Where to Stay in Sabah

Editor's Guide to Recommended Hotels in Sabah

Known as the Land below the Wind, Sabah occupies a substantial portion of Borneo – the world’s third largest island. Bordering Sarawak on its north-western flank, the state boasts a distinctive ethnic makeup and landscape. Featuring a lush mixture of verdant vegetation, exotic fauna and indigenous culture, Sabah’s got a host of natural attractions ranging from Mount Kinabalu – Southeast Asia’s highest peak – to the Semporna Archipelago. The capital, Kota Kinabalu, is a city that boasts more than few sightseeing attractions including the Sabah Museum and the Likas Bird Sanctuary. The state is best known as the jumping off point to begin your Borneo Island explorations.

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Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Topping our Top 10 Sabah Hotels list, Le Meridien is a five-star venture with 306 carpeted, air con rooms that feature attached bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and free Wi-Fi. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, fitness centre, sauna, ballroom, five meeting rooms, a business centre, gift shop and five restaurants and bars including the Rumba Latin Grill & Bar – one of the hottest nightclubs in Kota Kinabalu. Offering more bang-for-your-buck, the property’s centrally-located with the Centre Point mall, Central Market, Handicraft Market and Warisan Square shopping centre located within 10 minutes from the hotel. Read More...

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

The newly-renovated Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is an expansive four-star venture with carpeted, air con rooms featuring Wi-Fi, attached bathrooms and private balconies. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, eight restaurants and bars, a ballroom, function rooms and an on-site spa. The hotel is only a short walk away from Shenanigans, one of the city’s most popular bars, and Central Market and the Handicraft Market are just down the road. Read More...

Novotel 1Borneo Kota Kinabalu

The well located Novotel 1Borneo is a newly-built four-star complex boasting 236 chic, air con rooms with Wi-Fi, attached bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. One of our Top Ten Best Sabah Hotels, Novotel’s hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, a business centre, fitness centre, Jacuzzi, sauna, four restaurants and bars (including the ritzy and popular Le Mo Passan), a ballroom and six function rooms. The property is adjacent to the 1Borneo Shopping Paradise – Sabah’s largest shopping mall – making a variety of shopping, entertainment and dining outlets within easy reach. Worth special mention is the Ice Bar @ 1Borneo Kota Kinabalu, which happens to be one of the city’s most popular nightlife spots.

Shangri-la Tanjung Aru

Set on 25 acres of award-winning gardens dotted with palm trees and ornamental metal gongs, the five-star Shangri-la Tanjung Aru is one of our Top 10 Sabah Hotels. Just three kilometres away from the city centre, Shangri-la Tanjung Aru boasts 492 air con rooms with private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi. Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, aerobics centre, a children’s pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, tennis court, beauty salon, mini-mart, library, florist, kids’ club and the award-winning CHI spa. The property’s range of dining ventures includes six bars and restaurants including the award-winning Peppino. Read More...

Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort

Currently undergoing renovations to improve its already-luxurious surroundings, the five-star Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort is a luxury development situated beside the Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club. One of our Top 10 Sabah Hotels, Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort’s 420 air con lodging units feature private balconies, en-suite bathrooms and Wi-Fi. The sister resort of the ultra posh Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort KK, its surrounded by 400 acres of lush vegetation and hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, an 18-hole championship golf course, ATV safaris, tennis courts, a fitness centre, private beach and Kids’ Club. Additionally, the hotel boasts a Nature Interpretation Centre – which plays host to Borneo orangutans – as well as seven bars and restaurants including the award-winning Coast and Naan. Read More...

Swiss Inn Waterfront Sandakan

Located in Sandakan, the budget-friendly Swiss Inn Waterfront has 138 compact and carpeted air-con rooms with flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and attached bathrooms. Hotel facilities are limited – there’s no swimming pool – but there’s a business centre, meeting rooms and two restaurants. The hotel’s a short walk away from the Sandakan Harbour Square, making an eclectic mix of sidewalk cafés, quaint stores and a street market within easy reach – just up the road is the Sandakan Yacht Club. Read More...

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