Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, East Malaysia is the gateway to The Kinabalu Park, Malaysia first World Heritage site and Aspiring Kinabalu UNESCO Global Geopark that includes Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South East Asia and Mount Tambayukon, the 3rd highest in Malaysia and the districts of Ranau, Kota Belud and Kota Marudu.
Escape the everyday monotonous life and immerse yourself in Enchanting Sabah world of magnificent mountainous terrains, lush rainforests, flora and fauna, spectacular sunrise of Mount Kinabalu and splendorous sunsets of the South China Sea.
|Mount Kinabalu Sunrise View|
Experience snorkeling, diving, sea walking and parasailing at crystal clear turquoise water at Sabah Manukan, Gaya Island, Mamutik, Sapi, Sulug, Pulau Tiga - Borneo’s original Survivor Island, paragliding at Lohan Village Ranau or cycling in the air on Mont K Skybike.
|Sabah Beach Resort|
In the idyllic sanctuaries at Kundasang and Ranau against the enchanting picturesque postcard perfect Mt. Kinabalu and misty mountainous backdrop, pat an Alpaca from South America at Alpaca Club, milk a cow at Desa Diary Farm, feed a goat at Sably Goat Haven, cuddle a rabbit at Ranau Rabbit Farm, Arnab Village in Kg Kibbas or simply marvel at the soothing sight of luscious Sabah Tea Garden Plantation.
|Alpaca at The Alpaca Club Kundasang Sabah |
Enjoy Sabah freshly made gelato, ice yogurt, soft serve ice cream, cheese, cow milk, goat milk pudding, Sabah Tea Garden freshly made tea pancakes and Sabah Tea Pandan teh tarik, inhale and invigorate in fresh mountain air, chill at high altitudes in cool dewy misty weather.
Embark on easy to challenging hiking trails at Sosodikon Hill for 360 views of Kundasan and Mount Kinabalu, Maragang Hill for Mount Kinabalu view, Mesilau Cats’ Village and the Mesilou Highland Strawberry Farm, Tinorindak Hill and cloud carpet sightings, Culvert view and Kundasang farmers market, Bukit Kimondou with sunflower flora scape, Mesilou 3Sixty, Crystal Hill, muru turu trail and more.
|Sosodikon Hill against Mount Kinabalu|
Taste exceptionally culinary cuisine and cocktails from OITOM fine dining, Hyatt Centric ON22 restaurant and ON23 rooftop bar, Limau & Linen, Tana Borneo Scandavian, Tamu rooftop bar at Toojou Hotel, Mamasita mexican, Gusto Italian Food & Wine or local Sabahan dishes.
Feast on fresh seafood and listen to the waves, live music and wind down with drinks at restaurants, bars and clubs located at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront Esplanade or Todak Waterfront Hawker Centre.
|Sabah Seafood feast fiesta |
Cafe-hopping at Australia Lane, shopping at Imago and Jesselton Mall, relaxing at hotel spas like Shangri-la Tanjung Aru and Rasa-Ria, Le Meriden, Hyatt Regency, Sutera Harbour, Magellan Sutera Resort and Pacific Sutera, go on and sooth your sensory in Sabah.
Malaysia Airlines, the National flagship carrier of Malaysia launched its inaugural flight to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah on August 27, 2022 with much fanfare like the traditional water cannon salute upon arrival at BKI, welcome ceremony by representatives from Malaysia Airlines Berhad, Tourism Malaysia, Sabah Tourism Board, and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad who gifted limited edition souveiners for passengers.
|Malaysia Airlines plane landing at Kota Kinabalu Airport|
Malaysia Airlines SIN-BKI flight uses Boeing B737-800 aircraft, with 16 seats in Business Class and 144 seats in Economy Class, departs from Terminal 1, Changi International Airport Singapore to Kota Kinabalu on MH648 at 10:00 and arrives at 12:25, with returning flight MH647 Kota Kinabalu to Singapore at 07:00 BKI, arriving at 09:15 SIN, every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
For a flexible itinerary, fly with Malaysia Airlines to Kuala Lumpur and connect at your convenience to Sabah with 9 daily domestic flights to Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) 5 daily flights for travelling to Semporna, Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai islands as well as 5 flights to Sandakan (SDK).
|Malaysia Airlines MasWings Domestic Network |
Stay at the newly minted modernistic Hyatt Centric, Kota Kinabalu latest 4.5 star hotel located near Jesselton Ferry terminal, Le Meridian newly remodeled, minutes from the KK waterfront promenade or Horizon Hotel, right in the heart of the city or Shangri-la Tanjung Aru, Rasa Ria or The Sutera Group of hotels for stunning sea views and luxurious spa.
|Horizon Hotel Kota Kinabalu Deluxe Room|
Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu
The very first one and only Hyatt Centric brand opened in Kota Kinabalu in October 2022, a first in Malaysia and South East Asia. @hyattcentrickotakinabalu #hyattcentrickotakinabalu
|Hyatt Centric KK Hotel Sunset View from ON23 Rooftop bar |
Set against the lush landscape of Signal Hill, enjoy spectacular sweeping views of Signal Hill, the islands at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the South China Sea with the most spectacular splendorous sunset, making it the most Instagrammable hotel in Kota Kinabalu possibly.
|Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu Hotel Infinity Pool|
Designed by globally renowned architect Kengo Kuma, the architecture and interiors reflects the heritage of Sabah and majestic jungles of Borneo showcased in the contemporary suites, guestrooms and lobby. The greenery-accented rooftop creates the sense of being at the canopy overlooking the blue waters and verdant hills which houses the infinity pool, duplex restaurant and bar.
|Hyatt Centric Hotel KK Seaview Suite|
Stay at Seaview King Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, a private balcony and massive living room, dining area, comfortable King size bed, walk in wardrobe and huge bathroom complete with bath tub, separate rainshower and duo vanity areas.
Dine in at ON22 restaurant or enjoy cocktails and wine at ON23 bar duplex dining destination with it's Zen interiors, vibrant Asian flavours and creative beverages.
|Hyatt Centric KK ON22 Restaurant Duplex |
Kota Kinabalu Sabah Nature Adventure Itinerary
Nabula Handicraft Market | Desa Diary Farm | Poring Hot Spring | Canopy Walkway | Marakau Carp Fish Spa | Kinabalu Park Viewing Platform
Climbing Mount Kinabalu is the ultimate bucket list in Sabah, fascinating with more than 4500 species of flora and fauna, high altitude of 1,520m above sea level and staggering height of 4,095.2m at the summit where snow was sighted for minutes if you were super lucky, for Instagram shots, IG reels and stories at Low's peak and the freshest mountain you could inhale, exhilarate, and revitalise but it typically takes 3 days.
|Mount Kinabalu Summit|
The next best option is perhaps catching captivating views of majestic Mount. Kinabalu on a clear day or see it shrouded in mysterious mist during photo pitstop at the lookout platform of Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nabula Market viewing point or hiking around Kundasang hills.
|Desa Dairy Farm Mount Kinabalu Foothills|
Desa Dairy Farm farm at the foothills offers breathtaking scenic highlands view of Mount Kinabalu and surrounds with 199 hectares green vast pasture and grazing cows that produces 900,000 litres of milk per year.
|Happy Cows at Desa Dairy Farm|
Visit the 'New Zealand of Malaysia' for most Instagrammable shots, feeding the Holstein-Friesian calves and cows, enjoying icy cold fresh made ice cream, nibbling on cheese and sipping frothy milk or learn about fresh milk processing.
After refuelling with Sabahan home style lunch and Sabah Tea, continue to Poring Hot Springs where the sulphur rich bath and dips are supposed to be therapeutic and relax tense muscles, promote good sleep and skin.
|Poring Canopy Treetop Walk|
Trek pass bamboo enclaves above winding gushing rivers, hike through the rainforest trail to the canopy walkway of suspension bridge that weaves through the crowns of the tallest and strongest rainforest trees at the height up to 41 meters above ground. Take the time to seek and forage butterflies, squirrels, birds and insects, be inspired by the harmonious halcyon pastoral panorama.
|Mountainous Harmonious Halcyon Pastoral Panorama|
Stopby Marakau fish spa for a colorful carps foot therapy in the shallow river before heading to Kinabalu Park for Instagram photo shots and then journey back to Kinabalu city.
Cafe Hopping Kota Kinabalu | Wine & Dine | Mall Shopping | Sunday Market | Spa Activities
Kota Kinabalu cafe hopping culture is a chill and lepak way to experience a relaxing weekend in KK. Take a walk down Australian Lane, located at Lorong Dewan where rows of Instagrammable cafes awaits.
|Cafe Hopping Australia Lane Nooks Cafe |
Nooks cafe, Woo, October Cafe Gaya, Biru Biru Cafe Bar to the newly open Le Phi attracts trendy, hippy crowd to serious coffee enthusiasts. Be seen, Nuff said.
Visit Gaya Market in the heart of the city, surrounded by endless local restaurants, cafes and coffeeshops and just opposite Horizon Hotel. Soak in the vibrant local community vibes and browse through a wide variety of knick-knacks from traditional wind instruments blowpipes, hand woven bags, arts and crafts, clothes and antiques, fashion jewellery to souvenirs, local food snacks and drinks, open only on Sunday from 6.30am till noon.
|Gaya Street Sunday Market|
Kota Kinabalu Central Handicraft Market by the waterfront is another popular market, open daily for local market experience.
|Sabahan Tribe performance at IMAGO|
Popular places to shop includes Imago, the latest shopping mall housing Rolex, Coach and Tory Burch, seafront Jesselton Mall with duty free shopping by Valiram Group at Jesselton ferry terminal attracts with Ferragamo, Swiss Luxury Watch Gallery, Versace Beauty, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall by the waterfront with high street brands, Kota Kinabalu City Waterfront, Centre Point Sabah or for more local vibes, visit One Borneo Place, City Mall Shopping, Karamunsing Complex, KK Times Square, KK Plaza.
Malaysia Airlines Singapore to Kota Kinabalu launch offer is priced attractively for Business Class from MYR 1653 (approximately S$508/ USD375) and Economy Basic from MYR 391 (approximately S$121/USD90)
|Malaysia Airlines descending to Kota Kinabalu |
Experience Enchanting Sabah with Malaysia Airlines, stay at the brand new Hyatt Centric Hotel and watch Malaysia Airlines planes goes by literally, enjoy a relaxing seafront city break in Kota Kinabalu or explore Mount Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang Sabah Nature Adventure for your upcoming holiday vacations.
|Hyatt Centric South China Sea View with Malaysia Airlines Plane|
Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu opening offer from MYR360++ (approximately S$132/USD101) with ultra attractive perks like Daily breakfast included, Late check-out 3PM subject to availability. Guided Art Mural Walking Tour of the neighbourhood, once per stay. For a consecutive 3 nights stay enjoy double room upgrade and 1 way airport transfer service per room per stay. Room upgrade will be subject to availability at time of arrival.
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