Some say that the most beautiful beaches in Asia are those that have not been visited by many, and are inaccessible to most. Conventional wisdom might be spot on here, but the time spent getting to these Asian beaches is well worth it.
From Borneo to Seychelles, you are a step closer to discovering some most breath-taking beaches and resorts - Mabul Island, Sabah.
Just off the northeastern coast of Malaysia, Mabul is a secluded island perfect for beach lovers and divers alike. One of our favourite resorts there is the 45-bungalow Sipadan Water Village Resort, where the entire venue is set atop stilts over the water.
Borneo is known as one of the best diving sites in the world, including Sipadan Island, just 15km away from Mabul. With calm seas, cool breezes and vivid coral reefs, the island's beauty and exclusivity is self-explanatory.
Getting to Sipadan is a little tricky, which explains why the tourist masses have bypassed this island and moved onto other Malaysian beaches such as Perhentian and Redang.
The first leg, a direct flight to Kota Kinabalu, is easy. Once there, travellers need to change planes and take a domestic flight to Tawau airport on the east coast of Sabah. Now Air Asia fly direct to Tawau from Kuala Lumpur.
Although a bit of a haul, being able to enjoy a view that you share with only 44 other people makes it all worth it.