Luxury Hotels in Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu


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Karambunai is a small town located in Sabah, Malaysia. It is situated about 30 kilometers away from Kota Kinabalu town. Long ago, it was believed that the Brunei Sultanate used to rule a large part of Sabah and the Sultan sent people in boats to collect taxes from the locals. In one incident, the royal taxation ship sank. The locals rejoiced because they need not pay taxes and called the incident ‘karam Brunei’ (Brunei has sunk), which in turn became the name of the place as ‘Karambunai’.

How to Get There

By Plane

There are flights to Kota Kinabalu provided by Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air and Air Asia. From Kota Kinabalu airport, guests may then hail a taxi or a minivan to reach Karambunai.

By Bus

Bus services to Karambunai are available at Wawasan Plaza Bus Terminal.

Tourist Attractions

Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a hill once used to signal ships approaching the harbour. There is a roofed observation platform that offers the best place for getting the good view of Kota Kinabalu featuring a bird’s eye view of the town center as well as the distant view of Tanjung Aru and Likas Bay areas.

The Atkinson Clock Tower

This all wood, no nails clock tower was built in 1903 by Mary Edith Atkinson in remembrance of her son, Francis George Atkinson who died of Borneo fever or simply termed as ‘Malaria’ at the age of 28 years old. This tower has been marked as one of the three survived structures following the allied bombings during the World War II.

Gaya Street Sunday Market

If you happen to be spending your Sunday morning in Kota Kinabalu, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Gaya Street Sunday Market for only on Sunday, the length of Gaya Street is closed off to traffic to make way for this long generations-old family businesses fair. The market is open from 6.30 am to 1.00 pm. Shop for almost anything like local batik sarongs, fruits and flowers, arts and crafts, antiques and souvenirs, cakes and local delicacies, even pets and herbs.

The Tip of Borneo or Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

The designated tourist area was built to illustrate the end of the northwest Bornean land. The cape is located on the Kudat Peninsula offering spectacular views over the South China Sea with the prettiest beach in Kudat that comes together with shards of sandstone forming granite outcrop with vortex and levelled structures. There are also flag stakes, globe and lighthouse that marks the background.

Kiulu River White Water Rafting

The Kiulu River white water rafting is a trip caters to those seeking for a moderately adventurous and relaxing experience. During the normal water level season, the rafting distance is around 7 kilometers of excursion while during the high water level season, the rafting distance may reach up to 15 kilometers of excursion. The rafting grade is in between 1 to 2 and suitable for beginners.

Rumah Terbalik Tuaran

A quirky tourist attraction featuring a modern, tastefully designed and decorated upside down house. Even its furnitures, finishings and car parked in the garage sticks to the ceiling adding to the uniqueness of the displays.


Horizon Hotel

This hotel is centrally located in Kota Kinabalu, right at its commercial, cultural and historical areas. Major shops, shopping malls, eateries and nightspots entertainment places are easily accessible by foot or public transportation. Guest rooms provide scenic views overlooking the sea and city centre. Great facilities include standard swimming pool, modern gymnasium as well as a luxury sky spa.

Sabah Beach Villas and Suites

This resort is based on a self-catering concept, comprises of a mixed apartment styles villas and suites ideal for any family getaways. All units are luxuriously furnished and comes with a fully equipped kitchen and ensuite bathrooms. Full housekeeping services are available for its guests’ convenience.

Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai

This resort is located at Karambunai Beach consisted of beautiful chalets with balconies strategically allowing its guests to immediately set foot on the sand and joyfully found themselves watching the waves crashing. A large swimming pool is just a few steps away from the beach, and plenty of small huts where friendly masseuses await any massage-yearning bodies with a variety of packages.

Bunga Raya Island Resort

This luxurious jewel hotel is set on a coral reef island just off the coast of Borneo. It is a secluded island hideaway featuring around 48 private, timbered villas hand-crafted by local tradesmen. Private balconies in every guestrooms offer jaw dropping views of the beach and the South China Sea beyond.

Gayana Eco Resort

This resort is made up of 52 over water villas, architecturally designed to enhance the sounds of the surf below while enjoying the background horizon of the majestic Mount Kinabalu. This resort is also the only property with the on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre that is actively involved in the conservation programme of restoring the natural coral reefs and protecting endangered species of giant clams. The resort’s guests therefore indirectly been given the opportunity to participate together for a good cause of nature protection.