KUALA LUMPUR — Why is Malaysia an ideal wellness destination? Like everything else in the country, wellness in Malaysia is influenced by both its natural landscapes and its multicultural diversity. Malaysia, through its biodiversity and bounty of cultural offerings, is able to meet the demands of wellness travellers today, which span much wider than just a day at the spa. From tranquil forest retreats, natural hot springs and volcanic mud pools, to quiet beach getaways and remote lakeside escapes, Malaysia is able to deliver a vast range of authentic experiences that wellness travellers won’t soon forget.
The Global Wellness Institute ranked Malaysia among its Top 10 wellness tourism markets in the Asia Pacific region in 2019. Plus, according to the Global Medical Tourism Index, which assesses destinations based on attractiveness for medical travel, economy, public image, healthcare costs and quality of care, Malaysia ranks eighth in the world. This combination of excellent wellness options and state-of-the-art healthcare makes Malaysia a worthy contender in the global wellness industry.
Connecting with nature
There’s a growing trend among travellers looking to rejuvenate by being one with nature, to self-reflect whilst immersing themselves in the unspoiled beauty of Mother Nature. Renowned for its natural beauty, Malaysia boasts balmy temperatures ranging between 30-35 degrees and is home to natural landscapes that span 4,600 kilometres of coastline and 878 islands, many of which are still uninhabited and adorned with ancient rainforest that dates back some 130 million years. Here, visitors will find majestic waterfalls, lakes, river tributaries, undulating highlands and breathtaking mountain ranges.
Unique wellness experiences abound in Malaysia. The destination aims to provide authentic experiences that are uniquely Malaysian, that visitors will not find anywhere else in the world. One such experience is the ‘Urutan Malaysia’ signature massage, which combines traditional Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous massage techniques with herbal remedies, resulting in the rejuvenation of body, mind and soul. For more details go to https://www.urutanmalaysia.com.my/urutan/.
Malaysia promotes health and wellness offerings through its various wellness festivals, where facilitators, instructors and wellness professionals congregate from all over the world. One such festival is ‘Murfest’, which Malaysia has been hosting for the past seven years. Considered Asia’s premier wellness and lifestyle festival, Murfest offers a transformative experience through music, dance, yoga, meditation and a combination of modern and traditional healing practices over the course of three days. For more details go to https://www.murfest.com/.
Book Now Travel Later
The ‘Book Now Travel Later, Malaysia Awaits You’ initiative winds down at the end of March. Travel agents are encouraged to contact partners like Canada One Travel, GOWAY Travel, Royal Scenic Holidays and SITA World Tours for information on Malaysia packages, all aimed at keeping travel alive.