Located in Southeast Asia, encompassing a peninsula on the Asian mainland and the northern island of Borneo, Malaysia offers a wealth of unique sights and experiences. From the glittering skyscrapers of its capital to island rainforests with exotic wildlife and idyllic beach islets, a luxury holiday to Malaysia offers something for everyone.
The country’s official slogan of 'truly Asia' perfectly captures the essence of Malaysia. Home to a diverse mix of cultures, Malaysia also boasts world-class shopping destinations, gold-domed mosques, Hindu temples, bustling markets and futuristic buildings that pierce the sky.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, the monumental Petronas Towers watch over a modern cityscape that thrives with designer shops, street boutiques and iconic landmarks like the Menara KL Tower or ornate Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Indulgent spas and fine-dining with menus featuring international and traditional dishes are present throughout the capital and country.
Malaysia is also home to many tropical islands like Langkawi, Pangkor Laut and Penang. These islands’ interiors are decorated with rainforests and have coastlines of white powdery sand. Rainbow coloured fish swim through coral reefs under turquoise waters and monkeys, and tropical birds move through the jungles.
In Borneo, the third largest island in the world, you'll find the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Borneo is known for its biodiverse landscape with lush rainforests housing endangered animals like orangutans, pygmy elephants and rhinos. The island’s beaches are equally famous for pristine white sands surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Borneo is a real paradise for beach and nature lovers alike.
Malaysia has a tropical climate with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The warm, occasional rain showers intersperse the sunny weather, which maintains the vibrant greenery of this country and rejuvenate the land.
There's a slight difference in weather between Malaysia’s east and west coast, with the west experiencing more rainfall from April to October, which is a dry time for the east and the east experiencing more rain between November and February, a drier season for the west. Storms are spectacular and quickly pass leaving clear skies.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you at all times. British nationals don't need a visa to enter Malaysia and can stay up to three months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on visas and travel.
With a diverse mix of cultures, Malaysian cuisine is as varied and sumptuous as the landscape. At your luxury hotel, you can dine at award-winning restaurants serving the most exquisite traditional Malaysian cuisine.
Sample Thai offerings, Cantonese specialities, teppanyaki grills and expertly prepared sushi. Dinner comes with breathtaking views. Enjoy fresh seafood and the catch of the day with a candlelit dinner on the beach. Try rooftop dining with perfectly paired wines and gaze across mountains or the city skyline.