- 4D3N stay for 1 at Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu for $1,850
- 4D3N stay + breakfast for 1 at Horizon Hotel for $2,180
- 4D3N stay + breakfast for 1 at The Pacific Sutera Harbour Resort for $2,600
Hotels at a glance
Cititel Express Kota Kinabalu
Located a mere 10-minute drive from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Cititel Express invites guests in for a refreshing stay within modest yet elegantly decorated rooms amidst the sights and sounds of Kota Kinabalu. It boasts convenience and ease of accessibility with its multiple essential facilities as well as being within walking distance from many local attractions including the Handicraft Market, The Waterfront, and scads of eateries and bars.
Gaze upon the panoramic horizon view of Kota Kinabalu, from the Atkinson Clock Tower to the majestic mountain that shares the city’s name, from one’s own room at Horizon Hotel. Guests can unwind within quarters lined with black marble floors and adorned with scenic paintings of mountainous terrain behind queen and king beds, designed to provide an air of quintessential Sabah within a stately-furnished hotel.
The Pacific Sutera Harbour Resort
Boasting five-star standard amenities, this hotel under the Sutera Harbour group whisks one away from the dreary tasks of daily life and into a realm of ultimate relaxation, albeit temporary, in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Bask in the tropical vibe of the locale under the shade of palm trees at the hotel’s swimming pool, aim for a hole-in-one whilst playing a spot of golf, feast at its four dining facilities that offer a taste of both East and West, and plan social functions or corporate events at numerous multi-purpose and multi-sized meeting rooms and halls.
Hong Kong to Sabah, Malaysia
- KA61 (Tue / Thu / Sun):
- Departure time: 8.10am (GMT +8)
- Arrival time: 11.10am (GMT +8)
- KA67 (Mon / Wed / Fri / Sat):
- Departure time: 4pm (GMT +8)
- Arrival time: 7.05pm (GMT +8)
Sabah, Malaysia to Hong Kong
- KA60 (Tue / Thu / Sun):
- Departure time: 12.05pm (GMT +8)
- Arrival time: 3pm (GMT +8)
- KA68 (Mon / Wed / Fri / Sat):
- Departure time: 8pm (GMT +8)
- Arrival time: 10.50m (GMT +8)
Schedule for reference only, subject to change and availability.
- Max occupancy: 2 guests per room
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah: What to see and do
One of the cities in the world to be discovered after an arson incident, Kota Kinabalu received her first official moniker after the local word for fire (Api-Api). Privately-owned by the British North Borneo Chartered Company, the small fishing village was an unexpected bleep in the Company’s radar after their administrative office burned down in 1897.
Expanded into a colonial trading hub soon after, the Northern strip then switched hands from Sir Charles Jessel’s Chartered Company, to the Japanese during the Occupation, and finally to the British Crown when World War II ended. On the way, the small strip of land, which snuggles between the South China Sea and the mountainous terrain of Mount Kinabalu, has survived piracy as a growing port, the introduction of the Commonwealth estates, and the odd tribal upheaval or two, before arriving as Borneo’s second largest city only after Sarawak’s Kuching.
Discover the local UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kinabalu National Park, the dense forest park that covers an area of up to 754 square kilometres and hosts a myriad of flourishing flora and exotic wildlife. A cooling highland destination for the locals, and a must-see destination for the throngs of tourists who laboriously scale the summit of Mount Kinabalu, the centrepiece of the park stands unperturbed and awaits for the usual fare of on-lookers who arrive for a rewarding glimpse of dawn, a peek at the oak-chestnut forests, or a sighting of the Nepenthes Rajah, the world’s largest pitcher plant.
Then, move out further to shore and find your spot amongst the sandy stretches of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, resort-gazetted zones, or hidden gems of a Sabahan beach. Consider a snorkelling trip via a private charter to the five-island group of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik, and Sulug, as you traverse the western portion of the world’s Coral Triangle and past her collection of vivid reefs and sea fauna. Alternatively, spread a blanket over the sands of Rasa Ria’s Dalit beach, where on-site Orangutan Education Centre calls home, or the hour-long drive destination of Mantanani beach, where sighting of dugongs and dolphins are whispered amongst locals.
Jie Ling Express (License no. 351812)
Room 1901, Kai Tak Mansions, 317-319 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan
Contact Number: 2802 1081
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-1pm