On my visit to Ranau, Sabah in March 2010, I stayed at the Kinabalu Pine Resort in Kundasang. The resort has won numerous awards for its service and landscaping, and has a 2 star rating. The resort is built on a hill in a relatively small area, with all cabins following the contours of the land. The construction of the resort consists of local hardwood.
Kinabalu Pine Resort is about a 15 minute drive from Kinabalu National Park. Situated in Kundasang, at the foot of Mount Kinabalu. It is another 15 minutes or about 15 kilometers from Ranau town.
My Stay At Kinabalu Pine Resort
My colleague and I checked into the resort at about 5.00pm, and was treated to a beautiful view of Mount Kinabalu. There is a patio near the reception which offers a good place to take photographs of the mountain. When we arrived, there were some tourists taking in the sight. The usual mix of Asian and Western visitors.
We drove downhill to our cabin, and met up with another two colleagues who were already there. They took the upstairs cabin, while we took the downstairs one. We sat outside in the porch, enjoying the view of Mount Kinabalu and watched as the sky darkened. It was cool and quiet in the resort, and when the lights came on, we were treated to another side of the resort.
We made our way to the restaurant, located just beside the reception room at 6.00pm for dinner. Upon checking in, we were given vouchers for dinner and breakfast. Dinner was two meat dishes and two vegetable with rice. Overall, dinner was alright, the ingredients were fresh, though the potions were on the small side. After that, it was back to Ranau and back to work.
We got back to the resort after midnight. Again, we sat outside having coffee, just chatting and enjoying the cool air. While we have been on the go since the early morning, I found the night air invigorating. Soon, we turned in as we needed to up at 6.00am the next day.
Breakfast was scrambled eggs, hotdogs, baked beans and toast. Looking at the menu, the breakfast is priced at RM18.00 which was ridiculous. But I did enjoy the coffee.
The Cabins And Facilities
The cabin we were in were twin standard rooms, which we paid RM 160.00 per room. The cabins are clean, well maintained and were free from any odour. The lights worked, as did the kettle and water heated which was all that I needed. There is a little walk-in wardroom built into the room, so you can store your luggage and there is a large dressing mirror as well. The attached bathroom has hot/cold water taps and has a shower. Soap and towel is provided.
There is a television in the room, but the tv reception was terrible. I don’t suppose anyone would really care for tv. The cabins are not air-conditioned, it is cold enough at night as it is. A stand-fan is provided, which I presumed is for day use. Two 500ml bottles of drinking water, tea and coffee making facility is also provided.
The bed was firm enough, and the sheets were clean. I had one soft pillow and one hard pillow, and decided the soft one was more comfortable. All in all, I slept adequately, considering the guy with me was doing a fine impersonation of truck.
How To Get There
The fastest and most comfortable way is ask your hotel or tour agency to arrange for a driver and a car. This is also the most expensive option which will cost you a few hundred ringgit. Or you can take a taxi, which can cost anywhere from RM160 to RM300, depending on where you are and then you have to make arrangements to get back to the city. You could also take a bus which would cost about RM20 per person.
Travel on Jalan Tuaran (Tuaran road) for about 30km, you will come to a round-about and then turn right towards Tamparuli. There is a signboard at the round-about which says Ranau, that is where you want to go. Go straight past Tamparuli, and ascend. Keep going until you get to Kinabalu National Park, then keep going for about 15km. You will be at a town called Kundasang, the resort is on the right hand side of the road.
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