Opinion This was luxury in the ultimate. An enormous room with every conceivable item you could possibly imagine needing from glue to chocolates.
Advantages Beautiful gardens, fabulous room and gourmet food and service second to none.An Orangutan reserve is on site for those who want to visit
Disadvantages It is a fair way out from the city of Kinabalu so either a taxi or shuttle ride is needed and that takes a lot of your day.
The gardens are beautiful and there are at least five different restaurants from Japanese to Malay as well as bars, cafe with internet on apple computers. Champagne for breakfast as well as a sumptuous buffet and a menu of individually freshly cooked items as well.
Our room had the biggest bed I have ever seen with big soft pillows. Beside the bed was a chaise long with silk cushions. The desk drawer has everything you might ever need from glue to scissors, stapler and more. A fruit bowl and chocolates was refreshed daily on a table. Internet access was available free. Our bathroom had a walk in shower, two basins and all the toiletries were all L'Occitane. The toilet was separated by a sliding glass screen. Between the bedroom and bathroom was a dressing area with wardrobe and drawers as well as a cupboard for shoes and a safe. Our balcony had a huge bath, comfortable seating and screens - true luxury.
Although the setting is perfect with a beach of perfect white sand, lovely pools and beautiful gardens it is a long way out of town so this is somewhere you go and stay on the resort to enjoy what they offer so two stars off because of that.
The choice and quality were both excellent. We ate twice at the Malay buffet restaurant which wasn't cheap but the choices were so many and you could eat as much or little as you wanted. there were other restaurant options from the more formal through to Japanese and other styles. Breakfast was in served in two places but as we were in the Ocean wing we ate at the more formal option which had champagne as much as you wanted, a buffet and a menu of freshly cooked items as well.
There was a great gym with shower and toiletries ,water and fruit supplied too. The orangutan sanctuary was there if you paid extra to see them feeding.you could go for escorted night hikes too in order to see nocturnal animals.There were tours and activities daily which you could opt to take part in, some of the tours were extra money.
There were optional tours such as to see the fireflies or the Orangutan reserve as well as activities on site for free but we only did a couple of the paid tours both were really good.
Good to know A truly luxurious resort but it is some way from the city so if you want to visit Mt Kinabalu and the town then I suggest staying in town to do that then moving out here for a luxurious relaxation after that. The Fireflies tour is really good value and you see so many.
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