My partner and I spent eight days at Magellan and for the most part had a great time and would recomment this large resort. The hotel is about ten minutes from KK airport. You need to buy a pre paid taxi voucher at the taxi stand at the airport; the cost was MR 20.
When we first arrived at the hotel we were greeted with a cup of iced tea served in the central cafe/bar overlooking the ocean; not a bad start. We were shown to ocean view room which was quite large and well appointed with one exception; there was no clothes drawer and only two small shelves to store clothes. I do not understand why a destination resort who want their guests to stay for at least a week does not provide a place to store clothes. I hate living out of a suitcase.
The room had a small balcony with a beautiful view over the water to the islands just off the coast.
There was no free internet available in the room although there was a free wireless connection in the very large and comfortable open lobby.
The Magellan resort is part of the large complex which includes a Country Club and the Pacific Hotel; all the facilities are within 10 minutes walk. There is an internal free shuttle which operates on call between Magellan, the Pacific and the Country Club which is very useful when it rains, as it frequently does.
Guests at the Magellan have use of the facilities of the whole complex which include a 50 m swimming pool, a 10 pin bowling alley and a movie theatre at the Country Club.
There are about nine restaurants in the whole complex. Our first (and only) disappointment was the cost of food within the complex. We had expected to pay a premium but the prices were similar to prices in Melbourne which I thought was too much although I have to say that I have no complaints about the quality of the food and service which was first class. Alcohol was very expensive. A beer or a glass of wine was MR 22 - 25 (about A$10 - 12) so I don't recommend this part of the World if you are a big drinker unless you have rather deep pockets.
When we were planning our trip to Sabah we were expecting to eat most evening meals in KK which is about ten minutes by hotel shuttle which runs every hour. The reality is that we had all our evening meals in the hotel complex. The reason was the weather. Every day we had sun until around 3.00 - 4.00 pm and every day the sky filled with dark clouds in the late afternoon and the heavens opened up for at least three or four hours. The rain was great but it was so heavy that it really made going anywhere at night very difficult.
On our second night and then each night we went accross to the Pacific Hotel where we enjoyed the restaurants more than the Magellan. We particular liked Silks, the chinese restaurant, where the food was really enjoyable and not too expensive. The buffet at the Cafe Boleh at the Pacifica was considerably cheaper and just as good as the one at Five Sails at Magellan which was very expensive at 115 MR per person.
In the end we felt a little trapped by the rain but there was enough variety to keep us happy although we would have liked to have spent evenings in KK itself.
Our rate included breakfast at Five Sails. The range was vast, as you would expect in a top Asian hotel which caters for all tastes. The quality was okay but perhaps a little below my expectations for such a large four/five star hotel.
The hotel runs a free shuttle to KK every hour. There is reasonably good shopping in KK but you wouldn't go there for the shops. Restaurants are plentiful and cheap, other than the sea food restaurants which are much closer to international prices.
We found the people at the Magellan to be friendly and efficient. The complex as a whole has more facilities than any other resort at which we have stayed. We noticed that there were facilities for take care of children and several pools specifically designed for kids.
There is no beach on the hotel grounds but the main free form pool at the Magellen is a delight and there were plenty of other swimming pools to enjoy.
I am looking forward to going back.
- 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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