While Malaysia is known to be a cultural mosaic, Sabah is among the country’s most diverse states. With a large population of indigenous people, it’s incredibly rich in myriad heritages with more than 30 ethnicities, from Kadazan to Murut and Rungus. Sabah is also known as ‘The Land Below The Wind’ and has some of the most scenic destinations in the country that have yet to be discovered.
Here are some unforgettable stays you can find in and around Sabah’s Kundasang region.
1. Hounon Ridge
Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and immerse yourself in the spectacular view offered at the Hounon Ridge. For just RM30, you can rent a tent and sleep under the shimmering stars. Those who opt for tent rental will be given access to outdoor showers and a fully-equipped kitchen.
A standard room at this homestay will set you back RM130 on weekdays and comes with a spectacular view from the balcony. Be sure to give Kuning, the resident cat, a pat while you’re there!
Rates from RM30 per night.
Address: Kg. Himbaan, Bundu Tuhan, 89308 Ranau, Sabah
Contact: +6013 850 6463
2. Himbaan Gardenstay
Looking at Himbaan Gardenstay, you would think this destination is in New Zealand, but it’s in our very own backyard. What’s unique about this destination is its charmingly colourful cottages and the view of Mount Kinabalu.
With motorhomes (also known as caravans) available for rent, guests can have escapades akin to those you’d have in New Zealand. For rates as low as RM250 per night, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth here with their heartwarming service and an incomparable view.
Rates from RM250 per night.
Address: Jalan Randagong Himbaan, 89300 Kundasang, Sabah
Contact: +6016 810 9816
3. B-Inspired Abode Homestay
At this cabin getaway called B-Inspired Homestay, guests can choose between cottages that will fit up to five pax for RM250 per night or opt for the mountain homes, which can house up to 25 pax. There’s also something for the budget travellers – colourful and comfortable A-cabins for only RM30 per night!
We highly recommend squeezing a morning walk to take in the fresh mountain air of Kundasang.
Rates from RM30 per night.
Address: Jalan Tamparuli, 89308 Ranau, Sabah
Contact: 012-822 3605
4. Dream World Resort
If you’re looking for spacious room options, Dream World Resort might be the destination for you. Its gorgeous panoramic view of blue skies and misty clouds are a win in our books.
Aside from ample choices of chalets (with jacuzzi, btw), you can find restaurants, meeting spaces, and events for booking. We suggest going in a big group, so you can fully use the area and enjoy yourself with the company of loved ones!
Rates from RM165 per night.
Address: Jalan Mesilau Golf Club 89307 Kundasang, Sabah
Contact: +6013 856 9984 or +6019 575 1871
5. Marakau Cabin Lodge
Marakau Cabin Lodge is reminiscent of a European destination without the hefty price tag. At a mere RM120 per night, you’ll snag yourself a comfortable stay with the breeze of Mount Kinabalu surrounding you. We say that’s pretty unique!
If you want to discover waterfalls in the area, they also offer adventure rides through the jungle. Just book in advance.
Rates from RM120 per night.
Address: Kampung Marakau, 89308 Ranau, Sabah
Contact: +6019 831 2866
6. Umea Glam
At first look, Umea Glam will have you transported to a glamping destination in the wilderness of Sweden, and while that sounds great, the spectacular view of Mount Kinabalu make this venue even better.
There are plenty of domes to choose from, and each boasts an interior of modern bohemian charm and barbecue facilities. Early mornings at home will never be the same once you’re spoilt with the kind of sunrise view you’ll get here!
Rates begin at RM250.
Address: Jalan Golf Course Mesilou, 89308 Kundasang, Sabah
Contact: +608 888 6005
7. Wind Paradise Mongolian Yurt
From the wilderness of Sweden, we move on to another destination – Wind Paradise Mongolian Yurt in Kundasang. Over the years, this destination has made it on many travellers’ wishlists, and rightfully so as this accommodation is unlike any other.
Oh, and the starry night sky here is a bonus. Not many places can give you a clear view of the milky way at night, so if you’re an avid photographer, don’t forget to pack your DSLR camera!
While there are no restaurants at Wind Paradise itself, there are barbecue and steamboat facilities that guests can enjoy. Alternatively, head on to Kundasang town to try their local dishes.
Rates from RM180 per night.
Address: Kampung Cinta Mata, 89308 Kundasang, Sabah
Contact: +6019 800 0201
8. Mountain Valley Resort
Nothing is more panoramic than a tall glass window in the comfort of your accommodation. At Mountain Valley Resort, the signature deluxe room will offer you a fantastic corner view window of the lush greenery and mystical mountains.
Breakfast by the mountain with its glasshouse concept restaurant is a rare find, and for that alone, this place deserves to be on this list.
Rates from RM320 per night.
Address: Jalan Tenompok Bundu Tuhan, Bundu Tuhan, 89300 Tinompok, Sabah
Contact: +6017 777 6750
9. Tullynaw Glamping
Another glamping spot we’ve discovered in Kundasang is Tullynaw Glamping, which has the most close-up view of Mount Kinabalu. Unlike Umea Glam, Tullynaw Glamping’s interior has a Bali-like vibe, except the weather is cold and breezy. Imagine waking up to a view of the sunrise and the pride of Sabah, which is Mount Kinabalu, as you’re enjoying your morning toast and coffee.
Rates from RM320 per night.
Address: Pekan Nabalu, 89150 Kota Belud, Sabah
Contact: +6011 1293 5598
10. The Shire Sinisan
Frodo Baggins, are you in there? You would think so at The Shire Sinisan, as the venue closely resembles the hobbit-holes in The Lord of The Rings, and it’s locally known as that! Surrounded by pine trees, there’s a lot of nature to be taken in and admired.
If you feel like doing something adventurous, we suggest booking yourself the ATV experience! Now you can experience a hobbit stay without flying out of Malaysia.
Rates from RM100 per night.
Address: Jalan Kampung Sinisian, 89308 Ranau, Sabah
Contact: +6017 313 7700
11. Culvert View
Culvert View is perfect for those who enjoy a minimalist tube-shaped homestay! Everything is colourful here – from the curved entrances of the accommodations and the steps leading to the rooms to the rainbow-bright murals and furniture. There are plenty of cool places to visit during your stay, so be sure to ask the staff for some recommendations.
Rates from RM169 per night.
Address: Jalan Lobou-Lobou Satu, Kampung Lembah Permai Kundasang, 89307 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Contact: 016-832 4872
12. Sutera Sanctuary Lodge
One of Sabah’s most eco-conscious destinations, Sutera Sanctuary Lodge will give its guests the luxury of escaping city life and reconnecting with themselves and nature. Its beautiful cottage-style accommodation is suitable for all types of visitors, from families to hikers looking to climb Mount Kinabalu.
While it may be considered a more upscale property, the price can be as low as RM112 per night, so be sure to check out when the best season to visit is.
Rates from RM112 per night.
Address: Mount Kinabalu National Park, Kinabalu Park, 88100 Kundasang, Sabah
Contact: +6015 4876 1800
If you need a quick (or long) reset from life’s busyness, we hope this list has sparked some inspiration to book your next getaway. These unique destinations allow you to explore Malaysia in a whole new way and serves as a reminder of just how beautiful our country is.