Before you start deciding between taking a tour of Europe or going on a beach holiday at Bora Bora, why not consider having your honeymoon in Malaysia?
Being a tropical country, Malaysia offers perfect weather all year round, although there is the occasional rain every now and then. Any travel review site about Malaysia will tell you that this country is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you want to shop till you drop, have a relaxing holiday by the beach or at a resort, go on a culinary adventure of some of the most delicious food ever, explore rainforest, caves and all that nature has to offer, experience a mixture of three unique cultures in one country, and many, many more.
The bottom line is you can’t go wrong with a honeymoon in Malaysia. Here are five highly recommended honeymoon destinations in Malaysia, together with the best hotels, resorts and rates.
City Life Honeymoon Setting ~ Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Perseketuan
Spending your honeymoon in Kuala Lumpur is a great way to get a little bit of everything in one trip; food, culture, shopping, great weather, easy transportation, arts, entertainment, resort style living and more. The city is huge but getting around it is easy enough thanks to the transportation system.
Things to in Kuala Lumpur:
• Visit a spa
• Explore the city by foot or take a train around town
• Go on a shopping trip around China Town, or one of the many malls
• Go on a guided tour of Malaysia’s Little India in Brickfields
• Catch a play or musical
• Visit Malaysia’s indoor theme park at Berjaya Times Square or visit Sunway Lagoon’s Theme Park
• Visit one of the many bars and clubs around Changkat Bukit Bintang for an ice cold beer or cocktail
• Experience Malaysia’s street food at Jalan Alor
• Visit the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower
• Register and go for Malaysia’s Heritage Walk at Central Market
• Catch a classical music performance at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
• Be mesmerized by the underwater world at Aquaria KLCC and tons more!
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur: The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur
Discover the exclusive Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur and experience a place where ancient rivers converge and a modern city beckons guests to explore the sights, sounds and flavours of Malaysia.
Located downtown in the Golden Triangle business district, guests at this distinctive five-star luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur can enjoy convenient access to upscale shopping, dining and entertainment. Home to the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers (a 10 minute walk from the Hotel via an air-conditioned walkway), Kuala Lumpur is also rich in culture and traditions.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, guests can indulge in soothing spa treatments, award-winning cuisine or simply relax in the exceptional comfort of their rooms and take in the best that KL has to offer.
The fresh style of The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is influenced by a variety of themes reflecting Malaysia’s diverse artistry of ethnic cultures. The dark toned woods with angular designs reflect masculinity while details like brass inlays add a touch of elegance. Rich earthy tones in the carpet and wall coverings are used to create a cozy, warm home-away-from-home ambience, while hidden modern technologies add a modern yet subtle flair.
Gaya Island, Sabah, Malaysia ~ Flora and Fauna Honeymoon Setting
The Kota Kinabalu International Airport is located some 10 minutes away from the state capital of Sabah. A quick drive from the airport will take you to the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal, and from there, it’s just a matter of hopping on the next boat out to the resort. Airport and ferry terminal transfers can be easily arranged through the resort.
Things to in Gaya Island :
• Kayak through emerald waters
• Explore awe-inspiring mangroves
• Catch a sight of Hornbills perched on century old trees
• Trek through thick jungles bursting with butterflies, birds, cicadas, and endless flora
• Dive into ocean treasures or sunbathe afloat its waters as you smile at happy seahorses, and gigantic clams
• Whatever you choose, allow them to keep you entertained.
Where to stay in Gaya Island, Sabah : Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Staying true to the resort’s theme, each of Bunga Raya’s 48 private villas is named after one of the many species of hibiscus flowers that can be seen about the grounds. Every villa is built from the ground up by tradesmen from a variety of natural materials. The distinctive lines and aesthetics of traditional Bornean architecture are evoked and melded with the high standards of contemporary functionality and comfort expected in luxury resorts. The beauty of Bornean simplicity meets the sophistication of modern necessities, and the result is an assortment of dwellings that offer stunning views of the gleaming beachfront, the South China Sea, and the lushly vegetated landscape.
The villas range from humble iron wood timbered houses set just steps away from the beach, to tremendous three bedroom affairs that feature extended wrap around balconies and private plunge pools.
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa Rates : The rates starts at RM1200 (Superior Villa) with breakfast, and can go up over two three thousand for the Tree House Villa / Deluxe Suite.
There’s no need to stress over finding the right place to spend your first night as happy newlyweds. Bunga Raya’s blend of natural beauty and modern convenience offers everything you need to have a truly romantic holiday. Bunga Raya’s will ensure that you and your loved one will find only the very best in service and luxury living.
The rates starts at RM560 (Deluxe Room) with breakfast, and can go up over thousand for the Residential Suite.
Heritage and Culture Honeymoon Setting ~ Malacca
Malacca (Melaka in Malay) is the third smallest state in Malaysia. It is also known as Malaysia’s historical city and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Although Malacca is very much focused on history, honeymooners will still find plenty of things to do for a relaxing break such as sightseeing, shopping, eating and overall relaxing. For history buffs, the historical city is a dream come true while shoppers and foodie lovers will find plenty to satisfy themselves.
Things to do in Malacca:
• Visit historical sites such as the old Dutch town hall, check out the many museums (including a toy museum)
• Visit a replica of the old Sultanate Palace
• Visit the remains of the old Portuguese fort and church
• Go on the Melaka River Cruise and learn about Malacca’s maritime and trading industry
• Visit the zoo and Melaka’s Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary
• Visit the cowboy town at night
• Play golf at A’Famosa’s golf course
• Have a splashing good time at Malacca’s A’Famosa Water World
• Eat and shop at Jonker Street (only on weekends)
Where to stay in Malacca: Casa del Rio
Casa Del Rio is one of the best places to stay in Malacca. 66 luxuriously appointed rooms located by the idyllic Melaka River near the entrance to the historic straits, named after this city, Casa del Rio is designed to capture curious landmarks and unforgettable view. The place is located right by the Melaka River and is five minutes walking distance to Jonker Street. This Mediterranean-inspired boutique hotel in Melaka is a stone’s throw away from the heart of The Historic city of Melaka, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The hotel also has a spa for those wanting a little pampering and relaxation time and an infinity pool for the water babies.
Casa del Rio Rates: Price for the Melaka Suite starts at RM2138 a night if you book during promotional period and can go up to RM3858 a night. If that’s too pricey, then the Deluxe Room is a little more affordable at RM778 a night (RM478 if you book during promotional period). The Deluxe Room has no balcony entry or jet bubble bath outside, but you still have a large balcony overlooking the Melaka River.
All rooms are engagingly decorated in the same Mediterranean – Peranakan style. All have private balconies, overlooking the courtyard Lago or the Melaka River itself. Luxuriously appointed bathrooms feature a window that opens up to the room and views beyond the balcony. Free internet access, flat screen TV’s, DVD & CD players, iPOD docking stations, IDD phones, mini bar, pocket sprungs beds and generous space are just some of the features that come as standard. In addition, a number of exquisite personal touches, made famous by Casa del Mar, will also be found. You’ll just have to check in to find out what they are!
Heritage and Beach Honeymoon Setting ~ Batu Ferringhi, Penang
Honeymooning at Batu Ferringhi will allow you to relax by the beach, participate in water sports and indulge in local life. To have the best time, stay in one of the many scattered resorts. Enjoy the nightlife, visit art galleries and antique shops, shop at the night bazaar or visit the nearby Georgetown to take in some city life and culture.
Batu Ferringhi, also known as Foreigner’s Rock, is a favourite tourist area in Penang and is a must visit place in Penang. Remember, it is important to be adventurous and try as many different types of food here as Penang is famous for its culinary delights!
Things to do in Batu Ferringhi:
• Lounge on the beach and sun bathe
• Visit the Tropical Fruit Farm and learn more about the tropical fruits available in Malaysia and try some as well
• Visit art galleries
• Go to a spa
• Take a trip into Georgetown to explore the Georgetown heritage walk (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
• Visit the Penang Botanical Garden
• Shop at the Batu Ferringhi night market
• Indulging in local food such as ikan bakar, the Malaysian style of grill fish
Where to stay in Batu Ferringhi: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa is a luxurious and relaxing place to spend your honeymoon in Batu Ferringhi. Many well-known people have stayed at this resort, namely former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, novelist Barbara Cartland and actress Stephanie Powers. The resort is well known in Penang for being one of the best in terms of accommodation, service, location and overall ambience.
Overlooking Batu Feringgi Beach, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa offers spacious rooms surrounded by 30 acres of tropical gardens. It has award-winning dining options, 2 pools in the Garden Wing and 1 adult pool in the Rasa Wing.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Rates: The most expensive room is of course the Rasa Wing Premier room which starts at RM1730 a night. But for a couple on honeymoon, the Garden Wing Deluxe Seaview room is good enough. The current rate starts from RM664 a night and staying in this room means you get to enjoy a private balcony with a view of the resort’s 30-acres of lush landscaped gardens and pool.
The Resort has 304 luxurious guestrooms and suites in two separate wings; the Deluxe Garden Wing (Deluxe Garden View, Deluxe Seaview, Superior Family, Deluxe Family and Executive Family) and the exclusive Rasa Wing (Rasa Superior, Deluxe and Premier). Both the rooms and suites offer a beautiful view of the sea.
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