Monday, March 11, 2013

Honeymoon hotspot –Malaysia

Planning a dream honeymoon?  Malaysia with its many diverse landscapes of tantalizing cities, idyllic beach resorts and teaming rainforests beckons you and your beloved, to its shores. One of the most beautiful countries in South East Asia, Malaysia still counts as a reasonably-priced destination and thus offers newlyweds, the chance to have a truly amazing honeymoon without breaking the bank.
 Once you’ve bitten the bullet and opted for Malaysia, where should you then go? Listed below are some options for you to consider while planning a honeymoon in Malaysia.
Langkawi , Kedah
Known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’, the stunningly beautiful island of Langkawi is part of an archipelago of about 104 small and large islands, situated off the north western coast of Malaysia. The island hosts a plethora of five star beach resorts on its white sand beaches which offer various recreational facilities bound to please any honeymooning couple like romantic catamaran cruises, adventurous treks in dense rain forests that team with rich Malaysian wildlife, rejuvenating spa treatments and invigorating water sporting activities. For couples who want to experience a bit of local flavor, the island also offers numerous opportunities for dining, shopping and sight-seeing as well.
Pulau Redang, Terengganu
Pulau Redang is a beautiful island located 45 km off the coast of Kuala Terengganu.  Renowned for its crystal clear azure waters and white sand beaches, Pulau Redang is the perfect locale for an outdoorsy twosome, who enjoys activities like scuba diving, boating and kayaking and jungle trekking. The island is also equipped with many beachside restaurants that serve incredibly fresh seafood and various local delights. 
Tioman Island, Pahang
Picturesque Tioman Island has been a favored honeymoon spot for decades. The island offers a spectacular landscape featuring mountainous outcrops which co-exist with lush jungles and gorgeous white sand, coral ringed beaches. The island hosts a number of five star hotel properties which are equipped with facilities for scuba diving and other water sporting activities, though depending on activity levels and interests, couples can give these adventures a miss in favor of leisurely walks along the beach fronts or pampering spa treatments at one of the many available spa facilities.  Numerous beach front restaurants offer the perfect setting for a romantic dinner à deux.

Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak

The Santubong Peninsula is situated at distance of 35 kms from Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state, Sarawak. The peninsula is known for its many attractions like Damai beach on which various luxury hotels reside. Honeymooners who choose to spend time here can if they so desire, indulge in a variety of activities like taking a leisurely cruise down the Salak River or imbibing some culture by way of a tour of the local artisans’ village located at the foot of the Santubung peak.
Tanjung Aru, Sabah
Beach resorts abound in Malaysia, and Tanjung Aru is one such dazzling white sand beach that can be easily accessed from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah state.  Once here, honeymooners can revel in the many comforts offered by resort’s various five star hotel properties.  Romantic pursuits on Tanjung Aru include leisurely strolls in verdant Prince Philip Park and sunset cruises to far flung islands aboard a Bugis schooner. More active minded twosomes take a glass-bottomed to  the famed  landmark,  Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which offers  a wealth of natural attractions.
Cameron Highlands, Pahang
The Cameron highlands are Malaysia’s foremost hill resort.  This resort is located in the rugged hills of the Titiwangsa Range at a height of approximately 1500 meters above sea-level. The resort showcase the remnants  Malaysia’s colonial past as it resembles an English village with its Tudor-style dwellings and many fruit and flower-filled gardens. The perennially cool climate and elevation of the highlands also render the area as a prime spot for tea production in Malaysia, and the townships of the resort are littered with atmospheric tea rooms that offer myriad opportunities to enjoy a steaming cuppa accompanied by a scone or two. Other attractions of the highlands include visits to fruit farms and tea plantations along with golfing, camping and jungle-trekking for  more sporty couples.

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