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Beach Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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Top Kota Kinabalu Beach Hotels

Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Pantai Dalit, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sabah
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P4,091 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
Dip in our room’s outdoor private pool
"Overall is good but the hot water is not as hot as it is. So when we want to go for a dip in our room’s outdoor private pool, the water is not hot. We cannot dip at night in our private pool."

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2021

Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu
SKYPOD Hostel
2 out of 5
Lot 38, Jalan Ikan Juara 1, Sadong Jaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
4.4/5Wonderful! (59 reviews)
Amazing value
"A few of the things I liked in the dorm room is each bed has a curtain so you have privacy and the space is really big with lots of storage space right under your bed. The staff were really friendly and helpful and the welcome card is a nice touch too. There’s a nice chill out area with bean bags ..."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

SKYPOD Hostel
Gaya Island Resort
5 out of 5
Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Sabah
4.4/5Excellent! (423 reviews)
Beautiful Gaya Island Retreat
"My family and I stayed at GIR for 2 nights and had a great time. The rooms were enormous (complete with separate areas for walk in robes, bathtub, shower, toilet). Room amenities were excellent, with bug spray and ointment for insect bites. Our rooms had fantastic views across the sea to Mt Kinabalu, ..."

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Gaya Island Resort
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Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P4,432 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
4.4/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Nice view. Amazing food. Friendly staff. Awesome."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Polish Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Sabah
4.3/5Excellent! (132 reviews)
"The staff where amazing, so helpful, friendly and happy. The staff we encountered made every possible attempt to accommodate us at every turn, we wanted for nothing at Bunga Raya Resort. The resort was breathtaking, we stayed in a villa with an amazing view overlooking the bay. Our villa was huge, ..."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Manukan Island
3.5 out of 5
Manukan Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Manukan Island, Sabah
The price is P4,935 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (67 reviews)
"We had a great stay, the accomodation was very nice and with stunning views!"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2020

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Manukan Island
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
PV 139, Pecinct Dillenia, Nexus Residence, Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu
The price is P3,376 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
4.2/5Excellent! (175 reviews)
"😊Nice beach and spacious room 😑If the furnitures got newer the feeling is better. The building not well maintained."

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2021

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
The Magellan Sutera Resort
5 out of 5
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P9,789 per night from 19 Aug to 19 Aug
4.2/5Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Cozy n my kid luv it so much..will come back again for more"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fully refundable
The price is P2,939 per night from 28 Aug to 28 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
"Everything is in order. Except for the car park. Best you drive a more expensive vehicle such that you may be treated differently!"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
5 out of 5
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
4.1/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Breakfast need to be improved....................."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Jalan Papar Baru, Kampung Laut Kinarut, Kinarut, Sabah
The price is P2,144 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (125 reviews)
"This is my honest review: Staff = 10/10, Food = 7/10, Homestay = 10/10, Beach = 5/10 The most exciting thing about this place are the view and of course, the swimming pool. Do I recommend this place? Of course, book and stay here, you will not regret."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
Borneo Beach Villas
4 out of 5
Pool Villa 161, Precinct Dillenia, Jalan Sepanggar Bay, Locked Bag 100, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P2,738 per night from 11 Aug to 11 Aug
4/5Very Good! (307 reviews)
Fun n Joy holidaying
"Relaxing and would come back soon."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Borneo Beach Villas
Beringgis Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
KM26, Jalan Papar, Kampung Beringgis, Papar, Sabah
3.9/5Good! (47 reviews)
Great Resort !
"Great place to rest and relax,,,,away from the busy KK town"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2018

Beringgis Beach Resort & Spa
Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
4.5 out of 5
Off Jalan Sepangar Bay, Locked Bag 100, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P8,049 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
3.8/5Good! (746 reviews)
"The room was not ready when we arrived at hotel, towels were not allocated in the room, room service took a long time every time."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
Jack's CondoApartment @ Marina Court Resort Condominium
2.5 out of 5
Marina Court Resort Condominium, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P2,458 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
3.8/5Good! (76 reviews)
"i have no comment about this room,everything is good"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Jack's CondoApartment @ Marina Court Resort Condominium
Seaside Travellers Inn
2.5 out of 5
KM20 Kota Kinabalu-Papar Road, Kampung Laut, Papar, Kinarut, Sabah
The price is P1,779 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
3.7/5Good! (27 reviews)
"Just nice....affordable,comfortable & excellent staffs service at the frontdesk. (The sign board at the main gate entrance should be brighten up and please put on more lighting around the properties. Thank u! ....).mainmentrance"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Seaside Travellers Inn
Sunset & Seaview Vacation Condos @ IMAGO Shopping Mall
3 out of 5
The Loft, IMAGO Shopping Mall, Central Business District, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P3,503 per night from 12 Aug to 12 Aug
3.6/5Good! (102 reviews)
Dirty. Avoid.
"If you want a big room, S&S is a good start. For a fairly small amount of money, the room is spacious. The shopping mall downstairs is ok for lunch and dinner but even Starbucks doesn’t open until 10am. So no breakfast near. That’s all that’s good. Check in: unless you have internet connection, you’re ..."

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2019

Sunset & Seaview Vacation Condos @ IMAGO Shopping Mall
The Crown Borneo Hotel
2 out of 5
23 Jalan Pinang Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
3.4/5 (329 reviews)
"Bathroom not in very good condition"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

The Crown Borneo Hotel
Raintree Beach & Golf Resort
3 out of 5
No.1 Kuala Matinggi, KG Pulau Simpangan, Tuaran, Sabah
3.3/5 (3 reviews)
Facility and Housekeeping service to be improved.
"It has only swimming pool. No other entertainment facilities. Room was not ready by 2pm. We were there at 1.30pm due to location is quite far from the main road."

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2018

Raintree Beach & Golf Resort
Borneo Golf Resort
3 out of 5
KM69, Papar Beaufort Highway, Locked Bag No. 8, Bongawan, Sabah
3/5 (8 reviews)
"food is too expensive. room okay for me not bad. A lot of adventure can do at that resort"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018

Borneo Golf Resort
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Beach Hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Known for its amazing swimming spots and snorkeling, Kota Kinabalu has a lot to offer the traveler planning a beach vacation. This romantic destination has 40 beach hotels and other accommodation options to choose from, so it's easy to find one that works for you.

As you browse for a place to stay by the water in Kota Kinabalu, check out these top-rated beach hotels with positive customer reviews.

Borneo Beach Villas - 4-star family-friendly resort on the beach. It features an outdoor pool, free parking, and a café. Activities include horseback riding. Guests love the beach locale and proximity to shopping.

The Magellan Sutera Resort - 5-star luxury hotel on a private beach. Our travelers recommend its walkable location and proximity to shopping. This hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and 3 restaurants.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa - 5-star luxury resort on the beach. It offers 2 outdoor pools, free buffet breakfast, and a beach bar. Activities include beach volleyball and kayaking. Guest reviews highlight the beach locale and pool.

Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai - 4.5-star luxury resort on a private beach. It features 3 outdoor pools, a beach bar, and 5 restaurants. Activities include hiking trails. Guests love the beach locale and pool.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu - 5-star luxury hotel near the beach. Our travelers recommend its pool and central location. This hotel boasts an outdoor pool, a poolside bar, and 3 restaurants.

Planning Your Trip to Kota Kinabalu

Good weather can be important during a beach vacation, so you can use these local temperature and rainfall averages to decide when to visit.

  • Hottest months: April, May, June, and July, with an average temperature of 89°F
  • Coldest months: June, January, July, and February, with an average temperature of 76°F
  • Driest months: February, March, April, and May, with an average rainfall of 0.16 inches
  • Rainiest months: November, July, October, and June, with an average rainfall of 0.43 inches

Sightseeing in and Around Kota Kinabalu

After arriving and checking into your hotel, you'll probably want to explore your surroundings. Beach lovers can spend some quality time by the water at Dalit Beach. Take advantage of the area's snorkeling and swimming, and make time for local attractions like Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium. For additional things to see and do, consider a visit to 1 Borneo Hypermall or Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. Visitors also enjoy Kota Kinabalu for its:
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Marina
  • Parks

Getting Around Kota Kinabalu

To get to Kota Kinabalu, book a flight to Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.), the closest major airport, which is located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from the city center. To see more of the larger area, hop aboard a train at Tanjung Aru Station. You can find out about your water travel options at the local marina.

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