(Photos by @joehairie)
Recently a friend (@raizalazizan) from Kuala Lumpur visited Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He was on a short trip and when we met he asked one question – “what better way to view the sunset while at the same time slurping some good coconut juice?”. @joehairie simply said, “let’s go to the Grandis Hotel Roof Top Bar”. So off we went and thus we had this opportunity to chill out at the Sky Blu Bar by Grandis Hotel. We came around 5 PM ++ as we intended to view the Magnificent Sunset while enjoying the young and fresh coconut.
It is essential to let you guys know the location of this Hotel. Grandis Hotel is located in the northern part of Kota Kinabalu CBD area, a stroll away from the Jesselton Point. Grandis Hotel is attached to the Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.
The pic above shows the entire building of Suria Sabah and its attached Hotel, the Grandis Hotel. The main entrance of this hotel is just next to the Starbucks @ Suria Sabah Mall.
Sky Blu Bar is on the R Floor (Well that is what the Elevator Button shows). So, simply press the R button and it will take you to the Sky Blu Bar.
We ordered Young Pandan Coconut. That cost us only RM24 (RM8 per piece). I realized that I can get cheaper coconut somewhere else, but I have to compromise that price with the excellent view and services offered by this Hotel. Anyway, the coconut was delish, naturally sweet and most important, the flesh were tender. Really put me in the thinking mode of ordering for a 2nd.
This is the view of the Sunset from the balcony of the Sky Blu Bar. Indeed it was a beautiful sunset.
This is the Bar area and some seating areas that provide shade and protection from the Sun- perfect for your business talk while having drinks or meals.
There is a narrow pool but fit for both adults and kids. It has a nice view as well and the glass panel giving sort of infinity view from the pool edge.
This is another side of the Bar, the outdoor seating area, overlooking the southern part of the Kota Kinabalu CBD area.
From our table, we get to see the 2 Islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) park and the elite housing area of Sutera Harbour, famously known as the BANYAN.
This is the view of Pulau Gaya, the largest Island in the TAR Park.
Unfortunately, no smoking is allowed in the seating areas. Smokers need to scale one floor down to the back area of the Sky Blu Bar.
Another section of the Indoor Seating Area. It is a perfect location for you and friends to have a chit chat, drinks and meals and enjoying the smooth breeze from the sea.
The Pool Area overlooking the newly constructed hotel and The Peak Condominiums.
Overall, we were satisfied with the place that we visited. The Coconut were very refreshing. Staffs were friendly, polite and attentive. Next time you are in Kota Kinabalu, try to indulge yourself in this breezy, trendy and elegant Sky Blu Bar @ The Grandis Hotel, Kota Kinabalu.
Whats my verdict? (Bar/Club-Seaside/Pool Category) (Score: 8.4/10 )
Ambiance & Overall Concept: 8/10
Food-Menu, Presentation and Taste: 9/10
Beverages-Menu, Presentation and Taste: 8/10
Service/Wifi/All other ‘Extras’: 9/10