Written by @joehairie (Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
We were mesmerized by that breathtaking view of the South China Sea, with Islands that formed Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks, as the background. A postcard view, we must say it, seen through that big window in room 0535 at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. We stood there, admiring the view, almost forgetting that we actually need to be somewhere else. It’s kind of being glued there, as if we do not want to do anything else other than being there looking at that picturesque view. This is one of the many Sea View Twin room available in this 5 star Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.
We checked in on Friday, 7 October 2016 for a 3 days/2 nights stay. The first person that we met was the super attentive and friendly concierge staff, Fernando. He greeted us when we came in through the main entrance and though we were travelling light, he insisted to help us with our belongings. He’s also there during day time whenever we went out and each time we met him he never failed to greet us, addressing us by our names! Then there were the polite, helpful and informative staffs at the reception desk that ensured check-in was done timely and accordingly.
There’s long reception desk with sufficient staffs handling the check-ins and check-outs. We both were amazed with their positive working attitude, withstanding all the challenges, greeting and bid farewell to guests with big and genuine smiles. They didn’t hesitate when we asked them to be our ‘models’. The door men and security personnel were willing as well to have their photos taken. They’re all amazing staffs, we must say! Being locals, we are at times being treated as second class guests whenever we check-in at some big hotels in our own state, but that did not happen to us at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. We were pretty much welcomed by the staffs.
We both were amazed at the feature wall of the reception desk. The symmetrical design and random tiles on the wall creates the luxury feel. Local motive embedded on that wooden panels, on both sides, gives that balanced contrast to those with deeper interest in decorations. Darker tone of earth color dominates the edge of the reception counter with marble tile as the counter-top. First impression, luxurious and elegance and that feel of both adjectives didn’t end there, it’s everywhere in the hotel, from the lobby area right up to the Regency Club Lounge.
We’re assigned to room 535, a Sea View Twin Room. Size wise, it is a spacious 42 sq-m room offering two twin beds with plush duvet covers. There is even a menu, specifically for the pillows! Guests may choose from Polyester Pillow, Therapeutic Lavender Pillow, Foam Pillow, Contour Massage Pillow and Microfil Pillow. It’s truly thoughtful of the management, giving the utmost comfort to guests. It is important to mention here that though we are not staying on any of the Club Floors, we’re actually upgraded to enjoy the privileged experience at the Regency Club Lounge. At Hyatt brand, it is possible to enjoy the Club Benefits for some fees, even though you are to go for the normal type room(s).
Although we’re assigned to a room on the 5th floor, we did feel like being on a much higher floor, as we get to see all things, clearly. The poolside is clearly visible from our room and that already made me super excited to be in that pool the next day. The sunset view is amazingly breathtaking and we both spent much time admiring that almost ‘postcard’ views. Daily bottled water are given to guests and complimentary fruits are given on the first day of the stay. To enjoy more benefits, enroll in their prestigious Hyatt Gold Passport Program. Click the link below to learn more about Hyatt Gold Passport.
The Beds & TV
As mentioned earlier, our room has twin beds , each with 2 pillows and an extra is available in the wardrobe. If you need more, the housekeeper will be happy to provide more pillows and don’t forget about that pillow menu. Sleeping on the bed was like sleeping on cottons, piled up into one big bed. That’s how I would describe the experience. Lighting are all all over and we love the idea to install that power outlets on each side, as we both need to be closer to our smart-phones! The last thing we need when waking up is to find the smart phone power drained out!
There’s a comfy sofa between one of the beds and the large window panel. A good place to relax, enjoying that sea view while having a cup of coffee, or tea if you want to. @Lan spent much time lounging on this comfy sofa, doing his reading and jotting down all that important notes. He once went on sleeping on that comfy sofa, had to wake him up only to be scolded by him as he was actually enjoying his little nap on that comfortable sofa!
The TV is placed in a specially made cabinet mounted onto the wall and it comes with DVD player. Plenty channels available, from local to international channels. See that door on my left, that’s the door to the suite next to this room. This particular room is actually meant to be the connecting room, in case guests in that next door suite need more space.
The Executive Desk
The large executive desk comes with enhanced lighting with plenty storage/drawers and side table to put all that important documents/files. Attached to the wall on the side table are some power outlets, perfect to ensure smooth power supply to guest’s devices. @Lan did some work on his notebook, transferring all that photos from the camera(s) as well as doing some drafts. The WIFI connection is pretty fast, efficient that is, making our browsing habit a little bit exciting!
The room has one big bathroom with wooden panels that are easy to handle, leave it open or close it if you want to have more privacy (as shown in the image below). We love this concept as it gives the room kind of openness ambiance, making the room looks a little bit bigger than it is. It’s like walking to the main area in the room without even have to deal with a real door of a bathroom.
The bathroom is behind that wooden panels. Depending on guest’s wish, the bathroom can be clearly seen or closed for some privacy.
Inside the bathroom, there are 3 areas namely the wash basin counter, also a place to put all your needs on the marble counter-top. The other 2 are the toilet and shower (that comes with rain-shower!). Glass doors gives that extra privacy to guests even with the wooden panels being fully open.
The counter where the wash basin is located has some smaller compartments underneath to store all the necessary items such as toiletries and hair dryer. Large and small mirrors are just everywhere and there are plenty place to hang towels.
The wardrobe is located next to the room’s entrance and in front of the bathroom so that guests may simply walk towards it after shower. There is one interesting items that we both rarely see in any other hotels (we’ve seen it in few hotels), Sarongs. There are 2 in the wardrobe. Apart from the normal bathrobes, the sarong is an option especially for those who wears it at home as we do. Other items readily available in the wardrobe are the iron and board, laundry basket and safety box.
To those who have no idea what Sarong is, it is a garment consisting of a long piece of cloth worn wrapped around the body and tucked at the waist or under the armpits, traditionally worn in most parts of Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, the Malays normally wear it at home or when performing prayers. Wearing it for casual reason is actually practice by most people now as it is pretty comfortable. We both wore the sarongs during the evening, in our room of course!
What’s the best part about our room? Definitely the view! We had 180 degrees view of the South China Sea and we never got tired of looking at the scenery view. Down below is the Segama or Todak Waterfront and that place never sleeps as people keep flocking to that area 24 hours a day.
This is the view of that Todak Waterfront that we’ve mentioned earlier. This shot was taken early in the morning and it’s really breathtaking view!
Another view of the other part of Todak Waterfront with Gaya and Sepanggar Islands as the background. Images below are views of Swimming Pool area, seen from our room #0535.
Afternoon @ Mosaic Cafe
Right after check-in and after spending some time in our wonderful Sea View Room, we decided to visit Mosaic Cafe and have some great beverages. We visited this Cafe not long ago and we did write about our experience. Here is the link:
Mosaic Cafe is quite well known for its talented Barista and so let us introduce to you the famous Barista in Kota Kinabalu, Alden..
Before we show to you what we had at this amazing cafe, let’s have a look at the interior and exterior of Mosaic Cafe.
The Main Entrance
Outdoor Seating/Dining Area
Indoor Seating/Dining Area
Service Bar/Cashier Counter
Service Bar/Cashier Counter
Let’s have a look at what we had during our recent visit to this awesome cafe.
Smoked Salmon Sandwich-RM 15 nett
Gelato (Pandan & Hazelnut) RM10 nett per scoop or RM21 nett for a triple…
Hawaiian Iced Tea – RM12 nett
…and some Rainbow Latte Art plus specially designed character on another cup of coffee!
Overall, we enjoyed our moments staying at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. We love our Sea View Twin room especially for the magnificent 180 degrees view of that South China Sea. We had everything that we needed during our stay and we do look forward for more exciting experiences in this hotel. While we do recommend the Sea View Twin room to all of you, there’s more rooms in another category to choose from so do have a look at the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu website and plan much earlier for your stay at this hotel. There’s special rate for the early birds (Advance Purchase)! Mosaic Cafe, this one need no lengthy explanation, we both love this cafe so much! Cosy and comfy place to chill out, sipping our favorite beverages. Highly recommended!
Coming up is the article about our own experience at the Regency Club Lounge’s evening cocktail / hors d’oeuvre.
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong
88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel : + 60 88 221 234
Fax: + 60 88 225 972
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Gallery (Room 535)