OUR 5 ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESORTS IN SABAH

A handpicked selection of luxury resorts in Sabah, Malaysia, situated on the beautiful island of Borneo. 

By Wandering Diva Staff

A luxurious retreat featuring well-appointed accommodations, designed using a traditional Borneo color palette.  Enjoy amazing views of Mount Kinabalu or the South China Sea from the comfort of each room.

 

Explore Kinabalu National Park, a jungle paradise home to Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, orangutans in their natural habitat, and other exotic wildlife.  The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park offers an amazing snorkeling experience with tropical fish and vibrant coral.

 

Photo By: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Set amidst a nature reserve on Pantai Dalit Beach, this resort offers lavishly furnished Malaysian-themed rooms that are perched on a lush hill, with a spectacular beachfront view. 

 

The resort is home to an eco-friendly championship golf course where guests can tee-off with stunning views of Mount Kinabalu in the backdrop.  Unique to the resort is the Nature Interpretation Centre, which is an inroduction to Borneo's wildlife.

 

Photo By: Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

A luxurious hideaway set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo.  48 timbered villas are tucked away on a tranquil and hidden bay between the beach and a jungle.  Each private villa is hand-crafted by local tradesmen to reflect the native architectural style.  Balconies offer stunning vistas of the expansive South China Sea.

 

Trekking through the jungle may include sightings of hornbills, butterflies, birds and cicadas. An ocean dive will bring you close to coral reefs, colorful fish, seahorses and more. 

 

Photo By: Bunga Raya Island Resort and Spa

This eco-resort is located on the fringe of a lush jungle forest on a coral reef island, off the coast of Borneo.  Over-water, tropical villas capture the magnificent vistas of Mount Kinabalu, and many provide an uninhibited view of the sea, which is gleaming with colorful coral reefs.

 

The resort has a program to protect endangered giant clams and to restore the region’s natural coral reefs.  There are a number of activities for guests to intimately experience sights and sounds of nature. 

 

Photo By: Gayana Eco Resort

Set on an island within the protected Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this beachfront sanctuary features hillside villas with views that range from mangrove forests, to the breathtaking outline of Mount Kinabalu.  Villas are contemporary and elegant, with Sabahan accents.

 

The resort is active in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles, and is dedicated to coral reef restoration.  Within the jungles of the resort, guests can encounter rare proboscis monkeys, red giant flying squirrels, bearded pigs and several nocturnal wonders.

 

Photo By: Courtesy of YTL Hotels

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