There’s no shortage of paradise places dotted throughout Malaysia’s extensive coastline to cater to the needs of newly-weds seeking a stretch of blissful beach away from the crowds.
Romance is well and truly in the air in these hand-picked destinations that are perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway. And, of course, each is easily accessible by helicopter, capping off the special experience.
Sitting off Peninsular Malaysia’s east coast is charming Tioman Island. The nature reserve is ringed by powder white beaches and the area is famed for its dive sites, thanks to colourful corals, sea fans and sponges, as well as shipwrecks. The island, which rose to fame featuring as a shooting location for 1958 hit movie South Pacific, is hugged by tropical rainforest.
The duty-free island’s interior is a magical mix of lush tropical jungle dotted with cascading waterfalls and a delightful array of flora and fauna. There are plenty of secluded spots for newly-weds to enjoy, with luxury resorts available to check-in at.
Getting there: Skip the two-hour ferry from Singapore and charter a helicopter or private plane and land on the island in style.
Best time to visit: March to October
Dubbed the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi is a chain of 99 islands sprinkled in the Andaman Sea about 30km off the mainland coast of northwest Malaysia. The main island, also called Langkawi, is blessed with a stunning coastline, lush mountainous heart, ancient rainforests, mangroves and sprawling rice fields.
Also a duty-free haven, Langkawi is home to malls and boutiques galore, as well as a wide range of restaurants, bars and coffee shops ranging from budget through to high-end. Honeymooners will find no shortage of remote resorts that tick all the boxes for a romantic getaway.
Getting there: Langkawi is home to an international airport, with helipads available on the island for those wanting to arrive by helicopter.
Best time to visit: November to April
If a slice of idyllic tropical island paradise is what makes the perfect honeymoon, then Pangkor Island ticks all the boxes. Home to plenty of empty beaches, a laidback lifestyle and a collection of intimate romantic resorts, the island that sits of the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is a top honeymoon destination.
Home to some of Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches, Pangkor’s rugged jungle interior is a haven for wildlife, with hundreds of hornbills living there. The island is also packed full of culture, with temples, rural villages and a colourful Chinatown all found there.
Getting there: Trade in the 35-minute ferry from Lamut and charter a helicopter to the island’s helipad.
Best time to visit: January and February, and June to September
For postcard-perfect honeymoon memories, Redang Island hits the spot with its crystal-clear waters, powder white sand beaches and rugged interior. Sitting off the coast of Terengganu, the island forms part of the protected marine area, Terengganu Marine Park and is home to a vibrant ecosystem and biodiversity of flora and fauna.
The island is also home to a range of resorts perfect for newly-weds to forge ever-lasting memories. Discovering the colourful underwater world is a must, with plenty of snorkelling and diving activities available throughout the island.
Getting there: The island is home to an airport, with flights available from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. A ferry is also available from the mainland. Alternatively, some resorts offer helicopter transfers or charter your own.
Best time to visit: April to October