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Beach Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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Top Kota Kinabalu Beach Hotels

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
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The price is P6,415 per night from 2 Jan to 3 Jan
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)

"Perfect place for family getaway...spectacular view"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2020

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
SKYPOD Hostel
2 out of 5
The price is P375 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
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
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4.4/5Excellent! (424 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's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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The price is P6,629 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec
4.4/5Excellent! (1,051 reviews)

"Love the view from my room and the ambience was relaxing. The Sunset Bar was a winner, just chill while watching the beautiful view of the sunset. Definitely will return."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
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The price is P14,542 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
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 P3,503 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec
4.3/5Excellent! (68 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
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The price is P2,646 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
4.2/5Excellent! (175 reviews)

"The seaside location, spacious rooms, friendly staff. Although this hotel has just restarted business due to the pandemic, the unit where we stayed in is in good shape. Only thing is, 1 night stay is too short!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2020

Sabah Beach Villas & Suites
The Magellan Sutera Resort
5 out of 5
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The price is P7,754 per night from 10 Dec to 11 Dec
4.2/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"Enjoy👍👍👍👍👍 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍👍"…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
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The price is P3,182 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (1,000 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
Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
3 out of 5
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The price is P2,625 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (124 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
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
5 out of 5
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The price is P2,488 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

"Breakfast need to be improved....................."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Borneo Beach Villas
4 out of 5
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The price is P2,250 per night from 7 Dec to 8 Dec
4/5Very Good! (304 reviews)

"Nice location, next to the beach with water sport equipment for rent"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Borneo Beach Villas
Beringgis Beach Resort & Spa
The price is P3,238 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan
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
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The price is P6,558 per night from 4 Dec to 5 Dec
3.8/5Good! (749 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
The price is P4,285 per night from 1 Jan to 2 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
Seaside Travellers Inn
The price is P3,064 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan
3.7/5Good! (26 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
The price is P1,942 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
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
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3.4/5 (331 reviews)

"Bathroom not in very good condition"…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

The Crown Borneo Hotel
Raintree Beach & Golf Resort
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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
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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
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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.

Frequently asked questions

What is Kota Kinabalu like for travelers who love the beach?
Known for its amazing swimming spots and snorkeling, Kota Kinabalu has a lot to offer the traveler planning a beach vacation.
What's the best hotel for a beach vacation in Kota Kinabalu?
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is a top 5-star beachfront resort offering 2 outdoor pools and 6 restaurants, located within a short 1-minute walk of Dalit Beach. Other good options for your stay near the beach include Borneo Beach Villas and Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai.
How many beach hotels are there in Kota Kinabalu?
Choose from one of Expedia’s 37 hotels in Kota Kinabalu for your beachside break.
When's the best time for a beach vacation in Kota Kinabalu?
You can plan your beach trip with this snapshot of year-round temperatures in Kota Kinabalu: The hottest months are usually April and May with an average temp of 82°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 81°F. The rainiest months in Kota Kinabalu are October, June, September, and November, with each month seeing an average of 13 inches of rainfall.
What is there to see and do around Kota Kinabalu?
After arriving and checking into your hotel, you’ll probably want to explore your surroundings. Beach lovers can head straight to Dalit Beach or Pantai Pulau Mamutik for some quality time by the water. Take advantage of the area’s snorkeling and swimming, and make time for local attractions like Imago Shopping Mall and 1Borneo Hypermall. For additional things to see and do, consider a visit to Mount Kinabalu National Park or Centre Point.
What's the best way to get to my beach hotel in Kota Kinabalu?
This travel information can help you get to and around your beach accommodation in Kota Kinabalu with ease. To get to Kota Kinabalu, you can fly into Kota Kinabalu Intl. Airport (BKI), the closest major airport, which is located 4.1 mi (6.6 km) away. You can find out about water travel options at the marina.

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