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Monday, November 13, 2017

7 Amazing Places To Vacation At In Malaysia

Villa Samadhi

Despite being 10 mins from the heart of KL, this villa residence is akin to a retreat within a retreat, where privacy and comfort are ensured. Especially perfect for couples, some rooms even come with a modern kitchen, a private garden or even a private Jacuzzi!

Address: No. 8, Jalan Madge, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603 2143 2300
Reservation Tel:  +603 2161 0769
Email: reservations@villasamadhi.com.my
Website: http://www.villasamadhi.com.my
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaSamadhi
Anggun Boutique Hotel

A hidden gem within the Golden Triangle, the cool retreat is as its name perfectly describes it: elegant. With the designs and furnishings (handmade, by the way) of a good ol’ Malaysian house, you’ll definitely feel at home instantly!

The building was once home to a very successful Chinese immigrant.

Address: 7 & 9, Tengkat Tong Shin, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-2145 8003
Email: reservations@anggunkl.com, hello@anggunkl.com
Website: http://www.anggunkl.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anggun90210
Sekeping Serendah Retreat

Two words: glass house. If you’re looking for an entirely unplugged weekend, this is the retreat for you. Nestled within 5 acres of a tropical rainforest, get in touch with nature and just enjoy the peace and quiet. Great for a party of people, there’s also a BBQ pit and a swimming pool!

There are also waterfalls, Orang Asli villages, fishing lakes, the Serendah golf course and jungle treks available nearby for you to explore.

Address: N3.368050, E101.631150
Tel: +6012 324 6552 (Christina)
Email: serendah@sekeping.com
Website: http://www.sekeping.com/serendah/home.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sekepingretreats
Calanthe Artisan Loft

Quick! Pack your friends and load them into the car for a road trip to Melaka coz we’ve found a pretty snazzy place for you to stay! A creative home concept, it’s comfortable for 4 peeps and is quite the sight for everyone’s eyes with its intense decor.

It’s just a few steps away from Jonker Street.

Address: 16, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, (Heeren Street), 75200 Melaka
Tel: +6019 656 5619, +6019 355 9829
Email: calantheartisanloft@gmail.com
Website: http://calantheartisanloft.webs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Calanthe-Artisan-Loft/507937325901044
Macalister Mansion

Feel like a Queen when you check in to this ultra-luxe destination that has been designed based on an old English mansion. All 8 rooms in the boutique hotel are not the same; each has its own bespoke features and artwork to match its individual themes. Let’s just say, you’ll forget you’re actually still in the same country.

CNN listed it as one of its 9 Best Luxury Resorts in Malaysia!

Address: 228 Macalister Road, 10400 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604 2283 888, +6012 632 7729
Email: contactus@macalistermansion.com
Website: http://www.macalistermansion.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Macalister.Mansion
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Rejuvenating geothermal hot springs, cascading waterfalls, natural caves; this place is fully equipped with the resources to put your body, mind, and soul back to its peaceful balance. Located in a valley and surrounded by 280 million-year-old towering Paleozoic limestone hills and a lush rainforest, it’s practically a sanctuary!

Other facilities include a Thermal Steam Cave, Ice Bath, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool, geothermal-heated swimming pool, Spa & Wellness Centre, jacuzzi and much more!

Address: No. 1, Persiaran Lagun Sunway 3, Sunway City Ipoh, 31150 Ipoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Tel: +605-210 7777
Email: info.kl@thebanjaran.com
Website: http://www.thebanjaran.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/banjaranhotsprings
The Shorea

Built within a tropical forest reserve, the resort is an appreciation of nature itself. Build mostly from recycled shorea timber, it’s a great place for some R&R with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

You’ll also get to catch the beautiful sunrise and sunset at the Sun Decks.

Address: Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, Jalan Jelebu, 71770 Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Tel: +6017 338 5698
Email: info@theshorea.com
Website: http://www.theshorea.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheShorea
*All photos via their respective FB pages/websites.

Monday, September 25, 2017

9 Breathtaking Malaysian Island Resorts So Hidden Even Locals Don’t Know About

Treasures are often more valuable when they’re harder to find. Like the ever elusive one true love or the never-ending search for that perfect, mythical plate of nasi lemak to end all nasi lemaks. These 9 impossibly beautiful Malaysian islands are exactly such treasures.

You might have the power of Google at the end of your fingertips, but often you’ll need to know what secrets you’re looking for to stumble upon something truly priceless. And in the spirit of finding the unknown, we’ve done the work for you! We’re happy to share these 9 near-secret island resorts that you might have never heard about.
1 Rawa Island Resort, Rawa Island, Johor
Rawa Island may ring a little familiar to you, but did you know there are only two resorts on the privately-owned island off the coast of Mersing, Johor? As opposed to the cheaper Alang Rawa Resort catered to solo travelers and backpackers, Rawa Island Resort is family-friendly, full-service resort with 77 rooms.

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This place is perfect for families, especially if you have young children! It has a massive slide right on the beach and if you feel like taking a swim, you can snorkel and swim with the fishes and corals just a few meters from the beach.

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The resort also has a spa, for couples who need to unwind and relax in serenity. It’s easily accessible but secluded enough to give you space and time to you and your loved ones.

#HHWT Tip: Avoid planning a trip to the island during monsoon season, as it’s usually closed.
Getting There: Take a bus or drive to Mersing Jetty and park your car at the private carpark there. If you’ve made a booking with the resort, they will arrange a transfer for you from Mersing Jetty to the resort.
Website: http://www.rawaislandresort.com/
Address: Rawa Island, 86800 Mersing, Johor, Malaysia

2 Pom Pom Island Resort, Sempoerna, Sabah
A 5-star dive-resort, Pom Pom Island Resort is one of the most remote resorts in the pristine waters of Sempoerna. The island is so small that it only takes an hour to walk around the entire island! It’s a 45-minute boat ride from the Sabahan coast, and once you reach its white sand and blue waters, be prepared to be feeling like you don’t wanna leave!

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Aside from diving and snorkeling in one of the most beautiful parts of the ocean in the world, there’s also a yachting service that can take you on a cruise to neighboring islands. And it truly doesn’t get any more secluded and private being with your loved one in the middle of the wide expanse of the turquoise ocean.

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#HHWT Tip: It’s a long trip from home to Pom Pom Island, which includes a 90-minute ride from Tawau to Sempoerna and a 45-minute boat ride from Sempoerna to the island. Charge your power bank to keep you occupied during the trip or bring a good book to read!
Getting There: Take a flight to Kota Kinabalu, then to Tawau. The resort will arrange to transport you from Tawau to Sempoerna. Then, a speedboat will take you to Pom Pom Island.
Website: https://pompomisland.com/
Address: Jalan Causeway, Sempoerna, Sabah
3 Batu Batu Resort, Tengah Island, Johor
Can’t afford to buy a private island to stay in your own resort? That’s alright, try the next best thing then; stay in one! Batu Batu Resort is the only resort (and the only inhabited place) in an uninhabited island called Tengah Island. It’s located right in the middle of Mersing and Rawa Island. Hence, the creatively named Tengah Island that was probably just named for the pun of it.

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The resort has 20 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom villas with a 270-degree view from its open-sided pavilion restaurant. On top of that, you’ll have access to its eight private beaches and a 3km stretch of white sandy beach right in front of the resort!

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#HHWT Tip: The resort’s checkout time is oddly earlier than most at 11.30am. If you’d like a late check-out, you’ll need to inquire with the front desk a day earlier.
Getting There: The resort will take you to Batu Batu Island via speedboat from Mersing Jetty, which will take about 20 minutes.
Website: https://www.batubatu.com.my/
Address: Pulau Tengah, Mersing, Johor
4 Vivanta by Taj, Rebak Island, Kedah

This 5-star resort may be located in the popular Langkawi district, but Vivanta by Taj is in fact situated on a private island called Rebak Island and a mere 2km by boat from Langkawi Island.

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One of the most striking features about this secluded resort is that it has its own private marina for yachts to dock! A plus point for you millionaires out there with your own yacht and a bonus for those without one, because wouldn’t that make a great Instagram picture?

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Other than all the bells and whistles that an international standard resort provides, Vivanta by Taj also has plenty of things to do like jungle trekking, batik lessons, mangrove tour, stingray experience and sunset cruises.

#HHWT Tip: The jetty schedule is a little restrictive. The last ride leaves at 7.45pm, so make sure you plan your trip well.
Getting There: Take a 5-minute long boat ride or ferry from Cenang Port, Langkawi.
Website: https://vivanta.tajhotels.com/en-in/
Address: Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
5 Gem Island Resort and Spa, Marang, Terengganu
The East Coast of Terengganu is littered with resorts and islands, but none of them are as secluded as Gem Island Resort and Spa. Beautifully located in a Marine Conservation Park with crystal clear waters, it also boasts the concept of “one island one resort”.

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A mere 15-minute boat ride from Marang Jetty, Terengganu, this private island getaway has 45 seafront villas wrapped around the coastlines of the tiny gem of an island called Gem Island.

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This resort may have rather basic features and services, but it’s definitely one of the more affordable resorts in this list.

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#HHWT Tip: It’s a tiny island with basic infrastructure, so be prepared for their daily scheduled 3-hour electricity break from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.
Getting There: Go to Marang Jetty, which is about 30-40 minutes away from the Kuala Terengganu Airport. Then take a 15-minute boat ride to the island.
Website: http://www.gemisland.com.my/
Address: Lot 2804, Pulia Gemia, Mukim Risula, Dearah Marang, 21600 Gemia Island, Terengganu, Malaysia
6The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort, Redang Island, Terengganu

A bespoke private beach resort, The Taaras Beach, and Spa resort is located at Redang Island, one of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia. Despite being in an increasingly popular destination, it’s in fact quietly tucked away and hidden from the busier parts of the island.

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This stylish resort has its own private beach and a 2km jungle trekking trail that leads to small streams and ponds with catfish. If you’re lucky, you might just come across a kancil or two!

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And in the spirit of leaving the obvious for last, if you’re a diving nut, this place would be perfect for you! It doesn’t get any better diving in pristine waters in the day and going back to a serene, secluded resort for dinner at night.

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#HHWT Tip: Be prepared for the 1 hour and 30 minutes long and bumpy ferry ride.
Getting There: Go to Marang Jetty or Shah Bandar Jetty and take their many private boats or public ferries to Redang Island. Alternatively, take a flight from Subang Airport to Redang Island with Prima Air’s chartered plane, the 10-Seater Cessna Grand Caravan Turboprop.
Website: http://www.thetaaras.com/
Address: Pulau Redang, 20928 Redang Island, Malaysia
7Manukan Island Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
If you’re looking for a secluded resort but don’t want to go through the trouble of long, winding trips, Manukan Island Resort might be just for you! A mere 15-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, the luxury resort is located in the small, private island of Manukan.

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This 5-star resort provides a great backdrop for romance and celebration, and most definitely the perfect getaway for couples. Upon request, the internationally trained chef will cater to your dietary needs in your choice of either the usual candlelight dinner or a special meal in a cabana on the beach.

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#HHWT Tip: To cut your traveling time, take the ferry from Sutera Harbour as it’s nearer to Manukan Island.
Getting There: Fly to Kota Kinabalu, then take a ferry from Jessleton Point.
Website: https://www.manukan.com/welcome.htm
Address: Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
8 Damai Puri Resort and Spa, Kuching, Sarawak

Damai Puri Resort and Spa is located in a secluded, far away spot from the busy city of Kuching, Sarawak. A 5-minute drive from scenic Santubong National Park and the nearby Damai Golf and Country Club, the high-end resort is a great choice for both family and business travelers.

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The luxurious resort features 207 rooms and suites and fronts a private stretch of golden sand beach, alongside an exceptional list of facilities and exciting things to do like water sports activities that include both sea and river experiences.

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Among the many places to stay in the area of Kuching, Damai Puri Resort is a must-go for those who are looking for a little hideaway in comfortable seclusion.

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#HHWT Tip: If you decide to drive there, be wary of their surprisingly expensive parking fees. You’ll be charged at a flat rate of RM50 per day.
Getting There: Fly to Kuching, then take a taxi straight to the resort.
Website: http://www.damaipuriresort.com/
Address: Teluk Penyuk Santubong, 93762 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
9 Bunga Raya Island Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Located in Manukan’s larger neighbouring Gaya Island, the Bunga Raya Island Resort and Spa is tucked in a hidden bay just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. This award-winning resort has 48 timber villas with traditional Bornean design, all cocooned adjacent to a lush rainforest.

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For those who love their privacy, you can opt to stay in their private villas with its own balcony and plunge pool. But the resort’s most exclusive villa in hidden even further away with views of both the tropical jungle and the sea. The best part of the massive 630sqm villa? It comes with your very own housekeeper, butler, and chef!

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#HHWT Tip: The main dining area, The Koi Restaurant, offers the first drink for free and a 50% discount on your second drink.
Getting There: Fly to Kota Kinabalu, then take a ferry from Jessleton Point.
Address: Polish Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

With white sandy beaches and turquoise waters calling your name, it’s time to start planning for your next beach getaway!

Source: https://www.havehalalwilltravel.com/blog/9-breathtaking-malaysian-island-resorts-so-hidden-even-locals-dont-know-about/

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Food You Need to Try From Every State in Malaysia

Make sure you try all these yummy food the next time you visit these states! 

Friday, September 15, 2017

10 Most Beutiful Islan in Malaysia

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Lankayan Island Dive Resort

A jewel-like tiny island in the Sulu Sea, a 1.5 hour boat rides north of Sandakan; Lankayan has been declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area to adopt the eco-tourism concept. Unpopulated and covered by thick tropical island vegetation on its topside, this peaceful, untouched little bit of paradise is ringed by an endless pure white sandy beach, offering simply elegant and exquisite accommodation in all 23 wooden, roomy and perfectly appointed seafront chalets.

While the ideal destination for those who search for tranquility and relaxation in a virgin natural setting and for families with children, Lankayan Island is also becoming one of the hottest diving destinations on the map today: its dive sites - all just a few minutes away - boasting unbelievably colorful macro, fauna, fascinating wrecks and in season from March to May, regular sightings of gigantic and harmless whale sharks, the "dream date "of every diver in the world.

Situated within the Sea Turtle Corridor, Lankayan Island is also a nesting place and foraging ground for sea turtles; most commonly Green and Hawksbill Turtle. Therefore, guests will have a chance to see turtles nesting as well as new hatchlings of baby turtles released to the sea especially in season from June to September.

Lankayan Island is a virtually uninhabited island, located deep into the Sulu Seas off the North-Eastern coast of Sabah in Malaysia. There is only one resort offering access to these unspoiled waters.

Lankayan has been created as a truly beautiful resort, not only for discerning divers but for anyone who appreciates the serenity and tranquility of a paradise island - white sandy beaches, swaying casuarina pines, beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

The normal route to the island is through Kota Kinabalu International airport. here are also direct flights to Sandakan from KL on AirAsia. From KK, a connecting flight takes you to Sandakan where a transfer is made to the jetty to board the twin engine fibre glass boat to Lankayan Island, a journey of about 75 minutes on good seas. Note that there is only one boat transfer to Lankayan each day, departing Sandakan jetty at 10.00 hrs. Depending on your arrival time in Sandakan, you may need to spend a night in either KK or Sandakan.

Chalets on Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island is a small island fully covered with tropical vegetation, featuring tall casuarina trees and the ubiquitous pandan screwpine. The island is pristine, not having suffered human occupation for long, and has some interesting fauna subjects. After a dive, the place for relaxation is the upper lounge which overlooks the western beach and jetty. Here, the tourist can enjoy some sun with a favourite cool drink. A TV room is available for viewing the day's video shots or other footage.

Despite the remoteness, Lankayan offers all the amenities of a tropical resort.
A Beach on Lankayan Island

Visitors stay in bungalows, constructed from local timbers to blend into the natural surroundings. Twin/triple bungalows are available in Chalet accommodation. All chalets offer direct access to the beach. The chalets are well appointed, with hot bath and clean water from the RO system. Power is available with 220 V or 110 V.

In total, the resort accommodates between 40 and 50 guests at a time

The island is a great place to explore or simply to relax. Welcome to Asia's best kept secret.


Lankayan Island is part of the Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) which covers approximately 46300 ha. It was declared a conservation area in December 2001. The area is jointly managed by Sabah State Wildlife Department and private sector representatives. Lankayan is also governed by an extensive management plan to ensure sustainable use of resources and environmentally friendly tourism policies. Among other things, SIMCA representatives enforce a no fishing policy in the area, protect Turtles and their eggs, ensure a no anchoring policy for boats and limit tourist numbers and tourist facilities. Lankayan Resort used environmental consultants to design and implement waste management and recycling methods, build rainwater collection areas and ensure continued health of island flora. The results are positive and visible - healthy corals and rich vegetation.

The dive package to Lankayan Island includes:-
  • Land and Sea Transfers - Sandakan Airport to Lankayan Island and return,
  • 3 meals per day plus afternoon tea and snacks,
  • Accommodation on twin/triple sharing basis,
  • 3 boat dives daily around the Island except on arrival and departure day,
  • unlimited beach dives in front of Jetty,
  • Provide tanks, weights and belt,
  • Limited gear is available for rental,
  • No extra charge for Night dives in front of Dive Centre for advanced divers or divers with night dive experience,
  • Guided tour to Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabitation Centre on departure day from Lankayan (Optional) - entry fee to Sepilok not included

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