Pining for a trip after three months of lockdown? Are you yearning for sun, sand and sea? Or the lush climes of the highlands? Well you’ll be happy to know that some of Malaysia’s most beguiling hotels are offering spectacular One-For-One deals: receive a free night for every night you book.
That alone is tempting enough, and when you add in the incredible destinations these properties are located in, it’s hard not to immediately dive in.
A few days ago Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order, further easing lockdown restrictions and giving the green light to domestic travel. Those words were music to many people’s ears, with the prospect of hitting the road, as it were, high on everyone’s mind.
With that said, many will be making plans to quench the wanderlust that has been building up since March when Malaysia’s curve-flattening response to the pandemic began. You’ll have to wait a bit longer for international travel, but for now set your sights on these. You have until 12 June to grab the offers!
Pangkor Laut Resort
This opulent 5-star resort is located on the private island of Pangkor Laut, off the southwestern tip of its larger brother Pangkor Island. A tropical paradise that boasts striking villas built into the two million-year-old jungles, or on stilts over the sea, this gorgeous resort has been drawing travelers since 1985.
Aside from the stunning stretch of beach and crystal clear waters it fronts, you can take advantage of a plethora of experiences. These include dining at the coveted Uncle Lim’s Kitchen for Nyonya and Hockchew Chinese-style home cooking; going on an excursion that stops at the Dutch fort, local cottage industries and temples on neighbouring Pangkor; or hitting the Spa Village for a rejuvenating treatment.
Cameron Highlands Resort
From sun-drenched beaches to the cooled down region of the Cameron Highlands Resort, this colonial-style building lies at around 1,500 metres above sea level and is surrounded by undulating hills and swathes of fertile fields. Many city dwellers escape the heat of the concrete jungles to this temperate mountain plateau where you can bask in strawberry fields and tea plantations.
The resort itself overlooks a sprawling 18-hole golf course so if you’re so inclined, bring the clubs for a game. Nature lovers are catered to and then some, with jungle trails, flower gardens, farms and gorgeous waterfalls dotting the area. It’s the perfect place to get in some quality hiking and then enjoy some fresh produce. Strawberry picking is a must while you’re here.
The One-For-One offer also includes the Jim Thompson Mystery Trail with the resident naturalist (subject to availability) – Thompson was an American architect who disappeared in Cameron Highlands one fateful day in 1967, becoming one of Southeast Asia’s great unsolved mysteries.
The Majestic Malacca
Once dubbed the ‘Venice of the East’, Malacca is a city (and state) steeped in heritage with much to offer culture vultures, foodies and history buffs. Situated along the main river is The Majestic Malacca, a hotel that transports its guests back to another time via heritage architecture and eclectic cuisine. It’s a study in tradition and modernity, offering all the charm of the former with the convenience of the latter.
The famous Stadthuys is close by the hotel, built in 1650 by the Dutch, and further on lies the bustling throughway of Jonker Street. Among the many landmarks in the vicinity is the not-to-be-missed A Famosa, a Portuguese fortress built in 1511, and the Maritime Museum where you can sift through historical archives and check out a life-sized replica of a Portuguese galleon.
After exploring the city, take a load off at the hotel’s outstanding spa which offers treatments and therapies based on the Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan culture – something you won’t find anywhere else. Top it off with a meal at The Mansion, the hotel’s casual dining restaurant which specialises in Kristang cuisine, a mouthwatering blend of Portuguese, Dutch, British, Chinese and Malay influences.
Tanjong Jara Resort
Built to reflect the grandeur of 17th century Malay palaces, Tanjong Jara Resort is imbued with the concept of Sucimurni which revolves around tranquillity, wellness of spirit and wholesome living. From the views it commands over the South China Sea to the rich timber and fabrics that adorn each room, this is a place that was designed to help you realign.
Whether you’re here with friends, family or for a romantic getaway, Tanjong Jara caters to everyone. The resort is home to a turtle hatchery where you can learn everything about the aquatic creatures; have an uber-romantic meal on the rocks with moonlit waters; take a cruise along the Marang river and explore a traditional Malay village along the way; or dive underwater and get up close to the marine life at Tenggol Island.
If you’ve never been to the east coast of Malaysia, Tanjong Jara Resort captures its essence to a tee. Located in Terrenganu, it lies at the heart of what this captivating region offers.