Luxury Hotels in Malacca

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Malacca Luxury Hotels

Best areas in Malacca for luxury hotels

From historic hotels to soaring skyscrapers with sparkling rooftop pools, Malacca has plenty of high luxury for the more discerning traveler. Take the looming towers that beckon from above the streets of Taman Melaka Raya, their warm sun terraces casting views down to the waters of the Malaccan Strait. Then there are the vintage boutique hotels, packed with bespoke art and oozing French haute design features, found nestled amid the UNESCO heritage area. There's also the chain names of Kampung Morten, which offer plush business suites on the edge of the main town.

Top luxury hotels in Malacca

Dangling chandeliers and marble floors herald the gorgeous lobbies of the acclaimed Hatten Hotel. This high-rise option has a chocolate box of luxury treats, from a fully-fledged fitness center to a rooftop pool and bar overlooking the red-tiled roofs of old Malacca. Next comes the opulent 4-star Hotel Equatorial, imbued with alabaster-white marble welcoming halls and uber-modern suites, lush gardens, and a private pool. And then there's the Holiday Inn Melaka, which touts modern family suites, a curated wine selection, and richly-endowed dining halls on the edge of the sea.

Where to find the best fine dining in Malacca

While Malacca might be more attuned to those in search of earthy street food and traditional Malay dishes, there's still a smattering of classy restaurants. Take the high-rise rooftop bistros around the neighborhood of Kampung Morten, which ooze with the fresh flavors of Milanese risotto and Tuscan pasta bowls. Alternatively, there are some quality places to dine around Taman Kota Laksamana, close to Jonker Street – expect scented Chinese stir-fries and Malay fine dining. There's also a cluster of steakhouses and refined seafood joints peppering the seaside boulevards along from Taman Mahajaya.

The most unique things to do in Malacca

Why not leave the tourist crowds and opt to take in the romantic past of this erstwhile Indian and Chinese trading hub on a private tour? Guides will reveal all the secrets of Dutch and Portuguese explorers that lurk in the nooks and crannies of the heritage center; they'll tell tales of the enchanting churches that pepper the city's hills, and reveal why historic Malacca was painted blood-red in centuries gone by. Meanwhile, those in search of Malaysian relaxation can opt to attend a yoga school, or go for an Asian massage in one of the many spas that dot the city. Cooking classes can reveal the craft of creating layered Malaysian noodle dishes and sticky rice fries, while simply settling down in a cocktail bar and watching the river drift by is another favorite pastime.

Best ways to get around Malacca

Opt to get around Malacca like the city's onetime colonial rulers once would have: by rickshaw. These come in all shapes and sizes, and are often flamboyantly decorated with flowers and oriental lanterns. They are great for hopping around the heritage center. Away from the heart of town, taxis and private hires are the best option for getting around. These can be engaged from ranks, or organized with help from your hotel desk. It's also possible to get chauffeured cars for the duration of your stay.