Where to Stay in Johor

Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Johor

The southern gateway into Singapore, Johor is one of Malaysia’s most economically successful regions. Thriving Johor Bahru (the state capital) is a city with all the trappings of a small metropolis. There’s heavy visitor traffic flowing in from Singapore and tourism has taken a back seat to economic development and as a result, hard to reach off-the-beaten path offerings have mushroomed all over.

Swim and dive into the waters of the Seribuat Archipelago, explore the Endau Rompin National Park and climb the eponymous peak at Gunung Ledang National Park. Johor is an eminently rewarding holiday destination – accommodation options are plentiful, especially mid-range hotels, but you can also find beautiful luxury ventures and budget deals. Our favourites include Cinta Ayu at Pulai Springs Resort and Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa Sibu Island.

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Cinta Ayu at Pulai Springs

Though Johor Bahru has an exhaustive list of up-market ventures, the award-winning Cinta Ayu at Pulai Springs easily blows the competition out of the water. Offering 270 air-conditioned studio, one–, two-, three– and four–bedroom suites, this world-class golf and recreation resort’s lodging units feature attached bathrooms and beautiful views of the 18-hole championship golf course. The four-star property’s list of facilities includes three outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, gym, sauna, kids’ club, driving range, golf course, spa and six restaurants and bars. Read More...

Le Grandeur Palm Resort

Offering 330 parquet-floor, air-conditioned rooms with Wi-Fi, spacious beds, writing desks, private balconies and marble-floor bathrooms, Le Grandeur Palm Resort is a five-star property in Johor’s state capital. One of the most luxurious ventures this side of the Causeway, besides a kids’ club, gym, snooker centre, mahjong room, three squash courts and an eight-lane bowling alley the hotel’s inventory of facilities includes an Olympic-size pool, spa, four tennis courts and a driving range. Currently refurbishing its rooms, the hotel also has five restaurants and bars and a wide array of meeting facilities. Read More...

Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa Sibu Island

Set on Pulau Sibu, Sari Pacifica Resort & Spa Sibu Island is a five-star venture offering 88 air con garden or sea-facing villas with free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, king-sized beds, walk-in closets, day beds, attached bathrooms and luxurious furnishings and fixtures. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar and business centre; part of a string of islands that form the beautifully preserved Johor Marine Park, the resort offers snorkelling and scuba diving services. Read More...

The Puteri Pacific Johor Bahru

Adjacent to the Persada Johor International Convention Centre, The Puteri Pan Pacific Johor Bahru is a four-star venture offering 464 well kept, air-conditioned rooms and full-service apartments with Wi-Fi, comfy beds and attached bathrooms. Excellent value for money, the business hotel has polite staff and its facilities include a business centre with Wi-Fi, tennis courts, a gym, sauna room, yoga studio, spa, a ballroom, 12 meeting rooms, squash courts and four restaurants and bars. The hotel is located approximately five minutes from the Causeway to Singapore and the Johor Bahru KTM station is a short walk away. Read More...

The Pulai Desaru Beach Resort

Set in Desaru, the five-storey Pulai Desaru Beach Resort is a four-star venture with 93 recently-refurbished air-conditioned, sea-facing rooms with flat-screen TVs, private balconies, coffee tables and attached bathrooms. Boasting a 22km stretch of uninterrupted beach, hotel facilities include a kids’ club, tennis courts, archery range, sauna room, spa, gym and five restaurants and bars. The resort offers many sightseeing and water sports activities and can arrange transfers to the Desaru Golf & Country Club.   Read More...

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