Hotels in Malaysia

Fitting with a diverse landscape, Malaysia hotels range from chic urban boutique hotels to jungle eco-lodges to beach resorts. One of the most luxurious hotels in Malaysia is the Datai, located in the Langkawi archipelago. The suites and villas of the hotels are set in a verdant rainforest, and the hotel contains two pools, a private beach, and an exclusive 18-hole championship golf course. If in the historic city of Penang, stay at the Straits Collection hotel. Evocative of the city’s culture, the Straits Collection is located in a row of converted Chinese shop houses.

The Gayana Eco Resort off the coast of Borneo is one of the top eco-friendly hotels in Malaysia. The resort has 52 luxury villas set stunningly over the water. Guests can enjoy jungle trekking, kayaking, or can join the hotel’s Marine Ecology Research Centre by replanting coral. The Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur is conveniently located between the City Center Park and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. The rooms are luxuriously decorated, and the hotel is home to one of the best nightclubs and bars in town. Check out our top picks for the best hotels in Malaysia.

Much of Langkawi retains its traditional charm, on view in Pantai Cenang, a small village of formerly dilapidated Malay wooden houses. The property is one such house transformed into stylish lodgings by hotelier Narelle McMurtrie.

The resort in Sabah has 44 overwater bungalows near the 130-million-year-old prehistoric forrest.

On an underdeveloped private island off the western coast of Malaysia, this isolated tropical resort sprawls across a series of pristine beaches.

A 90-minute drive south of Kuala Lumpur, the just-opened Golden Palm Tree Sea Villas & Spa pays homage to its name: 392 villas are raised on stilts in eight palm-frond-like rows that stretch out into the Straits of Malacca.

This recent addition to the Jalan Tanjung Rhu area boasts a 40-acre wetland, where naturalists lead boat tours of the mangrove forests.

What to Expect: Set within a marine wildlife sanctuary off the central-eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula, rocky eight-acre Gemia Island has golden beaches as well as a turtle hatchery, where baby turtles—green, hawksbills, and even rare leatherbacks—are helped along until they

26 wooden chalets on Pasir Panjang, the island’s longest stretch of sand.

This 492-room resort, just 10 minutes away from downtown Kota Kinabalu, has views of nearby islands. 

Recently renovated high-rise with a marble lobby, 4 restaurants, and 662 red-and-beige rooms. 

Nestled between the tropical gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Center Park and the soaring Petronas Twin Towers, this conveniently located city hotel is also within accessible distance of Little India, Merdeka Square, and the Golden Triangle.