By Shahida Sakeri on September 28, 2016


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bring that peacefulness found during vacation back home with us? For stressed-out city dwellers, silent retreats could be one of the best ways to completely remove every shred of stress from the system, leaving us travellers at peace, calm and back on track. For that reason, below are our picks of selected Zen retreats in Southeast Asia that are bound to rejuvenate you!


Regis, Langkawi, Malaysia

Price: From RM2,083 per night


Location: Poised at the southern tip of Langkawi with a private beach for guests to enjoy

Features: Swimming pool, spa, fitness centre, restaurants, bar, butler service, family programmes, airport lounge service and Bentley experience

Why we like: Pure luxury experience at the most stunning location in Langkawi




Gayana Eco Resort, Sabah, Malaysia

Price: From RM1,595 per night

Location: Situated on the pristine Gaya Island, 10-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu

Features: Swimming pool, speedboat transfers, water sport activities, PADI diving courses, excursion tours, meeting/banquet facilities, restaurant and bar

Why we like: Besides being one of the most ecological resorts in Southeast Asia, its overwater bungalows with direct access to the sea proves impressive



MaliHom Private Estate, Penang, Malaysia

Price: From RM538 per night

Location: Short drive away to the Snake Temple, Penang International Sports Arena, Tropical Fruit Farm and Queensbay Mall

Features: Swimming pool, spa, restaurant, meeting room, airport transfers and tours

Why we like: Charming traditional Thai rice barns converted into accommodation units with serene backdrop



Rawa Island Resort, Johor, Malaysia

Price: From RM566.40 per night

Location: Within the Sultan Iskandar Marine Park, twenty minutes’ boat ride away from Mersing

Features: Water sport activities, PADI diving courses, spa and restaurant.

Why we like: A family-friendly resort with a back-to-basics concept



Club Med Bintan, Bintan Island, Indonesia

Price: From RM1,853 per adult

Location: Apart from having a mile and a half of white powdery beach, it is also located near to the Ria Bintan Golf Club, voted as one of the best golf courses in South East Asia

Features: Children’s Clubs, swimming pools, spa, airport transfers, sports schools, excursion tours, bars and restaurants

Why we like: The privilege of not having to worry about the stressful preparation for a vacation through Club Med’s all-inclusive packages



Sawan Resort, Koh Lipe, Thailand

Price: From RM633 per night

Location: Three-minute walk from the Sunset Beach, ten-minute walk from Pattaya Beach and a ten-minute drive from Sunrise Beach

Features: Spa, bar, restaurant, hot spring bath, airport transfers and tours

Why we like: Unsurpassed beauty with a private beach perfect for snorkelling



Long Beach Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Price: From RM311 per night

Location: Has a private beach area located 20 minutes’ drive away from Phu Quoc’s famous Mount Chua

Features: Restaurant, beach bar, spa, swimming pool, barbecue facilities, ball rooms, meeting rooms, airport transfers and excursion tours

Why we like: An effortlessly luxe blend of rustic Vietnamese architecture and pristine white beach



Song Saa Private Island, Koh Ouen, Cambodia

Price: From RM1,117 per night

Location: Situated in a self-made marine reserve measuring one million square metres

Features: Private cinema, water-based activities, excursion tours, gym, bar, restaurant and sea-view plunge pool in each villa

Why we like: For being eco-chic with meticulous conservation programme



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