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5 Best Places to Stay in Malaysia

Check out our best bets in this destination that’s truly Asia!

Malaysia–a humble beauty in Southeast Asia, famous for its modern skylines and colorful mix of oriental cultures.

While well-known in the world in recent years for its modern architectural structures, Malaysia is also blessed with white sand beaches and honors history with all of its captivating colonial architectural designs. With so many locations to travel around on, by the end of the day, one will surely be exhausted. But instead of just lying and sleeping on a comfy bed, Skyscanner recommends five of the best places for you to make the most out of your stay in Malaysia. Here they are:


It’s not a wonder that Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, has one of the country’s best vacation homes. Situated in the Golden Triangle nestled within the capital’s business and commercial district, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel is in close surrounding area of the city’s major attractions.

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Every detail of Kuala Lumpur’s most premier hotel screams elegant and luxurious. Its 385 rooms and 30 suites all have the finest furnishings to match with the sophisticated sense of interior design. Every room is also equipped with modern technology to keep up with the guests’ need to always stay connected.

After a long day of tour in the city, pamper yourself at the Mandara Spa, a sanctuary of wellness for the body, mind and soul.


Away from the busy urban life is the serene Four Seasons Resort Langkawi which offers a tranquil retreat in the Andaman Sea, the home of UNESCO-protected mangroves. The resort’s decoration is a combination of quite a few design influences, including local kampong style, and mirrors Langkawi’s history. All the 91 villas and pavilions are incorporated with natural beauty to match with the surrounding cliffs and rainforest, lush garden and beachfront settings.

Along with the calm and quiet environment are relaxing and refreshing activities: private yoga classes, tea and meditation; and Thai and Malay massages.


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On the east coast of Malaysia stood the age-old Malay-tradition inspired Tanjong Jara Resort, which totally reflects the royal style of living of the 17th century Malaysia. The rooms are predominantly designed to have a warm and welcoming feel—the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality. A secret getaway from the fast-paced lifestyle that almost everyone has to endure every single day, Tanjong Jara offers guests the chance to relax, let go, rediscover, and reflect in an environment of serenity and beauty. Tanjong Jara also promotes Malay’s concept of Sucimurni, which strengthens purity of spirit, health and well-being; and a complete rejuvenation of body and spirit.

4. RITZ-CARLTON – Kuala Lumpur

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Located in the buzzing Golden Triangle, Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is especially designed as a businessman’s hotel. An intimate hotel with a whiff of gentleman’s club, it redefines luxury hotel experience with its elegant accommodations, stylish dining facilities and modern business amenities. The hotel has rooms for formal meals and meetings—with the largest room to accommodate up to 120 people, fine dining within the area with a variety of options, two of which are Cantonese and Mediterranean, and an exquisite pool flanked by tropical plants. Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur also exhibits different spectacles from different rooms—rooms at the front of the hotel have a cityscape view, whereas rooms at the back of the hotel give guests a view of the local residences and the mountains beyond, but higher rooms have better panoramic view.

5. GAYA ISLAND RESORT – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

A seaside resort within a national marine park, surrounded with views of mangroves, rain forest, and the South China Sea—Gaya Island Resort is a perfect place for the whole family. With kids’ club, children’s pool and many daily fun and exciting activities, kids and parents are sure to have a great time spending their vacation in the resort.

But other than family-friendly activities and areas, Gaya Island Resort also has special spots for couples, newly-weds, nature lovers or simply groups of friends. There is a swim-up bar, a jungle spa, curtained poolside alcoves, diving and snorkeling by the coral reefs, and many other activities.

Anyone planning a trip to Malaysia looking for a comfy bed and good place to stay can probably think good service is enough. But one looking for a well-spent vacation does not settle with the “just enough.” Might as well have it the best way you can, and the places pointed out in this article won’t disappoint! Happy traveling!

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