Care for a splash?
With Malaysia’s hot weather, it almost feels like it’s summer all year long and nothing beats the heat better than taking a dip in a pool with views of verdant upland hillsides, tropical beaches or towering cityscapes. The pools themselves could become destinations in their own right where travellers can bring their families to.
Here’s a list of hotels and resorts with best swimming pools and mesmerising surroundings.
1. The St. Regis Langkawi, Kedah
Location: Close to Kuah Jetty, Langkawi Kristal, Sungai Kilim Nature Park and Langkawi Bird Paradise.
Why we like it: The swimming pool at St. Regis Langkawi makes a grand impression, being a tropical paradise with gilded onyx tropical fruit sculptures flanking it. There is also a children’s wading pool adjacent to the hotel’s main swimming pool.
Price: From MYR1,464 per night
2. Philea Resort, Melaka
Location: Close to Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, and Melaka Night Zoo.
Why we like it: Man-made waterfall setting that forms into flowing river ideal for water activities, and pool surrounded by river stones that make the scenery bucolic. Travellers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing by the poolside, or just listening to the sound of the waterfall.
Price: From MYR638 per night
3. Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur
Location: A short 10-minute drive from Bukit Bintang, Suria KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers.
Why we like it: Located in an exclusive residential area that offers total privacy, the property’s pool will surely leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as you take a dip or slide into the pool. The place is likened to a secret hideout for urban-weary folks.
Price: MYR1,051 for two persons per night
4. Suria Hot Spring Resort, Pahang
Location: Bentong, Pahang, which is an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.
Why we like it: There are two types of swimming pool that you can choose: cool or hot water. You can either choose to enjoy a public cool water spring and hot water spring, or private pool for total privacy.
Price: From MYR170 per night
5. Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai, Sabah
Location: Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu.
Why we like it: The resort has both swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi, therefore twice the fun! Take a dip, relax and enjoy being treated like a VIP with a drink in hand and snacks from the Splashes Pool Bar.
Price: MYR665 per night
6. Eastern Oriental Hotel, Penang
Location: A short walk away from Fort Cornwallis, the City Hall and the Penang State Museum.
Why we like it: Who doesn’t love an infinity pool facing the sea? This hotel’s infinity swimming pool, which faces the Andaman Sea, gives you a hip vibes and upscale relaxation, suitable for recharging inner souls.
Price: Starts from MYR860 per night.
7. Hotel Jen, Johor
Location: Puteri Harbour, which is about 35 minutes’ drive from Senai Airport.
Why we like it: Infinity pool, again! The pool faces the view of Puteri Harbour and during the night, you can dine at the Skybar Bar & Restaurant by the poolside.
Price: From MYR327 per night
8. The Ocean Residence, Langkawi
Location: Only 20 minutes from Tengah and Cenang beaches.
Why we like it: A long house with a long-stretched pool attached, yes please! You can have easy access to the pool since it is only a few steps away from your room. Besides the Long House pool, there are also an infinity pool and a natural ocean pool that fills up during high tide.
Price: From MYR300 per night
9. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak
Location: Only 15 minutes away from the city of Ipoh.
Why we like it: Self-retreat time! The Banjaran offers you a wide range of swimming pools, from fish pool to hot spring and freeform swimming pool. Oh, the resort also has meditation cave – how cool is that?
Price: MYR2,144 per night
10. The Haven Resort Hotel, Perak
Location: Close to Ipoh Parade.
Why we like it: The Haven takes swimming pool to another level, by going all out! It caters to so many different groups with its trademarked 5-level 60-metre seahorse-shaped swimming pool, that consists a jacuzzi, leisure pool, lap pool, children’s pool and wading pool.
Price: From MYR 380 per night