Eco Friendly Christmas at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Blogged by @Lan for Hyatt Regency Kinabalu


“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.’-Calvin Coolidge

This festive season, let Hyatt Regency Kinabalu ignite the spirit of sharing and giving with joyful celebrations as we usher in the New Year.  Hyatt Regency Kinabalu unveiled its eco-friendly Christmas 2016 theme during the Christmas lighting ceremony last night. Guests arriving at the hotel will be fascinated by a collection of unique driftwood Christmas trees and decorations filling the spaces from the car porch at the entrance, atrium lounge and throughout the hotel. A warm Cranberry Cinnamon scent greets the guests upon entering the hotel carrying them away into the joyous Christmas spirit.

Christmas Tree at Lobby Lounge during daytime 

Leaving the traditional Christmas decoration using plastics and non–recyclable items behind, the concept of using driftwood as the theme of this year’s Christmas decoration was mooted by the General Manager, Thor Gervasi, who is passionate about the continuous effort of creatively recycling everyday items for nature conservation.

Christmas Tree at Lobby Lounge during night time

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu’s Artisan, Railin Kindod constructed three different types of Christmas trees with a total of thirteen six feet trees installed at the car porch and restaurant outlets, and a massive twelve feet tree placed at the Lounge. The star tree toppers, wreaths and snowmen decorations ,all made from driftwoods,  are enhanced with low-wattage LED lighting which complements the contemporary rustic ambiance that perfectly fits the theme at The Lounge.

Santa and Santarina(s)

The detailed planning, preparation and actualization of the project which commenced in October, kick-started with the activity of collecting driftwood, from the shore of Bongawan to Tanjung Lipat, by the hotel associates. The weekly activity clocked a total of 200 man hours inclusive of the hours spent to assemble the trees and the daily two-hours allocated to complete the eco – friendly hand crafted ornaments.

All fourteen Christmas trees – were crafted from 1,800 kilograms of driftwood, whereas, 100 fused bulbs collected from Engineering, 200 toilet paper rolls collected  from housekeeping; 120 popsicle sticks, 60 paper cups  and self-made salt dough concocted from  four kilograms flour, one kilogram of salt and two litres of water, were used to create the Eco – friendly hand crafted ornaments.

“Christmas is all about giving, love and care. I am amazed and proud with the team’s effort in materializing the whole concept of this year’s Christmas decorations that is truly unique and one of a kind in Sabah. At Hyatt, we care for our environment promote an environmentally harmonious living and safer earth with the same commitment with which we care for our guests and colleagues” says Thor Gervasi, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.

Visit Hyatt Regency Kinabalu for the unique Christmas experience from December 1st onward, and join in the various activities organized for in-house guests, as well as, patrons on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Listen to the mesmerizing Christmas carols serenading The Lounge from;

December 22 to 24, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm

December 25 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu Festive Dining Highlights

Roast Turkey

Take advantage and enjoy the festive dining presenting the Chefs specialties and offerings at our restaurant outlets.

Skillful Chef!

Tanjung Ria Kitchen

Explore unique Christmas classics at the exciting live stations of Tanjung Ria Kitchen.  Highlights of the bountiful buffet include carving stations that feature Roast Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Grain Fed Roast Beef, Barbequed Lamb Ribs and Salmon Wellington.

The festive Christmas Eve dinner buffet is priced at MYR 158 net per person.  The Christmas Day traditional buffet at Tanjung Ria Kitchen is priced at MYR 120 net per person for lunch and RM 158 net per person for dinner. Wrap up this Christmas dining experiences with desserts such as Mont Blanc Christmas Log, Linzer Torte, Christmas pudding and Mince Pies as well as free-flowing wine and soft drinks with an additional of MYR 100.


A taste of nostalgia is promised in the exquisite settings of the Japanese winter cottage at Nagisa. Carefully prepared and beautifully presented by the Chefs, Nagisa will be offering three hearty set menus with tantalizing varieties –  Miso Beef Tenderloin, Grilled Salmon and Cod in Teriyaki Butter or Fresh Sashimi and Unagi Roll, all served with fresh salad and miso soup.

Seal this Japanese dining experience with green tea ice cream for dessert and free – flowing wine and soft drinks with an additional of MYR 100.


Lay your table with our mouthwatering selection of seasonal homemade gourmet Christmas spread for your festive family or office gathering. Recommended selections include the Slow – Roasted Whole Chicken, Classic Roast Beef and a Bone –in Leg of Roast Lamb. From the patisseries, be prepared to be spoilt by choices by the wide range of traditional Christmas sweet treats, such as Gingerbread cookies, Homemade Pralines, Christmas pudding, Classic Rich Fruit Cake, Stolen, Dundee and varieties of Christmas Cookies – all which are sure to raise the holiday spirits.

During this special season, try the special themed Christmas drinks and gelato prepared by Chef Tunku Farazil and our Barista, Alden Kuan. Their recommendations include Orange Caramel Macchiato and Cinnamon Spiced Hot Chocolate, as for gelato, opt for Chestnut, Walnut Caramel and Cinnamon Honey Raisin.

Available from 1 to 31 December 2016, all these Christmas goodies can be purchased at Mosaic located at the hotel’s street level between 10.00am to 11.00pm daily.

Christmas Goodies!
Don’t miss the opportunity to have this delectable Roast Turkey!

For more information and reservation, please call us at +60 88 22 1234 or email .

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong
88991 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel : + 60 88 221 234
Fax: + 60 88 225 972
Email: kinabalu.regency@hyatt,com
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About Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, a 288-room hotel, is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s business, shopping and entertainment hub, overlooking the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the South China Sea.   Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers newly renovated guestrooms, exceptional service, modern comforts, and a dazzling choice of local and international cuisine.   Reservations for Hyatt Regency Kinabalu can be made by calling +60 88 22 1234 or visiting

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