Looking for the perfect family beach vacation? Whether you picture your family sprawled out in a cabana on a white-sand beach or making sandcastles under the big sky — Malaysia is no stranger to top-notch beach resorts. These resorts offer spectacular ocean views, nonstop family activities, and comfy rooms. Here, we break down our favourite, family-tested beach resorts in Malaysia!
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Offering a range of luxury accommodations nestled in lush tropical gardens, this resort is a serene escape on golden Malaysian shores. Low-rise buildings and stand-alone villas overlook the gardens, lagoon, and ocean, while expansive residences offer families utmost privacy with an infinity pool, full kitchen, and chef and butler service. The resort offers Malaysian, Thai, and International dining as well as family activities and experiences, plus kids and teens clubs too. Check out this promo for 2 adults and 1 child which includes luxury accommodation with Anantara and access to Desaru’s famous Adventure Waterpark!
Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia, +607 828 0888, www.anantara.com
Offering luxurious retreats surrounded by lush rainforest, The St. Regis Langkawi boasts a private beach and an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea. It also houses a spa, a fitness center and 5 dining options. With the many island hopping activities that Langkawi is famous for, do contact the concierge to arrange day trips and excursions for you and your family. The resort also offers walking tours, evening entertainment and bicycle rental for guests.
The St. Regis Langkawi, Jalan Pantai Beringin, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, +604 960 6666, www.thestregislangkawi.com-malaysia.com
Nestled on the beautiful island of Redang is The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort. Surrounded by the spectacular, crystal clear waters of the South China Sea, the resort bestows a contemporary barefoot luxury experience amid warm Asian hospitality. The resort offers swimming facilities, a well-equipped indoor gym, Jojo Playroom which features a wide variety of activities and games for your children to enjoy as well as a karaoke room for some family fun among many other recreational activities. Don’t forget to check out the SEATRU Turtle Lab and learn more about the plight of sea turtles.
The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, Peti Surat 126, Main Post Office, 20928 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia, +609 630 8888, www.thetaaras.com
Located at the famous Batu Ferringhi Beach in Penang, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is a trendy hotel that sets itself apart from the conventional beach resort. Upbeat tunes, all-night entertainment, amplified service—the resort is straight out of a music video. Explore George Town, Penang’s colonial capital, and return to Hard Rock Hotel Penang for Rock Spa massages, Rock Shop threads, and Roxity Kids Club activities. Browse their fun-filled vacation packages here. P.S. A 30% discount awaits you!
Hard Rock Hotel Penang, Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, +604 881 1711, www.hardrockhotels.com
It is time to have some fun under the sun amidst the lush tropical rainforest, yet just steps away from the azure waters and a gorgeous beachfront. Hailed as one of the best 5-star Langkawi resorts, this beachfront resort offers a wide range of recreational activities such as sunset cruises, island tours, sea sports, and more that will transcend guests to a state of bliss. Exclusively for families, do check out their ongoing promotion for 1-night accommodation that starts from RM462 nett for 2 adults and 1 child. The offer is valid till December 22, 2022.
Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Karung Berkunci 200 Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, +603 2141 0088, www.berjayahotel.com/langkawi
Tucked away in an idyllic spot along Penang’s coastline, Lone Pine is Batu Ferringhi’s only luxury boutique hotel. Renewed and rejuvenated after a lovingly undertaken restoration, Penang’s favorite beachside boutique resort re-opened its doors refreshed in design and facilities, but still infused with the same colonial spirit and idyllic charm that has made it one of Penang’s legendary hotels. Facilities include an outdoor pool, a gym, and a game room, plus a spa with cabanas. They say the early bird catches the worm - save 57% if you book a stay 91 - 120 days in advance!
Lone Pine Hotel, 97, Jalan Batu Ferringhi, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, +604 886 8686, www.lonepinehotel.com
Overlooking the Straits of Malacca, Avillion Port Dickson offers luxurious chalets designed after a traditional Malay fishing village. It houses 5 dining options, large outdoor pools and spacious chalets appointed with wooden furnishings and air conditioning. Outdoor activities are plenty at the resort, where families can go bird watching and fishing. Children can play in the kids' club or take a dip in the kids' pool. The adults-only pool and the spa can provide you with relaxing quiet time. The resort also features a pet farm, an exotic bird aviary and a spice farm.
Avillion Port Dickson, 3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, +606 647 6688, www.avillion.com
Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia along the Straits of Malacca. The best part is that there are no other resorts nearby - secluded bays curled around pristine beaches, evening skies woven with color, and a deep sense of serenity. A combination of luxury, natural beauty and age-old wilderness weaved together to produce an environment where peace and magically memorable moments are the currency.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut Island Pangkor Laut, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, +605 699 1100, www.pangkorlautresort.com
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