Written by @joehairie & content arranged by @Lan (Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands into the worship of the creator”– Mahatma Gandhi
Imagine this. You’re tired from that long journey on the plane, arriving at your destination and then to your hotel. You received your key card and when you open the door of your room, you found a balcony with some comfy deck chairs. The sunset view is there waiting for you. The sea breeze is giving you that freshest air that you needed most. Sit and enjoy the moment, every day, if you want to. We had that moment at The Pacific Sutera Hotel, Sutera Harbour Resort at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. We had that breathtaking view of South China Sea and the Islands nearby. We sat on the deck chairs, enjoying the sea breeze, on the balcony attached to our Deluxe Sea View Twin Room.
We can’t believe it that after so many years and after recently vowing to return, we’re actually here at The Pacific Sutera Hotel. It’s been a while since the last stay and we’re not sure if the hotel is still offering the same qualities in both service and products. Well, we finally return and will be nesting here for 3 days and 2 nights. From the outside, it looks exactly the same like what we saw years ago. We love the rooms on the higher floors dedicate to Pacific Club guests. This time around, we’re booked on a Deluxe Sea View Twin Room but still having full access to the exclusive Pacific Club.
The first thing that we noticed when alighted from our transport was the amazing glass panel on top, outside the lobby area. It gives spectacular view of the blue sky. Guests with their own cars need not to worry as there are abundant parking lots available at this hotel. Those with no transport will find that it’s easier to move around the Sutera Harbour Resort Complex as there is complimentary shuttle, operating from early morning to midnight. Taxis and shuttle to the city center are available as well.
Loretta and Masna were the first two people that we met when arriving at the Lobby area. They both are assigned to greet incoming and departing guests. It’s good to see some people smiling genuinely. Wearing the traditional Malaysian Baju Kurung, they were more than happy to be ‘captured’ by our camera’s lenses. These 2 nice young ladies personally escorting and showing us the way to the reception area. Seeing great staffs such as them was an indication that we’re to meet more amazing staffs.
Then there’s Sabri, smiling when he saw us coming to him. Seeing his welcoming gesture, we can’t possibly leave him without taking a picture of him. This is the right way to greet guests, smiling genuinely rather than showing all that stress. It’s easy to detect genuine smile, we’re professionally trained to do that. The eyes will tell if someone is smiling genuinely or faking it. Sabri welcomed us and after doing all the ‘check-in procedures’ in record time, he gave us our key card. He explained in details about the privileges that Pacific Club has to offer and within minutes we found ourselves in the elevator, going up to our room on the 8th floor.
There’s this amazing breathtaking view of the golf course from a large window next to the elevators on the 8th floor. That’s the award winning 27-hole championship golf course designed by Graham Marsh! Perhaps one day we will play golf here, fingers crossed. Such beautiful green area and not far is actually the other end of Kota Kinabalu International Airport runway. Lovely view and we believe there’s more to come.
We proceed walking to our room, 844 and on our way, there’s an openness in the middle of the building where guests ably to see each layer of floors. A clever design we must say as there are some natural light coming from large glass rooftop. We’ve been here before, we saw the same layers years ago but it never fails to impress us.
The best thing about room 844 is the balcony that has picturesque view of South China Sea and all the Islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, truly a great place to chill out especially during sunset.
We purposely switched off all the main lights as we want to highlight the balcony area seen from one of the twin beds. Imagine you waking up and have this view in the morning! Blue waters of South China Sea, sea breeze coming in, some warm from the sun inside a controlled temperature room, what else to ask for? We’re pretty much satisfied with this room already!
There are 2 deck chairs on the balcony, comfort enough for casual lounging, admiring the view. There’s small table where guests may actually have their casual meals or snacks all day long. All that is needed is a simple call to room service and guest’s favorite food and beverages will be on that table. Having breakfast here is definitely an interesting idea!
The view from room 844 balcony is definitely awesome. On the right, is the view of the 104-berth Marina that can accommodate 13 mega-yachts and 91 smaller vessels. It’s interesting to see all the incoming and outgoing smaller boats and yachts. During day time, it’s fun to see the parasailing activities going on.
On the left side, the view of the garden below as well as the poolside area is definitely interesting. The pond is one important feature in the garden as guest will be able to see some birds around. The birds are free to come and go as they please. Everything down there is just natural, green and so calming. We recommend future guests to book a room on the higher floors that has a balcony. Though the golf course and city view is interesting, sea view is much more recommended by us.
The sunset view from the balcony
On the second day of our stay, we waited from 5 pm to 6 pm to captured these images portraying the view of the magnificent sunset. We will let the pictures speaks for themselves.
The room comes with twin bed and the layout of all furniture is good enough to create more space in the room. There’s enough room for Muslim guests to perform their prayers here. Kids will have their space to play around as well. Simply put, the size of this room is actually good enough for 3 people.
The thick mattress on both beds create that comfort for guests. 2 sleeping pillows for each bed and there’s an extra in the wardrobe. Additional sofa pillows are provided.
The twin bed are side by side with the small desk in the middle. There’s reading chair, comfy sofa we say it with another small table to put all your books and magazines or perhaps your cup of coffee.
The beds are facing the TV set located at the front while on the left side is the glass door panel, which opens to the medium size balcony.
The reading chair is located next to the glass door panel with sufficient lighting should one need to do some reading at night. There’s no problem during day time as natural light will sure to come in through that glass door panel.
Another feature in this room that we both love seeing is the large working desk with sufficient power outlet. WIFI is available, complimentary for in-house guests. I spent hours doing some editing on my laptop here. The TV is located next to the working desk, facing the twin bed. There are some space in the drawers underneath to space all belongings.
The wardrobe is located next to the main entrance of this room and facing the bathroom. Inside the wardrobe, there are couple of bathrobes, a safety box and ironing board with iron. There’s plenty storage in this wardrobe. Next to the wardrobe is the mini bar counter. Inside there’s mini bar fridge and some complimentary items for coffee and tea making.
The best part of the bathroom is the large bathtub that has a window overlooking the entire bedroom. While soaking in the bathtub, guests may enjoy the outside view.
There is also a shower unit, a decent size shower room we say it and there’s no problem with the water pressure.
Decent size toilet area.
The sink is of medium size and the toiletries are arranged nicely on the counter top. Brown tiles counter top gives that feel of luxury. There is a large mirror to help guests to look good before going out from the room.
The room is good enough for both of us. We had everything that we needed. It might not be the grandest but it gave us the true comfort. We both love the balcony. Indeed it was a bonus when having this room for ourselves. The mattresses were both comfortable and we slept like a baby. It’s generous of the hotel to provide extra pillows for guests, as some people need more pillows. Obviously, that’s us. The room was immaculate when we came in, even under the beds! No dust found anywhere in this room which means housekeeping staffs are doing their job accordingly.
There was no problem in getting extra toiletries, we asked and we got what we needed. Any flaw? Absolutely nothing, not a single flaw found in this room. Perhaps the rooms at the hotel are in need of more modern touch and we believe that will happen in the future. While that is happening in the future, we’re actually satisfied with what we’ve seen and experienced in this room. The balcony was the place that we both had our creative meditation, thanks to the view and its surrounding!
In the next entry, we will be presenting the best that Pacific Club has to offer to its most discerning guests.
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Sutera Harbour Resort
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard
88100 Kota Kinabalu
Phone: +60 88 318 888
Fax: + 60 88 317 777
Website: Click HERE
About Sutera Harbour Resort
The Resort comprises two five-star hotels – the 500-room Pacific Sutera and the 456-room Magellan Sutera – as well as the Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club with its 104-berth marina and an award winning 27-hole championship golf course designed by Graham Marsh. It also has 15 restaurants and bars, two grand ballrooms, 28 meeting rooms and a 100-seat auditorium for meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions (MICE).
Sutera Harbour Resort is the only destination in Kota Kinabalu that offers a five-star business-class hotel and resort attached to a 27-hole Graham Marsh-designed championship golf course, a state-of-the-art marine and clubhouse. As Borneo’s largest and most extensive convention and banquet facility, the resort is the most sought-after venue for MICE events and is a beautiful mix of luxury, recreation and lifestyle.
The Resort is just 10 minutes by boat from the popular scuba diving destination of Sabah’s Tengku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park. The five islands that make up the Marine Park boast crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life and stunning coral reefs. Expanding into nature and adventure tourism in Sabah, the Resort also operates the North Borneo Railway – a mid-century British steam train that takes visitors on a nostalgic rediscovery of rail travel into the heart of Borneo.