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5 best luxury hotels in JB to book for your next stay across the border

Craving a short getaway? Escape Singapore and avoid the frenetic buzz of KL by heading over to Johor Bahru (JB) and booking a stay in these luxury hotels for a peaceful escape.

As one of the largest cities in Malaysia, JB is a top destination for locals and tourists as it sits across the Singapore border. Whether you’re planning a short getaway to JB or are passing through before arriving at Malaysia’s other wonderful cities, you will be surprised to know that the city is teeming with luxury hotels and resorts, depending on your budget.

On top of that, Desaru is located approximately one hour from the city, and the destination is teeming with activities and more resorts for the entire family. Apart from its calming beaches, plan your trip wisely and explore the family-friendly attractions like Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast, Desaru Fruit Farm, and more. If you’re heading back to the JB City Centre, get ready to unwind at these top luxury hotels for a comfortable and rejuvenating stay.

The best luxury hotels to stay in JB:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

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Staying in Johor Bahru for the weekend? Book a stay at DoubleTree by Hilton. Located off the Singapore Causeway, the hotel is also approximately 22 minutes away from LEGOLAND Malaysia. Ideal for big groups and couples, each room offers a twin and king deluxe, a twin and a king guest room.

If you’re travelling in a large group, you can also request a connecting room, but be sure to inquire early. For some fun in the sun, have a dip in their outdoor swimming pool. In addition, there are four dining options to enjoy: Axis Lounge for a splendid hi-tea session, all-day dining at Makan Kitchen, The Food Store for pastries and coffee, and lastly, an exquisite meal with a view at Tosca Italian Trattoria.

For more info, head to the website here.

Address: 12, Jalan Ngee Heng, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Contact: 07-268-6868

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Amari Johor Bahru

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Whether you’re travelling solo or in big groups, trust the Amari Johor Bahru to offer a fantastic stay before embarking on your next adventure. The 242 guest rooms and suites are conveniently located in the city’s Central Business District on Jalan Wong Ah Fook where you can find a myriad of restaurants, bars and shopping malls. For a cosy stay, guests will have a choice to pick from the Superior room to the Executive Club. Perfect for a group of six (including one child), we recommend booking the Executive Club. If you want easy access to the outdoor pool area, we suggest the Deluxe Pool Access, which is destined for a family of six. After a day of exploring, check out the Breeze Spa on the 6th floor to unwind and explore a series of spa treatments.

For more info, head to the website here.

Address: 82C, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Contact: 07-266-8888

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Capri by Fraser Hotel Residences

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What sets this accommodation apart is its choice between chic studios and a one-bedroom apartment. The Capri by Fraser Hotel Residences evokes a sense of serenity as the hotel takes inspiration from nature. You’ll easily spot touches of greenery and water elements surrounding the space with a contemporary yet minimalist interior design. For that home away from home feeling, the 38 sqm Stylish Studio Deluxe Apartment is a spacious stay for solo or couple travellers. The best part? Each room features a well-equipped kitchenette and a microwave oven. As for the Studio Executive Apartment, each room will provide ample space with a designated living, dining, kitchen and bedroom area. Other facilities in the hotel include a 24/7 gym, swimming pool, and a 24/7 laundrette.

For more info, head to the website here.

Address: Menara Tiga Serangkai, Jalan Tengku Azizah, Kim Teng Park, 80300 Johor Bahru, Johor

Contact: 07-277-0888

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Renaissance Hotel Johor Bahru

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If you’re planning to spend a day or two in Johor Bahru before embarking on a trip to Singapore, unwind at the Renaissance Hotel. Located on Jalan Permas 11, the hotel is ideally situated in the heart of JB City Centre, where you can take a short drive to Johor Premium Outlet and LEGOLAND Malaysia. Ideal for a family of four, the hotel offers three types of bedrooms with a cosy yet contemporary decor and breathtaking views of the Bay: a Club Double Room, a Suite with a Pool View and a Presidential Suite. For a quick bite after unwinding all day, go ahead and indulge in the Cafe BLD and Wan Li Chinese Restaurant.

For more info, head to the website here.

Address: 2, Jalan Permas 11, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Johor Bahru, Johor

Contact: 07-381-3333

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Thistle

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Located just 10 minutes from the Singapore Causeway, Thistle is an excellent meeting point for conferences and events. While it’s a great location for any businessman, the luxury hotel in JB is a relaxing stay and one of the best for both solo travellers and families in big groups. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, you will be thrilled to know that the hotel is situated 30 minutes from Johor Premium Outlets and a short 20-minute drive from LEGOLAND Malaysia. Before booking your stay, take note that there are eight rooms: Deluxe City View, Deluxe Seaview, Executive City View, Executive Seaview, Family Suite, Junior Suite, Thistle Suite and Royal Suite. We recommend the Deluxe Seaview Rooms for a calming view of the Straits of Johor.

For more info, head to the website here.

Address: Jalan Sungai Chat, Sri Gelam, 80100 Johor Bahru, Johor

Contact: 07-267-8999

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Hero & featured image credit: Amari Johor Bahru

5 best luxury hotels in JB to book for your next stay across the border

Amalina Anuar

Senior Writer

Amalina seeks joy in writing the ins and outs of the fashion, dining and beauty world. When she’s not stalking for her next handbag purchase, you can find her binge-watching the latest tv series, testing out beauty products or singing her heart out at concerts. As a part-time spin instructor, she uses music as a quick escape, which explains why she’s always bopping her head to a good tune, no matter where she is. Amalina is a fashion journalism graduate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and has always loved exploring big cities.


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