sleek guest rooms are sophisticated with tropical wood floors, shantung-silk wall panels and sprawling marble baths. Throw in some delectable dining options, an indulgent spa and a variety of amenities for your pleasure, and it will be hard to leave!
For the adventurous, 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 hasremained 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 award-winning Shangri-La 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.
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 romance. 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.