Beach Destinations In Malaysia
Asia is home to some of the best beach destinations in the world. Travelers throng to Phuket in Thailand to stay at the many wonderful resorts there – such as the Royal Lighthouse Villas at Boat Lagoon, which is operated by the Royal Holiday vacation club. Similarly, the beaches in Goa in India are truly spectacular. The same is true of the Philippines – for instance, Travel+Leisure chose Borocay in the Philippines as the top island destination in the world in 2012.
However, for many people looking for a great beach vacation, Malaysia is not somewhere that springs to mind – and that is a shame. Although Malaysia’s beach resorts are not as well-known as other resorts in the region, they can stand up to anything that Thailand or the Philippines has to offer.
One perfect example of this is the island of Langkawi, located just off the coast of northwestern Malaysia. This has some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Asia-Pacific region – Pantai Cenang is particularly gorgeous, with extensive stretches of white sand beaches that lead down to a deep blue sea. There are also some wonderful resorts on the island, such as the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa and the Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa. And, the attractions of Langkawi are not limited to its beaches – the island is one of the finest ecotourism destinations in the world and has been recognized by UNESCO as a Global Geopark.
If you are looking for some privacy and serenity, then Pangkor Laut may be exactly what you have in mind. This is an island located in the Straits of Malacca just off the west coast of Malaysia. The entire island is privately owned by the resort that is located on it – and is tranquil and secluded because of this. Unlike public resorts, the beaches are uncrowded and unspoiled, offering guests the opportunity to truly relax and enjoy themselves. The island itself is covered with lush tropical rainforest, and many of the villas in the resort are nestled on jungle hillsides that overlook the sea.
Traveling from the extreme west to the extreme east of Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu is located on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo. This city of a little more than 600,000 people is a popular destination for holidaymakers in East Malaysia and offers many tourist attractions. It is also located near to some of the very best beach resorts in Malaysia. If you are in the area, try staying at the Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa or the Rasa Ria Resort – both of these are within easy striking distance of the city, and yet are nestled in the beautiful natural environment that surrounds Kota Kinabalu. If you feel a little more adventurous, travel about 90 miles from Kota Kinabalu, and you will come up to Kinabalu Park. This national park is one of the most important sites for biodiversity in the world and has been chosen by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.