Celebrate Malaysia Day at these hidden resorts

Celebrate Malaysia Day at these hidden resorts
September 16 marks “Malaysia Day,” to celebrate the joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Singapore and Sarawak into what is now the country of Malaysia. The strong, cultural heritage of Malaysia is lesser known to the world than many of the country’s more popular Southeast Asian neighbors, making it an ideal destination for a hidden, off the beaten path adventure. Travelers can head to these three luxury resorts for the ultimate, authentic Malaysian experiences:

The five-star Gaya Island Resort, with two recently revamped culinary spots, Feast Village and Fisherman’s Cove, is serving up exquisite East Malaysian delicacies. The multiethnic cuisine, influenced by many surrounding cultures including Malay, China and India, is one of the strongest elements of Malaysian culture. Travelers are afforded the opportunity to try an exquisite symphony of flavors that can’t be found in other parts of the world. Staple Malaysian dishes offered at Feast Village include Tuaran mee, a favorite comfort food of Sabahans, and guaranteed fresh, locally sourced seafood dishes. Additionally, guests are sure to spot some of the rare and unique wildlife species that roam freely in the jungles of the resort.

Tanjong Jara Resort, located close to Kuala Lumpur in Terengganu, offers guests the chance to truly experience the strong, local culture of the area. Guests can explore the nearby seaside town of Dungun and enjoy authentic delicacies, such as fresh crabmeat topped with whisked egg whites, strong local coffee and roti benggali with kaya, a Malaysian tea-time treat of fresh bread and jam. Travelers can also immerse themselves in the local shopping culture by exploring the local markets on a guided excursion with the resort’s chef.

For an alternative, more luxurious Malaysian experience, travelers can visit the Pangkor Laut Resort for a stay in the middle of the jungle ofnthe resort’s private island. The resort’s private villas, The Estates, offers high-end accommodations nestled in the rainforest, with luxury amenities such as a private pool, Jacuzzi, and even the option of a personal chef and butler. The resort’s Spa Village draws inspiration from the healing traditions of the region, giving guests one-of-a-kind spa treatments using natural local ingredients.
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Gaya Island, Sabah, Malaysia