Time sure flies. And it’s not just about the year that sped by in a heartbeat.

Malaysia is turning 57!

To add icing, our daily Covid-19 case counts are now stable around the lower ends just in time for Malaysia Day. This means that we can celebrate with our long-anticipated interstate vacations (while adhering to the necessary guidelines, of course). With the public holiday falling on a Wednesday (that’s 16 September), it’s finally time to put those accumulated annual leaves to good use and start planning your long weekend getaway.

Not sure where to go? It’s alright, that’s why this post exists. Read on for some of the hottest destinations to fuel your Cuti-Cuti Malaysia affairs this time round.

1. Lexis Hotels & Resorts

Even if you haven’t heard of them, someone you know probably would have. Lexis Group has made its name off novelty getaway ideas, especially along the idyllic coasts of Penang and Port Dickson. Let’s get to them.

Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson

Get this — water villas arranged in the shape of a hibiscus (bunga raya) a.k.a. our national flower. Perfect for the patriot, or anyone just looking for respite in private villas with their own pool and steam room, atop pristine waters.

Where is this: 12th Mile, Jalan Pantai, 71250 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Lexis Port Dickson Water Chalets

If the charm of tropical Balinese architecture and over-water chalets is your kind of getaway, you’re in for a treat. To complete the tranquil experience, LexSpa offers a range of rejuvenating massages and beauty treatments.

Where is this: Batu 2, Jalan Seremban, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

Grand Lexis Port Dickson

This 5-star beachfront paradise features Balinese-inspired villas with balconies that overlook lush greenery, golden sands, and seascape. It has been awarded for the most number of swimming pools in a resort by the Malaysian Book of Records.

Where is this: Batu 2, Jalan Seremban, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

Lexis Suites Penang

Introducing a 5-star beachfront luxury resort at the Pearl of the Orient, with each suite boasting a private swimming pool and steam room. It’s for when you need that pampering ‘me time’ away from life’s hustles and bustles.

Where is this: 28, Jalan Teluk Kumbar, 11920 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang

2. Gold Coast Morib International Resort

Here’s a 4-star tropical indulgence with a stupendous scenery of mangroves and one of the closest soft sand shores around the southern region of Selangor. Tonnes of fun under the sun await here, from the signature water theme park populated with slides and inflatable structures to water sports, invigorating massages, an amphitheatre, shopping centre, and dining options aplenty. Be it a breath of fresh air for the family or an eventful honeymoon, Gold Coast Morib has got you covered.

Where is this: PT. 294, Kawasan Kanchong Laut, Mukim, 42700 Banting, Selangor.

3. Avillion Port Dickson

Beach resorts along the Malacca Strait really do take the spotlight when it comes to tranquil getaways. That being said, Avillion Port Dickson plays this part to its utmost. Enter an oasis of serene repose with architectural elements inspired by the Old World Malay fishing villages. The heritage-driven aesthetic is contrasted only by its contemporary luxuries and comfort. As such, it’s of little surprise that the resort received an Excellence Award by the Malaysian Institute of Architects in 2000 for its distinctive design.

While basking in its beauty, enjoy the eclectic ensemble of experiences available here. Find a range from a quiet bird watching session to the thrill of water sports. Indulge in pampering seclusion with body treatments at the Peranakan-themed aVi Spa.

Where is this: 3rd Mile, Jalan Pantai, 71000 Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan.

4. Arte Plus by Afflexia Serviced Suites KLCC

Getaways aren’t all just sunny beaches and pin-drop silence. There can be comfort in the bustling city noise that reminds us of the need for a purposeful pause every now and then. Immerse in modern luxury at Arte Plus, created to exude the elegant and stylish side of the capital city. Every corner of the boutique space pops with a striking splash of artsy visuals. Catch bedazzling designs leading all the way from the lobby right down to each thoughtfully furnished suite.

Where is this: G-02, Ground Floor, Arte Plus @ Jalan Ampang, No 3, Lorong Ampang 1, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.

5. M Boutique Hotel (Ipoh)

Here’s that city buzz knob turned down a tad bit, and the quaint-yet-culturally-rich-town knob turned way up in its place. M Boutique features an urban concept stay strategically set in one of Ipoh’s quieter ends for more recluse. To complement, the chic compact-style rooms here are dressed in a vintage theme of the town’s pre-war shop houses from the Straits Settlements. Its heritage charm is only further fuelled by a host of the colonial brasserie OldTown White Coffee Grand, international delights at Myth Eatery and Bar, the M Shop custom boutique, and a 24-hour gym.

Where is this: 2, Hala Datuk 5, Kampung Kuchai, 31650 Ipoh, Perak.

6. Hompton by the Beach (Penang)

Off the coast of Tanjung Bungah, this seafront hotel is an ideal sanctuary for a simple yet classic out-of-town breather. Float off in tranquillity as you stare into the horizon across a panoramic seascape from the infinity pool or sweat it out at the fitness centre and steam room. Tend to hunger pangs over Spice Garden’s all-day dining that draws inspiration from Penang’s vibrant food scene, or indulge in the concept tapas bar and lounge, Elementos.

To spice up your stay, the hotel also offers admission to Penang Trick Art Museum. Leave with photos of you pretending to skydive, ride a bullock cart, escaping a great white shark, and more with the quirky yet clever gallery of 3D illusions here.

Where is this: 533, Jalan C M Hashim, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang.

7. Lot 33 Boutique Hotel Langkawi

Langkawi Island makes the cut if you’re seeking a fair balance of urban luxuries and off-mainland respite (or binge on duty-free chocolates and booze). Lot 33 Boutique Hotel is designed to facilitate this exact combination. Be greeted with a tasteful aesthetic that combines warm, muted tones with rustic accents and lush greenery in a minimalist design that adds a serene sense of spaciousness. This is a space that reminds you that you’re here to unwind and clear your head. The hotel also provides convenient access to the nearby Cenang Mall, The Zon Shopping Paradise (duty-free goods), and various dining options.

Where is this: Lot 33 Jalan Teluk Baru, Jalan Pantai Tengah, Kampung Tasik Anak, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.

8. Mutiara Taman Negara Resort

As the only resort within the National Park boundary, Mutiara Taman Negara Resort is the ideal spot for those seeking to explore the estimated 130-million-year-old rainforest. The resort features wooden chalets overlooking the Tembeling and Tahan rivers, designed with inspiration drawn from traditional Malaysian architectural elements. Fortunately, an immersive nature-centric theme does not mean compromised comfort. The chalets also come equipped with air conditioning and basic amenities.

The resort is undoubtedly a great opportunity to explore the rich ecosystem within Taman Negara. Embark on a smorgasbord of to-dos such as bird watching, jungle trekking, cave exploration, boat cruise, visits to an aboriginal village and more. Each activity can be an insightful journey through nature’s awes and wonders.

Where is this: Kuala Tahan, 27000, Jerantut, Pahang, Malaysia

9. Jom Travel Local

Too troublesome to figure out where best to go or what best to do? Have professionals do the research for you and lay out your options! Jom Travel Local features over 1000 activities and 200 local destinations, tailored to your preference. Be it for a business or leisure trip, for your old soul to chill out or to satiate the thrill-seeker within, there will be something for you.

Some of their juiciest deals right now include destinations like Tioman Island, Redang Island, Mount Kinabalu, Cameron Highlands, Langkawi, and more.

Where is this: www.jomtravellocal.com

10. Sike! We only have 9.

But you’ll most definitely be feeling like a 10 after that much-needed vacation!

Speaking of 9:

Our 9i9antic Sale is happening right now!

Curated collections from RM9 deals to deals at 90% off and everything in between, just for you! Check them out for more ideas on how you can celebrate Malaysia Day and save more.

To top this off, as part of our country’s economic recovery plan, there is a personal income tax relief of up to RM1,000 for domestic tourism expenses until 31 December 2021. See? The whole country is encouraging you to take that breather. You deserve it.

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