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Malaysia is a SouthEastern Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is the largest city of Malaysia. The country is known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. Langkawi is a popular tourist destination with multiple resorts located there. American hospitality chain Marriott has a sizeable presence in Malaysia with 37 properties operating as of writing this Top 10 list. Let’s take a look at the Top 10 Marriott Hotels in Malaysia.
10. The Westin Desaru Coast Resort
The Westin Desaru Coast Resort is located at a distance of 200 metres from the Desaru Beach. The nearest airport is Senai International Airport, 83 kilometres from the resort. The resort consists of 275 guest rooms and suites. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. Guests can start their day with an array of international and local flavours at the breakfast buffet in Seasonal Tastes an all-day dining restaurant, including freshly squeezed juices and healthy yet hearty specialties. Heavenly aromas of freshly baked breads and pizza in a stone-fired oven will be an irresistible invitation to sample a wonderful array of authentic Italian dishes at Prego. Nestled right on Desaru Beach with a view of the South China Sea, Beach Bar features a light and flavorful menu complemented by an extensive selection of wines and beverages. The cozy MIX Lounge is the perfect place to unwind after a long day, with a cup of brewed coffee, tea or a refreshing cold drink. Splash, the resort’s pool bar, is the perfect place to grab a bite or sip cocktails while enjoying the outdoors. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a business centre. The Heavenly Spa by Westin has 7 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages and Swedish massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub and a steam room.
Website: The Westin Desaru Coast Resort
9. The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa
The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa is located in Kuah, a neighbourhood in Langkawi, and is near the airport and on a private beach. Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall is 1.8 km from the resort and Kuah Jetty is 1.1 km away. Langkawi International Airport is 20 km from The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa. The property has 202 villas and suites. Elegant rooms come with modern interiors and soothing tones. The contemporary en suite bathroom features a glass-frosted rainshower and luxury toiletries. Select units have a balcony and a private pool. Tide serves casual dining and a variety of fresh seafood, while Seasonal Tastes Restaurant specialises in healthy eating. Light snacks and refreshing drinks can be enjoyed at Breeze Lounge and Splash, the poolside bar. Private dining is also available. The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa boasts 4 outdoor pools and a recreation centre where guests can go for a round of pool or a game of squash. Staff at tour desk also arrange bike tour or island hopping for guests. Adults can join a morning yoga while the children explore the beach through the kids’ program. An outdoor tennis court and 24-hour fitness centre are on-site too. Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the resort’s full-service spa, Heavenly Spa. Massages are available on the beach and in the spa. Other services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages and sports massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a spa tub and Turkish bath/hammam.
Website: The Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa
8. The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur is a a 5-minute walk from Pavilion Mall. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is 64.1 kilometres away. Each of the 365 spacious and elegant guest rooms and residences feature large floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the city. The hotel features additional distinctive dining options that include The Library that serves fine contemporary international and Asian cuisine, The Lobby Lounge for a quintessential afternoon tea experience, The Patisserie for artisanal delights and The Cobalt Room for a hearty international breakfast. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, a sauna room and a spa. Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for concierge services and luggage storage. This property also offers meeting rooms for hire.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur
7. Le Méridien Putrajaya
Located in Putrajaya, Le Méridien Putrajaya is 600 meters to IOI City Mall. While the hotel is located in Putrajaya, it is easily reachable from Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is 41.2 kilometres away. The hotel features 353 guest rooms and suites featuring signature Le Méridien hypoallergenic bedding, marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows with enticing golf course views. Latest Recipe serves up an international menu of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Western cuisines from the open-concept kitchen, while Le Mei offers authentic and traditional Shanghainese dishes made with contemporary-style cooking techniques. Latitude 02 serves Afternoon Tea and coffee drinks in the day while at night, it transforms into a sophisticated bar where classic aperitifs and sparkling wines add modern twists to the social ritual of cocktail hour. Facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a kids’ club. Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for concierge services and luggage storage.
Website: Le Méridien Putrajaya
6. JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Located along Bintang Walk in the Golden Triangle, JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur is directly connected to The Starhill, a 20-minute drive from Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is approximately 45 kilometres away. The hotel features 738 beautifully designed and modern guest rooms and suites. Tempt the palate with innovative international cuisine at Shook! or discover a poetic Chinese heritage at Luk Yu Tea House. Shanghai is a celebrated restaurant on Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese fine dining scene for two decades now and serves a fine curation of over 200 exquisite Shanghainese classics and dim sum while The Alchemy is a swanky and intimate restaurant with white marble and gold accents and features gin botanicals for every season and the one-of-its-kind New Yorker Afternoon Tea, offering a taste of New York in Bukit Bintang. An outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre are present at the hotel. Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel’s full-service spa, Donna. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs and manicures and pedicures. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub and a steam room.
Website: JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5. Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa
Nestled amongst the natural and lush greenery of the rainforests near the border between Malaysia and Brunei, Mulu Marriott Resort is located on Melinau Paku River in Miri. It is 20 minutes from the Mulu Airport by car. The resort is just a 5-minute drive from Gunung Mulu National Park. Mulu Marriott Resort is less than an hour’s walk from the Deer and Lang Cave and a 30-minute ride to the Wind and Clearwater Caves by boat. The resort offers 101 rooms and suites which are accessible via exterior corridors. With well-designed rooms and suites, the resort offers guests with beautiful views of the tropical rainforest and river surrounding the property from their accommodation. Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower with a deep soaking bath and a rainfall showerhead. Offering all-day dining, the Marriott Café is the ideal venue to enjoy local and international dishes or sample wellness cuisine, including detox juices and signature healthy dishes. A cooling breeze and relaxed atmosphere makes the River Bar the ideal spot to unwind after a day exploring the Borneo rainforest and the caves of Mulu. A selection of light bites and refreshing beverages are available for lunch and dinner. An All-Day-Dining restaurant, M café serves Western, Asian and local delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The resort boasts a large fitness centre, pool and a sauna. The location of resort offers guests with a variety of activities to engage themselves in. Guests can go fishing, hiking or cycling. Bicycles are available for rental at the resort. Other activities include cooking classes, cultural demonstrations and Mulu Park activities from rainforest hikes to the awe-inspiring Mulu Caves visit. Mandara Spa has 2 treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, body scrubs and body treatments.
Website: Mulu Marriott Resort and Spa
4. The St. Regis, Kuala Lumpur
The St. Regis, Kuala Lumpur has a convenient location of KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur. Kula Lumpur International Airport is a 57 kilometre drive from the hotel. The 208 guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering exceptional views of the Lake Gardens and the KL skyline. Inspired by the Astors, all rooms are thoughtfully detailed with subtle tributes such as saddle stitching, stirrup buckles and multi-faceted crystal cabinet knobs. Relax under the intimate setting of a 300-year-old Hinoki wood 16-seater counter and enjoy sushi using the best seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan at Taka. Experience USHI, the first and only restaurant that serves Ozaki Beef in Malaysia. The Brasserie is a restaurant reminiscent of a refined French café, serving fresh, seasonal ingredients with Mediterranean culinary traditions. A preferred KL Sentral meeting spot for lunch and cocktails, Astor Bar and Decanter offers more than 650 wines from around the world and features tastings in the private wine cellar. Crystal is a dual-level rooftop bar and lounge where you sip on memorable cocktails and Champagne in Kuala Lumpur. The Drawing Room, dominated by Botero’s horse sculpture, is a choice setting for our elegant St. Regis Afternoon Tea rituals. A swimming pool, a sauna and a fitness centre are present at the hotel. Iridium Spa has 11 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages and facials.
Website: The St. Regis, Kuala Lumpur
3. The St. Regis Langkawi
Offering luxurious retreats surrounded by lush rainforest, The St. Regis Langkawi is located in Kuah neighbourhood and is connected to the convention centre. Kuah town is 5 km from The St. Regis Langkawi and Kuah Jetty is 2.7 km away. Langkawi International Airport is 20 km from the resort. Mahsuri Mausoleum and Field of Burnt Rice are local landmarks. The hotel offers 89 villas and suites which are accessible via exterior corridors. Featuring private balconies and spacious living areas, all rooms and suites are elegantly furnished. The en suite marble bathroom includes a bath and premium toiletries. Buffet breakfast with open kitchen is available at L’Orangerie, while overwater dining can be enjoyed at Kayu Puti. The St. Regis Bar offers curated spirits and wines. Baked goods and coffee are located at The Drawing Room and Gourmand Deli. The St. Regis Langkawi boasts a private beach and an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Andaman Sea. It also houses a spa and a fitness centre. Iridium Spa has 10 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include Thai massages, facials, body wraps and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including Ayurvedic and reflexology.
Website: The St. Regis Langkawi
2. W Kuala Lumpur
Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, W Kuala Lumpur is 350 m to Dinosaurs Alive KL, Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC, while Aquaria KLCC is 900 m away. KL Tower and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur are 2 km from W Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur International Airport is 68 km from the property. The hotel offers 150 rooms and suites featuring vibrant decor and views of Petronas Twin Towers. The in-house restaurant, Yen specialises in authentic Cantonese cuisine, while Flock serves up a menu of Asian and international cuisine. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, FIT and a steam room. AWAY Spa has 5 treatment rooms, including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, facials and body wraps. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub and a steam room.
Website: W Kuala Lumpur
1. The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi
Located in Pantai Kok, The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi is 2.9 km from Oriental Village and has a private beach area. Langkawi Cable Car is 2.9 km from The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, while Seven Wells is 3.6 km away. The nearest airport is Langkawi Airport, 5 km from the property. The property offers 119 villas and suites which are accessible via exterior corridors. Rooms open to balconies and feature a bath and seating area. The in-house restaurant, Langkawi Kitchen serves up Asian cuisine, while guests can enjoy drinks and Thai dishes at Horizon Bar. Guests can indulge in international fare and seafood with a Malaysian twist at The Beach Grill. Whereas Hai Yan, situated on the water’s edge, serves authentic selections of Chinese seafood in a luxurious yet warm, inviting ambience with breathtaking 180° views of the Andaman Sea. The hotel also features an outdoor tennis court, children’s playground, 3 outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre. Guests at the hotel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Pantai Kok, like cycling. Guests can indulge in a pampering treatment at the hotel’s full-service spa, The Ritz-Carlton Spa. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs and body treatments. The spa is equipped with Turkish bath/hammam.
Website: The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi
Featured image by The St. Regis Langkawi
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