Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie (Photos by curiostraveller.com team members unless stated otherwise)
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”-Camille Pissarro
We had the chance to stay at The Magellan Sutera Resort, Sutera Harbour Resort recently. The resort is uniquely different from other resorts that we have been to. Some say, the difference is due to its unique architecture that is pretty much inspired by the Rungus longhouses of Borneo. For the two of us, this resort gave us that tranquility of the sea that we’ve witnessed from our own balcony. We felt so relaxed here. This is truly great resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. We love our room so much that we dedicate this entry alone to review the room that we stayed in for 1 night. A short stay but we both saw many beautiful things in this mammoth resort that always stay humble. We really mean that.
When we arrived at Magellan Sutera Resort lobby, we’re amazed by its size and many symmetrical shapes scattered all over the hall. We immediately knew that we’re at the perfect resort. If they can build something grand like this just for the lobby, the rooms must be nice too…well, that was our first impression. Check-in was easy. We showed up at the reception desk and in less than 5 minutes, we received our key-card already. That was 12.30 pm, far from the 2 pm normal check-in time. It’s nice to know that staffs here tried their very best to accommodate us rather than making us wandering around clueless.
Though we’re booked in a normal Deluxe Sea View Twin room, we were then given access to the prestigious Magellan Club thus enabling us to enjoy the many exclusive privileges offered only to Club and Suites guests. Those privileges are:
- Breakfast at the private and exclusive The Magellan Club Lounge or Five Sails Restaurant from 6.30 am to 10.30 am.
- Evening Drinks at the Magellan Club Lounge from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm.
- Complimentary free flow of coffee and tea at The Magellan Club Lounge all day.
- Complimentary local newspaper.
- Complimentary unlimited Internet broadband access in the room.
Our Room-The View
“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.” ― Christopher Paolini,
There’s nothing much more worthy than the view seen from our room, the breeze and definitely the sound of the waves. One thing that we regret, we stayed too short, a night when we should have opted to stay a bit longer. All of The Magellan Sutera Resort luxuriously appointed rooms and suites feature balconies that offer either the garden view or the azure tranquility of the South China Sea. We were lucky. We had that amazing sea view! It’s pretty hard to leave our room or the balcony to be precise. I even got myself seated on that deck chair very late in the evening so that I can smell and hear the sea.
Forget about everything. Leave all your problems behind. Sit on that chair and just look at the magnificent blue waters of South China Sea. I was at times tempted to cancel all other writing tasks as I prefer lounging here casually. I can do this everyday. Wouldn’t you? When was the last time that your hotel room has a great opening to one gorgeous balcony that comes with a sea view? Welcome to our room, numbered as 7511 at the Magellan Sutera Resort. Though not a grand suite, the room had everything that we needed. Who needs large living room when there’s already a great balcony?
Lying in bed with many pillows, getting ourselves lazy and just enjoying the TV Channels are among our favorite things to do. We did that, at least for a while in our room. When we’re bored with the controlled temperature, we purposely opened that glass door that leads to the balcony and all that sea breeze came into the room. There’s even ceiling fan! Add that with the comfy and thick mattress, that’s heaven for some, including the two of us. The reading chair is another great feature of this room, perfect seat for reading or simply take a short nap while enjoying the sea view.
The lighting sets are fitted cleverly in this room so that in the evening it’s not that too bright or deem either. White seems to be the dominant color here, with thick grey curtain to protect the room from overheating during mid day. The grey carpet gives a bit darker tone to the room. Reading lights enable guests to read on the bed. That thick pillows and blue bolsters helped us to sleep like babies. We rather say our room had that soothing ambiance that made us feel like being at home, we felt comfortable by just being in this room!
The working desk is located next to the TV counter/Minibar. Power outlets are just everywhere in this room so it made us easier to recharge all of our gadgets. There’s a window panel that opens up to the large bathroom. The wardrobe is located near to the room entrance which is near to the Bathroom entrance too. There are enough storage in this room in case guests are bringing in many things with them.
Being writers and working online most of the time, working desk is important for the two of us. The unlimited Internet Broadband access in our room played an important role too! Though we were lazying ourselves the whole day, we managed to draft some write-ups thanks to the efficient Internet and large working desk! There’s one small feature but interesting enough in this room. There’s a small box of local crackers as well as reusable bag placed on the bed side table. It’s meant as gifts and we’re definitely delighted to be having that as souvenirs.
The bathroom is quite large with some bright colors of yellow and orange. Large mirror and marble counter top for toiletries which are pretty amazing, at least for us! We love how details being looked into in this bathroom. Lighting here are sufficient and brighten the entire bathroom, if that’s not enough, remember there’s a window panel that can be opened for some natural lights coming in from the balcony area.
There is separate shower and bath tub. The shower is big enough to fit 2 people inside and that bath tub is big and deep too! The window panel is located next to the bath tub and that gives some nice view of the balcony area when soaking inside it. The towels are not white in color as we always see in other hotels/resorts. It’s brownish and somehow match with the overall mood of the room. Standard toiletries are available in a cute drawer being placed on the marble counter top.
Though there is no bidet in the toilet, it has a controlled flow of water for hygiene/washing purpose. The space of the toilet alone is big enough and that orange color on that upper part of the wall really brighten the area.
The wardrobe is of average size and has everything that guests need. Slippers, bath robes, iron/ironing board and most importantly safety box. There are drawers and compartments for storage and for us that’s pretty sufficient. Next to the wardrobe is kind of an open storage as well as supply of coffee, tea and bottled water. One thing that we would like to see in this room is nespresso machine, though not a mandatory item at least it gives guests some feel of ‘luxury’. It’s a trend now in luxury hotels/resorts nowadays to provide guest with nespresso machine, perhaps in the near future, rooms at Magellan Sutera Resort will have it.
Our 2 cents
Though not that luxurious as in more high-end hotels/resorts, we’re satisfied with what we had in this room. The most important feature of this room is the balcony, not to mention the view! It’s definitely worth staying here moreover that we have been given access to the Magellan Club (another entry will be published specifically about The Magellan Club). Though we did mention nespresso machine, perhaps 5-star hotels and resorts in Sabah are not that ready enough to supply it in each room. The suites might be having it, we are not sure as we have yet to set foot in any suites in this resort. Perhaps in the near future, fingers crossed.
We love the fact that there’s ceiling fan in this room. At times we’re tired of that air condition, switching off for while and opting for the fresh air from the sea was definitely great thing to do. There’s not even a small flaw in terms cleanliness in this room. We’ve checked under the bed, it’s clean. Yes, we are very particular about the cleanliness of the hotel rooms that we stay in. All bulbs were working. We’ve checked that as well. The pillows? It made us slept like babies that we almost skip breakfast. We ordered some pizza from the Al Fresco and service was fast, pizza sent to our room in less than 25 minutes. Simply put, room service was excellent!
Pizza from Al Fresco!
We requested for some extra toiletries and the housekeeper was more than happy to help us. There’s turn down service in the evening. Upon returning from dinner at the amazing Spice Island, beds were ready for us with some chocolate bar given to us. We love seeing bed linens being turning down, a small detail but we appreciate that. Wet towels were changed newer one. Everything that were in mess had been arranged by the housekeeper. There’s nothing else to do, it’s bed time though we actually did some online work before going to bed! Seeing that comfy beds really made us yawned and without wasting any time, it’s time to rest. Stay tune for the next entry about the elegant Magellan Club..
Need to have the same experience? Wait no longer, head to:
The Magellan Sutera Resort
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.