In celebration of our vibrant and colourful country, Marriott Bonvoy Hotels & Resorts extends an hearty invitation to explore seven of Malaysia’s best destinations.
What better way to celebrate the essence of Malaysia — and we’re talking the true essence, the very soul of our country and its many cultures — than by going on a grand, adventurous round-trip to some of its most wonderful spots? From iconic locations to hidden gems, every corner of Malaysia has something unique to offer. And from now till 8 November, Marriott Bonvoy Hotels & Resorts is hosting the ‘Find Your Happy Place in Malaysia Again And Again’ for travellers to rediscover some of their favourite destinations across the country.
Naturally, Marriott Bonvoy members will get the first taste! Register now to earn 1,500 bonus points on each stay, and an additional 3,000 bonus points for every three brands you stay with. In other words, find your happy place in Malaysia — and enjoy it, again and again! Curious to know more about what each destination has to offer? We’re breaking down the seven landing spots below.
Up North: Mythical Lands & Heritage Sites
Starting from the top of the map, we dive into the rich history and culture of Malaysia. With cultural diversity at its forefront, Malaysia has much to offer in the way of traditions, most of which even some locals aren’t aware of. Did you know that Langkawi — one of the most popular holiday destinations today — was once upon a time a pirate haven with many stunning rock formations? And of course, not forgetting the enduring mythical legend of Mahsuri. Whether you prefer to bask in a luxurious stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi or The St. Regis Langkawi, you can rejuvenate at The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa, or party it up at Aloft Langkawi Pantai Tengah, the island is your historic haven.
Speaking of islands and havens, Penang is among the crown jewels of Malaysia when it comes to cultural heritage. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, George Town simply glitters with vibrant sights and sumptuous, luxurious dining experiences. You’ll discover that many buildings scattered across George Town are kept as they had been long ago when Malaysia was young — so in celebrating our beloved country, why not marvel at the architectural gems of the city? And you can do it all as you enjoy a comfortable stay at Courtyard by Marriott Penang.
Though not quite situated up north, Melaka is known as a destination that marries both cultural history and modern appeal. Also hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Melaka’s Jonker Street is the state’s shining star — wander through its night market, and cruise the Melaka River for an experience like no other. While you indulge in a stay at the recently opened Courtyard by Marriott Melaka, take a deep dive into the richness of Malaysia’s oldest history and culture.
Down South: Family Fun & Shops Galore
It’s time for the cityscapes! As you take a southward drift, Kuala Lumpur is most definitely a must-stop. As Malaysia’s capital city — and undoubtedly the biggest shopping destination — KL is where you can shop till you drop. It also happens to be where some of the best hotels are located, including W Kuala Lumpur, that’s nestled right in the city centre. Want to get an amazing view of the city’s skyline? Check yourself into Aloft Kuala Lumpur, where its Mai Bar has an amazing view of the city as a whole, from KL Sentral. Or if you’d rather ‘live like a local’ in the city of Kuala Lumpur and explore the hidden gems and colourful neighbourhoods, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur and The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur are so close to KL Sentral that you can take the train to anywhere. And if you’re up for a cultural twist to your stay, Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is perfectly situated near Kwai Chai Hong and Petaling Street Market, two iconic spots that you must visit when in the city!
A little further down from KL is architecturally stunning Putrajaya. Putrajaya is a city of sights; that is, there certainly is much to see when you make your stop here. As Malaysia’s administrative capital, the city is well-known for its majestic buildings and its many amazing bridges. Whether you’re on business or vacation, it’s not a bad idea to take a stroll around the city and just revel in the views around you — which also includes the sparkling Putrajaya Lake, the Putra Mosque, and Malaysia’s largest shopping centre — for the whole family. And while you’re here to take in the whole city, enjoy a stay at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel or Le Méridien Putrajaya.
On the topic of family fun, let’s take a deep dive down to Johor Bahru and Desaru Coast. Now that you’ve done your shopping and your walking, it’s time to put your feet up and relax by the sea! Malaysia’s southernmost state is not only home to sandy beaches and lush greenery — it’s also a haven for a range of delicious food. And not only that, but here is where you’ll find some of the best theme parks and various attractions, making it the ideal stop for the family — especially your little ones! The Westin Desaru Coast Resort and Four Points By Sheraton Desaru are here to welcome you with open arms as you enjoy your stay.
East Coast and Yonder: Clear Blue Waters & White-Sand Beaches
Johor Bahru shouldn’t be your only beachy stop. Malaysia’s east coast is also where you’ll find a wide range of white-sand beaches and clear waters under the scintillating sun. Kuantan is a much-frequented coastline destination in Peninsular Malaysia, and for good reason too — from its enchanting Panching Caves and ideal picnic spots by the Sungai Pandan waterfall to the Cherating turtle sanctuary, there’s a lot to cover in Pahang’s capital city. Of course, an extensive visit requires a great stay. Check into Courtyard by Marriott Setia Alam for when you’re feeling like exploring the more rural enclaves of Sekinchan, Mirror Lake and Kuala Selangor.
Beyond the sleepy fishing villages and seaside towns, East Malaysia is the best stop for a relaxing getaway. The island of Borneo — which encompasses the states of Sabah and Sarawak — is where you can truly indulge in Malaysia at its most natural. Take ‘slow living’ in its literal form and really savour life surrounded by stunning rainforests, spectacular sunsets and the diverse wildlife. And as you live and breathe this local paradise, enjoy a marvellous stay at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa or Miri Marriott Resort & Spa. Want a close-up view of the sunsets we talked about? Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel or Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu would be the perfect pick. Or perhaps you’re feeling venturesome and want to explore the charms of small towns? Fairfield by Marriott Bintulu Paragon is a more grounded destination, and certainly offers something for everyone.
To learn more about the ‘Find Your Happy Place in Malaysia Again And Again’ campaign by Marriott Bonvoy Hotels & Resorts, head over to its official website HERE. Want to register for free as a Marriott Bonvoy member? Visit its page HERE.