7 luxurious escapades in S’pore and Malaysia for a CNY getaway

Stay in the world’s oldest tropical forest or a hidden cave

Photo: Pangkor Laut Resort/ Instagram

We’re less than two weeks away from the Chinese New Year. But if you have no intentions of celebrating the day for whatever reason, this would be the ideal opportunity to take a kinda long break

January has felt like the longest month ever, making it the perfect timing for a quick getaway to unwind and rejuvenate. These aren’t your usual hotels-near-malls kinda things. They’re the places you go to for unplug and cherishing that much needed quality time with your loved ones! 

The resorts each have their own little charms and quirks, so the only thing you need to do is pick the right one for you.


Pangkor Laut Resort

This is the place to go for all the privacy that you want (or need). Located on a private island, the Pangkor Laut Resort boasts a variety of accommodations for all kinds of group sizes. So whether you’re travelling with your family, or just with a gal pal, there’ll be an idyllic room (or villa) waiting for you.

Lush flora and fauna surrounds you, from the wooden floorboards, to the neutral-coloured walls and the lush greenery that welcomes you at the windows. You could also be greeted by glimmering blue oceans or an aweing view of the island, depending on the type of room you book. Then you’ll find yourself spending your day at one of the many pools, at the spa, or prepping for a romantic candle light dinner.

Rate: From RM8650 (S$2919)/ night





Lexis Hibiscus

Just a three hour drive away is the Lexi Hibiscus Resort, nestled in Port Dickson. It’s the ideal place to bring your family, with a whole variety of amenities and activities that revolve around the tallest sea fountain in Malaysia. A taste of the beach and water activities – a playground, fish feeding and cruising too. 

The best part of the rooms – that are all above water on stilts – would be the private dip pool (or almost infinity pool) and steam room that every, literally every room has. Besides that, you’re greeted by marble floors and a view that overlooks the sea. Although the rooms don’t come with a bathtub (which isn’t that necessary with a private pool), you do get a little peek-a-boo of the ocean beneath your feet! We’d suggest really relaxing and keeping technology away if you head here. Sip on some TWG Tea, complimentary for each room, then read a book that you bought ages ago. Finally, catch the beautiful sunset as you bike around the resort.

Rate: From RM1218/ night



The Club Saujana Resort

A luxury boutique resort where you’re engulfed by flourishing greenery. Do you remember those movies where characters lived in huge mansions that had a rich green land, a huge lap pool and indoor gyms? Well most hotels and resorts have those but the Club Saujana Resort captures that essence perfectly, with its warm inviting presence. 

Its kept simple with rustic red and brown floor tiles and tiki lamps that lead you to the estate, stylishly designed with fresh Asian elements. You can expect it to be rather quiet, with only 105 elegant suite sized rooms. Besides the golf course, there’s a pool, indoor gym, a rustic restaurant and of course, a relaxing spa to soothe tired muscles. To help you with your natural detox – forest gardens, water features and everything you need. So all you need to do now is pack your bags and slip into some sandals. 

Rate: From RM589/ night