10 Affordable Beachfront Resorts In Malaysia For A Sunny Vacation


Cheng Sim •  Mar 21, 2019

[Updated 20 February 2020]

Imagine waking up to the sound of crashing waves, coconut trees waving, and birds chirping in the morning. Doesn't that sound like a dreamy start to your ultimate beach vacation? While the sunrise basks you in golden glow (and your kids rising early for breakfast), it would be amazing to plan our next sunny escapade without worrying about finances.?

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You and I both know that everyone deserves a sunny relaxing vacation. Guess what? Malaysia has many affordable beachfront resorts that are situated along the country's famous palm-fringed beaches. Whether you wish to bury your feet at the beach of Batu Ferringhi or Pulau Tioman, we've compiled the best beachfront accommodation that will make the most of your money. Let's go! ?

Note: As of 20 February 2020, the approximate currency exchange rate is GBP100 =  SGD181.43 / MYR539.67 / IDR1, 784, 664.41

Disclaimer: All nightly rates are based on a search in February 2020 for a stay in March 2020 for 2 adults. Prices may change during peak travel periods and over weekends. We recommend that you do a search before booking. Prices are generally lower if you book at least 3 months in advance, so start planning ahead to get the best deals!  


1. Holiday Inn Resort Penang

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Holiday Inn Resort Penang is one of those family-friendly resorts that can take you closer to the beach - and we're talking about Penang's well-loved Batu Ferringhi. The resort may be a drive away from the hustle and bustle of George Town, but you won't be twiddling your thumbs all day. Trust us, there are many things to do at this resort. You can unwind with a relaxing body massage, work up a sweat in the gym or get competitive in a round of a pool volleyball.

The amazing thing about Holiday Inn Resort Penang is the view from your room! Whether you choose to wake up to a spectacular sea or hillside view, your room comes complete with comfortable beds, private bathroom and separate living room. We recommend flipping through the pillow menu to indulge in your best sleep yet.

Rate: Starts from RM199 on Agoda

Address: 72, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang

Contact: +604 886 6666

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2. Bayview Beach Resort

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Once you've checked into Bayview Beach Resort Penang, you need to do one thing: bury your feet into the sands of Batu Ferringhi beach. The warm and soft sands are your reminders that you've finally arrived at your dream beach getaway. Every time you explore this beach resort, you will feel absolutely welcomed by the relaxing sea breeze and sights of hotel guests lounging away. Since there's an outdoor Jacuzzi, well-equipped gym, and tennis court, you're going to have a busy afternoon ahead of you. And your kids will have the best time at the children's play area.

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Bayview Beach Resort Penang has many types of rooms and suites, which are perfect for honeymooners and families with kids. You're going to enjoy spending time at the furnished balcony before relaxing on your cosy bed to post about your getaway thanks to the free Wi-Fi. Choose the room that overlooks the sea, so you'll be greeted by the beautiful horizon, a view that money can't buy.

Rates: Starts from RM231 on Agoda

Address: Batu Ferringhi Beach, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang

Contact: +604 886 1111

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3. DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang has recently come to our attention thanks to the proximity to the famous Batu Ferringhi. Let's be real, a day on the beach is always better when your room is only a short walk away. With palm trees waving and kids splashing away in the pool, this resort will give you one more reason to love Penang.

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Aside from the promise of a sweeping seaside view, all the rooms and suites come with private furnished balconies. The balcony will quickly become your new favourite spot after an evening spent with a good read. You might be tempted to read another chapter, but step outside and appreciate what DoubleTree Resort has to offer. Take a dip in the pool, soothe your stress points with a relaxing massage, and lose your calories at the fitness centre. It's the best place to make the most of your holiday.

Rates: Starts from RM240 on Agoda

Address: 56, Jalan Low Yat, Batu Ferringhi, Penang.

Contact: +604 892 8000

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4. Malibest Resort

Langkawi is where the locals go for a no-frills and laid-back getaway in Malaysia. If you prefer to spend your money on outdoor activities and family attractions, you can make the most of your budget at Malibest Resort. The best thing is about the resort is not just the affordable room rates you're getting, but the proximity to Pantai Cenang!

If you're all good with standard amenities, you're going to be completely satisfied by the room's spacious beds, television and en-suite bathroom. This resort is within a short drive to local eateries and shopping spots, so you'll be spending most of your vacation time exploring the charming town and Pantai Cenang anyway.

Rates: Starts from RM180 on Agoda

Address: Pantai Cenang, Mukim, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.

Contact: +604 955 8202

5. Resorts World Langkawi

If you're looking for another resort recommendation, stay the night at Resorts World Langkawi! The best part about staying in this four-star resort is that you'll receive top-notch facilities, spectacular sea view and excellent service - all at an affordable price! After you've checked in, head over to the newly-built infinity pool that overlooks the sparkling waters of Langkawi.

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The resort may not be close to the beach, but they provide a free shuttle service to the well-loved Pantai Cenang, which is only a 10-minutes drive away! After a day on the beach, plan a relaxing walk with your kids or dine along the boardwalk with your loved one. The next day, you can head over to the private jetty and fill up your day with island hopping, private boat rides, and sunset cruises.

Rates: Starts from RM224 on Agoda

Address: Resorts World Langkawi, Tanjung Malai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah

Contact: +604 955 5111

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6. Berjaya Tioman Resort 

Who says a luxury getaway has to be costly? Embark on a perfect seaside escaped at this tropical paradise of Berjaya Tioman Resort.

This four-star hotel is the largest one on the island, spanning over 200 acres of land and is fully-equipped with first-rate facilities which includes a swimming pool, four tennis courts, a basketball court, children's playground, a well-equipped gymnasium, and did we mention a golf course? You can now practice your swing against the beautiful backdrop of sea, sky, and the surrounding greenery. Once you've had your fill of fun, kick back and relax in the resort's traditional Malaysian-styled rooms that are perfectly furnished for maximum comfort and convenience.

Rates: Starts from RM264 on Agoda

Address: Berjaya Tioman Resort P.O. Box 4 86807 Mersing, Johor

Contact: +609 419 1000

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7. Paya Beach Resort Spa & Dive Resort

If you count yourself as an adventure seeker, it's time to book a night's stay at Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort! Since Pulau Tioman is a diver's paradise, amateur and professional snorkellers would be thrilled to know that a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Dive Centre is right around the corner from the resort! With that being said, you can join a snorkelling tour or guided eco tour around the island and get up close to the exotic marine life.

If you're saving snorkelling for another day, gather your friends and have fun banana boating or canoeing on the sparkling Tioman waters. Better yet, surround yourself with lush greenery when you're exploring the leafy jungle pathways or riding the ATV! After sunset, enjoy the amenities of the resort's comfortable rooms such as clean beds, air-conditioning and private balcony.

Rates: Starts from RM246 on Agoda

Address: Lot 71 & 77, Kampong Paya, Pulau Tioman, Pahang.

Contact: +65 6733 4333

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8. Aman Tioman Beach Resort

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There are so many resorts in Tioman that are dedicated to beachcombers who enjoy escaping the city's hustle and bustle. If you're one of them, a night's stay at Aman Tioman Beach Resort is perfect for your budget. Guess what? This resort is only a 3-minute walk from the jetty, which makes it super convenient to explore the sights and sounds of the island.

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Enveloped by lush greenery and relaxing atmosphere, this resort takes great pride in its proximity to the gorgeous beach. That means you can conveniently take your kids to the beach from sunrise till sunset. When you're in Tioman, you don't have to worry about leaving your urban conveniences behind. Each room is furnished with modern amenities such as LCD television, hot shower and air-conditioning. Besides that, you can also wake up to the sounds of birds chirping when you step out to the balcony every morning.

Rates: Starts from RM290 on Agoda

Address: Lot 73 Kampung Paya Pulau Tioman, 26800 Mersing, Pahang

Contact: +6012 772 9880

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9. Palm Beach Resorts and Spa

Relaxing and laid-back, Palm Beach Resort & Spa has everything you need for a quick getaway from the city. Perched on the beachfront of Labuan, this resort is located within a few steps from the scenic beach, which is perfect for beachcombers! Whether you're waking up for a morning jog or planning a romantic evening stroll with your loved one, you can do it all here.

If you need a break from the salty sea waters, unwind by the swimming pool and lounge away with a good book. Other than that, take your kids to the popular beach swings and wonder how you've never noticed a resort like this in Labuan.

Rates: Starts from RM180 on Agoda

Address: Jalan Batu Manikar, 87014 Labuan, Labuan Federal Territory

Contact: +608 741 8700

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10. The Culvert

Eco-friendly resorts are hard to come by, so we're happy to discover The Culvert. A unique stay located in Kuching, Sarawak, you're going to enjoy the refreshing greenery and spectacular sea view that this accommodation has to offer. Sprawled with 43 rooms of a concrete culvert, each room comes with standard amenities, from Wi-Fi to air-conditioner.

If you're wondering about the beach, you'll be pleased to know that Santubong Damai beach is situated within walking distance from the resort. Since the beach is only accessible to The Culvert's guests, you can imagine having the stunning Santubong mountain and Satang Islands all to yourself!

Rates: Starts from RM198 on Agoda

Address: Block 2, Lot 285, Off, Jalan Sultan Tengah, Salak Land District, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

Contact: +6019 889 9925

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There you go! We rounded up ten affordable beachfront resorts for your next beach getaway in Malaysia. Whether you're staying the night in Batu Ferringhi or sipping coconut drinks in Langkawi, we hope you will have the best vacation ever without breaking the bank!