Presenting another jewel from Malaysia’s very best destinations for a secluded wedding — grand or intimate, we leave the choice to you.
Escape under the spell of nature for your wedding and the holiday thereafter. The vibrancy of Sabah is impossible to catch in words and can only be experienced as your soul seeks refuge in this nature’s paradise. The local culture here is the direct preservation of centuries-old traditions and practices about life — inevitably creating a place for enjoying sumptuous meals inspired by the Malaysian cultural roots of the region. Natural attractions here include the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mt Kinabalu, the gushing white waters of river Kiulu, Kinabalu National Park and many more. The handicraft market boasts culturally rich crafts like trinkets, wooden masks and other souvenirs.
Sutera Harbour Resort
If you wish for a bigger-than-fat destination wedding, Sutera Harbour’s integrated nest is your calling. Spanning across 384 acres of lush green carpet, it nestles a 104-berth marina, a 27-hole Graham Marsh-designed golf course and two luxury properties housing 956 rooms and suites —Magellan Sutera Resort and Pacific Sutera Hotel. Their premier hospitality is as warm as your esteemed guests attending the wedding-of-a-lifetime deserve. The vastness is incredible, letting you host fun-filled activities each day simultaneously at several venues. You can wed with your own picture-perfect wedding design in the gardens or full of sea-wave romance at the beachfront.
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
Nurture your senses, soul and eyes with a paradise that cradles sea, rainforest and wilderness with the resort conferred with the 2022 Awards Best Leisure Hotel in Malaysia. The 400-acre resort offers luxurious amenities and a holiday that will stay memorable for years to come, with Mt. Kinabalu in the backdrop. The Borneo paradise is also home to an 18-hole golf course and offers signature spa indulgences as perfect recreational experiences. Its 499 rooms and suites are furnished with expansive opulence. For exceptional dining experiences, the resort houses six restaurants and two bars.
Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
Pheras in the light of the dawning sun can be mesmerising for those taking them and those witnessing the magic. The colours brushed in the sky are nothing short of the presence of the divine power itself. This resort is on our list for such a glorious spectacle. The spaciously designed 485 rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of the resort’s golf course, garden, and panoramic beach and sea. The hospitality team ensures you and your guests a relaxing and comfortable stay. The culinary expertise lets you enjoy a completely customised food and entertainment experience with six restaurants and four bars and lounges.
Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort
Established on the Ligitan Reefs sandbanks, this indulgent resort is heavenly and beautiful in its water-village style architecture. The mini brown cottages make for a breathtaking view in the lap of a calm turquoise ocean. The 84-room resort, linked by open-air walkways, lets you be surrounded by the oceanic air even as you stroll through the resort. The macro-marine life between the islands of Sipadan and Mabul can be explored with their excellently guided dive packages. The stay experience doubles the smiles of your guests with their proficient hospitality team.
Mataking Reef Resort
Explore the beautiful island of Mataking with the 63-key luxury resort that offers a pleasant stay under distinct categories of villas, chalets, and garden view rooms. The pristine Celebes sea-sky-white sand backdrop provides the ultimate wedding milieu. The outdoor wooden wedding chapel is perfect for exchanging vows while the ocean’s waves bless your new beginnings. For adventurous souls, the resort also offers an ‘undersea wedding’ package. Dive site Garden of Eden has a second-to-none underwater post office where you can seal your vows and post with a rubber seal. The resort’s Simply ‘Enak’ open-air restaurant is known for preparing scrumptious feasts.
Lankayan Island Dive Resort
Imagine yourselves secluded into the tranquillity of a tiny island, securely tucked into the vastness of the Sulu sea — Lankayan Island is the place to be. A diver’s dream destination from the world across, the island is home to fascinating fauna and macro. Harmless yet giant whale sharks and sea turtles are regulars for those who wish to explore beyond the ordinary. However, the remote island must not be mistaken for the well-appointed staff and the services offered at the resort under its exquisitely styled 23 Malaysian-style wooden rooms and chalets. The resort is reachable within a mere 1.5-hour boat ride from Sandakan.
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