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“Rain Forest and Beach holiday”
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Damai Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 55 Hotels in Kuching
Reviewed 19 August 2013

I have to agree with the recent reviews. Yes, the place could do with sprucing up a bit, the food is OK but not great and the hotel is certainly not to the highest international standards (bathroom tiles need re-grouting, some floor tiles need replacing and a few new carpets would be nice - there is an on-going renovation program in place). That being said, however, it is not an expensive hotel and has a number of very good features. Our room was very large and cool, and overlooked the beach. The setting was quite magnificent - a beautiful safe, sandy beach, backed by shady trees with the rain forest as a backdrop. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and getting taxis, shuttles etc. was easy, and the overall facilities are good. The overall setting of the hotel, including the lobby area was extremely pleasant. Local attractions such as the circular rainforest walk in the Permai Rainforest resort (10 mins away), the Sarawak cultural village (5 mins away) and the Santabong river cruise (pick up from the hotel - 15 minute drive) were really excellent. If you are looking for 5 star luxury (with prices to match) then don't come here, but if you want a great beach, lovely staff and a setting backing onto the rainforest at a reasonable price, then the Damai Beach Resort is worth a visit.

Room Tip: Superior Poolside rooms overlook the beach and are within 30m.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Me & my family prefer to be here for a relax vacation as it only took us for half an hour to reach there. We have tried staying in various types of room (it's nice and comfortable) and we normally exercise walking up the stairs to the Hilltop pool-sea view. We can even walk to Damai Central. As to our experience, Damai Beach Resort is still the best place to go for a vacation.

Room Tip: Executive Suite are good for big family.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

I had not been here for a couple of years and expected the place to be spruced up a little. It wasn't but still this a good resort, a great location , great staff and good facilities. It does need renovated and the prices should reflect that the resort is a bit tired. Would still recommend if only for the location

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

I stayed here with my boyfriend for 5 nights at the start of July and after reading all the negative reviews I vowed to write my first review to put the fussy moaners straight!

This is not a 5* luxury resort, neither is the price tag so I don't what half of the negative reviewers were expecting.

This is a nice, quiet ,chilled resort and the perfect place for total relaxation by the beach. We stayed in an executive chalet with sea view, it was right on the beach with an AMAZING view. The chalet was very clean and spacious, the air con was fantastic, there was a huge comfy bed and large flat screen TV. The wireless (chargeable with a prepaid voucher) also reached the chalet which isn't publicised and a great bonus. The beach is secluded and we pretty much had it to ourselves most of the time. The sea is shallow and therefore very warm, so it's ideal for children.

There are two pools and due to the low occupancy of the hotel at the time they were usually empty. The hill top pool is well worth the climb of seemingly 100s of steps, it takes literally a few minutes or you can get driven up in the shuttle bus for free.

The restaurant is ok with a good variety of tasty food but we were a little bored of it by the fifth night. Breakfast was great, with lots of fresh fruit and your typical breakfast buffet items with a made to order eggs and waffle station. There is a place called 'Damai Central' which can be accessed by a very short stroll along the beach ,to the right, or a longer walk out of the complex along the road. Here you will find a very cheap food court, with lots of outlets of local as well as western orientated food, this is where we had lunch most days and the roti is highly recommended! There is a 7-11 and a couple of bars/restaurants, we did try to eat there one night but it was desolated and we didn't fancy eating in an empty restaurant.

The jungle trek is well worth the heat and humidity, there is a 2 hour low level walk which we completed in about 90 minutes or summit trek that takes 6 hours with some rope ladder climbing involved. Long sleeves, a small towel and plenty of water is well recommended!

Sarawak Cultural Village is a ten minute walk from the resort, just opposite Damai Central, it is also well worth a visit and something a bit different.

I would highly recommend this resort to anyone visiting Borneo and flying into Kuching.

Room Tip: Executive beach view chalet is a must.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

After accommodation at crowded city Kuala Lampur, we were heading to Kuching and stayed at Damai. What we taken note of this resort was that the atmosphere surround was fantastic including beach, swimming pool and ... to drag us stay back in the resort most of the time whilst we were there.

However, there was little missing understanding regarding communication at front desk and need to be improved. It was just a minor for us but it may cause inconveniently. Overall we were very happy and highly recommended

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

We stayed at the Executive Suite facing the Beach and what a view it was. The beach is almost all to ourselves as it was not so crowded and probably it was the season where muslim is on a fasting month. The suite is far to spacious for two person.

Choice of foods for breakfast is too few compared to some hotels I have visited in Kuala Lumpur. Almost missed the Omelette as it was served outside.

The hotel is also walking distance to the Sarawak Culture Village and also to Mt. Santubong where one can enjoy jungle trekking or climb the Mt. Santubong.

One comment I want to made is the hotel staff, security staff and the drivers at the entrance of the Hotel lobby. When I ask them about the rates for the jungle trekking at Mt. Santubong I got all information wrong and imagine how fool I look when we argue with the lady at the entrance of the Mt. Santubong on the costing. Can whoever is in charge of he Hotel please ensure that the hotel staff are updated with the latest information? The lady at the entrance of the Mt. Santubong was also shocked with the lack of correct information given to the hotel guests.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We (family with two kids aged 7 and 10) stayed for 4 nights. We were picked up at the airport, absolutely no problems, and got two connecting rooms, which was very convenient. Rooms were very spacious and nicely decorated. Everything worked perfectly. For wifi in the rooms, you have to buy cards which allow you to use the internet with one device (!) for 24 hrs altogether within three days - for some 40 RM, which is rather expensive. The second expensive thing in the hotel is the restaurant. The food is good, but especially for lunch it is better to walk down the beach and try the food court next door - there you have all sorts of Asian food stalls with good food at very cheap prices. Only the restaurant promising seafood fine dining is not quite up to the standard that this promises. Trips to Kuching, the Orang Utan place and the national park can all be booked at the travel agency in the hotel. We had the same driver and guide for both trips on two subsequent days and found him very friendly, helpful and informative - he did his best to show us all sorts of animals, be it the dominant male Orang Utan Richie (veeery impressive) or a green viper in the national park. All in all, a very enjoyable and comfortable stay.

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Additional Information about Damai Beach Resort

Address: Teluk Bandung | Santubong, Kuching 93756, Malaysia (Formerly Holiday Inn)
Region: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Kuching
Price Range: £38 - £72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Damai Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 224
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the panoramic South China Sea and legendary Mount Santubong, Damai Beach Resort offers wide ranges of accommodation & facilities to suit every holiday makers needs. Main swimming pool for adults & kids is ideally located at the main building while another pool, secluded on the Hilltop has a breathtaking view of both the mountain and the sea. 5 F&B Outlets, convenient shop, souvenir shop, Tour Agent counter, Recreation Centre, Business Centre, Spa & Wellness, Shuttle service are some of facilities offered. Catering & Events caters from small meeting to large conference besides private parties and Weddings & other special moments. ... more   less 
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Damai Beach Hotel Kuching
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