Malaysia is perfect for a luxury honeymoon with its tropical climate, natural beauty, exotic wildlife and spotless, beautiful beaches. The safe and accessible capital Kuala Lumpur has beautiful gardens, great shopping and restaurants, water parks and caves. Just a short flight from Kuala Lumpur is the idyllic and unspoiled island of Langkawi. Set like a jewel in the Andaman Sea, it is the perfect place for a romantic escape on your honeymoon, thanks to its pristine forests and stunning, deserted northern beaches.
Sabah in northern Borneo is home to stunning tropical islands complete with luxury resorts, wild rivers, jungles and, of course, one of Asia’s most unforgettable creatures, the wonderful orangutan. With genuine warmth, a host of luxury retreats from rainforest villas to luxury beach resorts, and wonderful nature experiences, Malaysia ticks all the boxes for a romantic honeymoon.
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One of our top honeymoon resorts in Malaysia is the idyllic island resort of Pangkor Laut, located three miles off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, a privately owned island surrounded by pristine beaches, sweeping bays and ancient rainforest. It's home to 142 luxury villas and suites and an award-winning Spa Village.
If you enjoy your diving, head to the stunning island of Tioman, just an hour's flight off Malaysia's east coast in the middle of a protected marine park. Here, you can kick off your shoes and hide out at JapaMala Resort. Hidden away from the rest of the island by jungle, this little diamond sits happily on its own stretch of perfect white-sand beach, making it an ideal honeymoon destination. This is true, rustic jungle-chic and without a doubt the Seychelles of Asia!
From Kota Kinabalu, journey deep into the jungle, staying at Abai Jungle Lodge, located on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. Spy the wide variety of wildlife that inhabits the reserve, such as proboscis monkeys, langurs, pygmy elephants, wild orangutans and abundant birdlife. Twin your stay with one of Borneo's luxurious island retreats.
Langkawi is a favourite for honeymooners seeking beach-bliss, remote adventure and five-star trimmings. Emerald-green jungle tumbles down to sugar-white sand, mangroves bridge sea and land, huge limestone caves swallow you up, secluded coves lie in wait and a technicolour underwater world thrives beneath. Relax in a pool villa at The Datai, Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton.
As with the rest of Southeast Asia, the best time of year to visit Malaysia is between November and April. However, this should not deter honeymooners who are planning to travel between May and October, since showers are usually short and restricted to the afternoon or evening. In addition, this is the best time of year to visit the east coast, where the rainy season lasts from November to January.
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