Malaysia’s island paradises put it at the top of travelers’ bucket lists. Its ancient rainforests with tree-top views, crystal clear waters fringed with soft and white sand, and its six ecological zones filled to the brim with exotic flora and fauna are remarkable treasures for seasoned and beginner travelers alike. Here are three unforgettable resorts from YTL Hotels for travelers looking to plan a one-of-a-kind Malaysian getaway this year:
Pangkor Laut Resort
Set off the West coast on a private island exclusive to guests, Pangkor Laut Resort is a tropical haven amid an ancient rainforest, white-sand beaches, and turquoise waters. A sleepy island paradise, the resort gives guests a glimpse into true, laid-back island living. From guided daily walks through a two-million-year-old rainforest to deep sea fishing adventures, sunset cruises, island hopping and deep sea fishing adventures, guests will be enchanted by the paradise the island has to offer. During their stay, travelers can also enjoy Spa Village Pangkor Laut, a unique retreat that extols the healing cultures of the region. Spa Village Pangkor Laut comprises a number of specially built structures designed to facilitate an extensive range of treatments from China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali and Malaysia. Programs combine physical and spiritual health and well-being, and are based on one of four concepts: Rejuvenation and Longevity, Relaxation and Stress Reduction, Detoxification, and Romance.
For accommodations, the Pavarotti Suite is an elegant two-bedroom suite set high on the hill in the rainforest, and named after the world-renowned opera singer who was brought to tears by the beauty of Pangkor Laut Island. The suite offers an extensive balcony with breathtaking views of the sea and tropical rainforest, a spacious open-roofed bathroom, and a lounge area fit for royalty.
Tanjong Jara Resort
Boasting some of the most beautiful and untouched beaches in Asia, Dungun is a small fishing town straddling the mouth of the Dungun river, on peninsular Malaysia's east coast. Lazy and languid, energetic and outdoors, indulgent and regenerative, cultural and enlightening, Tanjong Jara Resort offers relaxation and excitement. Tenggol Island is a small island and well-kept secret in the South China Sea. Just off Tanjong Jara Resort, it is the perfect location for snorkeling and diving. Welcoming beginners and experienced divers alike, Tenggol Island’s crystal-clear waters offer unforgettable underwater experiences.
A day of diving can be topped off with a relaxing spa treatment and dinner at one of the property’s three restaurants. For accommodations, Tanjong Jara offers luxury beachfront rooms, each commanding a view of the South China Sea.
Gaya Island Resort
The largest island of the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island is blessed with vast wonders of nature and largely owned and managed by Sabah Parks, who aim to conserve its diverse flora and fauna. Borneo is home to one of the oldest lowland rainforests in the world, while also offering posh beaches and rugged terrain. Gaya Island Resort is a five-star resort located in the heart of Borneo, and a doorway to witness and appreciate the serenity of Mother Nature. Its offerings include The 7 Wonders of Gaya, where guests will embrace the role of a wildlife explorer on a two-day tour with a resident naturalist to experience encounters with the Elephant foot yam, Red giant flying squirrels, twilight fireflies, nocturnal wonders and the Proboscis Monkeys.
Guests will reside in the resort's villas, and those seeking the most luxurious offerings can reserve the Suria Suite, a two-bedroom suite on the hillside that boasts stunning ocean views from its ground and first floors, a relaxing lounge, dining areas, pantry and outdoor deck.