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Beach Rental -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Kudat, Sabah

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70gbowman
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful retreat”
Reviewed 5 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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After a few nights in the jungle this place is a wonderful place to recover.
We stayed in the larger retreat just a few meters from the beach. Clean and spacious with a really comfortable bed and great veranda with sun loungers.
There is a kitchenette with breakfast supplied and lunch and dinner can be brought in from local restaurants (Top Tip does really great food).
Would be 5 stars except we call for assistance on our second night to get food but nobody came (there was a big storm at the time). we ended up eating snacks for dinner as there is no other way of getting food.

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Liked best: No wifi/internet this place is off-grid
Liked least: Missed dinner
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Pollydg
UK
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106 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Peaceful”
Reviewed 4 October 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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Lovely place and big enough for 2 people. Well equipped, although after 4 days, the towels were a bit stinky and grubby and were not changed as advertised, after 3 days. Very peaceful with beautiful views. There were plenty of ants in the room, some of which were on the bed and in the bed, but nothing you couldn't brush off before you got into bed. There was some bug spray in the room but this disappeared after 2 days so we had nothing to zap them with after that. Nearest place to eat was a 10 minute walk down the beach to the Secret Cafe. Nearest Wifi place was a 45 minute walk, 2 miles away at Tommy's Place, where you can get reasonably priced drinks and food. The beach was lovely, it would have been a beautiful beach if it wasn't for the hundreds of plastic bottles and other plastics littering it.
Some of the village dogs appeared occasionally and so did the lovely Poppy, the owner’s dog, a lovely tan coloured dog, easily recognised as she is the only one around there with a collar on.
We saw Sea Eagles catching fish from the sea and we also saw Sea Otters, from the balcony.
Breakfast was 2 small slices of sliced bread (with butter, jam and marmalade), cereal and some fresh fruit. On the 3rd day, when James the owner appeared, this was increased to 3 large slices of sliced bread, along with cereal and fruit.
You need to take food and/or snacks with you because there is nowhere to buy food in the immediately locality.
We caught the bus to Kudat from Kota Kinabalu, cost 25 ringgits. 2 buses per day. Taxi from Kudat to the retreat was 60 ringgits.
Lovely and peaceful, just the place to unwind and relax.

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Liked best: The peacefulness, location, excellent place for photography
Liked least: Dirty beach
Travelling group: Other
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HuiSin_Ta...
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“Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed 7 July 2016 for a stay in October 2015
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person found this review helpful

We are 5 Terengganu girls who celebrated our nearly 3 decades friendship at Hibiscus Retreat last October. It was the perfect place! The beauty of hisbiscus retreat can't be captured in a photo, you have to be there personally to experience it!!!! Really appreciate all the detail in the chalet itself to make the stay such a wonderful one!
100% would recommend!

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Management Response
9 Jul 2016
Thank you so much for your review. We now have a new and larger chalet so I hope to be able to welcome you back again in the future!
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Lee59C
London
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect, stunning hideaway”
Reviewed 30 June 2016 for a stay in November 2015
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Hibiscus Beach Retreat is a true paradise. The view when you walk round the corner to the villa takes your breath away. It's a stunning, remote location. Then you enter the villa and it also takes your breath away. It's perfect. Comfortable and well equipped...Lying in that bed listening to the waves outside was the most amazing experience.

The beach is beautiful. The sea is like a wonderful warm bath. I stayed in there for hours watching the sun rise and set.

There are plenty of places to eat locally - we were lucky enough to have a car (I'd say you need one). Or Jetol will deliver the food to you.

Jetol is a fabulous, courteous, wonderful host. He pops up several times a day to chat and find out if he can do anything for you. It's very hard to say we'd change anything at all, but if we did, it would be that perhaps you could have a little 'do not disturb' flag to suggest that you wanted some privacy.

Breakfast is yummy. Take some snacks though....there's little in the way of shops although we did drive to one of the many fruit stalls by the side of the road and pick up the most delicious corn on the cob I'd ever tasted.

I wish we'd stayed longer (we stayed 3 nights). We are always daydreaming about going back to Borneo just to return to Hibiscus. I'm sure we will one day!

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Liked best: Everything
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
1 Jul 2016
Many thanks for your review, what a great idea about the flag... I'll look into it. Hope to see you again.
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Rosa474
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“best place to stay around tip of Borneo”
Reviewed 6 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Loved the remote location, we really felt in a lost world. The beach is superb, good snorkelling (my daughter saw a small turtle!). Good breakfast, everything we need. Best moment ever: sunset on the deck with music and drink :) Thank you James for making one of my dreams come true.

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Liked best: the perfect location
Liked least: No place to hang clothes/no sink for dirty dishes
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
7 Jun 2016
I'm really glad you had such an enjoyable time - great that your daughter saw a turtle! I look forward to be able to accommodate you again in the future.
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ASteve123
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A hidden jem!”
Reviewed 27 March 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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person found this review helpful

What a unique and magical place! There is little to add to previous reviews. The chalet possesses the perfect balance of simplicity and understated luxury to make it a true hidden gem. We feel privileged to have been able to stay here. James, Jetol and staff have been the perfect hosts and have all gone out of their way to ensure that we have experienced the perfect holiday.
There are two restaurants in close proximity to the chalet, The Tip Top restaurant and Secret Place cafe, which both serve good food at very reasonable prices.
One thing. We would definitely recommend hiring a car as it makes touring the area much easier.
A sincere thank you from us both.

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AnnieB120...
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
1 review
“Another wonderful stay!”
Reviewed 20 December 2015 for a stay in December 2015

Having enjoyed our last stay so much, we looked forward eagerly this time to a four night stay at Hibiscus Beach Retreat. We were not disappointed. The beauty of the location cannot be over-stated: a stunning, tree-fringed, sandy bay with a turquoise sea and not another soul in sight. We enjoyed excellent snorkelling directly from the beach and generally had a very lazy time as we couldn't motivate ourselves to leave such a gorgeous spot. Even occasional rain couldn't dampen our spirits as the chalet is such a lovely place to hunker down. The staff, as always, were friendly and helpful. If you're looking for peace and solitude in beautiful surroundings in a romantic setting, this is the place for you.

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Liked best: Comfort and solitude in a stunning location.
Liked least: We have no complaints at all.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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