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Tuaran Beach Resort
Ranked #61 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
UK
1 review
“Worst ever holiday experience”
Reviewed 17 February 2010

The public areas were infested with flesh eating insects. The food, especially the meat, of very poor quality.

The location is very isolated, although there is a good stretch of beach.

Unless you intend to spend your vacation around the pool and walking the beach, could not recommend this facility.

Whilst there was a shower at the poolside, but there was no sign encouraging people to shower before using the pool, consequently very few did. The result was that sweaty bodies, with 100s of open insect bite wounds were using the pool all day.

  • Stayed January 2010
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NSW
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Reviewed 9 February 2010

Staff were very friendly and tried hard but after that it struggles. Long beach walks were impossible due to dangerous packs of feral dogs, staff kept them at bay with sling shots around the resort. Night time feral dog fights underneath the your floor (if you are on the ground floor) meant not much sleep. One night at least a dozen guests became violently ill, despite being a resort for mostly non locals I suspect water served in the restaurant was not bottled. It's a long 1hr drive from Kota Kinabalu and there is nothing nearby to the resort, but if you just wish to lay around the pool that is not too bad.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2010

Friendly staff. Service desperately slow. No decent bar.Pool nice. Sand flies awful - some of group in a real mess with bites. raw sewage. ballustrades unsafe - rotten. Miles from nowhere. Would not recommend.

  • Stayed January 2010
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Northampton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2010

This hotel is bang on the beach. It is in the middle of no where, but there is a bus service to Kota Kinabalu (KK).
The a la carte menu is excellent with a good choice. The restaurant staff were very good. The bar staff were very slow for some reason.
The swimming pool is good but there were too few sunbeds around the pool, so you had to be there very early. There were plenty of sunbeds on the beach and the sea was very warm. Towels for the pool/beach were available on demand
Plenty of wildlife and you could go for long walks on the beach or there were a couple of walks in amongst the mangroves.
The rooms were tired and in need of refurbishment, but you only sleep there.
The public bathrooms could have been kept cleaner.
All in all not a bad place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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SINGAPORE
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Reviewed 28 January 2010

The 45 minutes drive from the airport to the resort was not too bad as we have the chance to have a quick peek of the city itself, wetlands, local villages and lastly water buffaloes close to the resort. Welcome drink was refreshing and our room has a sea facing balcony and overlooking the forest on the left hand side which was perfect for twitcher like ourself. We were lucky to have come after the resort has undergone some building work which looks fantastic. The new lounge " pantai lounge" is an open air area with boardgames , pool table, library and cozy sitting area. However, the chef at the new outlet "Sun Cafe" is definitely a star!! The choice of main coarse is anything from seafood (tiger prawn/cod fish), lamb, steak and chicken was excellent. A popular hang out place will be the " pool bar" as it is just a few steps away from the South China Sea. Happy hour in this resort must be the longest in borneo as it starts from 2pm to 8pm with wine beer, spirit etc 50% off the price list!!! Every morning at 5.30a.m, we venture ourselves to the nearby nature trail in search of sunbirds, kingfisher, malkoha, flycatcher, herons and the list goes on. Another memorable part of our holiday is horse riding by the beach and mangrove river..which is definitely one of a kind. Overall impression is that the resort is
a perfect place to unwind, lay back , free and easy, friendly staff, excellent chef, excellent food, beautiful surrounding, excellent holiday experience.... .in short "A perfect hidden GEM"
Cheers
Angeline
Singapore

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Devon
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

The last kilometre of the road to the hotel is unmade but once you get inside the hotel it is worth it. The staff are so friendly , the food is varied, plentiful and tasty and the beds are very comfortable. Although the hotel is a little dated it is good value for money.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tuaran Beach Resort
Address: Off Jln Pantai Dalit, Jalan Sabandar | PO Box 242,Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu 89208, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Spa
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tuaran Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 115
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