Malaysia may have travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window
Alina on trover

Luxury Hotels in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide.

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Top Kota Kinabalu Luxury Hotels

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P5,185 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"The quietness and calmness of the hotel is still as inviting as it has been. However, could see that the hotel is quite dated in terms of facilities and the room itself. A refurbishment would definitely uplift the experience for guests. Kudos to the hotel for providing complimentary masks and hand ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 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
Get Rates
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
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs
The price is P1,525 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (53 reviews)
Cosy and spacious chalet

"Absolutely amazing!! We stayed in river lodge and everything is perfectly fine as photo shown on the apps. The large spacious glass dining area are so remarkable! The eco-friendly and tropical forest surrounding is really good for travellers who look for wellness and quietness. Inside the park provides ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges at Poring Hot Springs

You could be seeing lower prices

With member prices, you could save 10% or more right now on thousands of properties.
Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P6,599 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep
4.4/5Excellent! (1,102 reviews)

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Shangri-la Tanjung Aru. We requested for a quiet room and this was provided to us. Kevin, a staff at the Horizon Lounge was very hospitable and helpful throughout our stay there. The hotel rooms are updated with latest amenities ie. Bluetooth speakers, smart TVs ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
Grandis Hotel
4 out of 5
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, 1A Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P4,036 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (835 reviews)
A grand stay at the Grandis

"We stayed in the Deluxe Room, Sea View on the 8th floor. 2 Adults and a 14 year old. The room and bathroom were very spacious and had modern décor. The view of the sea and islands is beautiful. Also staff are very friendly and courteous. Extensive choices at breakfast buffet however highly recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Grandis Hotel
Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa
The price is P16,430 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct
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
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P3,050 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"The location is excellent. It is close walking distance to night market, wet market where we get inexpensive seafood, mosque plus shopping malls and restaurants. It is good that the hotel has freezer to store our freshly bought seafood. Unfortunately it was not good. Our fresh seafood was not frozen ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
The Magellan Sutera Resort
5 out of 5
Free Cancellation
The price is P7,714 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"Enjoy👍👍👍👍👍 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍👍"…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

The Magellan Sutera Resort
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
5 out of 5
Free Cancellation
The price is P3,519 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (999 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
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P2,687 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (998 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Gayana Marine Resort
The price is P14,078 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (394 reviews)

"Diving was moderate. Overall rather expensive compared to Malaysian standards. Super service! Staff was extremely attentive. Monkeys were enjoying!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Gayana Marine Resort
Horizon Hotel
4 out of 5
Jalan Pantai, Locked Bag 2084, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is P2,044 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct
4/5Very Good! (919 reviews)

"The hotels location is very central, most thing are within an easy walk."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Horizon Hotel
North Borneo Paradise @ Marina Court Resort Condo
3 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Get Rates
4/5Very Good! (85 reviews)

"Nice apartment"…"

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

North Borneo Paradise @ Marina Court Resort Condo
Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu
3.5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Get Rates
4/5Very Good! (399 reviews)

"Swimming pool"…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu
3.5 out of 5
5, Jalan Padang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P1,493 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep
3.9/5Good! (994 reviews)

"Love the place, room was beautiful, very comfortable, many care items. Great price and location also, especially if you want to use public transport terminal to other cities. A ."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

Dreamtel Kota Kinabalu
The Palace Hotel Kota Kinabalu
4 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P1,493 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep
3.9/5Good! (303 reviews)

"OK except the breakfast spread was limited"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

The Palace Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
The price is P6,790 per night from 11 Oct to 12 Oct
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
Kingston Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Get Rates
3.3/5 (47 reviews)
Safety issue to look into

"The toilet flooring was slippery. Me and my travel partner felt down twice."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

Kingston Hotel
Don't see what you're looking for?
We've got more Luxury Hotels. Find the right one for you.
View all properties
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Want to find the perfect hotel for your luxury getaway to Kota Kinabalu? Use Expedia to arrange your flight to Kota Kinabalu (BKI-Kota Kinabalu Intl.) airport, and then select from a variety of places to stay that will deliver the luxury you want. Amenities are important when you plan a vacation, so we make it easy to find what you need to make your stay special. If you want an upscale hotel that has a spa, an indoor pool, or luxury bedding, Expedia can help you find the best luxury hotel experience that Kota Kinabalu has to offer. Known for its parks and marinas, Kota Kinabalu also has some interesting things to see and do including Sabah State Mosque and Likas Stadium, so you may want to take in the local sights during your visit.

When to Visit Kota Kinabalu

Here's what you can expect from the weather while you are staying in Kota Kinabalu:

  • 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

Exploring Kota Kinabalu

Take in some sights and attractions while you're in Kota Kinabalu by visiting Sabah State Mosque, Likas Stadium, and 1 Borneo Hypermall. If you have extra time while you're in the area, you might want to stop by Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and Sedco Square.

Other things that make Kota Kinabalu unique are its:
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Marina
  • Parks

Getting Around Kota Kinabalu

Take advantage of local transportation options that make it easy to see Kota Kinabalu. To see more of the larger area, hop aboard a train at Tanjung Aru Station.

Frequently asked questions

Are you searching for the perfect hotel for your luxury trip to Kota Kinabalu?
Travel to Kota Kinabalu Intl. Airport (BKI) Airport and then treat yourself to a stay at one of 19 Kota Kinabalu luxury hotels. Known for its parks and marinas, Kota Kinabalu also has some interesting things to see and do including Imago Shopping Mall and 1Borneo Hypermall, so you may want to take in the local sights during your visit.
What's the best luxury accommodation in Kota Kinabalu?
The Pacific Sutera Hotel is a 5-star resort with a private beach and 2 restaurants, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travelers looking for a pampering stay. Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu and Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa are two other upscale options for your trip.
When can I expect good weather in Kota Kinabalu?
Planning for the weather is an important factor for making your trip to Kota Kinabalu a success, especially when you’re splurging. 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's there to see and do in Kota Kinabalu?
Experience Kota Kinabalu and visit Imago Shopping Mall, 1Borneo Hypermall, and Mount Kinabalu National Park. If you have a little extra time during your trip, you might want to check out Centre Point and Kota Kinabalu Central Market.

Travelers loved these Luxury Hotels

More trip options