Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu

Last week, my family and I went to KK (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah) for a 4-days-3-nights trip.

I have been to KK several years ago. That time I was still single, joined the church activity and that was my first experience in that beautiful place. I can still remember that our trip includes visiting Manukan Island (day trip), had nice seafood dinner and also Sutera Harbour Resort (walked around in the hotel compound, took some group photos). That time, someone told me that it costs about RM800+ per night to stay in Sutera Harbour Resort, I was like wondering when will I have the chance to spend that kind of money to stay there. It sounds like impossible to me.

As for our family trip, we had booked our room in this Sutera Harbour Resort. Sounds like a dream comes true but (yes, too bad there is a ‘but’ here), we didn’t really enjoy our stay there. Before I started my ‘story’, let me give you a rough idea of that resort.

Sutera Harbour Resort is a 384-acre fully-integrated property development on the coastline of Kota Kinabalu city centre in Sabah, Malaysia.

Comprising two 5-star hotels (Pacific Sutera & Magellan Sutera), a 27-hole Graham Marsh designed golf course, a 104-berth marina and an exclusive golf and country club with extensive recreational facilities, the resort enjoys the panoramic backdrop of the South China Sea and the tropical islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

There are 956 immaculately furnished and contemporary designed guest suites with magnificent views of either the sea, the gardens or the golf course; 14 restaurants and bars, two grand ballrooms, 22 meeting rooms and a 100-seat auditorium making Sutera Harbour Resort the perfect venue for meetings, incentives, conventions, events and weddings.  

Hotel guests and club members have access to beautifully landscaped swimming pools, a 12-lane bowling alley, a mini cinema, snooker rooms, covered and open tennis courts, badminton and squash courts, safe and modern playgrounds, fitness centres, karaoke lounges, luxury spas, watersport facilities and secure Kiddies Clubs for children’s activities.(copied & edited from their official website)

It is 10 minutes drive from the airport and 5 minutes from town. This resort has beautiful harbour where tourists actually anchorage their yatch/boat at the harbour and stay at the hotel. 

There is 1 Russian couple who sailed from Australia to KK though. They bought a very nice yatch from China for about half a million USD, and decided to start their retired sailing trip from that day onwards. The yatch has kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, washing machine, air-conditioner, water heater, internet etc. For that kind of tailor-made boat, it costs about 2 million USD in Australia, they said. They are planning to spend minimum 2 months in KK. Wow! Hope they enjoy their trip!

After reading the brief introduction, do you feel like staying in this hotel resort? Let see whether you will change your mind after reading my experience in this hotel. (check out my next article in –experience in Sutera Harbour Resort)


  1. So far from your introduction, it sounds like a heaven found on earth!

    My first question will be what's the occupancy rate of the resort? Obviously U need the hotel rooms to be occupied and facilities being fullutilized in order to generate enough money to maintain the resort. Or else it will be a shabby run down place in no time.

  2. Yes. I thought so too. Till the time we went to check in.....


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