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Gayana Marine Resort, Sabah

Unwind to the sound of the waves at your doorstep with a stay at the eco-friendly Gayana Marine Resort. Located on Gaya Island, the largest of five pristine islands in Sabah’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, the resort’s 45 overwater villas promise stunning views of the Malohom Bay’s azure blue waters and the lush mangrove forest.

From now until Oct 31, 2020, Gayana Marine Resort is offering weekend staycation packages for a maximum of two adults and two kids (aged seven and below) at the Rainforest Villa at RM550 per night, or at the Ocean Villa at RM850 per night.

Travel tip: Healthcare workers who book the Rainforest Villa will be upgraded to the Ocean Villa, subject to availability.


Call 08-8380 390 or email

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Rawa Island Resort, Johor

Situated a 20-minute speedboat ride away from Mersing, Johor, this gorgeous beachfront resort draws families, couples and solo travellers to its quiet stretch of white beach and untouched natural beauty.

A stay at the breezy Waterfront Bungalow or Beachfront Chalet will have you waking up to stunning views of the South China Sea. For added privacy, book the Frangipani Villa located on a separate stretch of beach.  

Travel Tip: Explore Rawa Island’s exquisite coral cover and naturally shallow house reef at the resort’s dive centre.


Call 07-799 1204, email or click here

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Batu Batu, Tengah Island

Home to the Tengah Island Conservation centre (TIC), Batu Batu basks in the unspoilt beauty of the Johor Marine Park. This luxe retreat boasts 2 two-bedroom villas and 20 one-bedroom villas overlooking the waters of South China Sea. The view from the Ocean Deluxe Villa, in particular, promises some spectacular views from its lofty private balcony.

Conservation is a key feature here, and part of the rent will go towards supporting initiatives like TIC’s endangered sea turtle project and other causes impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.


Call 07-228 8000 or click here

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Gem Island Resort & Spa, Gemia Island

Perfect for honeymooners and small groups, this secluded getaway off the coast of Terengganu is all about catching up on some much-needed R&R – with the South China Sea as a backdrop. Located just a 15-minute boat ride from Marang jetty, the resort boasts 45 sea villas lining the shore.

While you’re there, enjoy some fun in the sun with activities on the island’s three secluded beaches and explore the sights by kayaking, paddle boarding, diving or snorkelling at the house reef.


Call 03-6205 5555 or email

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Ambong-Ambong, Langkawi

Embrace the sun, sea and privacy at this low-key property in Pantai Tengah, Langkawi. Surrounded by a lush ancient rainforest overlooking the Andaman Sea, this private retreat consists of nine well-appointed villas, each with its own private pool.

Just 300m away is the Ambong-Ambong Rainforest Retreat, comprising two cottages, six studios and three one-bedroom suites – each with a wooden bathtub on the balcony.

Travel Tip: In light of Covid-19, contactless check-ins and check-outs can be done at the pool villas. Guests can get also get meals delivered from on-site restaurants Rimba and Monsoon Bar at no extra cost.


Call 04-9558 428 or email

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