A humble chalet is always a perfect location to celebrate a holiday with family and friends. With spacious areas and multiple rooms, as well as luxurious amenities and accommodations, chalets are a perfect choice whether it’s for celebrating birthdays or even a simple BBQ night with our family. That’s not to mention more chalets today are located within a resort where you can enjoy a complete vacation with everything it has to offer. With an extensive variety of chalets available, which then is the best chalet in Malaysia? In our Best of Travel series, we have curated the latest 10 Best Chalets in Malaysia, providing quality recommendations to suit your budget and lifestyle. For the ultimate guides, also check out our best luxury hotel and wedding venue recommendations!
This article was last updated on 17 August 2022
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10 Best Chalets in Malaysia
Only an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur and 45km away from KLIA, Port Dickson is a perfect getaway for those who want to escape from the hullabaloo of the city. Home to beautiful beaches and tourist attractions, the 5-star resort Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson provides a world-class service for travellers who want to enjoy the historical yet beautiful town with luxurious convenience.
Built elegantly above the playful ocean waves, the luxury resort consists of 639 villas and chalets comprising tower rooms and water villas. Decorated with modern convenience, each villa is spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows and its own private pool, so you can choose between enjoying the sunset or sunrise while soaking at the pool or watching the natural sunlight entering your room from your bed. On top of that, there’s also a private sauna, bathtub and two shower heads in every room, so you can truly unwind and rest with ultimate privacy.
Offering plenty of activities within the resort area, staying at the Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson is a complete vacation. Pick between enjoying yourself in a gym or LexSpa, get some fun in the Starz Karaoke or take cruises and water sports, or let your kids have fun in the Kidz World and Waterpark. After easing up your stress with fun and relaxing activities, head to one of the 3 restaurants on site; Roselle Coffee House for an all-day Asian cuisine, Wave Dining for an elegant dinner with international cuisine and Coralz Bistro for enjoying teas during brunches.
Engulf yourself in a tranquil enclosure surrounded only by mother nature in the Berjaya Langkawi Resort. Nominated in the 2022 World Luxury Awards, it is one of the best 5-star Langkawi resorts and is a destination for travellers who want to indulge themselves with ultimate luxury. It’s located on a secluded island 30km off the coast of Kedah – only accessible by ferry and flights – so you’ve tucked in private seclusion away from the bustling city life.
Set on the edge of tropical rainforest with direct access to a private beach, the resort hosts 47 Malaysian-style bungalows all of which are built on stilts. You can pick between a rainforest chalet if you like a refreshing green surrounding, or stay in the water chalet that’s nestled above the ocean waves where you can enjoy direct ocean views beneath the bright moonlight. Each property is spacious and decorated with wooden property, as well as fitted with luxurious conveniences such as a private balcony, seating area, flat-screen TV, tea and coffee maker, and an outdoor bathtub overlooking the ocean.
After a tranquil night that eases your stress away, the surrounding areas also offer multiple options to spend your day with. You’ll have direct access to the UNESCO World Geopark where guests will see precious wildlife including monkeys, lemurs and birds, or get around the island to the Langkawi Cable Car and Seven Wells Waterfall, all of which are only less than 2km away from the resort. In addition, this seafront resort also hosts 4 restaurants, 3 bears and a free-form outdoor pool.
Located off the coast of Terengganu, Pulau Redang is known for its blue pristine water, powdery white sands, unforgettable sunsets and rich marine life. Immerse yourself in its tropical sanctuary by staying at The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort, so you can keep yourself pampered with its luxury experience and warm Asian hospitality.
The beautiful resort has 125 stylish suits and rooms – our favourites are the stunning five-bedroom Taaras Villa perched high up on the cliff overlooking the ocean and resort below. Aside from the non-stop ocean view, you’ll also be pampered with a private infinity pool, chef and butler, home gym and private security service. However, if you’d love to have direct access to the beach, we recommend choosing the Ocean Front Master Suite.
Aside from getting all the tropical beach vacation can offer, The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is also known for its outstanding culinary experience. Choose between one of the 4 dining options, but our favourite is the MareNero Restaurant specialises in Italian, Sri Lankan and North Indian cuisine.
The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is accessible by a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Shahbandar Jetty. However, if you’d love a more private experience, the resort can provide you with a direct flight from Subang Airport.
Located on Gaya Island off the coast of Sabah, the Gayana Marine Resort is a perfect tropical getaway in East Malaysia. Just a 20-minute boat ride away from Kinabalu, the island is a picturesque destination offering both lush rainforest and a refreshing ocean.
Built in Maldives-style architecture, the resort boasts 52 overwater villas with wooden interiors, each with its own private pool, balcony, and glass-bottom floors so you can enjoy the colourful marine life right after you get out of bed. Want to get tanned? The beach is 2 minute walk away!
As a part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, the water surrounding the resort has been well-preserved to this day and remains home to the rich marine wildlife that you can safely enjoy by snorkelling and diving.
Whether you want to free your mind from stress, rekindle romance or get closer to nature, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a perfect destination. Situated in the 22.7-acre valley in the suburb of the city of Ipoh, this resort is a secluded natural sanctuary alongside 260-million-year-old Palaeozoic limestone hills and lush rainforest. The best thing, however, is the direct access to geothermal hot springs where you can get ultimate relaxation and re-energise yourself. On top of that, natural retreats such as waterfalls and natural caves are also just minutes away.
The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is a perfect destination for those who want to get close to nature with the convenience of a luxury stay. There are 44 villas available in three different iterations, all featuring extra-large beds and lavish bathrooms completed with geothermal water hot tubs. Furthermore, guests can also enjoy its 44 sumptuous gardens, pampering spa and wellness centre.
If there’s one thing you can’t miss, it must be a dinner in Jeff’s Cellar where guests enjoy international delicacies and organic and rare wines with the backdrop of a 260-million-year-old limestone hill.
You don’t have to travel far for a short escape from city life, the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort is just 30 minutes away from the city of Sepang. Boasting Polynesian-Maldivian-styled villas, 315 overwater villas are stretched along the magnificent strait of Malacca, offering an ultimate tropical vacation in the face of the tranquil ocean. Each villa comes with a private balcony, library, TV room, and Yukata robe, all of which are designed to let guests enjoy the sunset without leaving their rooms. Enjoy water activities like diving, water sports, excursions, snorkelling and diving and let the day pass by.
The Avillion Port Dickson is an award-winning beach resort for its distinctive layout and design that reflect the old-world Malay fishing villages. There are 80 water chalets and garden villas available, each with wooden furnishing in Authentic Malay interior that lets you escape the hustle and bustle of city life while experiencing Malaysia’s rich heritage in comfort. A truly perfect fusion between traditional culture and modern life. Perfect for families and romantic couples, the resort also offers activities such as bird watching and fishing.
Another fusion between the old and the future, Tanjong Jara Resort is designed to reflect the elegance of 17th-century Malay palaces. Each bungalow is designed to make guests feel they’re living in the Melayu Kingdom era, while at the same time, are pampered with luxury facilities, oversized bathtubs and private courtyards.
Aside from enjoying yourself in the midst of its tranquil green area, the resort also offers multiple fun experiences you can enjoy with your family or friends. From dining on the rocks, cooking courses that involve morning trips to the local market, learning the Kampong Sucimurni lifestyle, diving at Tenggol Island to cruising through the Marang Eco River, a staycation in Tanjong Jara Resort is a complete holiday.
Another great luxurious chalet destination in Langkawi is the Four Seasons Resort. Nestled at the edge of the Andaman sea, a staycation here combines the tranquillity of tropical rainforest, the magnificent limestone cliffs and the emerald waters of the ocean. On top of that, it’s also situated within a UNESCO World Geopark so guests can enjoy the well-preserved nature and wildlife.
Within the resort are the Malay- and Moorish-style chalets and villas with wooden furnishing and high ceilings, complete with a private pool where guests can enjoy an exclusive morning swim before breakfast. To complete the day, explore the hidden waterfalls and winding river, or get your mind rejuvenated with a relaxing treatment in The Geo Spa.
If you’re looking for a luxury chalet in Malaysia to stay with family or friends, it’s absolutely a great destination.
The Pangkor Laut Resort on the private Pangkor Island is a perfect destination for those who love to enjoy the luxury of private tranquillity. Aside from offering 45 overwater, garden and hill villas, the resort also offers The Estates, which is a private sanctuary that houses one to four bedrooms, separate dining and living pavilions, a private pool with breathtaking views, as well as a personal butler on call and a private chauffeur-driven car. Whether you plan a family getaway or a romantic vacation, Pangkor Laut Resort guarantees a world where it’s all about you and your loved ones.
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