15 Best Kota Kinabalu Resorts
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It is the capital of Sabah lies in the northern part of the island Borneo. There are so many attractions that you can’t miss at all like Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Manukan Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and so on. Of course, it also got several shopping arenas and malls, most of them are located on the main street of the city.

You should visit to some Kota Kinabalu resorts, as they will steal your heart with the beautiful ambience and services.

The resort is located at the Pantaj Dalit Beach and it’s been awarded as excellence by Sabah Tourism Awards. The resort is set in beautiful surroundings. It offers huge rooms, friendly staff, amazing pools, kids’ activities with marvelous private beach.

This is a luxurious floating resort with 15 beautifully designed wooden chalets and offers full comfort and relaxation. A stunning place with most crystal clear water like a heaven on earth activities and has been awarded as a dive resort.

Here are some of the best  Kota Kinabalu Resorts:

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Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

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Situated on Kota Kinabalu’s Dalit Bay, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa is set amidst a nature reserve whole overseeing the spectacular beach and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest ensuring the feeling of solitude and seclusion. Shangri-La & Rasa Ria Resort comprises of 420 well decorated guestrooms which offers a luxuriously furnished interiors and exclusive amenities.

Highlights: The hotel boasts a private nature reserve with resident Orangutans as well as a remarkable array of indigenous flora and fauna and wildlife.

Getting There:
Located on the Pantai Dalit Beach on Borneo's northern tip, the resort is 12 kms from Tuaran Tamu.

The approximate cost for a room starts from 400 MYR.

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Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

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Set on the edge of the azure blue South China Sea near Kota Kinabalu, the 29-year old beach resort has been a visited winner of the international awards for its outstanding hospitality, facilities and conservation ventures. With a picturesque setting close to the coral islands of Tunku Adbul Rahman National Park and other historic monuments, this is perfect for rainforest treks and devoted beach life.

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa features a private sandy beach and 2 outdoor pools set in lush gardens. The spa's open yoga pavilion includes a deck over the South China Sea.

Getting There:
This beachfront resort on Borneo's northern coast is a 10-minute drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

The approximate cost for a room starts from 760 MYR.

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Sutera Harbour Resort

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Situated between the shores of the South China Sea, fronting the tropical islands and the majestic Mount Kinabalu is the grand expanse of Sutera Harbour Resort. The property provides a splendid array of facilities from its luxurious five-star hotels, state of the art golf course, marina and recreational facilities. The elegant business class amenities of the hotel is complemented by the resorts ambience of The Magellan Sutera and Pacific Sutera Resorts, offering a total of 956 guest rooms and suites of luxurious comfort.

At the heart of this complex lies Sutera Harbour Marina, golf country Club, internationally renowned Mandara Spa and a host of recreational facilities accompanied with multi - cuisine all day restaurants.

Getting There:
Located in the heart of Sutera Harbour Boulevard in Kota Kinabalu and can be accessed by any local or private transport.

Approximate cost for a room starts from 600 MYR.

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Gaya Island Resort

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Around one hundred beautifully finished villas set in either side of the lush jungle foliage, atmospheric mangrove, or looking out on the corals and the blues of the nearby sea where high-end luxury meets nature at Gaya Island Resort, a serene getaway surrounded by sandy beaches and tropical rainforest. This 5-star non-smoking resort features an outdoor pool, yoga classes and a pampering Spa Village.

The pool-side Feast Village serves the best of local and international cuisines from 3 large kitchens and offers wine from its private cellars. The rooftop Fisherman's Cove serves freshly caught seafood. Cocktails can be enjoyed at the Pool Bar Lounge.

Getting There:
Gaya Island Resort is on Pulau Gaya, within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, off the coast of Borneo. It is a 10 minute speedboat ride from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal.

Approximate cost for a room starts from 1050 MYR.

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Gayana Island Resort

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Only few resorts on the planet offer access to both an unspoiled tropical jungle and vibrant coral reefs. With the turquoise blue waters of the South China Sea before you, and the glimmering jungle behind you, you'll truly fee

The resort's thatched huts perched above crystal blue waters are deceptively minimalist. Inside, you'll find all the modern convenience. You will awaken to the sound of gentle waves lapping below, while evenings promise a stunning tropical sunset from the privacy of your own terrace.

Getting There:
Situated at the edge of a jungle forest on Gaya Island, Gayana Eco Resort offers free ferry rides from the Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal.

Approximate cost for a room starts from 1250 MYR.

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Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai

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Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai is situated amidst 3,335 acres of natural and landscaped surroundings creating the perfect background for all 485 well decorated guestrooms, suites and luxury villas. The award-winning 18-hole championship golf course and exclusive Borneo Spa complement the superb facilities of this magnificent resort which boasts eight restaurants and bars and an almost endless array of leisure and recreational activities.

The Spa Suites are cozy dens created specially in low density design and serviced by private lifts. The balcony affords breath-taking views of the ocean and surrounding rainforest.

Getting There:
Offering direct access to the beach, this Karambunai resort is within 12 mil of Borneo hyper mall and can be accessed by any local and private transport.

Approximate cost for a room starts from 950 MYR.

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Kokol Haven Resort

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Kokol Heaven offers the most shimmering view of Kota Kinabalu city. The panoramic view spans far beyond the 5 Islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks to the North, and beauty of the majestic Mount Kinabalu to the South. The 11 rooms of the Kokol Haven Resort, are all extraordinarily luminous, thanks to ample windows looking out onto the beautiful mountain and garden, thus offering guests an unexpected sense of tranquility in the center of Kota Kinabalu.

The furnishings and decor create a refined yet welcoming atmosphere. Precious materials like teak and oak give each room and suite a feeling of warmth and intimacy.The resort is most famous for its restaurant, Horizon, with delicious dishes like oxtail curry.

Getting There:
Located just 10 km away from Kokol Kota Kinabalu and can be accessed by any local transport.

Approximate cost for a room starts from 550 MYR.

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Mabul Water Bungalows

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Mabul Water Bungalows is a floating dive resort built over the water off the Southern tip of Pulau Mabul. The resort is relaxing yet vibrant at the same time, its walkways lined with green pot plants and colourful flowering species, whilst the water bungalows themselves offer the most stunning views of the surrounding blue sea and golden sunsets.

Getting there:
This resort is located at the north east coast of Borneo, in the Celebes Sea. To get there you will have to fly with Malaysian Airlines via Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. From there it is approximately a 1 hour journey by an air-conditioned minibus to Semporna and another 40 minutes by speedboat to Mabul.

The complex comprises of 14 tastefully decorated over-water bungalows. They are equipped with air-conditioning, hot water, mini bar and a private ocean view veranda. Also equipped with a full fledged restaurant and bar that serves three buffet meals a day.

Approximate price of the room ranges from 200 MYR to 350 MYR.

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Beringgis Beach Resort & Spa

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The sun, sea, and sand are not the only attractions at the Beringgins Beach Resort. Enjoy the best in nature and adventure. Within hours, you can experience the tropical rainforest, the sub-zero temperature at the top of Mt. Kinabalu, the soulful look of the gentle Orang Utans, the thrills of shooting the rapids or the underwater fascination of one of the world's finest diving spot! Placed amazingly and serenely situated on a stretch of soft sandy beach that faces the wide expanses of the South China Sea.

Papar, Sabah, Malaysia

Barbecue facilities and laundry and car rental services are available. Beringgis Beach Resort also organizes tours to Kinabalu National Park, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and other attractions.

Approximate price for a room ranges from 200 MYR to 400 MYR.

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Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

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A luxury stay in the heart of Kota Kinabalu awaits you at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. This is one of the most prestigious hotel chains in Kota Kinabalu for those looking to enjoy a comfy stay at one of the most strategic locations in the city that overlooks the serene South China Sea. It is located only 15 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu International Airports and only minutes of walk away from major attractions and shopping malls in Kota Kinabalu, such as Wisma Merdeka and Suria Sabah.

Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, 88991, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Activities and things to do in Kota Kinabalu are aplenty. Be it a dip in the blue waters of the outdoor pool, a relaxing massage at the Avantang Spa and fitness centre or a party at our Shenanigan's Fun Pub.

Approximate price for a room ranges from 500 MYR to 700 MYR.

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Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu

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Conveniently and prominently located at the heart of Kota KInabalu, Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu is located within walking distance to the central district of food, shopping and nightlife with major banks and other commercial complexes within the vicinity.

5 Jalan Padang, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant and in-room free WiFi. LCD TVs with satellite channels are featured in all 160 rooms, and you can enjoy coffee/tea makers, free bottled water, and safes.

Approximate price for a room ranges from 150 MYR to 300 MYR.

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Borneo Beach Villas

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Situated within the spectacular peninsula of Karambunai, a 4,000-acre eco-sanctuary that is tucked away, yet, in the midst of civilization – located just 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu. Borneo Beach Villas will lure you in with its tranquil ambiance of soft rippling waters and panoramic greens. Relax and unwind while you enjoy a step back to nature.

Borneo Beach Villas, Off Jalan Sepangar Bay, Locked Bag 100, Karambunai

Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 46 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring private pools and private spa tubs. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 km. Satisfy your appetite at a coffee shop/café serving guests of Borneo Beach.

Approximate price for a room starts from 3000 MYR.

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Magellan Sutera Resort

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The Magellan Sutera Resort in Kota Kinabalu is a magnificent 5-star resort with 456 rooms and suites. The grand entrance is a majestic longhouse style lobby; an architectural tribute to the Rungus natives of Sabah. With fine timber furnishings and traditional handicraft artifacts, this resort is a favourite with families and couples and those seeking a relaxing, tropical holiday in Borneo. The suites are lavishly decorated and present fabulous views of beautifully manicured gardens or the South China Sea set against a backdrop of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

No 1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, 88100 Kota Kinabalu.

Guests can exercise at the fitness center, watch movies at the mini cinema or enjoy a game of bowling at the hotel's bowling alley. Five Sails Restaurant serves a selection of breakfast and dinner buffets with unlimited flow of sparkling wine.

Approximate price for a room ranges from 600 MYR to 750 MYR.

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Grand Borneo Hotel

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Grand Borneo Hotel has a colorful diversity of nature and indigenous cultures and luckily located below the hurricane spiral path. Kinabalu National Park which is listed as a World Heritage Site, is located 90 kilometers from the hotel and is popular among tourists who want to capture the peak of Mount Kinabalu. This hotel is part of the 1Borneo shopping center, the largest lifestyle stores in the area.

TA-00-01 1Borneo Hypermall, Jalan UMS, Sabah, 88450 Kota Kinabalu

The spacious air-conditioned rooms at Grand Borneo feature elegant design and furnishings. Each well-furnished room has tea/coffee-making facilities and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. To enjoy a good workout, guests can visit the hotel’s fitness center. Soul Out Coffee House serves a variety of international dishes.

Approximate price for a room ranges from 118 MYR to 300 MYR.

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Ming Garden Hotel

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Contemporary and refined, Ming Garden Hotel & Residences is a vibrant new hotel where modernization, conceptual, food, arts and music meet your essential needs. A novelty wing soaring beneath the Land below the Wind, Ming Garden Hotel & Residences charms the heart of travelers and local visitors alike to their warm sanctuary and pleasant hospitality in the pulse of Kota Kinabalu City. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, our hotel is a refreshing mix of technology and glitz uptown living.

Lorong Ming Garden, Jalan Coastal, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Guests can exercise at the gym, relax with a massage at the spa, or simply lounge in the sauna room. The hotel's restaurant serves a daily breakfast, as well as local buffet spreads. In-room dining is possible with room service. Drinks can be had at the bar.

Approximate price for a room ranges from 200 MYR to 400 MYR.

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