Sutera Harbour is actually made up of four components, the Sutera Harbour Marina, the Sutera Harbour Golf Course, the Pacific Sutera Hotel and the Magellan Sutera Hotel.
The Magellan is the more upmarket resort catering for holiday-makers whereas the Pacific is a simpler business-class hotel.
If you stay in one hotel, you are basically allowed to use the facilities of the other.
Recently I stayed at the Pacific Sutera. Its a huge hotel, slightly older looking and less resorty than the Magellan. Ample free-parking available if you have a car. Booking a room was not a problem, just gave a call to the hotel and the room was reserved. Due to it being a peak season, additional charges were incurred, pretty pricy i thought for the Pacific.
Turns out when I checked in, the room was an Executive Room, had its own living room, a powder room and a huge bathroom. Two TV's, a fridge, complete sofa set and separate bedroom. Good view to the golf course, the city and the encircling mountains. Okay....acceptable for the price i suppose!
Lobby was huge, even had Wi-Fi access if you bring your laptop. The grounds were nicely planted, with a small pond with goldfish, a swimming pool and a small man-made beach. Now if you are looking for a beach holiday, you will be disappointed by the beach, but otherwise its a great place to view the nearby islands and the sunset.
Adjacent to the hotel is the Sutera Marina. Quite nice to take a stroll around to the Magellan on the other side. The water is surprisingly clean in the marina, you could actuall see crabs clambering on the rocks, little fish swimming under the pier, and even sea urchins. Also nice to take photos of the various boats anchored at the marina.
The Sutera is located halfway between the airport and the city centre, making it ideal if you have a car to go around. Really nothing major to fault with the Pacific Sutera, it seems to be really popular with Japanese, Korean and local tourists. If there is a grouse, the front desk services could be improved, seemed to be understaffed most of the times, and breakfast was packed with people. Shows you that it is a popular hotel for families, some people may not like the crowds.
Plus points is the good location, not in the hustle and bustle of the city centre, yet close enough by taxi. Lots of things to do within the grounds itself. And at least you are by the sea, unlike in the city centre, and get to see the beautiful KK sunset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sutera Harbour Resort is Malaysia’s foremost premier integrated property. The resort encompasses the luxurious accommodation of The Pacific Sutera and The Magellan Sutera hotels, a 27-hole championship golf course, Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club, two Mandara Spas and a host of dining and recreational facilities. Sutera Harbour Resort is also affiliated with 5 other eco-destinations in Sabah managed through Sutera Sanctuary Lodges including Kinabalu Park, Mesilau Nature Resort, Laban Rata, Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve and Manukan Island Resort. The resort also offers a luxury charter division, North Borneo Yachting and steam locomotive through North Borneo Railway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sutera Harbour Resort (The Pacific Sutera And The Magellan Sutera)
- Sutera Harbour Resort (The Pacific Sutera & The Magellan Sutera) Hotel
- Sutera Harbour Hotel
- Sutera Harbour Kota Kinabalu
- Magellan Sutera