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Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
Ranked #10 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Reviewed 24 February 2012

We visited just before christmas a few months ago with another family. The resort is quite far away from Kota Kinabalu proper. Your best bet is to rent a car on arrival and drive to Nexus - about 1 hr away. Inside the resort itself, there is the main central property and ancillary villas. The ancillaries are a few km away and you will find the car useful to travel within the facility itself - they do have shuttles but you will end up being dependent on their timings.
The resort itself is well maintained with spacious rooms. They have two to three restaurants onsite. Vegetarian options are limited but we managed during our stay. There were quite a few activities advertised but we ended up spending most of the time in the pool or on the beach. There is small shopmart in the main building to buy items such as milk, soda, chips etc. One thing to note is that there was no WiFi in the rooms - only in the main lobby. The rooms had ethernet ports which do not work well for iPads/iPhones. Hotel staff are very friendly but not necessarily the most competent. Service gets a bit behind when a sudden crowd shows up - e.g. a tourist bus coming in for lunch... Beach access is excellent. Overall it is a good place to go with family for a few days.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

It's a very nice resort, with its own beach, a lot of local activities. You will have to pay hotel prices for the food, and it costs alot to go to the city on the shuttle.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Wendysdd
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

One advice for all travelers - KEEP OUT OF THIS PLACE!
Nexus Karambunai is definitely the last place you should choose to stay.

I was there for 4 days 3 nights and by far it was one of my worst holidays. The resort totally ruined it for us, we choose to stay at the so-called luxury pool villas but it was far from luxury, especially the services offered. The issues that is worth pointing out:
1. The bed in the master bedroom was broken and it was impossible to get a good nights rest, maintenance is poor
2. The toilet flush system was broken, so we could not flush and the toilet keeps getting clogged, called them a few times to fix it, still no changes.
3. Bed sheet had stains on it
4. Check in service was bad, we arrived late afternoon, about 3pm and the room was still NOT READY. Check in staff not very friendly too
5. Buggy service from check in to villa did not come so we walked to our villa instead
6. Buggy from main terminal to our villa check in left us in the van for 20 mins while he went missing
7. Bell boys ignore the fact you are there, they just stand around the corner chatting to each other
8. Breakfast at Penyu restaurant - there was nobody clearing the tables and guest were left queuing up because there is insufficient staff there
9. We wasted time in changing rooms because they could not fix the "broken" items, totally ruin our holiday mood
10. Shamri from the breakfast restaurant, was rude and showed his temper.
11. I called a day in advance to fix a hotel transfer and they mention to call me back but they didnt. When I call in the morning, they asked me to take a cab instead.
12. Borneo Spa is overrated, the toilet was dirty with empty shampoo bottles on the floor, unkempt and dirty, maintenance is obviously not a priority for them.
13. The guard at the entrance to the villas was rude

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The only positive points:
1. Petronella which was the manager there was quite helpful
2. Staff at the lagoon park was good

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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30  Thank Racheal K
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

Amenities grade:Pool Villas are 4 to 5 star.
Location:The NEXUS is a giant hotel complex which is 30 KM from Kota-Kinabalu city.The main hotel is a bit dated and has about 5 or 6 restaurants to cater to all tastes. About 2 KM from the main hotel are the 60 nexus pool villas-All facing a private beach. These look new.
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Recommend the pool villas...simply great living. Faces the sea and the beach. Spacious and beautifully furnished. king size bed in mast-bedroom and 2 queen size beds in the other-all ensuite. Big enough for a couple with 3 teenage kids!!! Mast -bathroom is large with a jaccuzi and has an enclosed private outdoor garden. Fully equipped kitchen(but strangely no cutlery or crockery!!). Big drawing and dining room. The personal pool opens to the dining room. Not large but cute: 6feet X 15feet X 5feet deep with a proper filter system and the works!!
The pool villas have been quite a different and enjoyable experience. Worth it even with a few minor hiccups as follows:
Negative points:
1)No restaurants in the pool complex; only room service available. Main hotel restaurants are 2 kms away and quite pricey by malaysian standards. Fully equipped kitchen,but strangely no cutlery or crockery /pots or pans. Asked the hotel to provide…………politely ignored!!
2)There are regular hotel shuttle transport. Suggest rent your car-its cheap( from 50 ringgit to 400 ringgit per day according to the car )and keeps you mobile.
3)Avoid the Nexus lagoon water sports/activities center . Its run down and a disgrace to the hotel. For water sports/ island visits etc, contact the main offices at the Sutera harbour marina (sutera hotel complex at KK city). Or the tour agents at the nexus hotel foyer.
4) Poorly trained front desk staff at the villa complex. Many have poor English . For major problems contact the main hotel directly.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank rubenmat
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

This is my fifth visit to the Nexus and it breaks my heart to say it, but it's absolutely terrible. The rooms are clean, as usual, but the resort itself has a very run-down appearance. The gardens are beautiful, I can't fault them on that. It's as though the management is trying to impress on appearance but not substance. The food is almost inedible, and lukewarm at best - a potential salmonella problem, and it is not replenished quickly enough. And how can an international resort run out of beer? No Tiger beer so my husband and son-in-law took their own cans into dinner. The shop is very empty and the excuse is that the suppliers close down for January - I think it's because the resort management hasn't paid it's bills!!! Probably the same reason there's no beer! The biggest problem is that we're here for another two weeks and have paid our accommodation in advance. This review might sound as though I'm just having a good moan, but everything is true. Our previous four visits have been fantastic which is why we booked for a fifth. It will definitely be our last.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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22  Thank Richo
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

The main resort had plenty of potential...15 years ago. Our room was basic clean...no more, no less. The staff not very motivated and the food ordinary and barely warm. The rooms had problems with water feed, the toilets did not flush for 3 days not due to blocage but water supply. The restaurants were expensive..I was offered a pound and a quarter lobster at the price of 285 RM ( approx $90 )...The sunset lounge on the other hand had very good and very affordable pasta...ate pasta for 4 days....The location of this resort,on a tranquility standpoint is brilliant. Very long beach, nobody on it, water temperature excellent and very clean. The downside , if you want to go in town , well its 45 minutes of highway...and costly taxi fares.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank Robert l
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

This hotel has a fantastic beach, lovely grounds and a beautiful golf course but the main hotel looks run down and appears very badly managed. We found the food and service poor and food and wine was very expensive. The staff are lovely and very pleasant but are clearly not well trained, motivated or supervised. We ate a number of times at the nearby Rasa Ria where the food and service were immeasurably better and the cost was about 3/4 of the Nexus.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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14  Thank Greatelk
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Address: Nexus Resort Karambunai 100 Jalan Sepangar Bay, Kota Kinabalu 88993, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#5 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#8 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: £79 - £217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai 4.5*
Number of rooms: 479
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nexus Resort Karambunai is set within 3,335 acres of unique & unspoiled beauty. ... more   less 
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