Friday, May 08, 2015

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Sabah


An easy drive from the airport has us at the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu in 15 minutes. Its home in the heart of the city looks out over the South China Sea promising to deliver some of those spectacular sunsets KK is famed for.

Tourist attractions, including the popular Fishermen’s and Central Markets are a block away, and a stroll along the waterfront is accessed literally from the front doorstep. Shopping and entertainment, commercial and office buildings are found in the surrounding blocks, making the hotel an ideal stop for both business and leisure travelers.


288 rooms and suites range in size with a Standard room taking up a generous 45.6sqm of space, up to a decadent Suite occupying 180sqm. All contemporarily designed accommodations are fit with work stations, complimentary Wi-FI access, 42” HD flatscreen TV with international channels, mini bar, safe big enough for a laptop, and daily newspaper delivery.

These of course are all things you’d expect to find in this hotel category. Some extra details however, such as a DVD player, scales and magnified make-up mirror, do not go unnoticed.

Views of the city or a pretty atrium are the general vistas, but we think it’s worth a few extra ringgit to secure an outlook to the sea and further beyond to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Interiors showcase clean lines associated with modern design. A light colour palette is brightened with soft hues from local artworks and the stunning scenery itself viewed from enormous windows. A frosted glass sliding door opens or privatizes the bathroom as needed, and plenty of storage space is appreciated enabling the uncluttered feel to be maintained.

An upgrade to a Regency Club room offers use of the boardroom and access to the Regency Club Lounge. Even if you haven’t booked a sea view room for your stay, you can still admire the beautiful panoramas at any time of day from the lounge. What’s even better is that service staff are there to assist your every need.

Breakfast is served here too promising a quieter environment than the buffet downstairs, and an evening cocktail and canap├ęs session is well attended. Light refreshments including tea and coffee, nuts, chips and cookies are served throughout the day.


There’s much to see in the neighbouring areas, but for those who don’t want to venture too far from comfort, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu has fitness and relaxation facilities at leisurely convenience.

Claimed as the pool with the best view in KK, the newly renovated area commands lovely views out over the islands and calm blue sea. Cabanas with stylish new sunbeds grab our attention, as does the verdant landscaping. There’s even a massage area where the Avantang Spa team can make your experience even more de-stressing.

A separate children’s pool keeps the little ones safe, and child-free adults at an out-of-earshot distance. Cocktails and snacks delivered to your deck chair from the Poolside Bar boost the cheeriness of the spot even further.

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