Duty-free booze and chocolate aside, Langkawi has one of the richest marine life biodiversities, garnering it the nickname of "the jewel of Kedah". Tranquil and secluded, it boasts a lush balance of centuries old tropical rainforests for nature lovers and the glimmering beach and sea fronts for the beach bum. Where to stay: The St Regis Langkawi.
Penang, the unspoken food capital of our country comes with a side of scenic beaches and relaxing ocean air too. Go on a food trail around the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Georgetown and then relax by the beach. It's always a good mix of excitement and relaxation here, with Georgetown being a hotpot of art, culture, food, nightlife and, of course, nature. Where to stay: Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa.