Lagkawi, Kuala Lumpur & Borneo, Malaysia
33°C / 91°F
Berjaya Langkawi Resort
Found among a gorgeous rainforest landscape, and also just steps away from the water, the Berjaya Langkawi Resort is the picture of an exotic retreat. Complete with a wonderful beachfront to relax upon, the hotel also has incredibly convenient facilities to ensure a relaxing stay. There are four restaurants to choose from with a beachside brasserie, open-air Thai restaurant, and a buffet-style international eatery among them. There are a further three bars onsite, as well as a relaxing spa and gym – depending on your mood. Popular attractions like the Langkawi Cable Car and the Seven Wells Waterfall are 800 metres and two kilometres away respectively.
Verdant Hill Hotel (Kuala Lumpur)
The four-star Verdant Hill Hotel is found right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle district, the perfect meeting point of business and leisure. The 22-storey building affords great views of the city, while there are great facilities for guests to use during their stay here too. There is an outdoor pool for those wanting to swim, and a restaurant/bar which also offers coffee and hot drinks throughout the day. The local area is renowned for nightlife and there are lots of shopping centres in short walking distance from the hotel. Those wanting to visit sites further out in the city will find multiple monorail stations close by.
Four Points Sheraton Sandakan (Borneo)
Giving guests easy access to both the gorgeous natural surroundings and the heart of Sandakan Town, the Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan hotel is a perfect choice for any guests staying in Borneo. Overlooking the gorgeous Sandakan Bay and coming with such luxurious features as an infinity pool, sea view rooms, and a well-informed travel desk, the hotel goes above and beyond to ensure a comfortable stay. Borneo is perhaps most well-known as the home of orangutans, and the best way to see them up and close is at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary. This rehabilitation centre cares for the incredible, endangered animals and every visit ensures they can keep doing the same great work. There are four distinct restaurants at Four Points, with both local and international cuisine on offer, as well as one all-day restaurant to satisfy any midday urges. There are also multiple bars onsite including a sports bar and a café. Sandakan’s biggest shopping mall is close by down at the harbour – it’s home to a supermarket, cinema, and a whole load of international dining options. The onsite fitness centre is open 24/7 for those wanting to work up a sweat, while the aforementioned infinity pool is open until 9pm.
A diverse destination in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a gorgeous country made up of more than 800 islands. Some parts of the country are quintessentially beach holiday destinations with gorgeous white sands and relaxing climes, while the country is also home to some incredibly modern cityscapes – none more so than Kuala Lumpur. The capital city of Malaysia boasts an awe-inspiring skyline full of impressive skyscrapers, colonial architecture, and numerous cultural attractions. A visit to the city isn’t complete without a visit to the bottom of the Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers. While a photo at the bottom is impressive enough, a visit to the top affords similarly spectacular vistas. Away from the city, the area of Langkawi is a tropical paradise made up of picturesque paddy fields and gorgeous jungle-clad hills. Nature-lovers will feel at home here with lots of walks in the hills and along the beaches readily available. The neighbouring island of Borneo, home of the endangered orangutan and a world-renowned spot for diving, offers a whole other side of Malaysia - here lush rain-forest landscape and rich indigenous culture prevails. Other popular destinations are Penang, known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, with its vibrant food culture and eclectic mix of eastern cultures and colonial architecture.