Enjoy Nature And Relaxation At Kinabalu Mountain Lodge Hostel

Enjoy Nature And Relaxation At Kinabalu Mountain Lodge Hostel
Dhruva
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Sitting atop a hill that overlooks a valley with Mount Kinabalu towering majestically behind it, Kinabalu Mountain Lodge is easily one of the best accommodations in not just Kota Kinabalu, but all of Malaysia. It provides value for money, has a good location, and the views available at this establishment are second-to-none. For nature lovers, it’s a dream come true staying here. For those looking for some respite from cities, or a place to spend a relaxing night before starting a mountain climb, Kinabalu Mountain Lodge is the answer for these situations - and more.

Be mesmerised by its beauty and serenity

enjoy nature and relaxation at kinabalu mountain lodge hostel | be mesmerised by its beauty and serenity

Situated right next to Kinabalu National Park, two hours away from Kota Kinabalu, this establishment is hidden just off the main road. One usually needs a taxi or a car to get up the steep driveway that winds itself to the front entrance. It’s a rare establishment epitomised by the silence that envelops you as soon as you get to the top of the hill. A tiny, wooden hut greets you as you question how this structure can house several guests. But, as soon as you take your shoes off and walk past the beautiful, outdoor patio into the living room, you’re mesmerised by how spacious and beautiful it is with space for approximately twenty guests.

An unmatched view awaits you

enjoy nature and relaxation at kinabalu mountain lodge hostel | an unmatched view awaits you

With a common lounge area consisting of several cozy couches, a large wooden dinner table and large rugs to keep the warmth in, it’s where everyone sits to eat meals. Don’t be surprised to find guests and staff mingling here, playing board games or drawing after dinner - some of the better drawings have been displayed on the walls. Only vegetarian meals are provided at this establishment, for the low cost of 4 USD per person. The kitchen, attached to the spacious living room, can also be used by guests if you choose not to eat what the staff make. The view that greets you from the common area and the cozy patio is stunning, one that will be hard to match in all of Malaysia.

Get comfy in the romantic, rustic rooms

enjoy nature and relaxation at kinabalu mountain lodge hostel | get comfy in the romantic, rustic rooms

The rooms at Kinabalu Mountain Lodge are the type most romanticise about but never get to experience: large, spacious wooden interiors with lush, comfortable beds. It feels like you’re outdoors with the sounds of nature that creep through the windows, but with none of the pesky bugs to annoy you. The establishment has dorm beds available (7 USD per bed) as well as Queen (12 USD) and Family Rooms (10 USD). Large shared bathrooms with multiple shower and toilets make this establishment convenient for all who stay there.

The perfect place to get a good rest

Enveloped on all sides by the forest, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better location in Sabah for the price you’re paying. This establishment surpasses your notions of friendliness with the staff not just cooking dinner but being extremely accommodating in arrival and departure times. The no-noise rule (10.00pm to 7.00am) is strictly enforced, allowing those who have to wake up early for the Mount Kinabalu climb a good night’s sleep. The beds are comfortable and lush, the food is great, the people are wonderful and you may actually get to meet fellow hikers on the mountain, which allows you to reduce drastically the cost of hiring a guide the next day. All in all, Kinabalu Mountain Lodge is definitely the place for you to stay, whether you’re hiking a mountain or just want some good old family time on your holidays. Enjoy!

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Dhruva Balram is a freelance journalist, essayist and travel photographer. His work specialises in societal critiques, cultural commentary, travel and editorial features. Dhruva has been featured...Read more

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