By Shahida Sakeri on September 7, 2016


In Malaysia, we are a very lucky lot as we are never short of long weekends. Once in every few months, we are able to take short breaks that allow us to relax our tired bones and catch up with our loved ones.  If you’re one of the efficient holiday-planners, you have already planned a long week of leave during Hari Raya Haji and Malaysia Day in September. If you have not done so, worry not, as has done the heavy lifting for you. Here are five popular destinations to visit during your holiday.


With a  total of four hotels here awarded with the Best for Beach accolade in the annual Loved by Guests Awards[1], namely The Datai, The Danna, Casa Del Mar and Ambong Ambong, you’re sure to experience the ultimate beach experience – no matter if you’re looking for adventurous beach activities or simply want to relax with a good book backed by sounds of sea waves crashing onto the shore. Also, the duty-free items available there would mean you’ll get to do a spot of shopping without breaking the bank. Time to stock up on those chocolates!



Shop like the locals at popular Sunday market Gaya Street and indulge yourself in antiques, souvenirs, and quirky food items such as watermelon smoothies served right in the fruit. You’ll be glad to know that the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Tuaran has rooms on the Ocean Wing that provides guests with a private terrace equipped with an outdoor bathtub and daybed overlooking the pristine beach. On a clear day, one can witness the beauty of Mount Kinabalu from the resort’s clubhouse.

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Tuaran

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Tuaran

Cameron Highlands

What better way to escape the heat and hustle and bustle of the city than to go up to higher grounds where air is cleaner, fruits are fresher and your mind, clearer. Experience what it is like to be British royalty when you book a stay at The Lakehouse, where breakfast is served in an elegant restaurant setting offering English cuisine, and teatime consists of warm,  just-out-of-the-oven scones served with home-made strawberry jam. With a guest rating score of 4.5 out of 5, this Colonial-era country house is located close to the Instagram-worthy Cameron Bharat Tea plantation and Parit Falls.



If you’re a foodie and are all for eating the holiday away, Penang is the place for you. From fragrant Assam Laksa to flavorful Peranakan cuisine to simple delights in the form of a shaved ice ball, Penang isn’t dubbed Malaysia’s food haven for nothing. Accommodation-wise, Seven Terraces Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel converted from a row of Anglo-Chinese terraces. It is now made up of 18 suites celebrating the Peranakan culture that makes you feel like you’ve been transported back in time to a different era.

Kuala Lumpur

Who said you have to leave the city to have a holiday? Save on gas money and splurge on a well-deserved staycation in the heart of KL with your loved ones. You cannot go wrong with the Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, which received the ‘Best for Luxury’ hotel honour in the Loved by Guests Awards. With a guest rating of 4.6 out of 5, you and your loved ones can kick back and bond in peace, while enjoying the KL skyline in the comfort of your room. Come nightfall, gather your friends and visit SkyBar – which is also award-winning – located high up on the 33rd floor of the hotel, offering you an amazing view of the Petronas Twin Towers while you sip on cocktails.

Regardless what your destination of choice is, booking the perfect accommodation is vital. After all, a hotel can make or break your entire holiday. At, you’re sure to find one that suits both your needs and preference. Thousands of hotels can be booked online via or through the mobile app available for IOS, Android and Amazon Kindle devices.

[1] To receive a ‘best for’ award, the 50 hotels with the highest average customer review score in each category were chosen, based on a minimum of 20 reviews as of December 31, 2015. Best for Boutique is one of 10 categories.

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