World class luxurious amenities and facilities await honeymooners or couples seeking a romantic retreat which is operated by Malaysia's own YTL group. World renown celebrities and superstars have also stayed here and you can imagine the level of service that is offered. To get here, the only way is by road from Kuala Lumpur which takes about three hours and then a private boat transfer to the resort.
Vivanta Rebak Island Resort offers seven types of rooming ranging from superior to luxury suites while the restaurant offers an amazing spread of local and international cuisines. A sunken pool bar for those who love to laze by the swimming pool is available and the romantic evening beach dinners also offer stunning seafood barbecues under the moonlight while there is also a beach hut bar serving a variety of cocktails and spirits. Room service is 24 hours while there are multiple activities for guests to explore like jungle trekking, swimming or taking a sunset cruise.
Rebak Island Resort also offers special packages for weddings, honeymooners and even private functions or events. For those wanting a little more, the resort offers a boat shuttle service to Langkawi where you can explore the tourist attractions and nightlife there. To get here, you need to book via the resort or travel agent and the private jetty is a mere ten minutes away from the Langkawi International Airport.
|Gem Island Resort in Terengganu. Photo from EatPlayLovebyJasl|
Room types are interesting as the Gem Island Resort offers standard water villas, premier villas, hideaway villas and hideaway suites for those seeking luxury. Gem Island Resort also offers a wedding package where you can rent the entire island and hold your wedding from RM40,000 or USD$10,500
Gem Island Resort is located on Pulau Gemia, next to Pulau Kapas and it takes about 15-20 minutes boat ride from Marang Town Jetty in Terengganu. From Kuala Lumpur, a drive here will be around five to six hours and alternatively, you can fly from KL to Kuala Terengganu and take a taxi to Marang Jetty.
|Rawa Island Beach|
The restaurant offers amazing local and international cuisines which are buffet styled while there are activities like hiking up the only hill here for a beautiful view of the island. Snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking is offered for those wanting some activities. This island is also known to be booked entirely for private weddings or even functions.
Pulau Rawa Island is accessible by a twenty-minute boat ride from Mersing, Johor and needs to be specially booked through the Rawa Island Office. No other commercial boats or ferries will take you here.
|Mataking Island Resort in Sabah, perfect for weddings|
This place is also one of the top dive spots in Sabah where you can fine an underwater post box located on one of the shipwrecks. To get here, you need to book via the resort or any travel agent in Sabah. You can also read my Mataking Island review from my previous trip here.
|Kapalai Resort in Sabah. Image from ReefRainforest|
Kapalai Island Resort as most people call it, is built entirely on wood and stilts therefore, you will be in for a surprise as the natural beauty of the place is absolutely stunning. A man made beach deck is also one of the highlights while when the tide is down, guests can take the stairs to the natural sand back beach here. The resort attracts newly weds, honeymooners and even curious couples as the uniqueness of this place is much to experience. If you are a diver, Kapalai is also one of the best places to dive in Sabah and diving in Sipadan Island is also offered.
|Batu Batu Resort at Pulau Tengah, Johor. Photo by LandingAway.blogspot|
There are ten white sandy beaches for guests to choose from while for activities, one can simply snorkel or dive the beautiful coral reefs located around the islands 3 kilometer perimeter. For food and beverage, an open-sided pavilion restaurant and bar has 270-degree views across the sea which also serves delicious Malaysian, Asian and European dishes.
Pulau Tengah or Pulau Babi Tengah is part of the Seribuat Archipelago of islands off the east coast of Malaysia and lies 16 kilometers from the fishing town of Mersing, Johor in the South China Sea. It is also a four hour drive from Kuala Lumpur and a two hour drive from Singapore. A boat ride from Mersing jetty takes about 20-30 minutes.
|The beautiful Lankayan Island Resort off Sandakan, Sabah|
A long wooden jetty connects a floating circular restaurant that is out in the open sea and walking there is an adventure by its own as you feel like you are in a live aquarium with all sorts of coral fish and turtles being easily spotted around the walkway.
Facilities on the island are straight forward and include snorkeling, diving, kayaking and just doing nothing but relaxing here which is what the doctor ordered, for those in need of relaxation and away from any hustle and bustle. The restaurant offers buffet style fresh seafood cooked Asian and International style. Overall, this isolated resort offers a simple yet amazing getaway. To get here, you need to book via the resort operator or tour agent.
Layang Layang Island Resort
|Layang Layang Island aerial view|
Layang-Layang is ranked as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world due to its remarkable array of marine life where you have the opportunity to see hammerhead sharks, manta rays, dolphins, barracuda and turtles. The Avillion Resort Layang Layang which is designed and built along the concept of a traditional long house offers guests four types of rooms which range from standard to suites.
As this island is well known for scuba diving, prices start from USD$2000 per person for a 7 night stay here, excluding all flights to the island, but you are sure of one of the best escapes in the world. This is truly a romantic divers paradise waiting to be discovered.
|Batu Batu Resort on Tengah Island, seen from the air|