If you are planning a trip to Malaysia, most probably you plan to spend at least some time in one of the best Malaysia beach resorts. This country is home to a long and lovely coastline and there are some awesome luxury beach resorts in Malaysia as well as some budget Malaysia beach hotels.

In this article, we list the best beach resorts in Malaysia located all around the country so you can pick the best one for your perfect Malaysian beach break!

Best Beach Resort In Malaysia

Andaman Langkawi

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The Andaman Langkawi is surrounded by rainforest on a private beach

The Andaman Langkawi is located on a private beach in a secluded part of Langkawi. This is a great choice if you are looking for one of the top 10 beach resorts in Malaysia where you can really get away from it all. The Andaman is luxurious, beautiful and has a wonderful beach.

Surrounded by rainforest on one side and the beach on the other, this is definitely a top choice for nature lovers. It is a bit away from the main parts of Langkawi so this resort is best suited for people looking for a total break in beautiful surrounds.

There are many room types and all of a high standard. It is a Malaysia beach resort with private pool options and we recommend one of the executive pool suites. These are large suites with separate living and bedroom areas, huge bathrooms and lovely terrace areas with a private pool. One of these suites also has direct beach access.

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Andaman Langkawi private beach

There are many facilities at the resort including a huge pool and the rainforest to explore. You can go on guided walks or learn about coral at the coral nursery. There is a fabulous kids club with a good activity schedule for kids.

When you get hungry, there are four restaurants and several bars/lounges. There are many cuisines on offer and the food is fabulous. I particularly recommend the seafood.

Best parts?

The gorgeous location which is perfect for nature lovers or people who want to get away from it all, excellent kids club and the great rooms.

Worst parts?

The Andaman Langkawi is somewhat isolated so it’s for people who mostly want to hang out at a resort.

Summary?

This is one of our favourite resorts anywhere in the world and we highly recommend it for people who want one of the best beach hotels in Malaysia. It is just gorgeous with great facilities, beach and rooms. It is perfect for kids as well as couples on a romantic break.

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The Datai Langkawi

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The Datai Langkawi is maybe the top beach resort in Malaysia with much of the same benefits as the Andaman above – as it’s located right next door and shares the same private beach.

It is even more focused on luxury and nature though and has an amazing 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor from thousands of reviews. This is a great choice if you are looking for the best beach resort in Malaysia where you can really get away from it all. It only recently re-opened after a full refurbishment so now is really the best time to go.

There are many room types including private villas, perfect for romance or families. Many come with private pools for extra enjoyment.

The beach is also top rate and you can chose to have a villa right here! Or to be surrounded by rainforest and just a short walk from this beach.

There are many facilities and activities at the luxury Datai including three pools (one for adults, one for families and one for toddlers), water sports, health club and many nature activities both for children and adults.

There are four restaurants and two shops. Rates do include breakfast and minibar and the villas also have a private butler service.

Best parts?

This is pure luxury in a gorgeous location.

Worst parts?

Kids are welcome but expected to keep quiet – even in the family pool! The Andaman next door might be a better choice for families.

Summary?

If you are looking for truly the best luxury beach resorts in Malaysia, this is a winner. Perfect for couples who want to get away from it all and be immersed in nature.

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Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa – Langkawi

The Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect choice if you are looking for luxury beach hotels Malaysia in a central spot. This hotel is located in the main beach area of Langkawi, Pantai Cenang.

So if you like to be in the centre of things by a beautiful beach, the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa could be exactly what you are looking for!

This beach accommodation Malaysia has a range of room types. You can stay in a double, twin or family room. You can choose to be on the beachfront or in a suite. All rooms are well presented and a generous size.

As you would expect for a 5-star beach resort hotel in Malaysia, there are many facilities including  two outdoor free-form swimming pools, a gym, sauna, squash, mini-golf, tennis, archery and bicycle rental. There are many activities for both adults and kids.

There are two restaurants, a pool bar and lounge. You are also just a short walk from many other eating options. And, of course, you have a beautiful beach to enjoy.

Best parts?

A beautiful beach and a great resort just minutes walk from a popular area with many eating and shopping options.

Worst parts?

The rooms are nice but not as good as some of the other, truly luxurious ones on this list.

Summary?

The Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for those looking for a nice beach resort in Malaysia where they are still in a central location.

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Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang – Penang

The Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang is the best choice of Penang Malaysia beach resorts. This 5-star luxury resort is located on the end of Batu Ferringhi beach, just a short walk from the night markets and many eating and shopping options.

This resort is beautiful with two large wings, the Garden and Rasa. They both scream luxury and relaxation but the Rasa comes with extra priviledges like balconies with private soaking tubs in some room types, complimentary high-tea, pre-dinner drinks and snacks, more breakfast options and a private pool just for adult, Rasa-wing guests.

In either wing, you are sure to find a lovely room, however, and enjoy the majority of the resort’s facilties.

The grounds of the Shangri-La Rasa Sayang particularly stood out for me. They are large, green and spacious and go straight to the beach. It’s rare to find this in one of the west coast Malaysia beach resorts that are also very centrally located – you are usually swapping space for the location.

The beach!

There are some great pool areas as well as many resturants, shops and a deli. There is also a gym, spa, a yoga pavilion, tennis courts, a par-3 pitch and putt golf course and a gift shop.

If you are travelling with kids, the Rasa Sayang shares a kids club and cool indoor playcentre, Adventure Zone, with the Golden Sands Resort next door. We found this a great place to stay with kids and the spacious grounds made it easy for them to let off steam without bothering anyone.

The attention to detail also stood out for me with things like a personalised welcome note on arrival. The buffet breakfast is fabulous.

Best parts?

The spacious grounds, good rooms, buffet breakast and central location.

Worst parts?

There are no individual villas. It’s all hotel rooms and suites in the main buildings.

Summary?

This is the best choice of Malaysia 5 star beach resorts if you are looking for an option in Penang. It’s in a great location and the resort is beautiful.

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Pangkor Laut Resort


The Pangkor Laut Resort is the perfect choice if you want luxury, a private island and are looking for Malaysia beach resorts near Kuala Lumpur.

Being on its own island does mean it is slightly more complicated to get here but it is straightforward and worth the effort. It’s a 3.5 hour drive to the office of the resort from KL Airport and the resort can arrange a transfer for you. Then it’s a quick 15-minute speed boat transfer which runs four times a day.

Once you are here, you are in for a treat. There are several beaches and you are sure to love them. There are two pools, a gym, squash and tennis courts. There are many dining and drinking options and top rate food on offer with many cuisines represented.

There are a huge range of room options. All are great and a good size. You can have a beach villa Malaysia right by the beach, a villa on a hill or one over the sea like pictured below.

For true indulgence, there are also “estates”. These are eight luxurious options with two to four bedrooms, living and dining areas and private pools, all surrounded by rainforest or right by the beach. A personal butler is on call as well as a private chauffeur-driven car. These options are just gorgeous and I highly recommend them.

Best Parts?

An absolutely gorgeous resort on a private island with great beaches and the option of luxurious estates.

Worst Parts?

You are somewhat isolated with only four speedboat transfers a day. Not all restaurants welcome children in the evening. Some of the villas and infrastructure is looking dated.

Summary?

This is the perfect choice of luxury beach villas Malaysia when you want to escape the world and be in pure heaven.

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Club Med Cherating

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The adults only pool and one of the beaches

If you are looking for where to stay in Malaysia with a private beach and also an all inclusive beach resort Malaysia then Club Med Cherating is the perfect choice.

A big cut above most Malaysia luxury beach hotels, this resort offers it all.

For a start, it is located just north of Cherating Beach on Malaysia’s East coast on two private beaches. They are both stunning especially one which is a short “train” ride away on a regular service or you can enjoy a scenic jungle walk to get there.

You’ll feel like you’re a world away from everything when you relax at this beach while being able to have a drink from a pool bar, do a water sport or relax in the adults-only pool. There is also an included restaurant at this beach.

The facilities list goes on and on at this private beach resort in Malaysia. It’s an all inclusive resort which means all your meals, most activities and drinks are included. There are three bars and two restaurants. Many types of cuisines are offered and fussy eaters won’t have a problem

You can play tennis, shoot an arrow, swing on a trapeze, swim in the pool, have a workout, walk among the treetops, paddle a kayak, play a game and so much more. There are shows in the evening and live music.

Families will love the kids club which is one of the best we have experienced anywhere. There are tons of activities and the kids club visits many of the resort’s facilities so your kids can be swinging on the trapeze one minute and going on a boat ride the next! They also get to perform in shows on some evenings.

There are a variety of room types and all are of a good standard although some are showing their age. We had a suite combined with a club room which is perfect for a family. The reality is that you probably won’t spend much time in your room.

If you do want to leave the resort, you are a very short taxi ride from Cherating Beach.

You can see all around the resort in our video here:

Best parts?

The gorgeous beaches and resort. The kids club, the food. This is a great resort.

Worst parts?

We found service to be good on the whole until we had a problem. Then it was incompetent and we would find ourselves asking for things multiple times. They also won’t do things like change sheets during the night so hopefully you won’t have a sick kid like us!

Summary?

If you are looking for an all inclusive beach resort in Malaysia, you can’t go past the Club Med. It’s a beautiful setting with so much to do. Perfect if you want to be entertained without needing to leave or have kids.

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Perhentian Island Resort

If you are looking for island relaxation and beautiful beaches among East Coast Malaysia beach resorts, definitely consider the Perhentian Island Resort.

Located on the bigger of the gorgeous Perhentian Islands (Perhentian Island Besar), this resort is one of the most professional with the most facilities on the islands. Most importantly, it’s right on a gorgeous beach! In fact, the beach by this resort is what is featured on the home page of this site!

There are a choice of rooms including beachfront ones which are worth the extra cost. It’s perfect if you are looking for a beach bungalow MalaysiaAll rooms come with a private balcony and standard features like tea and coffee making facilities. There are also family rooms but these aren’t guaranteed even when booked so be aware you may end up with only beds for two people (but you can get rollaways).

In addition to the beach, there is a great pool, tennis court, soccer facilities, volleyball and they can arrange diving and fishing trips. There are also two restaurants and karaoke.

Best parts?

The gorgeous beach and location.

Worst parts?

The hotel is starting to show its age and could do with a refurbishment. Service can be haphazard. Many people don’t get family bedding they expect.

Summary?

This resort is perfect if you want to see what the fuss about the Perhentian Islands is about in beautiful and comfortable surrounds.

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Any questions? Ask below. What would you list in your 10 best Malaysia beach resorts?

If you are looking for family-friendly specific resorts, this article lists the best ones. If you would like a hotel with a private pool room then this article lists your options. You can read about Malaysia’s best beaches here.

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Joshua is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! He explores Malaysia at least a few times a year and has previously lived in Penang.

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