Kinabalu Park Accommodation

Kinabalu Park is arguably one of Sabah’s most popular nature attractions. Visitors come to Sabah to relish the park’s cool, fresh air, soak in the hot water springs or discover unusual plant and animal life. It is also home to the tallest mountain in Malaysia, the Mount Kinabalu.

The park is so diverse, not just in fauna and flora, but also in ways to explore it. Anything is possible – from a short, hour long visit, to spending 3 days or more.  It was established in 1964 before the droves of tourists began to visit. Restrictions were put in place, which kept general visitation to only some parts and routes, which to this day has kept human activities in the area to a minimum, while still offering the visitor plenty to see.

In December 2000, Kinabalu Park was designated as Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its “outstanding universal values” and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world.

Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures’ Kinabalu Park packages, which include accommodation in the park itself, offers a variety of accommodation options. We can tailor your Kinabalu Park program with accommodation that suits your needs and style. Below is a simple guide to what’s on offer.

Rajah Lodge

The Rajah Lodge is a premier and luxurious accommodation offering utmost comfort to those staying in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a unit with three bedrooms – the master bedroom has a king-sized bed while the other two rooms feature a pair of single beds. The rooms include hot shower facilities, a kitchen, airy living room with a fireplace as well as a dining area. In-room comforts include personal butler service and standard hotel conveniences such as a colour TV with cable channels and more.

Garden Lodge

The Garden Lodge is a gem of a cottage located inside the permitters of Kinabalu Park, with picturesque views of the mountain and a private garden to compliment the surroundings.

Highlights of the lodge include the fireplace in front of which to get cosy on a cold Mt. Kinabalu night, the master bed room, located on the upper level, which spans the entire length of the lodge and both room having their own en-suite bathrooms with heated water.

The second bedroom is a twin room, so the Garden Lodge is capable of comfortably accommodating 4 people. The Garden Lodge additionally feature spacious living and dining areas, a kitchen and extra communal bathroom, also with heated water.

Grace Hostel

Grace Hostel is the other dormitory in Kinabalu Park that caters to budget travelers and groups.

The rooms feature dormitory bunk beds in configurations of 4 or 6 beds each, and shares a common bathroom.

There is also a common lounge with a central fireplace.

A pantry area provides basic cooking facilities and tea & coffee making facilities.

Kinabalu Lodge

The Kinabalu Lodge is a premier chalet with 3 bedrooms, with a king-size bed and en-suite bahtroom in the main room, whilst other two rooms have 2 single beds each with a shared bathroom, to accommodate a total of 6 people comfortably.

The bathrooms have hot water.

The Kinabalu Lodge has a a kitchen, and large living room area, with a fireplace as the centre piece.

Hill Lodge

The Hill Lodge(s) is a cluster of bungalow type rooms neatly arranged on the side of a hill inside Kinabalu Park.

They offer a single bedroom with 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom with hot water showers.

The Hill Lodge is a short walk from the Liwagu and Balsem Cafes.

Liwagu Suite

The Liwagu Suites are elegant, romantic suites of split level accommodation and views of the jungle and river.

The ground floor features a guest toilet, pantry and living room area with a TV with satellite channels.

Upstairs you will find the open plan bedroom with a queen-sized bed and an attached bathroom.

The Liwagu Suites are ideal for romantic getaways.

Nepenthes Lodge

The Nepenthes Lodge is a pleasant mountain lodge that offers individual private rooms, giving guests options of queen sized beds or two single beds.

On the lower floor, guests can relax at its spacious dining room and communal area that includes a fireplace. Nepenthes Lodge provides shared bathroom equipped with heated shower.

Peak Lodge

The Peak Lodge is a 2 room chalet with 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed respectively.

Central to the chalet is a spacious dining / living room area and a fireplace in front of which to enjoy cold mountain nights.

The shared bathroom has a heated shower.

Summit Lodge

The Summit Lodge is another premier chalet within Kinabalu Park, but has 2 bedrooms, with 1 queen bed and 2 single beds respectively. The bathroom is equipped with a heated shower.

The Summit Lodge also features a kitchen, as well as a spacious living area with a fire place.

Rock Hostel

The Rock Hostel offers dormitory accommodation in Kinabalu Park for the budget conscious, featuring a common lounge with a fireplace for cold nights.

Communal bathrooms have hot water and a pantry area provides a space in which to make something to eat or fix a coffee and tea.

The Rock Hostel features basic, clean bunk beds and rooms with either 4, 6 or 8 beds.

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