Thursday, January 08, 2009

Vacation in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo - Part III

On the third and fourth day of our vacation in Sabah, we headed off to the northern part of KK called Karambunai, about 40 minutes drive from the city centre. We checked into the 5-star Nexus Resort Karambunai, reputed to have a rather long and beautiful beach area which "some say it's heaven" or something along those lines.

The room we had was nice, clean, cosy and very much equipped with what you'd expect for a 5-star accommodation. Even the TV channels were pretty good and clear, plus the internet was smooth and fast. Strange feeling for me to have things in an almost perfect state since most hotels I've stayed in (even 5-star ones) would not have most things in order.

Food at the restaurants in Nexus Resort is splendid, nothing to complain there. The portions were obviously not meant for normal Asians, as there was enough for two to share for each meal ordered. Cool innit?

Things get pricey here though. The room I booked, called Ocean View Room, costed RM450 per night including breakfast, and that's the special rate when I booked through the net in September 2008. Normal rates would be in the range of Rm800-900 per room per night. And don't expect food to be any less than RM40 per meal, that'd be a hard thing to find here.

The beach - well, to me it's not really something to die for, I think the beach at Mamutik Island is better, the sands were smoother and fluffier. The Nexus beach is long, wide and quite flat, excellent for swimmers and beach games. The waves were a bit strong during the two days we were there, but then again that would be expected at this time of the year.

I'd recommend this place for beach lovers who enjoy a good swim, sunbathing, beach games and barbeques, plus couples who want a really private getaway where they can enjoy very, very long walks on the very, very long beach.

Let these photos help you decide if Nexus Resort Karambunai will be your next holiday destination.