Fancy waking up to the feel of the cool sea breeze and the sounds of splashing waves? Look no further as we bring you the best overwater villas perfect for that much-needed vacation with your loved ones, away from the bustling city, right here in Malaysia!
Mabul Water Bungalows, Sabah
Mabul Island has been named one of most beautiful muck diving spots in the world and it is easy to see why. Its dazzling clear waters and its proximity to the famous Sipadan Island make it a popular pick among divers. To top it off, the island is rich with marine life of various species and the healthy reefs house numerous types of exotic cephalopods such as bobtail squids and blue-ringed octopus, which will definitely delight divers who are keen on observing them in their natural habitats.
The island has a handful of luxurious accommodations for scuba divers and tourists, one of which is floating dive-resort where wooden-type bungalows await visitors to retire the night known as Mabul Water Bungalows. In addition to the basic amenities, each unit is equipped with spacious private balcony which allows you and your family a private and unrestricted panoramic view of the big wide ocean as far as the eyes could see.
As mentioned, the best part about the Mabul Water Bungalows is its location, where it is surrounded by many amazing dive sites. You can ask the resort management for diving arrangements not only around the Mabul Island, but also in Sipadan and Kapalai Islands. By speedboat, you can reach the islands in 15 and 20 minutes respectively.
What’s better than diving and swimming alongside the barracuda tornado, sea turtles and the majestic sea creatures is immortalising your experience! The resort offers a videography service or camera rentals for those of you who are looking to capture your adventure with the wildlife and your loved ones underwater. And if you’re tired from diving, you can unwind at the in-house Mabul Mantra Spa and treat yourself to the signature treatments for a pampering feel-good time.
Each of the 24 bungalow units available at the resort is spacious and furnished with contemporary décor that is large enough to fit private bathroom, shower and toilet, private balcony and living room for you to spend time with your family. And if you need to be in touch with friends at home or post those diving photos on your social media, you can make use of the free wireless internet access provided.
How to get there
Take a flight to Tawau Airport from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. From Tawau, transfer to Semporna, and ride a speed boat to Mabul Island.
Visit their website to inquire for further details on bookings.
Website: Mabul Water Bungalows
Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak
True to their tagline “One Island, One Resort”, Pangkor Laut Resort is the only resort on the island, making it the ideal seclusion for lovebirds or families who wish to retreat from the crowd. Surrounded by the 2-million-year old greenery where holidaymakers are treated to the beautiful sights and sounds of nature, the resort offers a few variety of accommodations, including its sea villas whose picturesque views often come to mind when idyllic island holidays are mentioned.
At Pangkor Laut Resort, there are 140 luxury villas and suites to choose from the six room varieties: Garden Villas within the beautiful lush garden, Hill Villas that sit atop the hillside, Beach Villas near the Royal Bay beach by the resort jetty, Sea Villas and Spa Villas perched on stilts over the sea and special suites Suria and Purnama, larger versions of the Sea Villas. Last but not least, the breathtaking Pavarotti Suite. Now now, why does the name sound familiar, you say? If it reminds you of the late Pavarotti, you are not mistaken. The suite was actually named in honour of the famed Italian tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, who came to stay and fell in love with the Pangkor Laut Resort.
The resort is serious about making you feel one with nature, with the activities scheduled to help you feel rejuvenated amidst the greenery and the refreshing sea. Here, you can go on jungle-trekking as you wander within the old rainforest guided by the resort’s resident naturalist. Perhaps improve your strength with the morning yoga or tai chi morning sessions near the beach. For a leisurely activity, you can opt to go island hopping and picnic excursion on a boat as you sail along the Straits of Malacca. Better yet, stay at the resort and give your body the ultimate indulgence by signing up for the resort’s amazing spa experience.
If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, try the water sports activities such as kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding and paddle boarding while you explore around the island. Go on fishing excursions, whether you want to charter a trip to Pulau Sembilan for deep sea fishing, or go leisure fishing at the surrounding islands where there is an abundant supply of tropical marine life such as the blue line grouper and yellowtail.
How to get there
Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Marina Island Jetty would take you on a three to four-hour journey.
From the office of Pangkor Laut Resort at Marina Island, take a 15-minute speedboat directly to the resort.
Website: Pangkor Laut Resort
Lexis Hibiscus, Negeri Sembilan
At first glance, this resort looks like the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai when viewed from above. The resort features an impressive 522 luxurious bungalows on stilts spread out towards the blue sea in the form of a giant hibiscus, which accorded the resort as record holder of Guinness World Records for “the most overwater villas in single resort” in 2016! Due to its location that is near Malaysia’s capital city, the resort is popular amongst the locals especially during weekends as the preferred choice for staycation.
Each unit is spacious and furnished with a private dip pool and sauna on the balcony. To top it off, there is also a glass panel on the room’s floor for you to peek the marine life below. As if the in-room amenities are not enough to keep you hooked, Lexis Hibiscus is also popular for its Hibiscus Walk, an outdoor shopping and dining spot offering rows of Malaysian street food stalls, a souvenir shop and a wellness centre where you can get a massage. Conveniently located adjacent to the resort along Pantai Cermin, those staying at the resort can look forward to the array of local specialties suitable for any palate here.
The hotel also offers a number of outdoor facilities including bicycles for rental, Archery and a free shuttle to the Army Museum and Regina Mall. Fancy taking a cruise along the Straits of Malacca? Join the catamaran service provided by the hotel. You can also try feeding the fish on a boat with a glass bottom. What’s more, you can enjoy Water JPark, where there is an 8-metre high inflatable slide, water volleyball court and inflatable ride-on floats for you to play with your friends and family.
How to get there
Lexis is easily accessible via land; driving there from Kuala Lumpur only takes about 1 to 2 hours.
Website: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson
Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Kedah
This 5-star gem that’s nestled amidst the tropical rainforest, with a beautiful beachfront is one experience you would not want to miss. Regarded as one of the best resorts in Langkawi, Berjaya Langkawi Resort is famed for its beautiful rainforest and water chalets, suitable for nature and beach lovers. You can choose from a variety of chalets to suite your need, whether you are in the mood to be surrounded by the lush greenery, perched atop the higher ground for a magnificent sea view, or stay in one of the chalets on water.
On top of the stunning accommodations, the resort also has plenty of recreational activities to boot. Explore the sunset yacht cruises, island tours, island hopping by jet ski, snorkelling, ziplining, scuba diving, and jungle trekking while you are here. For that once-in-lifetime experience, sign up for the Sunset Mangrove and Night Safari Tour and let the guide introduce you to the Kilim Geo-forest Park, a UNESCO geo-forest that is inhabited by an innumerable species of the animal kingdom.
If you are just looking to chill out, bring your family to the resort’s swimming pool, have a game of table tennis or beach volleyball, or ride the Go Kart or bicycle and stroll around the vast property around the resort. Parents with young kids would also be delighted to know that their little ones can enjoy the kid’s club, children’s playground as well as batik painting activities offered at the resort.
How to get there
From Kuala Lumpur, take a flight to Langkawi International Airport. The resort is only 20 minutes from the airport.
Website: Berjaya Langkawi Resort
AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Selangor
Located on the coastal town of Bagan Lalang, the 5-star resort is known for its eye-catching aerial view of the 392 Maldivian-inspired overwater villas that form a palm tree shape. As it is only a 40-mins drive from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and less than 2 hours from the city centre, the resort is popular among city dwellers who long to escape the concrete jungle as it is ideal for a short getaway or staycation during the weekends.
In addition to the in-house spa for you to wind down and relax, there are also a number of activities to look forward to during your stay at this resort. Other than water sports such as sailing, windsurfing and canoeing, AVANI offers half-day tours where you can choose to hop aboard the Mangrove River Cruise for a chance to encounter the wild residing the mangroves and jungle or join the Agro-Tour to visit to Banghuris village and experience the local culture.
How to get there
The resort is a just a cosy distance of 40-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Website: AVANI Goldcoast Resort
As Malaysia is slowly easing the restrictions on movements and has lifted the ban on domestic travel, we hope that you will take this opportunity to explore our beautiful country in search of these amazing getaways for the long-awaited, much-deserved vacation! For our international readers, stay tuned and we look forward to having you here.
*You are advised to check with each respective hotel/resort to check for availability and the SOPs in place to prepare prior to travelling.