From Budget to Bougie: The Best Chalets in Malaysia for Every Kind of Traveller

Bad and boujee? Nah, budget and bougie.
By: Aina Shamshuri
June 9, 2023

Did you know that the word ‘chalet’ (say it with me: shell-lay) was originally a Swiss term, and was used to refer to a hut of a herder to protect the herder from cold? Nowadays, chalets (one more time, it’s pronounced: shell-lays) are much more luxurious than simple wooden huts, and in the Western world, chalets are typically accommodations at ski resorts.

Malaysia has tons of beautiful resorts, and staying at a chalet that overlooks the ocean or the mountains just makes the trip even dreamier. So, whether you’re looking for a chalet for a romantic getaway, a staycation with your friends and family, or a team-building trip, here are our top picks for the best chalets in Malaysia.

Budget Chalets in Malaysia

1. Angullia Beach House Resort, Marang

Named after the family of Iraqi-Indian explorers that made Marang, Terengganu their home, Angullia Beach Resort is a family-run nest of chalets that’s situated right on the beach. It has grown from a single humble private cottage to now having 60 rooms and chalets scattered across 5 acres of greenery and sand. This budget resort also has its own beachside cafe, a multifunctional deck that can be used for events, and even halls and meeting rooms. Plus, with its own playground and barbecue pit, it’s one of the best chalets in Malaysia for families and friend groups. The beach has really soft sand and even a direct view of Pulau Kapas, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a crab or two!

For more information or to make a booking, click here.

Price range:From RM160 per night
Address:Angullia Beach House Resort, Kg Rhu Muda, Seberang Marang, 21600 Marang, Terengganu, Malaysia
Check-in and check-out times:N/A
Contact details:609 6181 322

2. Coral Reef Holidays, Pulau Tioman

Get some vitamin sea at Coral Reef Holidays, a budget-friendly and charming set of chalets at Kampung Tekek, Tioman Island. There’s free wi-fi in every room, and the beach is literally a stone’s throw away from each chalet. There are only 10 chalets in the resort, so you’ll have the beach practically all to yourself. Apart from that, there’s also a restaurant located right inside the resort, and breakfast is included! Plus, you can do so many activities, like snorkelling, canoeing, and even hiking. There’s even a golf course located just 3km from the resort. Totally wallet-friendly, this chalet is definitely worth checking out.

For more information or to make a booking, click here.

Price range:From RM175 per night
Address:Kampung Tekek Pulau Tioman, 26800 Kuala Rompin, Pahang
Check-in and check-out times:Check-in: 2pm
Check-out: 11am
Contact details:6013 357 8326

3. Gayang Friendly Water House Homestay, Kota Kinabalu

Ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a house on stilts? Well, wonder no more because the chalets at Gayang Friendly Water House Homestay are literally built on top of the water. Conveniently located in Tuaran, this place is actually famous for its seafood restaurant, and with 2,722 reviews on Google, you can’t miss out on it. Apart from that, you’ll never be bored at this homestay as there’s so many things to try out. One of the best things to do here is kayaking, and you can even catch the beautiful sunset as you’re right on the water.

For more information or to make a booking, click here.

Price range:From RM99 per night
Address:Off Taman D’Sri Gayang,Kg Gayang,Jalan Sulaman ,89208,Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Check-in and check-out times:Check-in: 2pm
Check-out: 12pm
Contact details:6012 867 1243

Luxurious Chalets in Malaysia

1. Langkawi Berjaya Resort, Kedah

Berjaya Langkawi Resort is idyllically located in Burau Bay, set against a backdrop of sweeping oceanic views. Awarded one of the best 5-star resorts in Langkawi, there are tons of things to do at this resort besides basking in nature, like going on a sunset cruise, touring the island, in addition to participating in sea sports. One of the most romantic beach chalets in Malaysia, this resort is also home to Taaras Spa, an oasis nestled in between the lush rainforest and the immaculate beachside. Berjaya Langkawi Resort has eight rooms to choose from, ranging from the charming Rainforest Chalet where you can be awoken to the sounds of fauna, to the sophisticated Two Bedroom Suite On Water that’s the perfect honeymoon accommodation.

For more information or to make a booking, click here.

Price range:From RM574 per night
Address:Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Karong Berkunci 200, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Check-in and check-out times:Check-in: 3pm
Check-out: 12pm
Contact details:604 959 1888

2. Pangkor Laut Resort, Pulau Pangkor

Pavarotti himself declared this resort as paradise. Hailed as one of the best beachfront chalets in Malaysia, Pangkor Laut Resort is a beautiful seaside resort nestled in between a 2 million year old rainforest and the Straits of Malacca. The wooden chalets blend seamlessly against the greenery, and the views of the glimmering ocean is unending. Truly one of the most luxurious getaway destinations, this resort is home to nine palatial estates, and seven different kinds of villas. For the ultimate relaxing experience, wind down at the resort’s very own spa, Spa Village, where you can indulge in an extensive range of treatments performed at any of their eight treatment pavilions.

For more information or to make a booking, click here.

Price range:From RM1000 per night
Address:Pangkor Laut Island, 32200 Lumut, Perak, Malaysia
Check-in and check-out times:Check-in: 3pm
Check-out: 11am
Contact details:603 2783 1000

3. Enderong Resort, Bentong

Image via Enderong Resort

Nature lovers, you’re going to love this one. Enderong Resort is located in the gorgeous foliage of Janda Baik, and it’s definitely a sight to see. A scene straight out of a romance movie, Enderong Resort is home to Enderong House (pictured), a three-storey stone and timber chalet with eight bedrooms that can host up to 26 guests, and it even won an architectural design award from Malaysia Institue of Architects in 2004. This hillside chalet also hosts other forms of beautiful accommodations, like The Cottage, Annexe Rooms, and Annexe Plus Rooms. If the view and ambiance weren’t enough, Enderong Resort also has a gorgeous swimming pool, a pond, a fruit orchard, and even an archery range.

For more information or to make a booking, click here.

Price range:From RM350 per night
Address:Lot C21, Persiaran Enderong, Jalan Tanarimba Pine, Tanarimba, Janda Baik, Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang Darul Makmur
Check-in and check-out times:Check-in: 2pm
Check-out: 12am
Contact details:609 2330 533 / 609 233 0512

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