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13 Incredible Floating Villas In Malaysia That’ll Take Your Breath Away

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Syaeeza Liana  •  Oct 27, 2017

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[Updated 9 August 2021] The very notion of floating villas conjure up the ultimate sense of romance and luxury. For those planning to treat themselves to a dreamy getaway once travel restrictions life and the situation improves, we've rounded up the best water villas in Malaysia for you! From Avillion Port Dickson water chalets to floating villas at Pangkor Laut Resort, these are the places that are perfect for your future vacay with loved ones. 

Best floating villas in Malaysia

1. Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Selangor

Stretching out from the Sepang coastline, the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort is known for its palm tree-shaped sea villas. With over 315 spacious rooms, and 4 different types to choose from, this is just the right place for your honeymoon or a family trip!  Surrounded by the waters of Straits of Melaka, the sunset view can be seen from every room. This five-star resort offers a variety of recreational activities- diving, water sports and so much more! If you are looking for a peaceful time between you and the ocean, head on to Avani right away! Once you are settled down in the villa, nothing can take you away from the comfort of the ocean breeze. #HHWT Tip: Our contributor Adibah shared her experience staying at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort's stunning family villa. Before planning your beach vacay, you can read more about it here! Address: 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, Kampung Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek, Selangor Contact: +603-3182 3600 Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Lexis Hibiscus, Port Dickson

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Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson on Facebook Located along the Pasir Panjang beach in Port Dickson, Lexis Hibiscus is well-known for its hibiscus-shaped villas. This resembles the national flower of Malaysia - the hibiscus. With over 600 villas and suites, this is another resort that you can definitely check out!
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Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson on Facebook Each villa on the resort is designed with a modern interior and elegantly decorated. One of the best parts about this villa is having its own private pool and steam room! Talking about having the pool all to you! There is also a cruise service to take you around the resort! If you want to get friendly with the fishes in the sea, they also have a fish feeding session if you’re interested. Address:  12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson, 71250 Pasir Panjang, Negeri Sembilan Contact: +606-660 2626 Website | Facebook | Instagram

3. Gayana Marine Resort, Sabah

To get the best of both worlds, this is the place for you. Located on a coral- reef island and overlooking Mount Kinabalu at the same time, what more can you ask for? Taking you into a world of calmness, this place helps you get in tune with nature. There are over 52 overwater tropical villas surrounded by the mangrove forest and the vast sea. The only sound you can hear at night is the soft roll of waves underneath your specially-designed villa. Due to its location, you can snorkel or dive from anywhere around the resort! Other than that, you can visit the Marine Ecology Research Centre. It is the only of its kind that propagates endangered giant clams and coral reefs. Address: Malohom Bay Pulau Gaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Contact: +608-8380 390 Website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Gem Island Resort and Spa, Terengganu

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Gem Island Resort & Spa on Facebook Located in a Marine Conservation Park, this beautiful resort is built on one of the private islands in Malaysia. With about 45 sea villas overlooking the crystal clear blue sea, this is your home away from home. This romantic boutique retreat is not only surrounded by the sea, but also by patches of the forest and beaches. If you are looking for a quiet and simple getaway, take a stroll along its beach especially when the tide is low. You will be up for a surprise to see different types of shells under your feet! 
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Gem Island Resort & Spa on Facebook Other than that, don’t forget to visit the baby greenback turtles by the jetty! There is a turtle hatchery programme on the island. These turtles are taken care of until they are strong enough to survive in the open sea. Address: Lot 8204, Pulau Gemia, Mukim Risula, Daerah Marang, 21600 Gemia Island, Terengganu Contact: +603-6205 5555 Website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Avillion Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

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 Inspired by the Old World Malay fishing village, Avillion Port Dickson is a 5-star beach resort provides guests with only the best. With over 250 exquisitely-designed rooms, chalets and villas, there is nothing to worry about as you will always be as close as possible to the waters. The Water Villa comes with a private balcony overlooking the sea, a bathroom that opens to the sky and also its own Jacuzzi tub! 
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Not to fret as the resort also offers a mind-blowing gastronomic journey to their guests. From local to international delicacies, the meals are prepared with intricate care, using only the best ingredients. #HHWT Tip: Our contributor Afie shared an experience staying at Avillion Port Dickson's water chalet and hiking up Bukit Batu Putih. To inspire your trip, you can read more about it here! Address: Avillion Port Dickson, 3rd Miles, Jalan Pantai, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan Contact: +606-647 6688 Website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Mabul Water Bungalows, Sabah

Credit: Sipadan-Mabul Resort-SMART and Mabul Water Bungalow on Facebook Located on Mabul Island, this floating dive-resort promises privacy and luxury to its guests. With over 16 wooden-type bungalows built over the waters, this allows you to enjoy God’s creation, including the cool breeze and the beautiful view. If you are looking for things to do around the resort, not to worry as they have so many activities to offer! Kayaking in the ocean, scuba diving - you name it, they have it! After all, the resort offers one of the best dive sites on the island. 
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One of their facilities at the resort is the Ka’andaman Spa- where you can truly relax and soothe the pain away after a long day in the sun and seawater. From aromatherapy to traditional massages, this will be an experience like no other. You can read more about Mabul Water Bungalows here! Address: Lot A-1-G, Block A, Signature Office, KK Times Square, Off Coastal Highway, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Contact: +608-8230 006 Website | Facebook

7. Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, Sabah

Built on stilts over the sandbanks of the Ligitan reefs, this luxury water village is immensely popular for honeymoons and weddings. Looking like a village out of nowhere, this resort immediately makes you feel like you’re in paradise. Overlooking the Celebes Sea, each wooden chalet comes with its own private balcony. Whether you are thinking of sunbathing or taking a dip in the ocean, every part of the resort is accessible.  Known to have one of the best diving sites in Sabah, Sipadan Kapalai is heaven for divers all around. If you are new to the diving, fret not as this is the right place for you to start! The resort offers shore diving as well as snorkelling for those who wish to spend more time in the waters. Address: Semporna, Sabah Contact: +6012-619 3945 Website | Facebook

8. Berjaya Resort Langkawi, Kedah

If you are a die-hard fan of Langkawi’s azure waters and white sandy beaches, Berjaya Resort is the best place for you. Located between the luscious greens and the vast ocean, this paradise on earth offers nothing else but calmness and serenity. Their Malaysian-style chalets are equipped with the best facilities that you can ever think of, giving you the opportunity to relax in full comfort! Remember to take and enjoy a free guided walk in the rainforest behind the resort. Think of all the animals you can see!  Other than what the resort offers, head out and hop into a cable car up to the SkyBridge to enjoy the scenic view of Langkawi! This 410ft-long curved pedestrian bridge is one of the highlights on the island, so make sure you check it out. #HHWT Tip: Looking for a romantic suite with a sea-front jacuzzi? You can read more about Berjaya Langkawi Resort's Premier Chalet On Water here! Address:  Karung Berkunci 200, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah Contact: +604-959 1888 Website | Facebook | Instagram

9. Pom Pom Island Resort, Sabah

Surrounded by the white sandy beach and the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea, the Pom Pom Island Resort is a resort on the island it's named for, Pom Pom Island. The resort houses house villas, garden villas and also water villas that are built on the waters. Each villa comes with its own balcony. Other than the romantic atmosphere in the villa, you are free to jump into the open ocean at every chance. Who wouldn’t want to jump into the crystal clear waters? Other than spending your time diving around the island, there are other activities that you can do too, like kayaking, beach football or even take a cycling trip on the island. The best of all is, of course, to relax in the calm ambience of the island itself. Address: Jalan Causeway, Semporna, 91307 Pulau Sipadan, Sabah Contact: +6089-781 918 Website | Facebook | Instagram

10. Dragon Inn Floating Resort, Sabah

 Making it into the list is another floating resort located near Semporna - the Dragon Inn Floating Resort, that is also known as Semporna Floating. As it is located near to the town centre, the resort is also a popular choice among those who come to Semporna.  The design of the resort is inspired by the traditional Bajau water village, as Semporna is the main home to the Bajau ethnic group. This also gives guests the opportunity to mingle with the locals while having a good time around the resort. Due to its perfect location, guests come to the resort as an inexpensive alternative compared to an island accommodation. This is suitable especially for those who wish to not only explore the Semporna waters, but also the town itself! Address: 1, Jalan Kastam, Taman Bandar Semporna, 91308 Semporna, Sabah Contact: +6089-781 077 Website | Instagram

11. Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak

Previously voted number one by Conde Nast Traveler, this is one place you do not want to miss! Pangkor Laut Resort is an estate nestled within a lush jungle landscape, with beachfront views, and an extension of overwater bungalows over crystal clear waters  We know you’re here to check out their amazing sea villas (overwater bungalows), but just FYI, they also have stunning beach villas, garden villas, hill villas, spa villas, and two magnificent suites (Suria Villa and Purnama Villa).  Pangkor Laut Resort is also known for its variety of wildlife. Look around you might see white-bellied eagles, oriental pied hornbills, long-tailed macaques, and large monitor lizards! Indulge yourself at the spa (also an overwater bungalow!) with facials and massages, dine at four different restaurants, go for a walk on their jungle trail, or simply relax with a book by their gorgeous pool. Address: Pangkor Laut Island Pangkor Laut, 32200 Lumut, Negeri Perak Contact: +605-699 1100 Website | Facebook | Instagram

12. Lankayan Island Dive Resort, Sabah

If you're planning to spend a night in this stunning Lankayan Island, there's only one resort you can go, and that is Lankayan Island Dive Resort. A luxury resort that sits above the waters, it's no surprise why this accommodation is popular among honeymooners and for wedding ceremonies. Lankayan Island Dive Resort has 16 beachfront chalets and 9 over-the-water chalets. Since this resort primarily caters to divers, it's definitely better to book the diving package that starts at RM2,382 per person (3D2N stay). Otherwise, you can opt for the vacation package (without diving) that starts at RM1,916 per person (3D2N stay).  You can read more about Lankayan Island here ! Address: Lankayan Island, Sandakan, Sabah Contact: +6089 673 999 Facebook | Instagram

13. Nusakuya Resort, Sabah

Situated off the coast of Semporna, you'll find Nusakuya Resort, a floating resort that sits on beautiful azure waters. Operating since late 2019, the resort has finally reopened after closing temporarily due to the Movement Control Order in Malaysia. Given the resort's remote location, similar to other island resorts in the area, Nusakuya offers an all-in stay package for guests, including meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), boat transfer to and from Semporna jetty and snorkelling equipment. There are also optional add-ons such as airport transfer from Tawau to the jetty, a barbecue meal, or you can also make special arrangements (such as meals delivered to your chalet) at extra charge. You can read more about Nusakuya Resort before your next trip to Semporna! Rate: Starts at RM800 per night (for 2 pax, inclusive of meals, boat transfer and snorkelling equipment) based on their website Address: Nusakuya Resort, Semporna, Sabah Contact: +6014-224 4513 Facebook | Instagram So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to a stay at these floating resorts in Malaysia!