01 May 2018 - 5 min read
Wherever you are in Sabah, Mount Kinabalu is often visible – an ever-present, mysterious guardian. There are many myths and legends surrounding Malaysia’s highest peak, from how it got its name to how it came to be, lending the ancient mountain an air of mystique.
For many, it has become a challenge to overcome; a crowning achievement for those who manage to reach the summit at Low’s Peak. But if you’d rather admire Mount Kinabalu from afar and explore nearby sights and attractions, take your pick between these budget and luxury stays:
Tucked deep into the rainforest at the foot of Mount Kinabalu, Kinabalu Mountain Lodge is a 20-minute walk away from Kinabalu Park. Its remote location makes it the perfect choice for those who wish to escape into the arms of Mother Nature.
Located in the picturesque highlands of Kundasang, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views of lush rainforest and impressive peaks, whether you’re staying in the dorms or a Family Room.
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Breathe in the clean mountain air in the small garden, where there’s also a BBQ area – just the thing for those clear, sunny days!
Rates start from: RM35/night
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Celyn Resort Kinabalu is a 3-star boutique resort in the Kundasang heartland. Most rooms come with its own private balcony, offering stunning views overlooking the valley and Mount Kinabalu.
Bring the whole gang along – the resort has spacious rooms and suites available that can comfortably accommodate between 3 to 4 people.
The resort has charming nature pathways on its grounds for you to explore, so you won’t need to venture far to be able to get some exercise and appreciate nature!
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Rates start from: RM174/night
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At Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa, you’ll get to experience some of the best views of the noble peak from the resort’s viewing deck. Savor the panoramic sight with a soothing hot cuppa.
For a staycation that won’t feel like you’re in Malaysia, stay in one of the resort’s contemporary chalets built on stilts amidst the pine trees. The resort’s grounds also feature a sundeck and gazebo, which are perfect for small gatherings and BBQs.
Since you’re on holiday, why not indulge a little? Check out Heritage Spa, which offers an assortment of spa treatments, from invigorating full-body massages and scrubs to calming steam baths, all carried out by trained therapists.
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Rates start from: RM232/night
With such a wide range of accommodation options across the country, it can be a challenge to pick the one that’s best for you. To be in the know when it comes to Malaysia’s stand-out stays, keep your eyes peeled for Traveloka’s ‘Super Stays’ posts, a bi-weekly hotel special featuring our top picks!