10 Best Luxury Resort Villas in Malaysia | Best of Travel 2022
Heading over to Malaysia for your dream beach getaway? Imagine – romantic candlelit dinners by the beach, exhilarating water activities, delectable dishes and most importantly, luxury resort villas where you can truly relax and enjoy your vacation. Malaysia is a really big country with plenty of tourist destinations to offer, so it may be difficult to find a resort villa (or a hotel suite) that works best with your itinerary. But worry not, in our Best of Travel series, we have curated the latest 10 Best Luxury Resort Villas in Malaysia, providing quality recommendations to suit your budget and needs.
This post was last updated on 03 June 2022.
10 Best Luxury Resort Villas in Malaysia
1. Three-Bedroom Beach Residence, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas
Deemed as one of Malaysia’s finest resorts, the dazzling Anantara Desaru Coast Resorts & Villas is the perfect destination for an ultimate coastal getaway. Choose from a selection of stylish, airy rooms and villas nestled in lush tropical gardens – all of which offer luxury like no other. For families or large groups travelling together, we recommend the resort’s Three-Bedroom Beach Residence, a spacious seaside abode featuring an infusion of traditional Malaysian design in such a serenely comfortable space. And for the utmost relaxation, staying at this villa also means that you will have your very own butler attending to your every need.
The ultimate family destination
This luxurious villa from Anantara boasts its own private infinity pool facing the ocean, as well as direct access to the beach, so you have the option where you will get that much awaited refreshing dip. On top of that, the resort also has two large pools for you to swim in – one at the beachfront and one they call the lagoon. Our entire family had a blast during our visit, especially our little baby Ally, who pointed to the water all the time for some splash and play. Parents, do not worry, all the pools here have plenty of shallow water spots that are highly suitable for babies, so just let your kids have fun and take gorgeous photos!
Anantara Desaru Coast Resorts & Villas is a luxurious resort for all ages. Aside from the pools, they also have a Layang Layang Kids Club for the little ones, a Luncuk Ombak Teens Club for the tweens and teens, complete with table tennis inside, and a multitude of bars and restaurants for the much older ones. We actually brought both our families on our recent visit to the resort!
For more active family members, the resort also has designated spots for yoga, cycling (bicycles are free!), golf, a 24-hour fitness club, and of course – a golden beach stretch for some fun water activities. Beach volleyball, anyone?
For most of us, the best way to wind down after such a long day is with a drink at hand. Luckily, Anantara has two really luxe bars, where you can enjoy extraordinary cocktails and mocktails with a spectacular view. Head over to Infinity Bar if you wish to drink cocktails by the beachfront infinity pool, while Observatory Bar is perfect if you want to get a lovely 360-view of the resort at sundown. The Golden Lands (their own version of gin and tonic which my dad really loved), Sea of Pineapples (super IG-worthy cocktail!), and Cartel (definitely one of the best ones I have ever tasted) from Infinity Bar were our top favourites, though most of their signature cocktails taste pretty amazing. Knock yourself out if you are a cocktail lover!
If cocktails are not your cup of tea, Anantara Desaru Coast also has an indulgent spa where you can seek mind-body balance or revitalise after a long day. The spa offers plenty of signature treatments drawn from Thai and Malay wellness wisdom and even has couples’ suites so you can bring your partner along for a serene experience. Then, at night, relax even further with a blockbuster movie from the resort’s very own Cinema Under The Stars, though note that it is available on selected days only.
Culinary indulgences from all over the world
As much as we enjoyed the cocktails, one of the main highlights of staying at Anantara is its incredible dining options. We had such a gastronomic feast during our visit! We highly recommend the Kerabu Mangga Muda (probably the best mango salad I have ever eaten!) and Goong Sarong as starters from Turmeric Restaurant. Their Ikan Bakar that melts in your mouth, mildly spicy Massaman Kea, and Char Kway Teow were all great as main courses. Though, the latter was probably the best as we have ordered it for 3 days straight – a true testament to its lovely taste and quality.
Some of the mouthwatering dishes we have tried from the resort
If you are looking to splurge, then you should definitely dine at Sea.Fire.Salt which we highly, highly recommend, Anantara’s very own signature steak and seafood restaurant. We ordered a Chilled Seafood Tower consisting of premium oysters, lobsters, prawns, crabs, etc. – all freshly caught and grilled to perfection. I even sucked on some of their shells afterwards, which I never did before. The 1.2kg Australian Beef Tomahawk, served with 6 sides and sauces, was also very delicious and great for family sharing. To end the night on a sweet note, you may also try the restaurant’s Mont Blanc and Hot Chocolate Fondant.
Overall, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas delivered such an amazing stay. Everyone in our family loved the excellent service, ambience, luxurious suites and villas, delicious food and all the fun activities we have experienced. What’s even better is that the resort’s just a 1.5 hour drive from Singapore, and even shorter if you ride a ferry! Be sure to check it out for yourselves!
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Address: Persiaran Pantai, Desaru Coast, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor Darul Ta´zim
Contact: +60 7 828 0888
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2. Villa One, One&Only Desaru Coast
A magical hideaway in the south-eastern shoreline of Malaysia, enveloped in a lush jungle with white sandy beaches below, One&Only Desaru Coast is your gateway to the most blissful seclusion. For complete privacy, stay in Villa One, a four-bedroom villa set apart from the main resort. It is close to the sea, though there is also a 27-metre private lap pool right outside this spectacular villa, with sprawling lawns as well if you wish to host an intimate barbecue or pool party. Guests can even hire a personal chef from the resort to prepare the dinner!
As expected, Villa One is as large, airy and spacious on the inside. Set over 2 floors, with a home study, mini library, private spa room and large bedrooms, Villa One can perfectly accommodate up to 8 adult guests and 4 children. The interiors are deftly finished with Malaysian details and soft luxuries, guaranteeing the most luxurious vacation you have ever dreamed of.
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3. Rainforest Pool Villa,The Datai Langkawi
Situated in the heart of a tropical rainforest, The Datai Langkawi allows guests to truly escape nature. This 5-star luxury resort offers plenty of rooms, each with a different view, but what we are recommending is the Rainforest Pool Villa. The said villa is raised on stilts and is approximately 175 square metres in size, with a 10-metre pool by an extended deck and an outdoor living area with sun loungers. And with the completely luxurious amenities (i.e., king-sized bed dressed in Egyptian cotton, minibar, etc.) on the inside, the villa is actually ideal for a couple of honeymooners.
A bit of forewarning, though: the resort is set in a 10 million-year-old rainforest. So, do not be surprised if you spot some Dusky langurs, Tokay geckos and Sunda colugos during your stay. Aside from that, the resort also boasts a private footpath leading to Datai Bay’s idyllic white-sand beach, where you can go sailing onboard the Nasa Pelangi or just chill out with an incredible view while sipping signature cocktails.
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4. Lake Villa, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat (Ipoh)
The first of its kind in Malaysia, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is the perfect accommodation for those seeking a unique, eco-chic stay in the depths of the jungle. Couples, friends, and families alike can stay at the resort’s luxurious Lake Villa, set among lush foliage and calm waters for the ultimate rejuvenation and relaxation. And while all suites feature luxury lifestyle essentials, what’s great about the Lake Villa is that it has its own plunge pool and geothermal water hot tub. Make sure also to try one of the spa and wellness treatments from the Banjaran as they are truly the heart and soul of the resort. Take your pick from their comprehensive spa treatment menu, which includes traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic therapy, Malay healing rituals and many more.
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5. Sea Villa, Pangkor Laut Resort
If privacy and serenity are your main priorities in a grand vacation, then look no further than the Pangkor Laut Resort. Nestled on its own private island, the resort is a gateway to a jungle island habitat, offering guests beautifully appointed luxury accommodation set high amidst the hills, with a variety of wildlife animals within your reach. Pangkor Laut Resort is also known for the white, sandy beaches and emerald waters, which are best experienced when you stay in the resort’s Sea Villa. Standing elegantly on stilts over the sea, this unique, 55 sqm-villa includes a large balcony with sun loungers that’s just perfect for relaxation. The villa also features a bathroom with an oversized tub and a ceiling mounted shower that opens onto the sea. Really amazing!
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6. Imperial Villa, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi
To those who are travelling with the entire squad or family, the Imperial Villa of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is the best match for your needs. Luxuriously grand and spacious, this beachfront villa consists of five bedrooms and five full marble bathrooms fitted with beautifully crafted Moorish and Malay artefacts. On top of that, the villa comes with two private pools and a breezy cabana facing the Andaman Sea, so every guest can enjoy jungle-clad island panoramas while staying refreshed in their personal space. Afterwards, everyone can meet up at the villa’s spacious outdoor terrace for a family barbecue night under the stars, with delicious dishes specially prepared by talented Four Season chefs.
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7. Kinabalu Villa, Gaya Island Resort
Kota Kinabalu, being the small town that it is, boasts plenty of luxury resorts for you to stay in. One that stands out is the Gaya Island Resort, a natural sanctuary nestled in the hillside of an ancient rainforest. It is also set within a marine park, so there is a turtle sanctuary near the resort on top of all the wildlife animals that you will likely see while walking around the resort’s nature trail. And of course, the majestic Mount Kinabalu will always be the best part of visiting the island. For that very reason, we highly suggest staying at a Kinabalu Villa, which provides the best views in the entire resort. The silhouette of Mount Kinabalu can be easily seen on a clear day, while the mesmerising view of the South China Sea stretches below.
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8. Five-Bedroom Villa, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
For remarkable sea views, The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is the place to be. We especially recommend this resort if you are travelling with the entire family as it offers endless activities for those who are seeking fun and excitement with their family infinity pool, kids wading pool, dynamic Kids’ Club, spacious Recreation Centre, and so much more. And if you are bringing along a large pack, stay at the luxurious Five Bedroom Villa – a place where class and function wed together to provide you with the best vacation of your life.
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9. The Taaras Villa, The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort (Redang)
Literally translated into Goddess of the Sea, The Taaras Beach & Spa Resort is definitely one of the most beautiful resorts to stay in tropical Malaysia. The resort houses 125 stylish suites and rooms, including the stunning Taaras Villa. Perched high up on the cliff overlooking the South China Sea, as well as the entire resort below, this luxurious five bedroom abode is your home away from home. A team of highly dedicated staff will attend to your needs for the most hassle-free vacation, which consists of a breakfast chef, butler, and security service. The villa also has a private infinity swimming pool overlooking the ocean for the most relaxing views.
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10. Panorama Pool Villa, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson
At Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson, you no longer need to travel far to the Maldives just to experience paradise on Earth. The embodiment of elegance, this beach resort boasts idyllic views, modern designs, world-class facilities, and of course – luxurious villas. In fact, it holds Guinness World Records for having the most swimming pools and overwater villas in just a single resort. Among all their villas, what we really love is the Panorama Pool Villa, which is a warm, contemporary-style room perfect for a family vacation. The villa is incredibly bright as it maximises the amount of natural light entering the room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Moreover, it has a spacious private balcony where you can admire the majestic waterfront view much closer.
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We hope that our guide on the 10 Best Luxury Resort Villas in Malaysia will help you find the most luxurious villa for your next vacation in Malaysia. If you found this useful, please share it with your friends and family!
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