10 best beach resorts in Malaysia

With its vast coastline, Malaysia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world for a beach holiday. Add to that its large number of pristine white-sand islands and you are truly spoiled for choice. Our list of the 10 best beach resorts in Malaysia balances natural beauty with creature comforts and location.

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You can’t have a list of the best Malaysian beach resorts without at least one entry from Penang. And what a stunning entry we have for you: the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Penang. With its instantly-recognisable stepped architecture, the 316-room main building overlooks the swimming pool on one side and the glittering ocean on the other.

Location, location, location: Miami Beach is just a short walk away across the footbridge! 10 minutes away is the mega tourist hotspot of Batu Ferringhi. Meanwhile, a 20-minute drive brings you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of George Town. The hotel provides a free shuttle service to this unmissable destination.

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Credit – DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang

This is a rather family-oriented property, even winning the Haute Grandeur title of Best Family Resort 2019 in Malaysia. There is an indoor play area for children and they provide a kid-friendly buffet as well. It houses TeddyVille, Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum. Parents have the gym and spa to occupy their time.

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Credit – The Ritz Carlton Langkawi

Perched on the edge of the azure Andaman Sea on one end and a verdant 10-million-year-old rainforest on the other, The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi is a wonderful sight to behold. This 5-star resort features majestic living and dining spaces, as well as the only overwater spa on the island.

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These restaurants make the whole trip worthwhile

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Some hotel restaurants serve little purpose other than to fortify guests, providing serviceable meals that carry them through a day of tourist fun or business meetings.

Others serve fabulous food, creative cocktails or tons of fun. They’re places that draw in tourists and locals alike.

These 18 Florida hotel restaurants are like that.

Our list runs the gamut, from once-in-a-lifetime meals that cost as much as a mortgage payment to waterfront hangouts with burgers, cheap drinks and local bands on stage.

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Whether you’re hoping for sea breezes and ocean (or Gulf) views, romantic settings, elegant brunch or the possibility of dining with an astronaut, we’ve got you covered with our favorite Florida hotel restaurants.

Baleen, Naples

La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples, 239-598-5707,laplayaresort.com. Hours: 7-11 a.m., noon-2:30 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m. daily. 

Baleen is among the top romantic restaurants in Naples and is considered one of the best beachside dining spots. Gulf breezes and views make it a favorite and one to surely try while in town.

Entrees include roasted cauliflower, blackened Gulf grouper and custom cut steaks.

Baleen was shuttered after Hurricane Irma tore through Southwest Florida in September 2017, but the restaurant reopened better than ever with a more modern, coastal look. There’s inside and outside dining, including a terrace, a nice upscale beach restaurant option compared with many casual ones in Naples. – Dave Osborn, Naples Daily News

Blue Flame, Daytona Beach 

The Daytona, 1870 Victory Circle, Daytona Beach; 386-323-9777, blueflamedaytona.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

Blue Flame Restaurant at The Daytona hotel overlooks the NASCAR International Speedway.

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