7 Best Beach Resorts In Kuching, Malaysia - Updated 2024

Plarlene Juliane
Plarlene Juliane 
Contributing Writer
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Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, is a vibrant city filled with culture, history, and stunning nature. Visitors can start by exploring the city’s historic landmarks, such as Fort Margherita, Sarawak Museum, and Kuching Waterfront. Foodies can indulge in local seafood cuisine at the open-air Topspot Food Court or take a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional dishes. Wildlife and camping lovers can head out to Pulau Lakei and enjoy stargazing there. You can also explore the beaches in and nearby the city. If you want to be closer to the sand and shores, you can also book a stay in a beach resort. We’ve listed the best beach resorts in Kuching, Malaysia, below.

Upcoming events in Kuching:

  • Music lovers unite! The internationally renowned Rainforest World Music Festival is coming back to Kuching from June 23 to June 25, 2024. Don't miss the chance to see 199 from 12 diverse countries, with Sarawak's ancient rainforests as your backdrop.
  • If you'll be in Kuching in December, be sure to attend ASIACRAFT 2024 from December 6 to December 8 to see displays of local craft and live displays of techniques such as the weaving of pua (ceremonial) cloth. As someone who is in love with Malaysia, I wouldn't miss the display of local techniques.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to beach. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 01, 2024.

Beach life in Kuching

Kuching is located in the state of Sarawak, known for its luscious rainforests 700-km (434.96-mi) coastline with some of the best beaches in Malaysia. It’s also home to incredibly scenic sites, such as Bako National Park, which has a coastline with calm waters you can swim in. It’s also an ideal spot for Instagram-worthy sunset pictures. The city of Kuching itself has gorgeous beaches, such as Damai Beach. If you’re interested in fauna over flora, you can also take a 30- to 45-minute boat ride to Satang Besar and Satang Kecil islands to catch a glimpse of green turtles.

If you’re willing to go further away, you’ll find Kampung Telok Melano about 140 km (86.99 mi) away from Kuching. Here, you’ll find mesmerizing views of the South-China Sea.

The best time to visit Kuching, and Sarawak in general, is between the months of April and September, when it is less likely to rain.

Beach resorts in Kuching

1. The Culvert (from USD 62)

The Culvert could be the ideal resort for you if you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind beach vacation. The rooms here are interesting, since they are constructed inside real culverts. These round rooms are roomy, comfy, and inviting. Everything from a soft bed to a modern private bath is provided.

In addition, this property provides a number of convenient services to ensure that guests have a pleasant stay. Enjoy lunch at the resort’s restaurant, a dip in the pool, or some downtime in front of the white-sand beach. Tanju’ Beach Club is another option if you’d like to enjoy food right on the sands. This is also where you’ll find the resort’s exciting nightlife at Tanju’s Bar, which I’m excited to experience!

  • Property highlights: Guests can head to the resort's sunset deck, which faces the South China Sea, for amazing views, food, and music.
  • Nearest beach: The Culvert has its own private slice of Damai Beach, which you'll find just steps away.
  • Beach access: Private
  • Suggested rooms/units: Choose the resort's Beach Front Suite for access to a secluded view of the beach. Large glass walls and an open-curtain roof will allow you to fully experience a forest retreat.
  • Activities/tours: While the hotel can also organize various tours on request, you can opt for kayaking tours down the Sungai Sarawak Kiri River.
  • Ideal for: Families and couples thanks to amenities such as board games, a fitness center, two infinity pools, a private dining deck, and a sauna.

What guests are saying about their beach stay:

  • "The hotel is located on a hill with gorgeous seaview. One can access the beach but need to walk about 200m to get to the sea during low tide. The beach area is beautiful. Nice rocks and pretty vegetation to take photos. Property has 2 nice pools to chill and a tiny sauna that can fit at most 3 persons. There is also a small gym, a library and 2 lookout pavillion to enjoy the seaview and sunset The restaurant Tanju serves nice food. The room (culvert) came with decent and tasty breakfast." - My360adventure (Singapore)
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The Culvert

7.5 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Lot 285, Off Jalan Sultan Tengah, Block 2 Salak Land District
17.04 km (10.6 mi) from Bako National Park

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Sauna Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms

2. Damai Beach Resort (from USD 92)

Damai Beach Resort is a great place to stay if you want to escape to a tropical paradise. It boasts a range of accommodations, including cozy chalets and spacious rooms. The nearest beach is Damai Beach, just outside the hotel.

Dip in the beach pool or lounge on the sun deck with a refreshing cocktail. For those seeking adventure, the resort offers various outdoor activities such as cycling and jungle trekking. Relaxation seekers can unwind at the spa, where you can get a massage or body treatments.

  • Property highlights: Guests can enjoy a spectacular view from the resort's clifftop pool, accessible only via the on-site shuttle.
  • Nearest beach: Damai Beach is right in front of the hotel.
  • Beach access: Private
  • Beach amenities: Beach volleyball, beach towels, beach loungers
  • Suggested rooms/units: The 119-sq-m (1,280.90-sq-ft) presidential suite has a running balcony offering views of the sea.
  • Activities/tours: Enjoy tours of Kuching and Sarawak's best spots, with activities such as swimming and kayaking.
  • Ideal for: Families thanks to amenities such as babysitting services, a kids' pool, and a children's playground

What guests are saying about their beach stay:

  • "The property has a beautiful beach, 3 swimming pools, different types of accommodation to choose from and a perfect located privately owned beach bar." - Chené (Malaysia)
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Damai Beach Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Teluk Bandung, Santubong, P.O.Box 2870,
17.48 km (10.9 mi) from Bako National Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court Fitness centre

3. Permai Rainforest Resort (from USD 92)

Come and experience the beauty of nature in comfort and style at this eco-friendly beach resort. You can make tea or coffee in your room, then get out to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. You can easily stay connected with loved ones back home with free Wi-Fi. Start your day off right with a healthy breakfast, served daily.

Guests at Permai Rainforest Resort can enjoy a variety of water sports, including snorkeling and canoeing, albeit an additional charge applies.

  • Property highlights: Watch both the sea and local wildlife from a spot atop a hill at Feeding Tree Cafe.
  • Nearest beach: There's a beach right outside the resort. Plus, the property also offers access to a second beach with accommodation nearby.
  • Beach access: Private
  • Beach amenities: Beach volleyball, soccerball, and frisbee
  • Suggested rooms/units: Choose the premium treehouse, set 20 ft (6.10 m) above the ground, for a secluded getaway with a partner close to the resort's second beach.
  • Activities/tours: This resort offers a bunch of activities, including snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and dolphin watching, among others.
  • Ideal for: Families and adventurous couples thanks to the range of activities and amenities such as kids' outdoor play equipment, family rooms, and games/puzzles.

What guests are saying about their beach stay:

  • "To be in the middle of the jungle! And the views to the sea from our cabin! The people that work in the resort are really nice and always ready to help you." - Sergio (Spain)
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Permai Rainforest Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Pantai Damai Santubong, Jalan Sultan Tengah , 93050 Kuching , Sarawak
17.23 km (10.8 mi) from Bako National Park

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Laundry

4. Cove 55 (from USD 123)

At Cove 55, guests can enjoy world-class service and stay in its 13 rooms, 2 suites, or 13 villas, featuring either a garden view or a private balcony. While the resort is set by the sea, it’s not possible to swim here as there are crocodiles. However, guests can conveniently visit Pantai Puteri, around 5 km (3.11 mi) away, and Damai Beach, 8 km (4.97 mi) away from Cove 55.

While here, take a dip in the inviting pool, perfectly situated in front of the ocean. You can also savor a delicious meal from the on-site restaurant, serving up mouthwatering international and Asian cuisine. When you need a drink, head to Cove Bar, which is right next to the infinity pool, for a specialty cocktail with a view of the sea.

The resort also offers daily housekeeping, ensuring that you have a stress-free and comfortable stay.

  • Property highlights: Guests can relax in the 30-m (98.43-ft) infinity pool that overlooks the ocean.
  • Nearest beach: Pantai Puteri is only 10 minutes away by car.
  • Beach access: Public
  • Suggested rooms/units: The one- and two-bedroom ocean pool villas have a private pool to go along with stunning ocean views.
  • Activities/tours: The resort can arrange multiple tours to cover Kuching and its surrounding areas, including a boat ride to Satang Island, where you can walk along a white-sand beach and snorkel in clear waters. A boat ride to Bako National Park is also possible.
  • Ideal for: This resort is great for adventurous families thanks to its comfortable family rooms and villas and entertainment options such as board games.
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Cove 55

8.6 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Lot 55, Jalan Sultan Tengah (Santubong / Damai Road) Santubong
11.84 km (7.4 mi) from Bako National Park

Parking Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace

Other beach accommodations in Kuching, Malaysia

5. The Village House (from USD 16)

This quaint beachfront property offers an array of amenities for a memorable stay. Here, you can take a plunge in the outdoor pool or soak up the sun with scenic beach views. And for your stay, you can choose any of its 14 fabulous rooms surrounded by lush greenery and fresh coastal breeze.

For those arriving by plane, the hotel offers an airport shuttle to ensure a hassle-free check-in. The on-site bar is perfect for sipping a refreshing drink, while the restaurant offers an a la carte menu with delicious dishes to satisfy any craving.

There’s free Wi-Fi in common areas, making it easy to share your beach adventures with friends and family back home.

  • Property highlights: Guests can enjoy fresh local cuisine through “The Taste of Borneo,” the hotel's signature dining experience that will introduce them to indigenous delicacies.
  • Nearest beach: Pantai Puteri is just 100 m (328.08 ft) from the property.
  • Beach access: Public
  • Suggested rooms/units: Live like royalty in the Rajah Room, which has a private balcony overlooking the green surroundings.
  • Activities/tours: Coast through Kuching Wetlands National Park with the hotel's Wetlands Wonders Cruise, which will last into the evening when fireflies light up the dark. A 45-minute boat ride to Satang Island is also an option if you'd like to snorkel in crystal-clear waters.
  • Ideal for: Couples or solo travelers, as it has two-person rooms and affordable dormitories.

What guests are saying about their beach stay:

  • "So calm, beautiful area at the foot of the mountain and just in the village (there are 3 cafes and 2 little shops for some basic bits). We did the wetlands cruise with John at the jetty in town and it was a must! 15 min walk or the staff will drive you. Also got a lift to damai beach where there are some more food places and shops and the cultural centre $20 entrance for that. You can borrow bikes to explore the area. Note the sea in this area is not for swimming as mangroves/crocs! Can go down the road to Damai easily enough..." - Jenny (UK)
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The Village House

8.6 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Lot 633 & 634 Pantai Puteri Santubong,
16.77 km (10.5 mi) from Bako National Park

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

6. Santubong Suites Sejinjang (from USD 68)

Looking for an excellent stay with a private pool and stunning sea views? Look no further than the beachfront Santubong Suites Sejinjang. This air-conditioned apartment features airy bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen and living room. During mealtimes, you can gather with your loved ones in the dining area while enjoying home-cooked dishes.

While here, you can step outside onto your own private patio to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and gorgeous views. When you’re ready for a dip, take a refreshing swim in your own private pool.

  • Property highlights: The apartment has its own private infinity pool with a breathtaking view of the green surroundings.
  • Nearest beach: Damai Beach is only 2.3 km (1.43 mi) away from the property.
  • Beach access: Public
  • Activities/tours: Guests can opt to explore Kuching's famous landmarks on a river cruise. This tour also offers door-to-door round-trip transfers.
  • Ideal for: Families and groups of friends will be comfortable in this six-person apartment.
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Santubong Suites Sejinjang

Address: Jalan Kampong Santubong
17.01 km (10.6 mi) from Bako National Park

Parking Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Free parking Lift Luggage storage Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning

7. Santubong Suites A Just Like Home Damai (from USD 188)

From a playground to a well-equipped gym for fitness enthusiasts, this apartment has it all. You can also take advantage of free Wi-Fi and private parking during your stay. The accommodation options include suites or apartments with a choice of sea views or balconies.

The outdoor pool, garden, and sun deck provide the perfect setting for you to relax and unwind on a windy afternoon. Pasir Pandak is only 15 minutes away if you’d like to step out. Moreover, the apartment also offers access to a private beach area. If you need to keep your clothes clean, there are laundry facilities on-site.

  • Property highlights: Guests can enjoy access to an infinity pool fit for all ages.
  • Beach access: Private
  • Suggested rooms/units: Choose the six-person apartment with sea view if you want to wake up to wonderful vistas every day.
  • Activities/tours: Enjoy a six-hour tour of Satang Island, which offers a boat tour, snorkeling, and a picnic on the beach.
  • Ideal for: Groups of friends and families will love the six-person and five-person stay options here, which have homelike amenities such as a kitchen and laundry.
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Santubong Suites A Just Like Home Damai

Wifi Available

Address: 8A Sejinjang Tower Santubong Suites, Jalan Sultan Tengah
16.96 km (10.6 mi) from Bako National Park

Parking Fitness centre Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms

Lovely Kuching beach retreat

Being close to Kuching’s captivating beaches can make your vacation more memorable, as it offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy water sports or witness breathtaking sunsets. And as someone who has Malaysia on her bucket list, its gorgeous beaches are definitely something I would want to see first hand. So, book one of these best beach resorts in Kuching, Malaysia, now, and have the fantastic vacation you truly deserve.

If you’d like to check out other accommodation options, you can also look into Airbnb vacation rentals in Kuching.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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