When a couple starts thinking about a romantic getaway, the mind always veers towards the beach. Frolicking in the water, soaking up the sun, romantic walks into the sunset and falling asleep to the sounds of waves rushing shore. Malaysia has no shortage of world-famous beach resorts perfect for honeymoons, wedding anniversaries, Valentine’s Day staycations and of course, heart melting proposals. Here are our top picks for the most romantic beach resort getaways in Malaysia!
The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, Redang Island
The Taaras Beach Resort is tucked away from the world on the untouched east coast waters of the Peninsula, off the coast of Terengganu. It feels like stepping into paradise the moment you arrive at the resort. Redang Island is one of Malaysia’s most famous islands known for its impeccable beaches and diving spots. The waters of Redang are crystal clear with a turquoise hue and there is nothing more romantic than a soak in the tub overlooking the South China Sea. Walk along the private stretch of the white sandy beach or swim with turtles during the day then settle down for a romantic alfresco dinner as the sun sets.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Island
A resort nestled on a private island - how much more romantic can it get? Choose from the selection of villas to suit your mood: the Sea Villas sitting over the crystal-clear water or the Garden Villas and Hilltop Villas sitting amidst the luscious hill. A private island means a more exclusive and serene vacation for those looking for a bit of privacy. The island is lush in greenery with hornbills often visiting your villa and peacocks wandering around the beautiful gardens. The resort can assist with your romantic plans with a sunset cruise for those who want the perfect setting to pop the question. Before we forget, the Spa is a must, so head over to the Spa Village and pamper yourself and your loved one.
Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, Semporna
For couples who want some world-class diving and romance, Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is the perfect choice for couples looking for underwater adventure and the comforts of a luxury resort stay. Located on the Southeast Coast of Sabah in Semporna, the pristine waters of the Celebes Sea are otherworldly. The breathtaking, crystal-clear turquoise sea is home to Sipadan Island - Malaysia’s most famous dive site - just 20 minutes boat ride from the resort. Individual water bungalows floating on a white sandbar with private balconies give you an unblocked view of paradise to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises at sea.
Gaya Island Resort, Kota Kinabalu
Located on an island within the sanctuary of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the resort is perched in the hills of Gaya Island with a stunning view of Mount Kinabalu on the horizon. A luxurious oasis just 15 minutes boat ride from Kota Kinabalu city, the resort is hidden within luscious greens and surrounded by the clearest of untouched waters. Enjoy sun-drenched days cooled by sea breeze at the resort’s private beach, Tavajun Bay or treat your loved one to a pampering session at the Spa Village.
Batu Batu Island Resort, Tengah Island
Batu Batu is a private boutique resort set amongst coconut groves on the tropical, uninhabited island of Pulau Tengah in the South China Sea. It is a small island and the resort only has 22 villas. With 8 beaches to explore and chill at with your partner, privacy is not an issue. There is a hill-top spa to relax and unwind and you can end the day with dinner and drinks in the pavilion bar overlooking the sunset. The resort has a 5-star PADI dive centre for couples who enjoy diving together.
One&Only Desaru Coast, Johor
This breathtaking resort is where private suites and signature villas exude romance and lifestyle. One&Only is nestled in seclusion across 128 acres of white sandy beaches between the tropical Malaysian Rainforest and the South China Sea. Dip your toes in the private plunge pool or tantalise your taste buds with the international cuisine available in this luxurious romantic haven.
The Datai, Langkawi
Romance in five-star luxury at The Datai Langkawi with a choice of a hotel suite or villa. The Datai is one of Langkawi’s most famous resorts, offering guests unparalleled comfort and a taste of the Crazy Rich Asians experience. Time pauses the moment you enter The Datai leading you to another world situated amongst lush tropical rainforest and views of the beautiful and breathtaking crystal-clear blue Andaman Sea. A wide range of activities are on offer including snorkelling, rainforest treks, unwinding at the spa and golf for couples who love the sport.
The Ritz Carlton, Langkawi
Hidden within the age-old tropical rainforest of Malaysia’s top holiday destination, Langkawi Island, The Ritz Carlton is where luxury and nature meet at the edge of the Andaman Sea. This resort carefully curates a collection of local experiences and attractions to customise the perfect getaway for honeymooners and holiday goers. Hike through the dense, dynamic jungle or listen to the whispers of the forest from your sundeck. Kayak through mangroves, or simply gaze over the ocean as the sun sets during dinner.
Tanjong Jara Resort, Terengganu
Explore a sanctuary of tropical bliss steeped in age-old Malay traditions. Tanjong Jara Resort was voted The Best Spa by the Malaysia Tourism Awards and has won an Aga Khan Award for architecture. The resort’s wooden design is where luxury and the Malay culture intersect providing a unique experience from the dining to the activities available. Batik painting or gazing out into the sea under the rustling palms. At Tanjong Jara, relaxation and romance go hand in hand.
BuBu Resort, Perhentian Islands
Located along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, BuBu Resort is known for its diving activities and is listed as one of the top-ranked resorts for diving in Malaysia. Located on Perhentian Kecil next to its larger counterpart Perhentian Besar (both islands make up the Perhentian Islands), this resort is perfect for couples who love activities in between romance. Besides being one of the most popular diving destinations in Malaysia, the resort has many water sport activities on offer such as jet skiing and snorkelling. Then, you and your partner can unwind in the spa before a romantic sunset dinner.
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