Kota Kinabalu (KK)
A fantastic destination for holidayers, backpackers, honeymooners, anyone who likes a relaxing time in the sun. I spent 8 months here during my GAP year and I'll be returning as soon as I can!
How to get there:
Kota Kinabalu International airport is 10 mins outside of KK and can be reached by Malaysia Airlines, Brunei Airlines and many more, from London it takes around 15 hours with one stop over in either Kuala Lumpur or Dubai, sometimes other places depending on the airline. Can cost anything from £350 to £900 depending on airline and season.
Where to stay:
KK has a huge variety of places to stay from 5 star hotels to backpackers hostels. Some of the better ones are North Borneo Cabins, Backpackers Lodge and Lucy's, with prices from RM20 - about 3 quid - per night, this usually includes a room in a dorm with a fan or air-con, communal bathrooms and breakfast, most have communal TV rooms too. This might sound cheap but there aren't privacy issues and they are great places to meet people, especially travellers, and are situated in the heart of town close to everything.
The Sutera Harbour is 2 hotels: the Pacific Sutera and the Magellen, both gorgeous hotels where prices vary from 60 quid upwards, but both have great facilities eg pools, saunas, health clubs, a golf course, water sports, really nice service too, and its close to town.
I would reccommened the Kinabalu Daya Hotel to everyone - rooms are £15 and up and they are really good sized ...