When looking for beautiful places to stay in Sabah, you don’t need to look far.
Sabah, a region across the water from mainland Malaysia and sitting within Borneo, is developing something of a reputation for honeymooners and anniversarians (#ifitsnotawordnowitsoonwillbe.)
It’s got the beaches, for sure, but it’s also got plenty to do that often the “honeymoon” islands lack.
Here’s an instagram snippet of what we got up to from learning how to cook, delving into culture, relaxing at the spa, heading out on night safari cruises and getting up close and personal with the orangutans in the jungle.
And, though perhaps more suited to the anniversary rather than honeymoon side of things, apparently the golf courses dazzle too.
But before we get into all of that in any great detail, just take a moment…
Look at these photos, close your eyes and imagine the sounds of the waves being washed over by the calming evening breeze…and just enjoy the sounds and solace of sunset.
Over on instagram, where I insta-snapped these pics, I know you’ve been asking questions about where you can stay in Sabah (and, indeed, even asking where Sabah is.) So, here’s a quick list of recommendations based solely on our experience:
Gaya Island Resort My absolute favourite resort in Borneo. Small, intimate, ridiculously beautiful with one of the best spas I’ve ever been to in my life. Plus, exquisite Thai food, roaming wild boar and a bona fide turtle sanctuary.
The Pacific Sutera Hotel Close to the airport, friendly service, teak “colonial style” rooms. Large! Plenty of restaurants plus a golf course (not my thing, but if you’re travelling as a couple…)
Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu Also large with a wide range of experiences on hand (Japanese restaurant, looooong sandy beach, a wilderness orangutan sanctuary – and a great golf course for starters.)
Disclosure -I visited these beautiful places in Sabah as part of a project with iAmbassador, Sabah Tourism and Royal Brunei. I fell in love with sunsets and my husband all by myself. What’s more, I’ve seen both Malaysia and sunsets before. Regardless of it all, I always keep the right to write whatever I like over here. Because
I’m a closet megalomaniac that’s the way I think the world should be.
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