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Need a rejuvenating and relaxing holiday? Check out these luxurious spa resorts that are only a short drive away in Malaysia

We are over two and a half years into the Covid-19 pandemic and it is only now that borders are slowly reopening and that travel is picking up once again.

As a result, most of us have certainly found ourselves in positions where we are burnt out, exhausted and suffering from various ailments as a result of working from home with little opportunity for a real break.

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If that sounds like you, a trip to a wellness resort might be just what the doctor recommends. However, you don’t need to hop on a plane to Europe for a world-class experience. In fact, there are many incredible and luxurious spa villages and resorts located just a short drive away across the border. 

Keep reading to find out all the wellness retreats you can drive to in Malaysia for a quick and restorative break.

1. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

Strategically located just 20 minutes away from Ipoh, The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat is a true oasis. The resort boasts a fantastic health and fitness getaway with amenities such as a naturally heated swimming pool and geothermal hot springs.

It also has a gorgeous steam cave and ice baths if you are feeling adventurous. 

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If you are looking for a complete treat, opt to stay at one of the villas which come with outdoor hot tubs and private pools.

Book it here.

2. Cameron Highlands Resort

Cameron Highlands Resort is a five-star, nature-inspired spa resort that is set against a gorgeous backdrop of silent rolling hills.

The resort boasts a gorgeous spa village that promises an experience that honours the healing traditions of the region. Guests can look forward to age-old practices being combined with modern approaches to health and well-being here. 

Some of the highlights of the spa menu here include its Mandian Bath, Semai Anti-Ageing Herbal Bath, Minjau Asli Massage and Batin Tangas Wap which is a Batin steam bath. 

Book it here.

3. Tanjong Jara Resort

Tanjong Jara Resort is a five-star resort located in Kuala Dungun that features a crescent-shaped beach of golden sand, accommodation designed to reflect the elegance of 17th century Malay palaces and utter peace and tranquillity with an abundance of nature. 

The highlight here is the Spa Village located in Tanjong Jara Resort. The complex houses a therapy centre featuring programs for relaxation, reinvigoration and stress relief based on traditional healing methods.

Guests can enjoy unique restorative Malay treatments that have been handed down from generation to generation here. 

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While at its resort, check out the spa's heated sea sand therapy (or Tuam Pasir). This is an ancient but effective Malay formulation that uses hot sand, fenugreek and blackseeds that have been heated to be used in a pressure massage that is incredible.

Book it here.

4. Pangkor Laut Resort

Located conveniently in Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, Pangkor Laut Resort is a gorgeous oasis that features villas set above the island's tropical waters and hills. 

Besides incredible dining options, the resort also offers a spa village that combines the therapeutic properties of natural local ingredients and the healing practices of the area for a unique and healing time for all guests. 

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If a good view is what you are after, opt for the Hill Villa which is perched dramatically on the hillside amidst the rainforest. The villa offers a magnificent view of the sea and beautiful tropical gardens. 

Book it here.

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5. The Chateau Spa & Wellness Resort

Nestled amidst a lush rainforest is an 18th-century-inspired wellness resort that is located right smack in the middle of an idyllic haven of expansive views, sloping hills and award-winning spa treatments.

Guests can look forward to glamorous suites suited for royalty, restaurants worthy of Michelin stars and more. 

The highlight of a stay here though is the multi-award-winning La Santé Spa which is the first European spa concept in Asia. La Santé Spa houses a relaxing lounge and over 10 spa treatment rooms. 

The spa even includes a variety of thermal wellness facilities including a Salt Grotto, Aquaveda heated bed, herbal bath and an aroma hydro pool.

Book it here.

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