The Best Places for A Little Romance in Malaysia
Malaysia is a destination of endless possibilities, rich in hospitality, culture, food, history and natural heritage. It’s the perfect idyll for couples and honeymooners, from its picture-perfect beaches and sumptuous cuisine to amazing adventure and outdoor activities, not to mention some of the friendliest locals in Southeast Asia. Throw in a favorable exchange rate which makes it one of the best value-for-money destinations in Southeast Asia, and no one does affordable luxury better – leaving lots of spare change for celebratory Champagne. The perfect place for Cupid to take aim, here are our top romantic resorts in Malaysia.
The Majestic – Kuala LumpurA bedroom in The Majestic Hotel – Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur offers up the bright lights and all the sophistication you’d expect. For a romantic getaway, 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 Southeast 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 neighborhoods, couples 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 favorite tourist attractions are also close by, including the National Museum, National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, the Perdana Botanical Gardens (often referred to as Lake Gardens), and bird and butterfly parks. The Majestic also offers a “Leading Romance” experience, with highlights such as flowers and a bottle of Champagne in your suite on arrival, in-room butler service, and an indulgent two-hour “English Afternoon Tea” spa treatment at The Majestic Spa. It’s the ideal setting for a romantic rendezvous in every sense. majestickl.com
The Datai – Langkawi
Situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, The Datai is the perfect getaway for couples seeking refuge from their busy lives. Nestled in the heart of an ancient rainforest and overlooking one of the 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, it’s also a great opportunity to reconnect with nature.
As soon as you enter the resort, you’ll immediately understand why The Datai has won more than 80 awards, including the World Luxury Hotel Award 2014 and 2015. 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 award-winning dining options, an indulgent spa and a variety of amenities for your pleasure, and it will be hard to leave! For adventurous couples, 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 Southeast 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. thedatai.com/Langkawi
Cameron Highlands Resort – Pahang
Set amidst tea plantations at the highest point of Malaysia’s spectacular Titiwangsa mountain range, 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-style 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 has remained largely unchanged since colonial times, as well as its cool climate and fresh air.
With temperatures ranging between 15°C and 25°C, Cameron Highlands Resort is ideal to visit all year round. cameronhighlandsresort.com