Floating resorts in Malaysia

Malaysia is home to many beautiful islands and beaches that are ideal travel destinations for both locals and tourists alike. Even so, some of us have long admired island nations like the Maldives that boast renowned floating resorts with picture-perfect sea views and diving experiences. 

If you think there’s no closer match to that elsewhere in the world, think again. There are some amazing places in our own country that you can visit for a trip to the ‘Maldives’ without a passport and minus the lavish spending. 

Here, we’ve rounded up eight floating resorts in Malaysia that you should visit for spectacular sea views while you immerse yourself in a relaxing vacation.

1. Nusakuya Resort, Sabah – rooms with private stairways to the sea

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Semporna is home to countless beautiful islands in Sabah that have gained international reputation for its diving sites. Amid the famous islands with floating resorts is a secluded floating resort off the coast of Semporna called Nusakuya Resort.

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This small resort in the middle of the sea is a great place to enjoy crystal clear blue waters and the natural sea breeze of East Malaysia.

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Don’t underestimate the resort by its smaller size, because the fully air-conditioned rooms have en-suite bathrooms, satellite TVs, and even a private deck with stairways that lead directly to the sea.

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The resort offers an all-in stay package for guests that includes three meals a day, boat transfers to and from Semporna jetty, as well as rental snorkelling equipment – so all you’ll have to worry about is packing your bags and making your way here.

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Guests can also choose to try out transparent kayaking, scuba diving, and island hopping for an additional fee.

Price: From RM900 per night
Address: Kg Tundun Bum-Bum Lot No 20-031204014 Peti Surat 852, 91308 Semporna, Sabah
Telephone: 014-224 4513
Nusakuya Resort’s website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Lankayan Island Dive Resort, Sabah – luxury dive resort on a small island

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Lankayan Island Dive Resort is a luxury dive resort with floating water chalets set on a small island in the Sulu Sea in Sabah. It takes a 1.5-hour boat ride from the north of Sandakan to get here.

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This resort is famous for its pristine island ecosystem, white sandy beaches, and clear blue waters for visitors to dive and discover corals, colourful small fish, sting rays, turtles, and many other marine life.

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The floating resort has 23 waterfront wooden chalets. Some of the facilities in the rooms include hot baths, coffee maker, mini-refrigerator, and freshwater from the mainland. 

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There’s also a common TV room, a sunset bar for evening barbecue gatherings, and a gift shop that sells souvenirs such as postcards and T-shirts along with essential items.

Price: From RM2,200 per night
Address: Lankayan Island Dive Resort, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah
Telephone: 089-673 999
Lankayan Island Dive Resort’s website | Facebook | Instagram

3. Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Selangor – 315 Polynesia-style water villas

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Compared to popular beach destinations like Port Dickson and Sabah, Selangor may not be a top pick for beach resorts – let alone island hopping excursions. But that shouldn’t hinder you from considering the state for possible seaside staycays, because it’s proudly home to a 5-star floating hotel that’s just 40 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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Called Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, this floating resort in Bagan Lalang, Selangor, is a massive resort comprising 315 Polynesia-inspired overwater villas in a private beachfront location.

There are four different types of rooms to choose from, each accommodating different group sizes. 

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One of the resort’s highlights is its various facilities that guarantee a comfortable stay.

Besides enjoying the beautiful sunrise and sunset from the resort, there are five food and beverage outlets, two bars, and a lounge – which will give you ample food and drink options whenever you start to feel peckish on your vacation.

There’s also an infinity pool with wooden sundecks to lounge on and relish the seaside scenery.  

Price: From RM500 per night
Address: 67 Jalan Pantai Bagan Lalang, Kg Bagan Lalang, Bagan Lalang, 43950 Sungai Pelek, Selangor
Telephone: 03-3182 3600
Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort’s website | Facebook | Instagram

4. Avillion Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan – budget-friendly rooms

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Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan is arguably one of the most well-known vacation spots in Peninsular Malaysia. Apart from the popular Lexis Hibiscus, the coastal town also has another floating resort that offers spectacular sea views of the Straits of Malacca – Avillion Port Dickson. 

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This 5-star beach resort spans 23 acres of coastal area, and is home to 258 beautifully-designed rooms, chalets, and villas that are ideal for couples and families looking for a staycay spot under 2 hours from KL.

This resort was built in the style of an Old World Malay fishing village, combined with modern facilities. The water chalets here feature private balconies with partial to full sea views, and open-sky bathrooms with bathtubs and rain showers. 

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Selected rooms are also equipped with a mini kitchen with a microwave, coffee machine, and refrigerator, in case you need extra amenities during your stay. Despite being a 5-star hotel, you can grab room deals for as low as RM250, making it a viable option for budget travellers too.

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Price: From RM250 per night
Address: 3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Telephone: 06-647 6688
Avillion Port Dickson’s website | Facebook | Instagram

5. Pom Pom Island Dive Resort, Sabah – white sandy beaches 

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Sabah’s reputation as a popular diving and island-hopping destination in Malaysia is made possible by another floating resort located on Pom Pom Island in Semporna – Pom Pom Island Dive Resort.

This resort is a perfect place for romantic getaways, as villas here are specially designed to accommodate two individuals. But if you’re planning to bring the fam bam along, extra beds are available upon request. 

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Choose between beach, garden, or water villas, with rates starting from RM600 per night.

All your meals will be covered, with full board meals included in a night’s stay. The rates also cover land transfer between Tawau Airport and Semporna Jetty, and sea transfer between Semporna Jetty and the Pom Pom Island Resort. 

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For the price paid, you’ll get to spend a night in fully air-conditioned rooms equipped with an attached bathroom with hot showers, among other facilities that ensure maximum comfort for visitors.

The Water Villas are highly recommended, as you’ll have panoramic views of the sea right from your room. Each villa is also equipped with a pair of sun beds and a bathtub.

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If you’re a sea lover, you can try out diving, swimming, and snorkelling – all made possible thanks to the unpolluted sea waters. Those skipping out on water-related activities can opt to play beach volleyball, embark on adventurous island trekking, or even go cycling on the island.

Price: From RM600 per night
Address: Jalan Causeway, 91307 Semporna, Sabah
Telephone: 089-781 918
Pom Pom Island Dive Resort’s website | Facebook | Instagram

6. Mabul Water Bungalows, Sabah – spacious private balconies for panoramic sea views

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Mabul Island is one of many beautiful Islands in Sabah that’s famous for its pristine beaches and luxury resorts. One such resort is Mabul Water Bungalows, a 4-star floating hotel located just 15 minutes away by speedboat from Sipadan Island.

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This floating resort offers top class services, with three types of wooden overwater bungalows, namely the Water Villa, Bougain Villa, and Royal Villa suite.

Each bungalow is fully air-conditioned, and equipped with a private bathroom with hot and cold shower, TV, mini bar, in-room safety box, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The rooms also feature spacious private balconies that lets guests soak up panoramic views of the blue sea from their beds.

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Other facilities in the resort include a restaurant that serves local and Western cuisines, souvenir shop, dive centre, and health spa outlet. Visitors at the resort also have access to diving during their stay to explore the majestic marine ecosystem surrounding the island.

Price: From RM2,000 per night
Address: Mabul Island, 91031 Mabul, Sabah
Telephone: 088-230 006
Mabul Water Bungalows’ website | Facebook | Instagram

7. Sipadan Water Village, Sabah – 45 Bajau-style water chalets

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Sipadan Water Village is another floating resort on Mabul Island, located just a stone’s throw from Mabul Water Bungalows. As one of the top-class diving spots in Sabah, Sipadan Water Village is perfect for travellers prioritising diving while on vacation.

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The 45 floating water chalets at the resort are built in a traditional style of Bajau architecture, and come with varying levels of luxury and comfort – from junior chalets to grand deluxe rooms. All rooms have private sundecks, ceiling fans, mini-bar, sofa, wardrobes, and hair dryers.

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Another interesting point about this resort is that it offers babysitting services. So, just in case you’re travelling with your little ones but want to try out adventurous activities such as diving or snorkelling, you can leave them with the friendly babysitters to complete your mission.

Price: From RM3,000 per night
Address: Mabul Island, 91031 Mabul, Sabah
Telephone: 089-751 777
Sipadan Water Village’s website | Facebook | Instagram

8. Langkawi Lagoon Beach Resort, Kedah – budget-friendly floating resort

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If you’ve been eyeing floating resorts for your next staycay but are sticking to a budget, Langkawi Lagoon Beach Resort may be the best choice for you. This affordable beachfront resort situated in Langkawi, near Langkawi International Airport, is about 10km away from Mahsuri Mausoleum.

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Room rates here start from as low as RM150 per night, making it one of the most affordable overwater resorts in Malaysia. Despite being a budget-friendly spot, the resort features various facilities such as a garden, fitness centre, bar, and two outdoor swimming pools for hotel guests. 

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All rooms have a balcony, TV with satellite channels, kitchenette, dining area, private bathroom, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The overwater rooms also boast spectacular sea views, perfect for water lovers who want to wake up to a view and fresh air from the sea.

Price: From RM150 per night
Address: Lot 78, Jalan Kuala Muda, Kampung Padang Mat Sirat, 07100 Langkawi, Kedah
Telephone: 04-953 3750
Langkawi Lagoon Beach Resort’s website | Facebook | Instagram

Bonus: Kenyir Eco Resort, Terengganu – floating resort on a lake

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Apart from the eight floating resorts listed above, travellers should also check out Kenyir Eco Resort on Kenyir Lake in Terengganu. Unlike the ones on the sea, this lake resort is an alternative option for those who want to experience a vacation above water without burning a hole in their pockets.

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There are lots of activities to check out during your stay, such as visiting an orchid farm and the Butterfly and Herbal Islands. Else, opt for laidback activities such as chilling in the Saok Waterfall, or fishing and sightseeing around Kenyir Lake.

Expect to soak up fantastic mountain views and the natural beauty of the rainforest that surrounds the lake while you’re here. 

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Rooms start from RM300 per night for Malaysians, and is inclusive of air conditioning, a shower room, towels, and toiletries. For Non-Malaysians, there’s a 10% surcharge on the room rates. There are standard quad sharing rooms and standard six to eight sharing rooms to choose from too.

Price: From RM300 per night
Address: Jalan Pengkalan Utama, Tasik Kenyir, 21700 Kuala Berang, Terengganu
Telephone: 019-280 4877
Kenyir Eco Resort’s website | Facebook | Instagram

Floating resorts in Malaysia

From Langkawi to Sabah, Malaysia is certainly a viable option for travellers looking to stay at a floating resort to get a feel of the Maldives without having to break the bank or travel too far.

Visiting these places is also a great way for us to show our appreciation towards local tourism, and the coastal communities that depend on them for a living.

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Cover image adapted from: Pom Pom Island Resort – Borneo, Sabah, East Malaysia, Nusakuya Resort and Lankayan Island Dive Resort  

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