6 Eco-Friendly Hotels in Malaysia On Our Travel List This Year

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country, it's one of the most fascinating places to see because of its culture and biodiversity. Surrounded by Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, it seems impossible to overlook Malaysia when traveling around Southeast Asia.

Being the hub of various Asian ethnicities living harmoniously, Malaysia enjoys a lively mix of traditions and culture that sets it apart from other Asian countries. This country is hard to ignore because it owns the loveliest coastline of the world, like Langkawi Beach, the best dive spots like Sipidan, and lush green forests, with free-roaming wildlife, bordering its progressive cities.

There are plenty of beautiful islands to explore and street foods to try. Malaysia also has majestic architecture like the Petronas Twin Towers, formerly the world’s tallest twin tower building. The green hotels in Malaysia have received nationwide recognition for adopting green practices, providing safe and ecological accommodation to their guests. Check out our list of green hotels in Malaysia, below, and include them in your travel plans.

1- Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

A year after the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur made its highly-anticipated debut, it picked up a prestigious award for sustainability with its locally-inspired bar concept, Bar Trigona.

Helmed by a superstar bartending team that sources ingredients directly from local farmers and uses every part of the ingredient (from shells and husks), it’s no surprise that Bar Trigona won the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award.

From energy-saving features in guest rooms to a Bar Trigona campaign that lets members of the public ‘adopt’ a local beehive from a farm in Negeri Sembilan, The Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is fast on its way to becoming a sustainability champion in Malaysia’s hospitality scene.

2. Element Kuala Lumpur

We’ve always had high expectations of this Green Building Index-certified hotel situated at Jalan Binjai, said to be the tallest eco-conscious hotel in Malaysia.

Not only are the room views incredible but the hotel was designed and built to sustain green practices right from its onset. Eco-friendly features include a rainwater harvesting system, energy-efficient LED lighting, an indoor-air quality CO² monitor, and a ‘Bikes-to-Borrow’ programme to encourage eco-friendly sightseeing.

3. The Andaman Langkawi

A 2-night stay at this luxurious resort gave us a first-hand look at The Andaman Langkawi’s incredible coral conservation project aimed at restoring The Andaman Reef following the devastating effects of the 2004 Tsunami.

The resort’s coral nursery helps rehabilitate corals before transplanting them back onto a reef that's estimated to be 8,000 years old just a few metres away from the resort.

The Andaman’s commitment to its beautiful rainforest environment is far from superficial, as seen in the resort’s green practices like rainwater harvesting, food waste composting, LED lights and herb gardens, to name a few.

4. Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

Recently, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur signed a memorandum of understanding with WWF Malaysia as part of the 5-star hotel's ongoing commitment to ground-up sustainable practices.

The partnership will see the elimination of single-use plastic in all guest rooms, the implementation of sustainable packaging for mini bar items as well as a reduction of food waste and an increase of locally-sourced seafood.

5- Time Capsule

This unique tropical escape in Pahang is the perfect escape for budget travelers in search of natural surroundings. Each small capsule pod can accommodate one to two travelers, and larger cabins are also available.

There’s a beautiful garden with outdoor seating for you to relax and enjoy the jungle scenery. Thanks to the large windows in the capsules and cabins, you can enjoy a great view from the privacy of your own accommodation.

6- MaliHom Private Estates

Away from tourist crowds but still close to Penang’s top attractions, this eco resort offers the ideal jungle view from your own private chalet. A great breakfast is included in the room rate, and the on-site restaurant has all-day dining featuring both local and international specialities.

If you’re looking for more adventure, there are hikes and local beaches nearby. If you’re looking to relax, book yourself into the on-site spa and enjoy cooling off in the pool overlooking the jungle.

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