Beach Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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Featured Kota Kinabalu Beach Hotels

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
P8,102
per night
6 Jan - 7 Jan
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,048 reviews)

"This resort has nailed everything a holiday destination should have. Everything is available in the resort and the service is top notch. Well done, Shangri-la!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2019

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
Borneo Beach Villas
P3,788
per night
13 Dec - 14 Dec
4/5Very Good! (250 reviews)

". Very nice place rooms are bugs and Comfortable. Toilet was amazing but could use some maintance so that some of the equipment works. But It was above my expectation definitely come back again in the near future Room was just right infront of the beach which was nice. Thank you Far from town but ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2019

Borneo Beach Villas
Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
4.5 out of 5
Free Cancellation
P6,662
per night
7 Dec - 8 Dec
3.8/5Good! (711 reviews)

"Beautiful gardens and sense of spaciousness. Lots of wildlife. Friendly and helpful staff"…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2019

Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
P2,745
per night
9 Dec - 10 Dec
4.2/5Excellent! (144 reviews)

"I love it! Perfect location. Definitelt a must go!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
P6,622
per night
14 Dec - 15 Dec
4.2/5Very Good! (1,529 reviews)

"I have a very pleasant stay with my family ."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
P8,395
per night
6 Jan - 7 Jan
4.4/5Excellent! (1,644 reviews)

"I really like this property. Rooms are comfortable and spacious. Love the balcony! Breakfast is great with lots of options. My daughter spends a lot of time at the kids club. Like the variety of restaurants but missed the Italian this time (closed recently). Staff is very helpful. Some places could ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Polish Bay, Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Sabah
P15,195
per night
5 Jan - 6 Jan
4.3/5Excellent! (123 reviews)

"Beautiful eco conscious resort affiliated with the marine research center where you can adopt a baby coral and help regenerate the reef"…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
Gaya Island Resort
5 out of 5
Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Gaya Island, Sabah
P10,555
per night
19 Dec - 20 Dec
4.4/5Excellent! (389 reviews)

"Jungle walk and snorkeling ..... . ................. ."…"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2019

Gaya Island Resort
Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
P2,580
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (114 reviews)

"nice environment"…"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Free Cancellation
P4,593
per night
5 Jan - 6 Jan
4.1/5Very Good! (1,151 reviews)

"The brekfast not much selection. Just like 3 star hotel breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Beringgis Beach Resort & Spa
P5,734
per night
8 Dec - 9 Dec
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
The Magellan Sutera Resort
P8,213
per night
24 Dec - 25 Dec
4.2/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"Very good :)"…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Manukan Island
3.5 out of 5
Manukan Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Manukan Island, Sabah
P3,526
per night
13 Dec - 14 Dec
4.2/5Very Good! (55 reviews)
Weekend getaway

"Fantastic stay and place"…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Manukan Island
The Crown Borneo Hotel
2 out of 5
Free Cancellation
P1,098
per night
13 Dec - 14 Dec
3.4/5 (330 reviews)

"Overall was good .. comfy bed great facilities near airport .."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2019

The Crown Borneo Hotel
Borneo Golf Resort
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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
Jack's CondoApartment @ Marina Court Resort Condominium
P2,949
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
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
Sunset & Seaview Vacation Condos @ IMAGO Shopping Mall
P2,478
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan
3.7/5Good! (96 reviews)

"No access to gym, wall outside apt.dirty had to direct staff to clean, shower had some cracked tiles, dirty curtains, sliding door to balcony lock not working- secuity risk, no safe deposit box in suite, no card access to office level on floor 3 had to call & staff not responding to call or text, ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2019

Sunset & Seaview Vacation Condos @ IMAGO Shopping Mall
Seaside Travellers Inn
P3,054
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec
3.8/5Good! (20 reviews)
Just beautiful location and friendly place to stay

"We have been going here for 7 years. The pool is fun, the beach is nice; when the tide goes out you can find thousands of starfish. The restaurant is good. They have been in business for a long time, and the place is a little run-down but the people are friendly, the location is spectacular, and ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2019

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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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What is a Kota Kinabalu Beach Hotel?

 

On Expedia, you can find hotels located on the beach or within walking distance from the coast in Kota Kinabalu . Many hotels will have some rooms with a view of the beach or sea.

 

What is a Kota Kinabalu Beach Resort?

 

Kota Kinabalu beach resorts offer a full range of vacation facilities on a single site. Resorts are usually larger than hotels. Besides your hotel room, within the resort you’ll be able to enjoy several restaurants, bars and shops, along with recreational amenities. This often includes multiple swimming pools, family-friendly activity options and easy access to the beach.

If you are staying at a beach resort, there’s often enough to do within the resort itself that you barely need to leave the resort to enjoy your holiday.

*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities may vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.

 

What is the difference between oceanfront and oceanview hotel rooms?

 

An oceanview room in a hotel means you can see the ocean or sea from your room. However, this does not always mean its a wide view. To qualify, a room only needs a partial view of the water from your window or balcony.

An oceanfront room on the other hand, is usually a higher tier room directly facing the ocean. The view will be better than an oceanview room. An oceanfront room usually costs more than an oceanview room.

Every hotel is slightly different so it’s best to check the room details of your hotel of choice. On Expedia, you can find out more about the different room types on the hotel page. You can also see what guests had to say about the view from their rooms.

 

What is the difference between a Kota Kinabalu beachfront and an oceanfront room?

 

A beachfront room generally means your hotel room is on the ground floor, where you can easily access the beach. An oceanfront room is usually located on the higher floors with direct view of the water. Potentially a better view of the sky too, to gaze out and watch the sunrise or sunset from your room -- depending of course on the destination itself. Beachfront rooms are usually more expensive.

In some hotels the oceanfront room is just a floor or two above the beachfront room so the view may be fairly similar. In other cases, beachfront rooms don’t have a view because of trees or other obstructions between the room and the ocean, so the main benefit is that you can stroll directly out of your room onto the beach.

*These are only guidelines as policies and amenities may vary across hotels. For more information, view details listed on each property page.

 

What does partial oceanview mean in a Kota Kinabalu beach hotel?

 

A partial oceanview or partial seaview room means you can see the water from your room, but it's not a wide view. Your room or balcony does not directly face the ocean. You are just able to see it from certain angles or corners of the room. Depending on the hotel and which direct it faces, with a partial oceanview room you might get a great view or only a small sliver of blue.

If you want a great view, oceanfront rooms are the better option. They tend to cost more.

 

How do I choose a good beach hotel in Kota Kinabalu?

 

The best beach hotels offer rooms with a wide view of the ocean, direct access to the beach, or a private beach just for hotel guests. There may be hotels in Kota Kinabalu which offer these -- look out for those when searching.

In general, beach hotels with large swimming pools, infinity pools and swim up bars, are usually highly rated by guests. Another thing to consider is whether the hotel provides beach chairs on the nearest beach that you can rent as a guest, and if they have a food/drink service while you are there.

If you are on a budget , look for beach hotels which aren’t directly on the beach or facing the sea, but still within walking distance.

On Expedia, you can also filter your search of beach hotels in Kota Kinabalu to display only hotels that have received excellent feedback from previous guests. You may also wish to search by price, area and amenities. Filter your search by 'Ocean View' to find the best rooms that are either by the water’s edge or offer a great view of it.

 

How do I choose a good Kota Kinabalu beach hotel for a family holiday?

 

Some top features and amenities to consider are:

  • Location: Some beaches are quiet but a little harder to get to. Other hotels are on the main beach with lots of activities, transport options and tourist facilities around.
  • Room Facilities: With sand aplenty, hotels with a shower instead of bathtubs are a good option. Choose a room with a view or a beachfront where you can easily access the beach.
  • Recreational Amenities: Supervised kids clubs and children’s pools give the little ones lots of fun things to do. Beach resorts are a great option because they have plenty of things to do onsite, suitable for different age groups and activities that can be enjoyed as a family. And the beach is never far away. In destinations with All-Inclusive beach resorts, your family can enjoy all the facilities without worrying about going over budget.

In some destinations, you may even find for hotels with water slides or water parks for extra fun.

Ready to find your hotel? On Expedia, search for hotels that are close to the beach, and select 'Ocean View' as a filter option under the Amenities section. Next, scroll to the bottom of the left-hand panel to the 'Trip Type' section and select 'Family Friendly' as a search option. This will ensure only hotels that include family essentials – such as in-room conveniences and child-friendly activities – are included in your list of accommodation options.

 

How do I choose Kota Kinabalu beach hotel that’s good for a couples getaway?

 

To set the romantic mood, look out for the following when choosing a hotel in a beach destination:

  • Beach Access: Hotels with a private beach, hotels with direct beach access, restaurants on the beach
  • Authentic Reviews: Positive guest reviews by couples
  • Good pools: Adults-only pools, infinity pools, swim up bars, private pools
  • Room Features: To bring romance to your room, look for hotels that offer oceanfront rooms so you can enjoy a great view from the privacy of your room or balcony. Couples also appreciate hotel rooms with private hot tubs or jacuzzis, private villas with its own pool, swim-up rooms, rooms with deep-soaking tubs. 

 

Are all Kota Kinabalu beach resorts all-inclusive?

 

No, not all beach resorts are all-inclusive.

To find all-inclusive Kota Kinabalu beach resorts on Expedia, input your destination and dates, click ‘view all resorts’ then use filters on the left to narrow listings to all-inclusive resorts only.

 

What are All-Inclusive Kota Kinabalu beach resorts?

 

All-Inclusive mean your booking covers your room along with food, drinks, recreation and entertainment available onsite. This often includes free use of lounge chairs on the beach, water sports like snorkeling and kayaking, and nightly entertainment that incorporates some local culture. Guests enjoy being able to enjoy all the facilities without having to carry a wallet around or worry about going over budget. Note that some premium items may be excluded from your all-inclusive package.

All-Inclusive beach resorts are typically located on a coast, with a range of water activities available. Non-motorized water sports like snorkelling and kayaking are usually included in the rate. Motorized activities and professional lessons are usually available for an extra charge. Jet-skis and scuba diving lessons usually fall into this premium category.