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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
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The price is P5,972 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"Love the hospitality and the friendly staff at Rasa Ria Resort! Will surely come again.."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
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
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 P6,587 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (1,134 reviews)

"Great location for the beach and sunset, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great amenities. Would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
The price is P16,395 per night
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 P4,104 per night
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
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4.2/5Excellent! (171 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 P7,700 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
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"Had a great time here...apart from the whistle blowing life guards. I felt they were a bit over the top. I also had an allergic reaction to jelly fish larvae bites(jelly bugs) that I got on a snorkeling trip booked through the hotel. The guide advised there were stingers but I reacted badly. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
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The price is P3,384 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)

"This hotel have beautiful ocean view,is close to shopping center and eateries...Staff are friendly and helpful..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
3 out of 5
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The price is P2,608 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (123 reviews)
Nice X'mas holiday

"Good for the price. A little bit old but service amd food is good. Convenience to call a taxi to town."…"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2019

Langkah Syabas Beach Resort
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
5 out of 5
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The price is P6,667 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Borneo Beach Villas
The price is P3,279 per night
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
4 out of 5
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The price is P3,035 per night
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 P6,778 per night
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
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 P1,767 per night
3.8/5Good! (24 reviews)

"We had the best stay ever at Sunshine Travellers Inn. The establishment owners and all the hotel staff were friendly, helpful and made our stay as comfortable as possible."…"

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Seaside Travellers Inn
Sunset & Seaview Vacation Condos @ IMAGO Shopping Mall
The price is P3,174 per night
3.6/5Good! (102 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
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
Borneo Golf Resort
The price is P3,864 per night
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 with 2 outdoor pools and 6 restaurants. Other good options to stay near the beach include Borneo Beach Villas and Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai. To enjoy some time by the water, head to Dalit Beach or Pantai Pulau Mamutik.
How many beach hotels are there in Kota Kinabalu?
Choose from one of Expedia’s 36 hotels in Kota Kinabalu for your beachside break.
What's the weather like in 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. 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. Average annual rainfall for Kota Kinabalu is 106 inches.
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 around Kota Kinabalu?
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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