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8 Best Places To Stay In Sabah, Malaysia - Updated 2020

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Diana
Diana
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Sabah is a northern state of East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It is rich in its diverse culture, natural beauty of the sea and the famous Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in South-East Asia, plus a host of accommodations and nature resorts. Sabah is a favorite haunt for tourists from China and Singapore, amongst others. It has one of the best coral reefs and diving spots in the world. The natural beauty is mostly left untouched unlike other popular diving spots where some of the coral reefs may be affected. As Sabah is not very populated and widely spread due to its relatively large area compared to other states in Malaysia, there is hardly any traffic jams and you can be assured of a smooth vehicle ride. Check out this article for the best places to stay in Sabah, East Malaysia.

1. Sepilok Nature Resort (from USD 87)

Located amidst lush tropical greenery and algae river, Sepilok Nature Resort makes you feel right at home with Mother Nature. Built mainly of brown timber, it gives a feel of jungle accommodation with a hint of luxury. Tourists can rest and relax at the balcony while immersing in the sights and sounds of nature like crickets singing, bird chirping, river water streaming down to the sea and so on.


Sepilok Nature Resort

Address: KM 22.5 (Mile 14), Jalan Sepilok, Off Jalan Sapi Nangoh, PPM 255 Elopura,Sandakan, Sabah
Price: from 87 USD

Free parking Sun terrace Gift shop Airport shuttle (additional charge) WiFi Garden Internet services Free WiFi

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2. Narada Hotel Kota Kinabalu (from USD 75)

With good reviews, Narada Hotel Kota Kinabalu offers modern accommodation with free Wi-Fi access. It operates a 24-hour front desk check-in service, which is good for tourists who travel here in the wee off-hours in the morning, possibly due to flight delays, etc. Hence, tourists can arrive here anytime of the day. The hotel is within 5 km (3.1 mi) of Kota Kinabalu International Airport, which is very convenient for visitors.


Pan Borneo Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Address: One Place Mall, Lorong Putat 3, 88200 Putatan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Price: from 75 USD

Daily housekeeping CCTV outside property Swimming pool 24-hour security Non-smoking rooms Express check-in/check-out Restaurant WiFi

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3. Cozy Duplex Apartment in Sabah (from USD 42)

This is a 3-room duplex apartment conveniently located in a residential suburb of the city. It is easily accessible to the airport, Sutera Habour Resort and the city centre. Amenities include a nearby supermarket and delicious local restaurants. Gary has been awarded as a Superhost by Airbnb continuously for 2 years and earned hundreds of 5-star reviews by guests. His home can accommodate up to 6 people.

(D6) 3BedRoom, 3-Bath, duplex aprt 3房1厅3卫公寓-150平米
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
356 reviews
Entire condominium 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi was very good
the wifi service is also good
the accommodation is clean with excellent air-conditioning and fast wifi
the apartment is well equipped with various amenities feeling homey
it is specious and comfortable all the furniture are new from ikea
Cleanliness:
bed was clean and comfortable
very clean peaceful and spacious
the apartment was very clean comfortable and spacious
the pool is very clean and large
very clean well- kept and cozy
Host:
gary is a great host
gary was an excellent host
gary is a fantastic host
the host is great and help us along in booking and arrangement of checkin and out
gary was so gratefully kind
Location:
rented 2 apartments from gary for a gathering with close friends
also had a large park just outside the gate which our child loved
very clean and comfortable and the location is quite nearby airport and town
we were very comfortable and the place is big well furnished and in a safe area
amenities are great and convenient location for most of the place to visit in sabah
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4. Home Sweet Home (from 50 USD)

This Airbnb unit is an ideal base for couples, solo travelers and small families. Its proximity to the city centre, shopping malls, cafes and restaurants makes it popular for honeymooners. Breakfast for 2 is provided from Mondays to Saturdays. It is fully air-conditioned and is equipped with Wi-Fi, 1 Queen-size bed plus a single bed. The condominium comes with gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, rooftop sky lounge, children’s playground and 1 car park. There is also security and CCTV all over the building.

Home Sweet Home

Price: from 50 USD

Number of Guests: 3

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5. The Pacific Sutera Harbour Resort (from USD 118)

The Pacific Sutera offers contemporary rooms with breathtaking views of the South China Sea and its golf course. Amenities include an outdoor pool and a bowling alley. It is a mere 15-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Being a 5-star resort, it provides spacious modern rooms with glass floor-to-ceiling windows and free Wi-Fi. Each room comes with a cable/satellite TV complete with Chinese channels, a personal safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Free dental kits, shower kits and slippers are also provided.


The Pacific Sutera

Address: No 1 Sutera Harbour Boulavard
Price: from 118 USD

Squash Room service Parking Beachfront Nightclub/DJ Children's playground Gift shop Water slide

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6. Apartment in Kota Kinabalu City (from 66 USD)

This suite apartment has an infinity pool with deck chairs to rest and relax while enjoying the city view. It also has state-of-the-art gym equipment facilities and modern interiors. The master bedroom and rest room are beautifully furnished. It has 1 Queen-size bed and 2 single beds with 2 extra small single mattresses available on request.

Apartment in Kota Kinabalu City

Price: from 66 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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7. Luxury Suite at the Riverson SOHO (from USD 40)

With an earth brown theme, this Airbnb unit is modern with a luxury feel at the Riverson SOHO, right in the city centre of Kota Kinabalu. Guests can cook and prepare their own food, and do laundry as a top-end washing machine is provided as well. It can accommodate up to 4 guests.

Modern & Luxury Suite @ Riverson SOHO, City Centre
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
235 reviews
Entire condominium 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we enjoyed the amenities provided eg washing machine iron kitchen utensils fridge iron+board tv
the pool had an ok view of the sunset (not full sunset though)
the facilities are really nice and complete
nice place to stay and comfortable
Cleanliness:
room was clean and cozy
room is clean and cozy
the house is clean and comfortable
room is clean and comfortable
special thanks to vivian for hosting such clean cozy and tastefully decorated condo for us
Host:
host was helpful with questions
owner provides a very good customer service
friendly and helpful owner
host is kind and freindly
and the host was very kind
Location:
great location of the apartment
the location of this condo is amazing
good location and cozy unit
brilliant location handy to everything
and the location is excellent as well
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8. Nak Hotel (from USD 20)

Nak Hotel was established in 1966 in the town of Sandakan, Sabah. It is still a landmark hotel in Sandakan that is rated 3-stars, featuring Oriental decor. Nak Hotel offers a rooftop bar and restaurant which provides awesome views of Sulu Sea and Sandakan City. This boutique hotel provides free Wi-Fi in its vicinity.


Nak Hotel

Address: Blk 29, Jalan Pelabuhan Lama.
Price: from 20 USD

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Visit Sabah for an awesome stay

Sabah is a tourists’ haven offering natural sceneries from tropical forests to the highest peak in South-East Asia, Mount Kinabalu. There are a wide repertoire of places to stay like 5-star hotels right in the city centre to resorts near rivers. From couples to small families and those traveling in large groups, there is a place to cater to everyone, according to their needs.

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Diana works as a secretary in a small local company for a friend in Penang, Malaysia for the past 13 years and moonlights as a part-time virtual assistant and article writer when free. She also...Read more

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