Friday, October 02, 2015

Tip of Borneo villa, retreat voted best

KOTA KINABALU: Hibiscus Villa Borneo and Hibiscus Beach Retreat have excelled in this year’s Best of Malaysia Awards.

Not only were they presented with an Excellence Award for ‘Best Romantic Stay’, they were also the overall winner of the ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ category.

Hibiscus Villa Borneo is a large three-bedroom property capable of sleeping up to nine people. The open plan design of the structure means that guests can watch stunning sunsets from the first floor lounge, or take a dip in the infinity swimming pool that extends right into the villa itself. Honeymooners and small families can opt instead for the romantic one-bedroom Hibiscus Beach Retreat. Both are located just five minutes’ drive from the Tip of Borneo.

Also at the awards ceremony, Mount Kinabalu was the overall category winner for ‘Best Attraction/Tourism Experience. Other Sabah winners were Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa (Excellence Award in ‘Best Family Stay’ category) and The Spa at Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (Excellence Award in ‘Best Spa Experience’ category).

James Burns, manager at Hibiscus Villa Borneo, is delighted and says “it is an incredible achievement considering we were competing against large luxury brands from Langkawi and other well-known tourist destinations. Being a difficult year for tourism in Sabah and especially for Mount Kinabalu, receiving these awards are a great motivational boost. They help highlight Sabah as a top tourism destination and show that we can compete with our larger counterparts elsewhere in Malaysia”.

Jonathan Reynolds, general manager of Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, said they were honoured to receive such an accolade for The Spa.

“Since our upgrade, we have been committed to providing luxury spa experience to both resort guests and day-spa visitors from Kota Kinabalu. The accolade goes to the spa team for their outstanding service, he said.