New and Upcoming Hotels in Sabah

The demand for more hotel rooms is skyrocketing now more than ever to accommodate the thousands of international tourists that are progressively flocking to Sabah every year.

Photo Credit: Amazing Borneo Tours

Photo Credit: Amazing Borneo Tours

If there is anywhere in the world
that has it all, it's Sabah, Malaysia.

You can be living comfortably in the city, spending your days sunbathing on a blissful island and ending them up in the chilly mountains surrounded by magnificent views - all in one vacation.

Tourism has always been one of Sabah's biggest industries and it's only progressing faster and faster, reaching a new record in 2018 with the highest tourism receipts ever at RM8.342 billion.

This tourism boom has brought the State Government to call for more hotels across Sabah.

"This is in view of the rising demand for hotel accommodation. International tourists are coming to Sabah in droves. It’s incredible, simply, we just don’t have enough hotel rooms."
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew at the 2019 Matta (Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents) Raya Open House.

Read on for the inside scoop on new and upcoming hotels in Sabah. You're going to want to know about these developments...

Photo Credit: ihg.com

Photo Credit: ihg.com

1. Hyatt Centric, Kota Kinabalu

Situated in the heart of the city, the 22-storey hotel with 220 guestrooms will offer convenient access to Kota Kinabalu's commercial district, shopping malls, restaurants and other local attractions, with Jesselton Point within a walking distance and the airport just 10km away. 

Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad's first hotel is expected to open in the year 2021.

Hyatt Centric will be designed by famed Japanese architect and interior designer Kengo Kuma (All photos: Hyatt Centric/Business Wire)

Hyatt Centric will be designed by famed Japanese architect and interior designer Kengo Kuma (All photos: Hyatt Centric/Business Wire)

An artist impression of how the hotel will look like under the design direction of Kengo Kuma. Photo from http://www.optionstheedge.com

An artist impression of how the hotel will look like under the design direction of Kengo Kuma. Photo from http://www.optionstheedge.com

2. Cabana Retreat, Kota Belud

Malaysia's first pop up beach resort "set up camp" early this year in February, 2019.

Ideal for those who want to experience the joy of staying outdoors without wanting to sacrifice the luxury.

There are 24 Instagram-worthy tents for happy-campers.

The 5-Meter Romantic Tent by the beach. Photo by SabahTravel.com

The 5-Meter Romantic Tent by the beach. Photo by SabahTravel.com

There are many areas to chill out at Cabana with swings, hammocks and bean bags scattered throughout the grounds. Photo from www.cabanaretreat.com/

There are many areas to chill out at Cabana with swings, hammocks and bean bags scattered throughout the grounds. Photo from www.cabanaretreat.com/

3. Mountain Valley Resort, Tinompok

After complete renovations, the resort recently launched this year in May 2019 and is the newest boutique resort situated at Tinompok.

The Mountain Valley is also the first eco-tourism project, build to uplift economic and community development for the people of Bundu Tuhan.

All 15 suites offer breathtaking views of Bundu Tuhan valleys and of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu.

Enjoy the same magnificent views from the resort's very own restaurant, The Glass Bistro & Restaurant serving highly recommended, delicious food.

Stunning view driving up to the resort. Photo from Mountain Valley Resort Facebook page.

Stunning view driving up to the resort. Photo from Mountain Valley Resort Facebook page.

View from the Signature Deluxe Room. Photo from Mountain Valley Resort Facebook page.

View from the Signature Deluxe Room. Photo from Mountain Valley Resort Facebook page.

4. Holiday Inn Express Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Looking for comfortable and hassle-free stay in Kota Kinabalu? You will be able to "Stay Smart" at the next City Centre Holiday Inn Express by the year 2020.

The first IHG hotel to open in East Malaysia will have 250 rooms and off free Express Start Breakfast or a Grab & Go option, free and fast Wi-Fi, 24-hour gym, business centre, self-service launderette, 12-person meeting room, and beverages and light meals available at the Great Room.

Opening soon! Photo from www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress

Opening soon! Photo from www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress

Queen Bed Guest Room. Photo from www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress

Queen Bed Guest Room. Photo from www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress

5. Stanton Hotel

The Stanton Hotel will be overtaking the old American International Assurance (AIA) Berhad in Kota Kinabalu Planning and is expected to reach completion this year in September.

All 37 rooms will be designer to have a British Colonial feel.

The image used is not of the Stanton Hotel.

Design example using image of British Colonial Hilton Nassau guest room. Photo from Stuart Cove's.

Design example using image of British Colonial Hilton Nassau guest room. Photo from Stuart Cove's.

6. Citadines Waterfront

Set to open in 2022, Citadines Waterfront is conveniently located within a short 10-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Citadines Waterfront Kota Kinabalu will be part of an integrated development that includes a retail mall with supermarket, food and beverage outlets, as well as offices. Overlooking scenic views of the South China Sea, the serviced residence is adjacent to Kota Kinabalu’s Waterfront development, which will feature an upscale shopping mall and a seafront boardwalk lined with a wide mix of dining options.

Artist impression of Citadines Waterfront taken from EdgeProp.my

Artist impression of Citadines Waterfront taken from EdgeProp.my

7. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

Golden Wave Sdn Bhd, is a subsidiary of Ho Hup Construction Company Berhad is building the 376 room five-star Crowne Plaza Hotel to be managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

The hotel is expected to be open in 2021 and will be part of a mixed-use development at a prime waterfront location in downtown Kota Kinabalu, sitting amindst high-end residences and a number of dining establishments which offer stunning views of the city's waterfront.

The Crown and The Crowne Plaza. Photo from thecrownkk.com

The Crown and The Crowne Plaza. Photo from thecrownkk.com

"The best neighbors" Photo from thecrownkk.com

"The best neighbors" Photo from thecrownkk.com

8. The Alila Dalit Bay

Alila Dalit Bay Sabah is located on the island’s northern coast overlooking 17 acres of pure white, unspoiled foreshore.

The beachfront resort will feature a 152 bedroom/suite hotel and 74 villas for private ownership, set within a secluded 5-hectare estate, spaciously planned around extensive gardens, forests and water features.

The expected completion date is in 2020.

One bedroom Villa. Photo by Alila Hotels.

One bedroom Villa. Photo by Alila Hotels.

The Villas combine inspiration from from the "longhouse" design of the local Lotud Tribe. Photo from Alila Hotels.

The Villas combine inspiration from from the "longhouse" design of the local Lotud Tribe. Photo from Alila Hotels.

9. Pullman Hotel

French hotel group Accor is rapidly expanding its network in Sabah.

“As soon as Sabah International Convention Centre opens, we will introduce another hotel, Pullman Hotel,” General Manager of Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre, Jacques Leizerovici said in 2018.

Pullman Jakarta photo from trip.com

Pullman Jakarta photo from trip.com

10. KK Resort City, Lok Kawi

KTS Group launched a RM5 billion project this past May - a world-class Kota Kinabalu Resort City on an island in Lok Kawi.

The land has transformed into an island by subsequent reclamation works and will now be used to develop a world-class vacation destination. The resort city will feature hotels, shopping and recreational centres.

Artist illustration of KK Resort City. Photo from Property Hunter.

Artist illustration of KK Resort City. Photo from Property Hunter.