Whether you're going on a romantic beach getaway or a fun family vacay, there are many beach resorts in Malaysia you can spend the night. If you're not ready yet to fly across international borders but wanna take your beach vacays to the next level, how about staying at these gorgeous resorts in Malaysia that look just like the Maldives? Surrounded by crystal clear waters and clear blue skies, it'll be a vacation to remember!
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6 Maldives-like resorts in Malaysia
1. Mabul Water Bungalow, Sabah
While it's easy to imagine a getaway to the beautiful Mabul Island, the Mabul Water Bungalow will give you more reasons to save up and make your dreams come true. Just a boat ride away from Tawau in Sabah, this four-star floating dive resort, which reopened in August 2020, is where divers go to escape the city's hustle and bustle. Sprawled with 24 wooden bungalows that stand above the waters, each bungalow is designed with contemporary touches and complete with a comfortable bed, private bathroom, television, and free Wi-Fi. Before your trip, you can read more about Mabul Water Bungalow here!
Rate: Starts at RM2,249 for 2D1N (per non-diver) and RM3,770 for 2D1N (per diver) via website
Address: Lot A-1-G, Block A, Signature Office, KK Times Square, Off Coastal Highway, 88100, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
2. Nusakuya Resort, Sabah
Nusakuya is a floating resort located off the coast of Semporna. Surrounded by beautiful azure waters, the resort started operating just late last year. 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 an airport transfer from Tawau to the jetty and 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 here!
Rate: Starts at RM800 per night (for 2 pax, inclusive of meals, boat transfer and snorkelling equipment)
Address: Nusakuya Resort, Semporna, Sabah
3. Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, Sipadan Island
Perched on the sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs, Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is top-rated among honeymooners. While it may look like a village out of nowhere, a night spent at this luxury water village will make you feel like you’re in paradise. Overlooking the Celebes Sea, each wooden chalet also comes with its own private balcony. If you want to try diving for the first time, 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.
4. Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak
Bury your feet in the sand and let the sea breeze wash your worries away at Pangkor Laut Resort. A luxury resort located in Perak, it's the perfect escape for beach lovers and their significant others. There are a few villas available at the resort, and if you want to look out to the gorgeous Straits of Malacca, book a beach villa or sea villa for your romantic honeymoon. If we had to choose, the Sea Villa definitely tops our list. Make your way to a private villa and get swept away by the large balcony complete with sun loungers. This villa also has a comfortable bed and a bathroom with an oversized tub. Prepare to wake up to the sound of the lapping waves too.
5. Lankayan Island Dive Resort, Sabah
If you're planning to spend a night on this stunning Lankayan Island, there's only one resort you can go to, 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).
6. Rawa Island Resort, Johor
Rawa Island may ring a little familiar to you, but did you know there are only two resorts on the privately-owned island off the coast of Mersing, Johor? As opposed to the cheaper Alang Rawa Resort catered to solo travellers and backpackers, Rawa Island Resort is a family-friendly, full-service resort with 77 rooms. This place is perfect for families, especially if you have young children! It has a massive slide right on the beach and if you feel like taking a swim, you can snorkel and swim with the fishes and corals just a few meters from the beach.
7. Ara Dinawan Island Resort, Kota Kinabalu
Welcome to the enchanting Ara Dinawan Island in Sabah! This incredible resort offers you the opportunity to bask in the splendour of sea-facing glamping cabins and immerse yourself in the island's natural wonders. It's just a short, delightful boat ride away from the renowned Beringgis Riverside Seafood Restaurant, where you'll discover complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkelling gear awaiting your adventurous spirit!
And let's not forget about Nemo Point Reef, a must-visit spot for all you ocean lovers. As the day turns into night, relish the breathtaking sunsets that grace the horizon, accompanied by a canopy of starry night skies and the crystal-clear waters below. This is the ultimate paradise for unwinding in the embrace of nature!
Malaysia is filled with many scenic beach resorts, so you should definitely plan a holiday and stay the night at these amazing beach resorts in Malaysia that look just like the Maldives! Circled with beautiful azure waters and clear skies, we hope you've found the perfect accommodation that ticks all the right boxes for your next trip. P.S. Explore our other travel guides in Malaysia: