From charming UNESCO-protected architecture in Penang to traditional Iban villages in Sarawak, cutting edge cuisine to underwater delights, modern Malaysia is a treat for travellers looking for a wide array of activities all in one place.
Penang - Appreciate Peranakan culture, cuisine and architecture
Discover the revered Chinese Peranakan culture, cuisine and architecture in Penang. Now known around the world for its World Heritage Site of Georgetown, you can stay in the heritage hotel that started it all, Cheong Fatt Tze. Also called ‘The Blue Mansion”, Cheong Fatt Tze is one of Asia's most iconic boutique hotels and helped launch Penang on the path to UNESCO recognition thanks to its owner's tireless preservation and restoration efforts.
Kuala Lumpur - Indulge in contemporary dining with a twist
Casual and imaginative, yet still sophisticated, Babe redefines fine dining priding itself on offering a ‘fun dining' experience instead of a stuffy affair. Savour a selection of inventive ‘Japas' – modern Japanese tapas – while soaking up stunning views of the city skyline from the 11th floor restaurant. Created by Michelin-starred Chef, Jeff Ramsey, a meal at Babe is unlike any other dining experience you've enjoyed before.
Sarawak - Journey into the Jungle
Ready to explore the remote jungle and ancient tribes of Borneo? Situated just a few minutes from the sea, Santubong Mountain and Sarawak Cultural Village, The Village House offers the perfect place to rest and recharge after vigorous treks and adventures. With just 12 rooms, the intimate inn envelops guests in distinct Bornean style, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and indigenous artefacts.
Manukan - Discover an Underwater World
Bordered by a protected coral reef and white sand beaches, the oceanfront Manukan Island Resort offers guests tropical beach suites and hillside villas, along with unparalleled watersport activities. Just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, the private island resort is located in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park where diving is open year round with 50 dive sites located less than 15 minutes away from the resort. Dive below the surface to discover soft coral, tropical reef fish, turtles, black tip reef sharks and more.
Kinabalu - Marvel at Mount Kinabalu and soak in natural hot springs
Situated approximately 40 kilometres from Kinabalu Park (Malaysia's first UNESCO World Heritage Site) in a lowland forest, Poring Hot Spring Nature Reserve is known for its natural sulphuric water hot springs. An unspoilt sanctuary in which to soothe tired and aching muscles after a Mount Kinabalu climb, the lodge features nine spacious accommodation options amidst Kinabalu's sensational beauty. Nature lovers can also appreciate the onsite butterfly farm, orchid garden, bird-watching spots and breathtaking treetop walk across a 43-metre-high canopy walkway.
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