The Pacific Sutera Hotel, Sutera Harbour Resort @ Kota Kinabalu, Sabah : English High Tea at Lobby Lounge

Written by Lan & Edited by @joehairie
(Photos by team members)


“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.”-Alice Walker

Picnic indoors? Perhaps. We both agreed. The view outside seen from the Lobby Lounge is definitely breathtaking. Green and at times there were birds. We saw that through that ceiling to floor window panels. We had English Tea here, sipping our selected hot beverages,eating that good finger food and it was definitely an awesome experience, as if we’re having picnic on the garden at The Pacific Sutera Hotel, Sutera Harbour Resort. This is another great dining option that we recommend to you if you come to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

About Lobby Lounge


The Lobby Lounge at Pacific Sutera Hotel beyond the grand lobby is tastefully furnished with comfortable sofas and armchairs for guests to enjoy the magnificent ocean views of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It’s a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee and hold casual business meetings throughout the day and to unwind to live band music throughout the night.

Opening Hours & Cuisine
10:00am to 12:00am (Sun to Thu) – Snacks & Beverages
10:00am to 1:00am (Fri / Sat & Eve of Public Holidays) – Snacks & Beverages
2:00pm to 6:00pm (Daily) – Afternoon Tea (offering a selection of cakes)

Live Band Performing Times :
8:30pm to 12:30am (Tue / Thu/ Sun)

8:30pm to 1:00am (Fri / Sat / Eve of Public Holiday)
Location : Level 2, The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Capacity : 90 persons

The Layout


When we checked-in at this Hotel, we saw one big sculpture of dolphins. This particular sculpture is located in the middle of the Lobby Lounge. We decided that we must come and lounge casually at this place before checking-out and so we did. We were warmly welcomed by 2 beautiful people, the staffs at Lobby Lounge. Theressa and Sharon were another 2 greats staffs that we met at this particular hotel. Smiling genuinely, they offered us to choose our own preferred seating area. Since it’s late afternoon, they suggested that we have the English Tea.

Theressa & Sharon

Overall, the Lobby Lounge is definitely a huge area with high ceiling dominated by 4 gigantic pillars. The Dolphins sculpture that we mentioned earlier is painted in black and definitely one gorgeous feature at this lounge as if it’s a gentle reminder to guests that this place is nearer to the sea! While white color dominates the surface of the walls and pillars, the sofas are of darker and brighter colors. A perfect contrast, if we are allowed to say so..


Since it’s tea time, people started to come in gradually to have their afternoon tea, some were lounging casually and some chatting about business over tea. The lounge is immaculate, not even a single unnecessary things on the floor or anywhere else.


Through that large ceiling to floor window, guests will be able to see partly the pool area and the garden. At front is medium size lawn with big vases. Amazing view we must say!


The English Tea

The English Tea is priced at RM 67.60 nett per set and the whole set is for 2 persons! Such a reasonable price. That’s why we strongly recommend you to come to the Lobby Lounge at Pacific Sutera Hotel and order this set.


There were 3 layers of food items on a single tray, properly arranged by Theressa and Sharon. We will be showing each layer that had delicious Scones, Canapes, Macaroons, Cakes and Pastries. According to @joehairie, the Tea was nice. My coffee was strong enough, I prefer it that way, black with minimum sugar. Both beverages went well with all that finger food. Now let’s have a look at each layer on that tray.


Tiramisu and brownie cakes, Macaroons, Grape and Strawberry Tarts.


Scones with cream and jam!


Canapes, amazing savoury food on top each of it!

Later, we were given Tomato and Chili Sauce and we looked at each other. Are we supposed to eat that scones or cakes with that sauce? We were wrong. Theressa later came with one serving of Hot Dim Sum! Our favorite! Now we know what’s that sauces meant for…

Dim Sum

Additional Items 

At the front of Lobby Lounge, there is this display of beautiful cakes of all kinds. I was really drooling looking at those display and without thinking twice, I ordered 3 slices of cakes. All three slices were so good and of high quality. Here’s what I ordered.


Choc Banana – RM9.80 nett per slice


Opera Cake – RM9.80 nett per slice


Cheese Cake – RM9.80 nett per slice.

Our Thoughts

We truly enjoyed the moment here at Lobby Lounge. The English Tea was definitely worth the price. The tea and coffee were awesome, perfect for the two of us. Amazing finger food on that 3 layers being presented to us by two great staffs, Theresa and Sharon. The ambiance was fantastic, truly a great hall as if we’re in a cathedral! Such a great design this place is with minimum but sufficient decorations inside and out.

The view is something not to be missed. We heard that Asif Pishori, the great pianist is performing tonight and we will be publishing about our experience at this lobby lounge again. That will be in the next entry. The total cost of our afternoon tea was : RM97.00 and that’s pretty reasonable.

Next time if you are in Kota Kinabalu, head to the Lobby Lounge at The Pacific Sutera Hotel, Sutera Harbour Resort. Experience what we both experienced. Indulge in their finest English Tea Serving that comes with a serving of Dim Sum! Surely that’ an elevated type of English Tea, infusing Chinese element into the whole serving.

Try the cakes too! You will not regret, that’s for sure. We guarantee your satisfaction as we both tasted the products here thus we know what we are writing about. Great food, view, service and ambiance.. we don’t know what more to ask for as everything that we needed were offered to us.

Stay tune for our next entry about our experience at this lounge, enjoying the performance by the great pianist Asif Pishori while having some great snacks for supper! We regard our experience at the Lobby Lounge as excellent and will sure to come back for more.

What about you? Coming any sooner? if you do, head to:

Lobby Lounge
The Pacific Sutera Hotel
Sutera Harbour Resort
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard
88100 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia
Phone: +60 88 318 888
Fax: + 60 88 317 777
Website: Click HERE
Instagram: @suteraofficial

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.


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