In the mood for love? There’s plenty to see and do for the cuddlesome twosome or daring duo when in Sabah!
They say the best test for any relationship is to go on a holiday together – and what better way than to go on a road trip to explore Sabah! Take a leisurely drive up north to Kudat and visit the Tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. Imagine standing over a majestic cliff overlooking the meeting point of the Sulu and South China Seas while the waves crash on the rocks below. It’s a scene out of a movie! Or find a reason to cuddle by the fireplace as you enjoy the cool mountain air at Kinabalu National Park. Start your day with breakfast on the balcony as you watch Mount Kinabalu unravel itself.
Sun, sea, sand and a sweetheart – What more do you need for a romantic getaway? Start by island hopping around the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park off the coast of KK City. A tip: opt for smaller islands, namely Sapi, for more quiet time and try to schedule your trip on a weekday rather than busy weekends. Want to be treated like royalty? Be King and Queen for a day (or two) at the Gayana Eco-Resort where breakfast is served right to your door…on a boat! Or visit the ultra-romantic Reef Dive Resort in Mataking Island for a honeymoon you won’t soon forget. Need an adrenaline rush? Try parasailing for two or give wakeboarding a go. If all fails, spend the day working on your tan or – a true classic - enjoy a romantic walk along the beach as the sun sets.
Table for Two
Ah, food, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…For Valentine’s Day, go the extra mile and make it unforgettable as you dine at any one of Sabah’s fine dining establishments. Our five-star resorts all offer top-notch restaurants and are yours for the choosing. Award-winning Peppino’s at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is a popular pick this time of the year as well as the romantic Italian joint Ferdinand’s at the Magellan Sutera. The Coast at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort can arrange an outdoor dinner experience as you wine and dine in your private gazebo under the moonlit sky. @mosphere (located on the 18th floor of Menara Tun Mustapha) also offers a fantastic menu and a 360 degree view of the city. With all the candlelight action going on, be prepared for knee-bending, question-popping and heart-melting moments!
What could be better than having your body pampered while your mind drifts off into oblivion? Enjoying this while having your partner beside you of course! Sabah’s spas offer plenty of packages for two, such as the Ka’andaman Traditional Healing Garden and The Borneo Spa at Dalit Bay. The Nexus Resort Karambunai also offers massage treatments in quaint huts on its sandy beach, a tranquil experience like no other. Looking a traditional touch? Jari Jari in Tanjung Aru Plaza, Kota Kinabalu, specializes in traditional treatments to soothe your mind, body and soul. Spa treatments for two? Double the bliss!
Romance isn’t all candlelit dinners and gazing into each other’s eyes. Think out of the box and think fun, fun, fun! Bring out the child in you and have a ‘wild’ time at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park as you discover some of Sabah’s amazing creatures great and small.
How about a walk under the sea? Seawalking is a great way to explore the underwater world without getting a single strand of hair wet. If the conventional spa treatment isn’t quite your thing, head over to Ranau and try the unique Kampung Luanti Fish Massage. Simply dip yourself in the cool river and wait for the friendly fish to gently ‘massage’ you with their mouths! Now there’s one for the album.
Source: Sabah Tourism Newsletter