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

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Borneo

Reconnect with nature in a private eco-resort of just 20 bungalows nestled in Malaysia’s largest wildlife reserve, and by large we mean twice the size of Singapore. Tabin Wildlife Reserve occupies an expansive area of dipterocarpaceae rainforest in the eastern part of Sabah, and is coloured in beautifully diverse flora and fauna.

Where to stay

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

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

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

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

Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur includes the original Hotel Majestic which is documented as a national heritage site. This colonial structure was built in 1932 and became one of the great hotels of Kuala Lumpur in its time.

Where to stay

fishing Boats in Pangkor Laut Harbour

Langkawi, Penang & Pangkor Laut Holidays

Malaysia

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

Where to go

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Borneo

Amid lush grounds on the shores of the South China Sea, Bunga Raya Resort & Spa is everything and more when you picture when considering Borneo. Surrounded by nature, this is a jungle-meets-beach retreat.

Where to stay

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

 Shangri-La Tanjung Aru

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru

Borneo

For sheer ease of access alone this resort hotel is worth considering. Just ten minutes from Kota Kinabalu Airport Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru is also within easy reach of the city centre and several pristine coral islands.

Where to stay

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands Resort

Malaysia

Known as the 'little piece of England in Asia', the Cameron Highlands Resort stands 1,500 metres above sea level, within the undulating hills of Pahang State. The hotel has grown out of an original 1930's cottage, and is crafted in a classic style, harking back to its colonial heritage.

Where to stay

We felt like we were Original Travel's only clients - the service was completely personalised and all questions were answered instantly. They actively listened to our priorities and created a package that completely suited our needs. Throughout the process they will surprise you with their attentiveness and most importantly, they will not forget about you once you come back from holiday.

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