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  • Chymes 6 rooms from $62

    Pulau Pinang, Penang

    A fantastic option for those on a budget. Charming little rooms, brightly decorated and with all the mod cons, including DVD players. No restaurant, but walking distance to the beach and all the amenities. Perfect for families wanting a low key beach holiday.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Floating Mosque of Tanjung Bungah.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Diving  -  Good diving nearby.
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  • Muntri Mews 5 rooms from $70

    Pulau Pinang, Penang

    An excellent value chic boutique in old Georgetown. Charming rooms have traditional elements, four poster beds, soft fabrics and teak balconies overlooking the garden. Lovely little cafe and close to the beach and attractions. Perfect for those on a budget.

    City Style
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Chinese clan house, an Indian temple, and a Muslim mosque.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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See all » 7 hotels in Kuala Lumpur

  • The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur 300 rooms from $94

    Kuala Lumpur

    An iconic 1930s colonial mansion with ultra glamourous interiors. Art deco spa, fantastic restaurant in an Orchid Conservatory, enormous pool, and sumptuous chic suites that have all the mod cons. A winning spot for tradition, style, and luxury rolled into one.

    Landmark  -  An iconic hotel from the 1930s.
    Foodies  -  Six bars and restaurants.
    Luxury
    City Style
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  • Anggun 18 rooms from $109

    Kuala Lumpur (Bukit Bintang)

    A really great boutique hotel with excellent prices. Smart and sophisticated rooms, suites and family suites, all with mod cons, some with four poster beds and private balconies overlooking the courtyard. Good Malay restaurant and very family friendly.

    Value chic  -  The double rooms are excellent value.
    Local markets  -  Chinatown teahouse or buy silk goods from Little India.
    Views  -  Visit the Petronas Towers for jaw dropping views.
    Sights nearby  -  Batu Caves.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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See all » 5 hotels in Langkawi

  • Temple Tree 20 rooms from $144

    Langkawi

    A chic architectural resort with Chinese, Malaysian and Eurasion villas on stilts. Gorgeous suites filled with authentic decorations, four poster beds, and enormous wooden bath tubs. Lively Clubhouse for socialising, pool and garden, a short walk to the beach. Great for couples, families, or groups.

    Families  -  Each house has between 4 to 6 separate suites.
    Local markets  -  See the Pantai Cenang for souvenirs and local handicrafts.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa 202 rooms from $155

    Langkawi

    A stunning beach resort with fantastic views over the Andaman sea. Beautiful rooms and suites decorated in creams with slanting oak roofs. Fantastic Malaysian cuisine, multiple infinity pools, dining terraces, and a spa that provides specialist treatments. A highly luxurious island paradise!

    Spa breaks  -  A full range of specialist treatments.
    Honeymoons  -  Utterly romantic private dining areas.
    Views  -  Gorgeous views over the Andaman sea.
    Beach Life
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See all » 3 hotels in Kota Kinabalu

  • Gaya Island Resort 120 rooms from $191

    Kota Kinabalu (Pulau Gaya)

    Fantastic canopied rooms and suites set amongst mangroves and rainforest with its own private beach and pontoon. Luxurious Village Spa, fresh seafood restaurant, and chic suites with all the mod cons. Kids club too. Perfect for a beach paradise, romantic, and family friendly.

    Luxury
    Beach Life
    Honeymoons
    Birdwatching  -  Rainforest surround the hotel, and plays home to many birds and wildlife.
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  • Gayana Eco Resort 52 rooms from $211

    Kota Kinabalu (Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman)

    An eco resort with wooden stilted villas that hover over the aqua sea below. Luxury sophisticated interiors with all the mod cons, including DVD players. Some interconnecting rooms. Marine research centre, diving school, fabulous spa, and excellent Malay restaurant. Families and nature lovers.

    Eco  -  Ecology is at the heart of this resort.
    Families
    Eco break
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection
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See all » 3 hotels in Sabah

  • Gaya Island Resort 120 rooms from $191

    Kota Kinabalu (Pulau Gaya)

    Fantastic canopied rooms and suites set amongst mangroves and rainforest with its own private beach and pontoon. Luxurious Village Spa, fresh seafood restaurant, and chic suites with all the mod cons. Kids club too. Perfect for a beach paradise, romantic, and family friendly.

    Luxury
    Beach Life
    Honeymoons
    Birdwatching  -  Rainforest surround the hotel, and plays home to many birds and wildlife.
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  • Gayana Eco Resort 52 rooms from $211

    Kota Kinabalu (Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman)

    An eco resort with wooden stilted villas that hover over the aqua sea below. Luxury sophisticated interiors with all the mod cons, including DVD players. Some interconnecting rooms. Marine research centre, diving school, fabulous spa, and excellent Malay restaurant. Families and nature lovers.

    Eco  -  Ecology is at the heart of this resort.
    Families
    Eco break
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection
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See all » 2 hotels in Pangkor

  • Pangkor Laut Resort 140 rooms from $197

    Pangkor

    A beach paradise on one the best beaches in the world. Surrounded by wildlife, white sand, crystal waters, and jungle. Contemporary chic villas with all the mod cons, enormous pools, an excellent spa and fantastic restaurants serving seafood. Your archetypal honeymoon destination.

    Beach Life
    Honeymoons
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Spa breaks
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Tiger Rock from $292

    Pangkor

    A gorgeous collection of 8 domed villas on stilts in a hilly jungle clearing with sea views. Each villa has a varied amount of rooms, sleeping 3 to 10 people. Authentic Malaysian decoration, DVD players, a lovely pool and decking area. An ideal spot for a wedding, for groups of friends, or families.

    Weddings  -  Ideal to rent out exclusively for a wedding.
    Families  -  The bigger houses are ideal for families.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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See all » 2 hotels in Cameron Highlands

  • The Lakehouse 19 rooms from $121

    Pahang, Cameron Highlands

    A country house hotel near the Lake with a long Scottish heritage. A charming Highland sitting room, English high teas, Scotch whisky, and fantastic views over the lake. Bedrooms, suites, and family suites have fireplaces, four poster beds, and sumptuous fabrics. Ideal for an escape to the country.

    Views  -  Fantastic lake views.
    Romantic Break
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Cameron Highlands Resort 56 rooms from $122

    Cameron Islands, Cameron Highlands

    An award-winning hotel set in the luscious Cameron Highlands. Plenty to do from the 18 hole golf course, to trekking in the jungle, relaxing in the Village Spa, or dining in the Japanese restaurant. Luxurious rooms and suites have four poster beds and chic boutique furnishings.

    Views  -  Set amidst tea plantations and rolling hills of Pahang.
    Spa breaks  -  An Award Winning Spa Village to relax in.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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About Malaysia

We expect countries to be varied, but Malaysia, with its mainland peninsula and islands, and then half of Borneo, is extremely varied.  Kuala Lumpur is a busy, international city, sure there’s an Asian flavour, what with the tuk-tuks and palm trees, but the high-rise buildings and the city centre could be anywhere tropical.  Then there’s the highlands with their mist and tea plantations, the idyllic tropical islands, and of course the jungles of Borneo with their strange plants and animals and almost unknown tribes.

Our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Malaysia include some wonderfully luxurious beach resorts, sky-scraping city hotels and some wonderfully remote boutique options.  So when it comes to the best places to stay in Malaysia there’s no need to restrict yourself to the cities or the main resort centres, there are great places to stay all over this uniquely varied country.  

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In a country this varied it’s difficult to pick out highlights, but the food is definitely something worth experiencing - and as much of it as you can.  It’s as varied as the terrain, and whether you’re quaffing street food in a night market or enjoying a luxurious seafood meal in the privacy of your own hut-above-the-waves, you’ll be surprised by the mingling of flavours.  

Kuala Lumpur is the main transport hub, and even if you’re not planning to stay long it’s definitely worth visiting the markets, Petronas Towers, the ILHAM gallery and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.

Then of course this country’s beauty is your oyster.  Dive off Pulau Sipadan, hike the Cameron Highlands, explore colonial Georgetown, summit Mt. Kinabalu and explore the jungles of Sarawak, visiting a traditional longhouse village on the way through, then visit the orang-utans on Sabah.  Maybe?

The Best Places to Stay in Malaysia

The Best Places to Stay in Malaysia for a Beach Break

  •  The Gayana Eco Resort, just outside Kota Kinabalu, is associated with a marine research centre, so as well as staying in a wooden villa on stilts, hovering over the aqua sea below, you're also helping to fund local marine research. There's also a dive school, a fabulous spa and a very good Malaysian restaurant.
  •  The Gaya Island Resort is a collection of fantastically canopied rooms and suites set in amongst the mangroves and rainforest - right beside its own private beach. This is a great place to bring your family to experience some of the wonders of Sabah's rainforests - there's great birdwatching within the grounds of the hotel. There's also a luxurious spa, a good seafood restaurant and a kid's club.
  • Chymes in Tanjung Bungah is a great option for those on a budget, a collection of charming, bright little rooms with all the mod. cons. but not too much else. You're a short stroll from the beach, and close to a number of decent restaurants.
  •  The Lone Pine Hotel near Batu Ferringhi is a smart beachside hotel with an enormous pool! Expect all mod cons., sophistication and great facilities for all the family.
  •  The Pangkor Laut Resort sits right up against a beautiful white sandy beach, surrounded by wildlife and crystal waters. There's enough space so that you'll feel as if you have your own private slice of paradise. An archetypal honeymoon destination.
  • The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa Langkwai, is a large, but stunning resort with fantastic views over the Andaman Sea. The benefits of a large resort are the choices, especially when it comes to food, the spa treatments, and the infinity pools.

The Best Places to Stay in Malaysia for a City Break

  • Kuala Lumpur’s Anggun is an 18 room, well priced, boutique hotel with sophisticated rooms, suites and family suites - some with private balconies overlooking the courtyard. There's a good Malay restaurant and you're close to Chinatown and the Pertonas Towers.
  • Or, for five stars worth of great value try Kuala Lumpur’s Hotel Maya, which is super contemporary with facilities galore. As well as a fantastic spa, incredible views from the rooftop bar, you can also upgrade and hire your own butler of private chef.
  •  The Villa Samadhi is a small resort laid out around a lagoon pool - it looks like it should be by the beach rather than in the heart of K.L.. The 21 rooms are smart, with all the mod. cons., but they also start from just £91 per night.
  •  Georgetown's Hotel Penaga is a stunning looking hotel with both sleek, geometric lines, and a smattering of local style. Well located for some of the major sights, this is a stylish place to stay to see the city.

The Best Places to Stay in Malaysia for Explorers

  • The Datai is a bit off the beaten track, set a bit back from Langkwai’s coast, surround by jungle. The decor is simple but luxurious, and there's a large spa, multiple pools and several excellent Asian restaurants.

The Best Places to Stay in Malaysia for Something Different

  • The Straits Collection is a collection of heritage shopfronts in Georgetown, Penang, converted into one or two room apartments, decorated with some lovely local antiques. There's a communal restaurant and bar on the same street. Rooms start from £97, and offer great value and space for families.
  • Also in Geoegetown’s colonial district, Seven Terraces is a gorgeous, six bedroom, boutique bolt hole. Romantic and beautiful, with a French and Malaysian restaurant.
  • For a unexpectedly Scottish Highlands vibe in the Cameron Highlands, consider The Lakehouse. Built by a loch (ok, it's a lake), this hotel offers all the pleasures of a highland escape - the high teas, the range of Scotch whiskies, the fireplaces, cosy sitting rooms, and of course spectacular views over the Malaysian hills...
  • The Bon Ton Resort on Langkwai has just eight rooms, but its restaurant is known as one of the best on the island, so it's worth knowing about even if you don't stay here. The accommodation is in rustic stilted, wooden houses with a traditional Malaysian flavour, and prices start from around £129 per night.

The Most Luxurious Places to Stay in Malaysia

  •  The Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur is a huge hotel with the range of restaurants, bars and facilities to match. Guests also benefit from spectacular views from the poolside bar and exemplary service.
  • The Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is another big name luxury hotel right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Rooms are sumptuous and there's several excellent restaurants and an extensive spa - and private butler service.
  •  The Cameron Highlands Resort provides every comfort of the Cameron Highlands, from an 18 hole golf course to an award winning 'spa village', to four poster beds and a choice of restaurants, including Japanese.
  •  The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury in a larger resort. It's right on a private beach, but is spread out, around many large, open plan spaces with beautiful pools and tame jungle. It looks very natural and feels very relaxing.

The Best Value Places to Stay in Malaysia

  •  If you’re looking for great value in Kuala Lumpur, try The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, an iconic 1930s era colonial mansion, converted into a 300 rom hotel with an Art Deco spa, an orchid conservatory, an enormous pool, six bars and a fantastic restaurant. And the more basic rooms start from £74 per night.
  • The Campbell Hotel is a charming renovation, over an old shop on one of Georgetown's (Penang) most interesting streets. The decor is a great blend of the traditional and contemporary classic styling. And there's a chic little Venetian restaurant.
  • Also in Georgetown, Muntri Mews is a great little five room traditional hotel with four poster beds and terraces overlooking a charming little garden. And all starting from just £55 per night.

The Most Romantic Places to Stay in Malaysia

  • The Bunga Raya Resort in Kota Kinabalu is a collection of wooden villas on stilts, sitting out over beautiful waters and surrounded by jungle and white, sandy beaches. This is the perfect honeymoon spot, with luxurious suites and villas, a 25 metre infinity pool and an excellent Malaysian restaurant.
  • Tiger Rock in Pangkor has just eight domed villas, sleeping between three and ten people. But because of the size it's also the perfect place to host a tropical paradise wedding.
  • Kuala Lumpur’s Carcosa Seri Negara is a traditional white mansion turned hotel, in green and leafy Lake Gardens. The decor is grand and elegant - think colonnades and sweeping marble staircases, and there's an excellent Malayan restaurant.
  •  The Japamala Resort on Tioman Island is a classic honeymoon idyll, a white sandy haven lapped at by clear, blue waters and surrounded by jungle. The accommodation is in wooden domes with private balconies and beautiful views, plus there are two restaurants and a spa. 
  •  The Tanjong Jara Resort is a luxurious Dungan island resort with all the trimmings. There’s a selection of restaurants, a Malay spa, a private beach, tennis courts and lagoon style pools. Romantic and relaxing.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Malaysia for you?  Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Malaysia, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.