Luxury Hotels in Malaysia & Borneo

Whether it's a chic city hotel or a luxurious island retreat, Malaysia & Borneo have it all when it comes to memorable accommodation options. 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, has a beautiful beachfront setting overlooking the crystal-clear Andaman Sea, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and an ancient rainforest millions of years old. The décor was inspired by a traditional Malaysian village, and blends local culture with five-star luxury in effortless style.

Best for: Couples, Family-friendly, History & Heritage, Setting & Views

Japamala

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

The most resplendent resort on the tropical island of Tioman, Japamala is a luxurious hideaway nestled in the jungle. Its wooden chalets overlook stunning white sands, and in undisturbed tranquillity you can wallow in the warmth of the South China Sea, relax the hours away by hidden waterfalls, or dine on incredible cuisine beneath a blanket of glistening stars.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Location: Kota Kinabalu & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

Most guests use Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa as a jumping off point before their Borneo adventure: indulging in the gorgeous spa, and relaxing on the beautiful white sand beach. The hotel also runs a shuttle service into the city of Kota Kinabalu. 

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Beach, Spa & Wellness, Water activities

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa

Location: Kota Kinabalu & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

Accessed only by boat, and woven amongst virgin rainforest on a coral reef island, Bunga Raya offers remote luxury at its very best. As for the villas, they’re some of the most romantic on Gaya Island: each totally unique, and carefully built to preserve the surrounding natural beauty.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Beach

Mutiara Taman Negara

Location: Peninsular Malaysia | Malaysia & Borneo

Accessible only by long tail boat, the eco-friendly Mutiara Taman Negara hides in the depths of one of the oldest rainforests in the world. The only resort in Peninsula Malaysia’s largest National Park, it’s a charming hideaway that stretches along a meandering river, where curious monkeys come right up to the wooden chalets.  

Best for: Setting & Views, Hideaway, Rustic, Wildlife & Nature

23 Love Lane

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

Stepping through a beautifully restored Chinese gate, in UNESCO heritage Georgetown, you’ll find a collection of period properties that make up 23 Love Lane. Each reflects the town’s diverse history, and with a tranquil courtyard garden at their heart, they promise a peaceful retreat in one of Malaysia's most fascinating towns.

Best for: Honeymoon, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel, Setting & Views

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Location: Kinabatangan Basin & Selingan Island | Malaysia & Borneo

Slow the pace right down at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge, and come face to face with some of Borneo’s most incredible wildlife. Waking up in your rustic stilted chalet, you’ll be greeted by the sounds of the jungle, before taking to the water to see colourful birds and the extraordinary proboscis monkey.

Best for: Lodge, Setting & Views, Rustic, Eco-tourism

Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat

Location: Kuching & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

Aligning the edge of a magnificent, wildlife-rich rainforest, Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat offers a great base for those who wish to explore Batang Ai National Park. Designed to mimic the ancient timber longhouses used by the native Iban tribes, your stay will be filled with cultural tours, wildlife safaris, and tree canopy walks.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Off the Beaten Track, Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness

Villa Samadhi

Location: Peninsular Malaysia | Malaysia & Borneo

Villa Samadhi takes its name from the Sanskrit word for ‘journey’, and staying here you’ll feel a million miles away from the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur outside. Tucked away in a green, leafy district, the discreet hideaway is almost entirely hidden from view, the enormous grass thatched roof its only giveaway. Once inside the bamboo gate you’ll find charming lantern-lit pathways leading to luxurious suites huddled around a sleepy ‘lagoon’.  

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet

Abai Jungle Lodge

Location: Kinabatangan Basin & Selingan Island | Malaysia & Borneo

In the depths of Malaysian Borneo’s rainforest, wildlife is abundant, and for prime wildlife viewing the rustic Abai Jungle Lodge is ideal. Hidden away in Borneo’s lush, green heart, this secluded hideaway is accessible only by boat, and name-drops orangutans and pygmy elephants among its A-list neighbours.

Best for: Lodge, Rustic, Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Nature

The Majestic Malacca

Location: Peninsular Malaysia | Malaysia & Borneo

You can easily imagine the spice-laden junk boats passing by centuries ago, as you stay at this elegant colonial hotel. Sitting right on the banks of the Malacca River, The Majestic Malacca really imbibes the history and romance of Malaysia’s most historic harbour town.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, City Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

Casa Del Mar

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

Our guests come back to Casa del Mar year after year – not just for the beautiful white sand beach – but for the ultra-personalised service, and friendly home-from-home feel. Enjoy doing absolutely nothing here, as the staff bring you fresh fruit and cocktails in your sun-lounger, or use it as a base to explore the stunning Langkawi islands.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach

The Blue Mansion

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

This gorgeous hotel occupies a stunning UNESCO-listed building and combines its 19th-century heritage with contemporary luxury, showcasing beautiful interiors and exquisite cuisine.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel, Setting & Views

The Ranee Boutique Suites

Location: Kuching & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

The warm hospitality and colonial feel at The Ranee make for a rather special stay right in the heart of Sarawak’s capital, Kuching. Once a 19th century shop-house and today an elegant boutique hotel, The Ranee blends natural wood interiors with contemporary design and traditional Malay artisanal features.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion

The Datai Langkawi

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

The tropical island of Langkawi is dotted with white sand beaches and engulfed by glistening azure waters, and in the depths of its ancient rainforest, gazing out over the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, you’ll find the beautiful Datai Langkawi. With stylish villas, a superb spa and stunning restaurants, this resort delivers the utmost luxury, jungle style - don’t be too surprised to see families of monkeys lingering in the treetops...

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach

Permai Rainforest Resort

Location: Kuching & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

Set amongst pristine rainforests on the seashore, Permai Rainforest Resort embraces its rustic identity and undisturbed natural beauty. With treetop houses on 20-foot-long stilts, this eco-lodge lets you sleep in the canopies and wake up to the sounds of the sea- offering an opportunity to relive your childhood dreams of hanging out in a tree house in absolute paradise.

Best for: Setting & Views, Wildlife & Nature

Tanjong Jara

Location: Peninsular Malaysia | Malaysia & Borneo

Designed to reflect the splendour of 17th century Malay palaces, the luxurious Tanjong Jara Resort combines rich local craftsmanship, first class service and breathtaking views of the South China Sea. Based on the Malay philosophy of Sucimurni, which emphasises health and wellbeing, this resort also offers an excellent, award-winning Spa, which in 2007 was named by Tatler as the world’s ‘Most Innovative’.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Off the Beaten Track, Beach

Gaya Island Resort

Location: Kota Kinabalu & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

Accessible only by boat and surrounded by tropical rainforest and mangroves, Gaya Island Resort blends subtly with the natural beauty around it. With a private beach, fantastic dining and friendly service, you can’t get much more idyllic than this.

Best for: Setting & Views, Beach, Hideaway, Eco-tourism

Eastern & Oriental Hotel

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

The Eastern & Oriental Hotel has been adding a regal, elegant touch to Penang for over a century, with the island’s history and traditions woven into its luxurious interiors. This gem is an idyllic haven in the heart of beautiful George Town.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, City Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

Pangkor Laut Resort

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

Just off mainland Malaysia, this exquisite private island retreat is about as close to paradise as it gets. Spirit yourself away to Pangkor Laut Resort and totally unwind in a villa that’s either enveloped by pristine rainforest, or sits right above the crystal clear waters.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Setting & Views

Borneo Rainforest Lodge

Location: Danum Valley & Tabin Wildlife Reserve | Malaysia & Borneo

Surrounded by 43,800 hectares of tropical rainforest teeming with exotic flora and fauna and accommodating no more than 60 guests at a time, Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a secluded jungle retreat. With over 300 bird species and 124 different mammals, including orangutans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants, wildlife-spotting is the true luxury here.

Best for: Lodge, Setting & Views, Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Nature

Hilton Kuching

Location: Kuching & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

Right on the waterfront promenade, this centrally-located Hilton hotel features stunning views of the Sarawak River and Fort Margherita. With a rooftop pool, tennis courts and a delicious selection of bars and restaurants, Hilton Kuching provides an ideal base for a stopover in this bustling city.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality

The St Regis Langkawi

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

The St Regis Langkawi welcomes guests with a dreamlike embrace with subtle colouring offset by dramatic mashrabiya-inspired screens, large private courtyards contrasting with vast garden spaces, and date palms balanced by bougainvillea.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Beach, Service & Hospitality

Four Seasons Langkawi

Location: Malaysian Islands | Malaysia & Borneo

Combine the pristine beaches, ancient rainforests, and beautiful waterfalls of Langkawi island with the classic luxury at Four Seasons Langkawi, and you've got the perfect exotic hideaway for families and couples.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views

Tabin River Lodge

Location: Danum Valley & Tabin Wildlife Reserve | Malaysia & Borneo

The only lodge in the 300,000-acre wildlife reserve in Sabah, Tabin River Lodge gives you the unique chance to see many of the protected species in the area, such as the Borneo pygmy elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, tembadau (wild cattle) and hundreds of bird species.

Best for: Lodge, Rustic, Eco-tourism, Wildlife & Nature

Cameron Highlands Resort

Location: Peninsular Malaysia | Malaysia & Borneo

Where else can you enjoy a sedate afternoon tea – complete with a strawberry topped scone – before trekking through wild Malaysian forests? Surrounded by quaint colonial influences from the days of Empire, and set amidst the rolling hills of a tea plantation, Cameron Highlands Resort is a wonderfully grand and totally unique place to stay.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Location: Gunung Mulu National Park | Malaysia & Borneo

Elevated above the forest on 15-foot-long stilts, Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa embraces its natural surroundings and local history by creating a five-star hotel based on ethnic long houses with indigenous-inspired designs. Featuring rooms connected by wooden walkways along the breathtaking banks of the Melinau Paku River, the resort provides an opulent stay as you discover the magnificent wonders of Borneo’s mysterious landscape right on your doorstep. 

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Wildlife & Nature

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Location: Kota Kinabalu & Surrounds | Malaysia & Borneo

White sand beaches and 400 acres of tropical forest filled with endemic birds, long-tailed macaques and giant water monitor lizards make Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa a nature lover's getaway. Combined with luxurious accommodation, great dining and a host of activities, you really can’t go wrong.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Beach, Spa & Wellness, Water activities

Mandarin Oriental Kulala Lumpur

Location: Peninsular Malaysia | Malaysia & Borneo

If opulence is what you’re after, look no further than the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur. Stunning views, lavish interiors and a wide range of amenities, all in the very heart of this cosmopolitan city.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design

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