[Updated 25 February 2019]

The very notion of floating villas conjures up the ultimate sense of romance and luxury. Malaysia, for instance, is no stranger to that idea of retreat as you can find stunning floating villas around the country. If you are looking for that perfect tropical getaway, head on to these 10 floating resorts in Malaysia!

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Note: Prices are based on a search in February 2019.

1. Avani Sepang Resort

Stretching out from the Sepang coastline, the Avani Sepang 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!

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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!

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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.

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Rate: Starts from RM439 on Agoda

Address: 67, Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, Kampung Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek, Selangor

Website | Contact: +603-3182 3600

Click here to book Avani Sepang Resort!

2. Lexis Hibiscus, Port Dickson

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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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!

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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.

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Rate: Starts from RM678 on Agoda

Address: 12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, Port Dickson, 71250 Pasir Panjang, Negeri Sembilan

Website | Contact: +606-660 2626

Click here to book Lexis Hibiscus, Port Dickson!

3. Gayana Eco 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.

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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, crushing waves underneath the specially-designed villa.

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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.

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Rate: Starts from RM1075 on Agoda

Address: Malohom Bay Pulau Gaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Website | Contact: +608-8380 390

Click here to book Gayana Eco Resort!

P/S: Why not check out 10 exciting things to do in Sabah while you’re at it!

4. Gem Island Resort and Spa, Terengganu

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.

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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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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.

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Rate: Starts at RM396 on Agoda

Address: Lot 8204, Pulau Gemia, Mukim Risula, Daerah Marang, 21600 Gemia Island, Terengganu

Website | Contact: +603-6205 5555

Click here to book Gem Island Resort and Spa!

And if you’re one for beautiful private island resorts, here’s 11 more just for you!

5. Avillion, Port Dickson

Inspired by the Old World Malay fishing village, this 5-star beach resort provides guests with only the best. Overlooking the Straits of Melaka, this is another resort that will take your breath away.

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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.

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Rate: Starts from RM338 on Agoda

Address: Avillion Port Dickson, 3rd Miles, Jalan Pantai, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Website | Contact: +606-647 6688

Click here to book Avillion Port Dickson!

6. Mabul Water Bungalows

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.

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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 sea water. From aromatherapy to traditional massages, this will be an experience like no other.

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Rate: Starts from RM2160 (non-diver) 

Address: Lot A-1-G, Block A, Signature Office, KK Times Square, Off Coastal Highway, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Website | Contact: +608-8230 006

Click here to book Mabul Water Bungalows!

7. Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

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.

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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.

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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.

Rate: Starts from RM1800 

Address: Semporna, Sabah

Website | Contact: +6012-619 3945

Click here to book Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort!

8. Berjaya Resort Langkawi

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.

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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!

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Other than what the resort offers, head out and hop into a cable car (closed 1st to 14th April 2019) 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.

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Rate: Starts from RM579 on Agoda

Address: Karung Berkunci 200, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah

Website | Contact: +604-959 1888

Click here to book Berjaya Resort Langkawi!

9. Pom Pom Island Resort

Surrounded by the white sandy beach and the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea, the Pom Pom Island Resort is the only resort built on Pom Pom Island. Of course, the resort houses house villas, garden villas and also water villas that are built on the waters.

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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?

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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.

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Rate: Starts from RM1600 on Agoda 

Address: Jalan Causeway, Semporna, 91307 Pulau Sipadan, Sabah

Website | Contact: +6089-781 918

Click here to book Pom Pom Island Resort!

10. Dragon Inn Floating Resort, Semporna

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.

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 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.

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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!

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Rate: Starts from RM176 on Agoda

Address: 1, Jalan Kastam, Taman Bandar Semporna, 91308 Semporna, Sabah

Website Contact: +6089-781 077

Click here to book Dragon Inn Floating Resort!

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

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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).

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Pangkor Laut Resort is also known for their variety of wildlife. Look around you might see white-bellied eagles, oriental pied hornbills, long-tailed macaques, and large monitor lizards!

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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.

Rate: Starts from RM1078 on Agoda

Address: Pangkor Laut Island Pangkor Laut, 32200 Lumut, Negeri Perak

Website | Contact: +605-699 1100

Click here to book Pangkor Laut Resort

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself to a stay at these floating resorts in Malaysia if it’s too much of a splurge to!

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