By Ed Junaidi on January 14, 2019
Riding on Kota Kinabalu’s unique cultural offerings and seamless blending of unparalleled natural attractions, Marriott International further strides into the Malaysian hospitality market by opening the impressive and contemporary Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel. Strategically located at Sabah state capital’s bustling waterfront along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel brought forth its signature brand of hospitality that incorporates innovations and commitment to inspire travellers to “Travel Brilliantly”. It is also a mere 15-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel is conceived with much sophistication and sleekness infused with elements of local culture to pay homage to the rich heritage of Borneo’s Kadazan-Dusun tribe. All of its 332 expansive guest rooms and suites are well designed with warmth and welcoming, light-filled interiors, expressed in soft palette of white and beige. Its stylishness and minimalist aesthetics embody Marriott’s modern design philosophy to reveal flexible living spaces that promote creativity and total relaxation.
Beyond the guest rooms walls, the hotel’s extensive facilities include an outdoor infinity pool with idyllic views of South China Sea, a 24-hour state-of-the-art gym, and a spa dispensing special treatments to make guests feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Striving to offer authentic experiences that best represent Kota Kinabalu, the hotel’s all-day dining venue Kitchen@8 features fresh and locally inspired cuisine. Another dining outlet, Teppan Table, is a lively Japanese teppanyaki dining room with an open kitchen where guests can watch chefs prepare their dishes with theatrical flair.
Another spot worthy of mention is The Lounge, where they can savour wholesome and healthy dishes consisting of seasonal ingredients while downing a good book and feasting their eyes over picturesque views of surrounding islands at the same time. Alternatively, M Club is the business-focussed executive lounge that functions as an exclusive space for members and club-level guests to retreat, recharge, and refocus.
The rooftop bar, Stylo, where the second season of ‘By the Sea’ – a cooking and travelling programme aired on the Malaysian television channel NTV7 beginning November 2018 – was filmed. During the episode shot at the hotel, the programme’s host and her guest were truly enjoying a late afternoon picnic set against the stunning backdrop of the breathtaking panorama of South China Sea while savouring light bites and signature cocktails prepared by Stylo’s well trained staff.
Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel is also ideal for events and functions since it can provide up to 14,000 feet squared versatile space filled with ample natural light and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including distinctive dining options for purposeful meetings, business gatherings, conferences, and memorable social occasions of all sizes. With five flexible function rooms and a Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 650 guests, the hotel’s dedicated events team is capable in recommending and conceptualising meaningful events that meet guests’ objective.
When staying at Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel, guests are not only surrounded by high, international service standards but also exposed to elements unique to Kota Kinabalu the city, which is charming, multi-ethnic and modern yet distinct in identity. Guests will be glad to find out that Kota Kinabalu offers shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities without boundaries. The Waterfront, Oceanus Waterfront and Imago Shopping Mall offer latest trends and exciting lifestyle options, while the lively atmosphere of the weekly Gaya Street Sunday Market asserts authentic cultural experience.
Thrill seekers will be glad to know that Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel is only a stone’s throw away to Jesselton Point where they can get an exhilarating 15-minute boat ride to get to Borneo’s longest island-to-island zipline connecting both Gaya and Sapi. The hotel’s location also connects visitors to numerous natural sites such as Kinabalu National Park, home to the 4,095-metre high Mount Kinabalu, pristine beaches with emerald waters and coral islands for aquatic expeditions. KK Esplanade and Atkinson Clock Tower are only two kilometres away, which can be reached by foot on a beautiful clear day. The list of exciting things to do in Kota Kinabalu is virtually endless when guests choose to stay at Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel.
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