• Mount Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu Holidays

We love exploring the five unspoiled isles of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park; hiking through mangrove swamps on Gaya, snorkelling with rainbow-hued fish on Mamutik, sunbathing on Sapi’s white sands, relaxing on developed Manukan, or escaping to rocky Sulug for secluded peace and quiet.

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state in north western Borneo and is commonly referred to as KK. This coastal city is partly surrounded by rainforest and great place to exlpore bustling markets, with a modern boardwalk, beaches and the waterfront Kota Kinabalu City Mosque.  Kota Kinabalu is also the gateway Kinabalu National Park which is home to 4,095 metre high Mount Kinabalu.

Not many cities can say they are just minutes away from sandy shores, exotic islands, virgin coral reefs, and tropical rainforests, but Kota Kinabulu can.  

 

Destination Highlights
  • Unspoilt beaches
  • Mari Mari Cultural Village
  • Mount Kinabalu
  • Diving

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Dining on the Beach

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa

Borneo

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,559 pp

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,719 pp

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

Gaya Island Resort

Kota Kinabalu

H&J Rating
Gaya Island Resort

Types of Kota Kinabalu holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends what you're looking for. If you want to be close to the restaurants and bars of the city and are not bothered about a beach then the Le Meridien Kota Kinbalu is the best choice as you can walk to all of the amenities. If the beach is your top priority then the Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort has a fantastic private beach and plenty of activities within the hotel to keep you busy. If snorkelling is your thing then head to the Gaya Island Resort which has its own reef just off the arrival jetty.

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