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5 Beautiful Hotels and Resorts in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


Kota Kinabalu’s peak season is between December and April. During this time, the weather is ideal for visiting the beaches and climbing Mount Kinabalu. White water river rafting and deep sea fishing are also popular activities. The winter months are also ideal for exploring the nature parks near Kot Kinabalu. For visitors who want to avoid the crowds in winter, September through November is a good time to visit. Since it is off-season, the accommodations are quite cheap. There may be intermittent showers, but they are less frequent than during summer. Spring is another great time to visit Kota Kinabalu from April to May. Rain may hamper the trip at times during these months, but this is an off-season, a great time for budget travellers and people who don’t mind a little rain. Kota Kinabalu hotels and resorts for your stay are listed below.


Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu

Get out of the city and into nature; where the sea meets the rainforest and a warm welcome awaits you. With its 3 km private beach, 64-acre forest reserve, and 18-hole golf course, this 400-acre beach resort is the perfect place to create memories. There are over 60 activities at the resort for you to choose from, whether you want to relax, soak up the sun and sand or enjoy the great outdoors. To create a serene tropical ambiance, the rooms feature luxurious furnishings inspired by nature, as well as traditional Malay accents.

  • Closest airports: Kota Kinabalu International Airport 27km
  • Beach: Karambunai Beach 2.1km
  • Breakfast info: Continental, Asian, American
  • Nearby Attractions: Indah Permai Recreational Park 11km, Bandar Sierra Playgroud 11km, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Center 20km, Tuaran River 9km


The Magellan Sutera Resort

Featuring fine timber furnishings and traditional handicraft artifacts, the understated ambience of the guestrooms and suites, the gleaming pools beyond, and gourmet meals, this resort pays tribute to the Rungus natives of Sabah. Mother nature’s spellbinding backdrop, the South China Sea, makes the resort stand out.

  • Closest airports: Kota Kinabalu International Airport 27km
  • Beach: Tanjung Aru Beach 3.3km
  • Breakfast info: Halal, Asian, American
  • Nearby Attractions: Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre 3.4km, Petagas War Memorial 4km, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park 7km


Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

A 10-minute drive from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, amazing tropical coral islands and the city center, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu is the ideal place for your family getaway. Among the resort’s amenities are the private STAR Marina, Chi, The Spa, a water play area, as well as 6 restaurants and bars, including the Sunset Bar, which is considered one of the top seven places to watch the sunset in the world. Embrace the rich colours and textures of Borneo nature in the rooms and suites. It is possible to enjoy captivating views of the ocean or of Mount Kinabalu from many of the hotel’s rooms and suites.

  • Closest airports: Kota Kinabalu International Airport 2.8km
  • Beach: Tanjung Aru Beach 150m
  • Breakfast info: Halal, Asian, American
  • Nearby Attractions: Petagas War Memorial 4.1km, KK Esplanade 4.9km, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park 5km, Signal Hill Observatory 5km, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre 6km


The Pacific Sutera

This hotel offers a panoramic view of the ocean and is a popular meeting point for both leisure and business travelers. The Pacific Club rooms are the perfect choice for those seeking exclusivity and extraordinary services. In addition to daily breakfast, guests on the Club Floor enjoy evening refreshments and business amenities in the Pacific Club Lounge.

  • Closest airports: Kota Kinabalu International Airport 3.9km
  • Beach: Tanjung Aru Beach 2.5km
  • Breakfast info: Halal, Asian, American
  • Nearby Attractions: Atkinson Clock Tower 2.5km, KK Esplanade 2.6km, Signal Hill Observatory 3km, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre 3.9km, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park 7km


Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

This hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city’s business, retail, and entertainment districts. Experience 5-star comfort amidst stylish accommodations featuring stunning sea and city views, contemporary amenities, and refined design elements inspired by Sabah Borneo, Malaysia. You can enjoy exclusive access to the Club Lounge if you upgrade to Le Méridien’s club or suite rooms. You can enjoy a sunset in motion at the rooftop bar while sipping creative cocktails.

  • Closest airports: Kota Kinabalu International Airport 6km
  • Beach: Tanjung Aru Beach 4.4km
  • Breakfast info: Continental, Italian, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Halal, Gluten-free, Asian, American
  • Nearby Attractions: Menara Tun Mustapha 6km, Petagas War Memorial 7km, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park 8km

If you want to visit Kota Kinablu, please feel free to contact our travel consultants to help you plan a wonderful trip!

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