Written by @joehairie (Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
“The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore..unlike the mediocre, intrepid spirits seeks victory over those things that seem impossible…it is with an iron will that they embark on the most daring of all endeavors..to meet the shadow feature without fear and conquer the unknown.”-Ferdinand Magellan
Such a great quote by Ferdinand Magellan. A quote that inspired us to be a bit different when we write-up our experiences. Each new place gives us different thoughts and ideas, broader perspectives though at times challenging and seem impossible, we still proceed the journey which in the end enabling us to write-up the experiences. Same as Magellan, we have no fear in conquering the unknown. It was at the Magellan Club Lounge that we were once again inspired by the same quote. The uniqueness of this lounge at Magellan Sutera Resort-Sutera Harbour Resort, inspired us as well. The wooden ceiling resembles the cabin of olden days ships, as if we’re sailing while lounging here. We might be imagining things but at least there’s a foundation to that. By far, this is the best club lounge (of hotels/resorts) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
The Magellan Club Lounge consists of three sections, the reception hall where there’s an elevator for the exclusive use of Magellan Club Room guests, the main dining hall and outdoor seating/lounge. The reception hall alone has its own main entrance with access to a dedicated lane/road. Part of the entire lounge highlights dark wood panels on the wall, ceiling and furniture.
White, grey and yellow orange are among obvious colors of the wall. On the other side of the lounge where the main dining hall is located, there are two entrances/exits that lead to the outdoor lounge and right to the swimming pool area. Though this lounge is visible to common guests of this resort, staffs do ensure that only eligible guests are given access to this elegant club lounge.
The main dining hall is pretty interesting especially the ceiling that has lines of wooden panels. It matches the book shelves that have some interesting books and magazines for guests to read. It will be nice if all the shelves are with books or magazines as some of it are empty. Most tables fits 4 person and some are for 3. There are enough large and medium size window panels that allow natural light coming in to brighten the lounge during day time. There’s a medium size replica of olden days wooden ship in the lounge and it is located near to a window panel that has the view of outdoor lounge and pool area.
We had our breakfast at the Magellan Club Lounge. The staffs manning the club lounge were very high spirited in welcoming us. As it was raining, we opted to be seated indoor. There are sufficient food and beverages items on the buffet stations and are of Club Lounge Standard. We thought that was all of it until a staff told us that guests may have the main(s) by ordering their favorite(s) from the menu. We were pleased to know that guests may order as many items as they want to, with no limitation whatsoever. On the buffet counters, there are some other breakfast items for guests to choose from.
Selected chilled juice and fresh milk are being served here but the staffs will be more than happy to help guests refilling any preferred beverages. Coffee and tea are served on request.
Fresh fruits, croissants, greens/salad, cereals and many more are served as well. It’s interesting to see kitchen staffs preparing all that orders as there are see-thru glass panel. It is kind of an open kitchen concept.
We opted for Coffee, Tea and Mango juice, great beverages to start the day. It was raining outside when we had breakfast at this club lounge. Basic coffee and tea but that were sufficient enough for us.
There are about 10 choices in the menu and as mentioned earlier in this entry, guests may order anything they like and as many times as they want to. We ordered four mains. All of the dishes were super delicious and quite big portions!
The Nasi Lemak that was served to us was amazingly delicious. This particular dish is coconut flavored Blue Pea Flower Rice served with beef rendang (simmered in spices and coconut milk), fried fish, onion sambal (spicy relish), anchovies and peanuts. The anchovies and peanuts were crunchy while the sambal was sweet, salty and spicy.
Of all 4 this Roti Prata is definitely our favorite and we still craving for it! It’s among the best Roti Prata that we have ever consumed all this while. Roti Prata is of Indian all-day long dish, unleavened bread that is served with chicken or fish curry and vegetable Dalcha. The curry and dalcha were amazingly delicious that we both emptied the bowls. The Roti was thin, tender and crispy!
This Dim Sum basket was great too! A typical serving of Chinese cuisine normally during breakfast and brunch, the steamed assorted dim sum is served with sweet and spicy sauce.
We had Malay, Indian and Chinese mains and the final main that we ordered was of typical western Scrambled Egg. It’s served with beef bacon, chicken sausage with herb roasted potato and grilled tomato.
We also had the opportunity to see the gorgeous offerings during evening cocktail. Different from other evening cocktails on most club lounge in hotels/resorts, the Magellan Club do not have buffet counter for the snacks. Instead the snacks will be offered and send directly to guest’s table. One may ask for refills but we chose to have one serving only as we’re about to go for ‘big’ dinner at the Spice Island! Non alcohol and alcohol beverages are being served as well.
Our 2 cents
Everything that we have experienced at this elegant Magellan Club, Magellan Sutera Resort were amazingly beautiful. The products and service was of high quality and with that said we regard this club lounge is by far the best in Sabah. The only little thing that can be done by the management to improve things at this club lounge is to fill all that empty spaces in shelves with books and magazines. We therefore recommend that you book for a club room if you come to Magellan Sutera Resort. By doing that you will have access to this club lounge and enjoy all the privileges being offered to Club Room and suite guests.
Having the urge already? 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.