With lush jungle landscapes, majestic mountains, sun-kissed beaches, spectacular coral reefs and fascinating historic sites, Malaysian Borneo hotels offer a tropical jewel abounding in lavish resorts.
Beautiful Sabah, home of breath-taking Kinabalu State Park, is blessed with some spectacular properties both within the city and on the lovely beaches. Located in the capital’s centre, la Meridien Kota Kinabalu offers dazzling city and sea views from rooms swathed in urban elegance. Magellan Sutera Resort near Manukan Island boasts a championship golf course, Mandara Spa,104-berth marina, and lavish traditional-style suites. For the ultimate in palatial splendour, succumb to the luxuries of the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, located just three kilometres south of the city on a sweeping bay. Exquisitely elegant rooms open to private balconies overlooking the mountains or the sea; a charming beachside bar hosts sunset cocktails; and a 20,000 square metre infinity pool shimmers into the sea.
Jungle-swathed Sarawak has a wide range of accommodations, though most luxury properties are around the capital of Kuching, including the stunning new Pulling Kichman, perched regally on a hill overlooking the river. Four-star choices abound, including Four Points by Sheraton, the Abel Hotel and the Ariva Gateway. The only five-star resort in the Sarawak transport hub of Miri, the gorgeously-landscaped ocean-front Miri Marriott boasts 220 opulent guestrooms, enormous free-form pool, and numerous dining and entertainment venues. With hillside suites and classic ocean-view guestrooms, the four-star Damai Puri Resort and Spa is the most luxury the wild Santubong Peninsula has to offer, with five excellent restaurants and bars, loads of water activities and a private beach.