Malaysia Holidays: An Overview

Malaysia is alive with the excitement of its buzzing cities, lush highlands, jungle filled landscapes and swathes of white sandy beaches.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The orangutans - the island of Borneo is famous for them, and the Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary is the place to spot them.
  • The snorkelling and diving make Malaysia a great destination for watersports enthusiasts - Lankanyan Island has some of the best wildlife, including green and hawksbill turtles, as well as whale sharks.
  • It's home to Mount Kinabalu, the tallest peak in South East Asia - it's a tough climb, but watching the sunrise afterwards makes it all worth it.

Luxury Malaysia Holidays: The Detail

At Original Travel we believe Malaysia to be one of the most alluring luxury holiday destinations in Asia. Owing mainly to its vibrant and distinctive blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures (and the resulting excellent cuisine), diverse landscapes, trading history and stunning beaches - Malaysia is a country well worth considering.

Did you know

  • There are 28 National Parks in Malaysia
  • The national animal is the endangered Malaysian tiger
  • The world's biggest flower, the Rafflesia, is found in Malaysia
  • The world's largest cave chambers are found in Malaysia
  • Malaysia boasts the oldest rainforest, with trees up to a height of 100 metres

A highlight of any luxury Malaysia holiday is a trip to Borneo, which has to be one of the most original destinations on the planet. This is an island where scientists have discovered 52 completely new species since 2005 alone. Original Travel consultants have travelled extensively throughout the Malay provinces of Sabah and Sarawak in the north of the island, visiting the best beaches, researching rainforest lodges in tribal regions, watching the incredible wildlife (including the endangered orang-utan) and diving some of Asia's finest reefs. Mt Kinabalu is a trekkers' paradise, and Borneo also has some of South-East Asia's finest family hotels.

Kuala Lumpur, once a small Chinese mining town, is now the fast paced bright light city of South East Asia. Transit travellers frequent the city as it is a popular destination stopover en route to Malaysia's paradise beaches. The city is peppered with iconic skyscrapers, traditional street markets, modern shopping malls, Moorish buildings and colonial architecture.

Off the west coast of mainland Malaysia, is the picturesque archipelago of Langkawi, which is made up of 99 lush islands just south of the Thai border and Phuket, and the luxurious hotels here - including long term favourite the Datai and a new Four Seasons - are every bit as good as their Thai rivals. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or this trip is the first stamp in the passport, the turquoise waters and jungle cloaked islands will do nothing more than leave you in complete awe at their beauty.

Original Travel team members are passionate about the countries they work with, and have travelled to Malaysia a fair few times. As a result, they have the inside track on the best places to stay and visit during a luxury Malaysia holiday, and can tailor make an itinerary to suit your individual requests. As foodies we love Malaysia for the variety of mouth-watering dishes available to sample, so if it's a restaurant tip you are after, we have it. Basically it's all about beaches, jungle treks and dive sites - luxury holiday heaven.


Top picks for Malaysia

Tanjong Jara Resort

Tanjong Jara Resort

Tioman & The East Coast

Designed to reflect the elegance and grandeur of 17th century Malay palaces, Tanjong Jara Resort is a 100 room getaway with an authentic taste of the region's spirit, and an enduring embodiment of the gentle Malay art of service and hospitality.

Where to stay

Eastern & Oriental

Eastern & Oriental

Langkawi, Penang & Pangkor Laut

A magnificent hotel woven into the very fabric of Penang’s colonial era. For generations, this property has been viewed as a pioneer of luxury in the East, serving generations through two wars and multiple cultural advancements. Today it remains true to its heritage and presents the traveller with a classic modern luxury, whilst singing in tune with its magnificent past.

Where to stay

Tioman & The East Coast

Tioman & The East Coast

Malaysia

Malaysia's east coast is a stark contrast to the densely populated cities to the west. Visitors are drawn here for the more sedate lifestyle, as well as a stronger taste of traditional Malay culture, found in relaxed villages and towns dotting the coast line. Here, rural and rustic are the name of the game.

Where to go

Gaya Island Resort

Gaya Island Resort

Borneo

Gaya Island Resort is a luxury resort on the little known Pulau Gaya, the largest of a cluster of five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Gone are the days where visitors to the island had to settle for a rustic beach hut, Gaya Island Resort has set the precedent for hotels in one of Original Travel’s favourite destinations.

Where to stay

Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Borneo

The resort is set beside the beautiful Pantai Dalit beach, north of Kota Kinabalu, and surrounded by lush tropical forest.

Where to stay

fishing Boats in Pangkor Laut Harbour

Langkawi, Penang & Pangkor Laut

Malaysia

Malaysia has paradise islands to rival those of northerly neighbour Thailand, many of which are still in pristine condition.

Where to go

Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

The Ritz Carlton is a stunning example of timeless luxury, with relaxing neutral shades and top quality furnishings. This is the ultimate sanctuary within the bustling Golden Triangle District of Malaysia’s capital.

Where to stay

Japamala Resort Tioman Island

Japamala Resort Tioman Island

Tioman & The East Coast

The boutique resort of Japamala on Tioman Island invites guests to relax in an idyllic jungle setting. Wooden villas and cliff-clinging chalets are scattered across the resort’s scenic landscape, promising a nature-rich retreat.

Where to stay

Infant Orangutan

Borneo

Malaysia

One of the most alluring destinations in the Far East, the island of Borneo offers an unparalleled diversity of activities and cultures, and is a destination in its own right, even when not combined with mainland Malaysia.

Where to go

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Borneo

Borneo Rainforest Lodge is located in the heart of the Danum Valley Conservation Area – a remote 200 square mile area of tropical lowland rainforest in Sabah province.

Where to stay

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

The bustling capital of Malaysia has all the components expected of an Asian city: towering sky scrapers, mega malls, busting street markets and lots of delicious cuisine to fuel days of exploration.

Where to go

Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island

Borneo

Lankayan is a tiny island in the Sulu Sea, off the northeast coast of Borneo, reached by a one-and-a-half-hour boat ride from Sandakan, sitting within a vast Marine Protected Area.

Where to stay

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