We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Total paradise!”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Manana Borneo Resort
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Total paradise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

My Partner and I stayed at Manana over NYE for 4 nights. We stayed in a beachfront villa - simple but perfect. We weren't expecting top notch luxury, but the simplicity is part of the beauty. These villas are right on the beach and I would recommend paying the extra (RM180/night) for this room. There was a mixture of young couples and families and it seemed to us that everyone was also enjoying themselves in their own way. The beach is beautiful, we rented a kayak and kayaked over to a little private stretch of sand not far away which was lovely.
Unfortunately the staff weren't quite as friendly as we were expecting. When we arrived our room wasn't quite ready, which was fine.. But it was the way we were greeted, that they were totally overwhelmed, no one gave us any information and when we tried to order a snack while we waited the hour for our room and were just told to sit & wait. When we were shown our room, we were given no information about anything. It's pretty easy to figure out for yourself, but a nice "welcome to Manana, please enjoy your stay" would have been nice.
We found the food to be delicious, although be aware that often not much of the menu will be available and the kitchen works it's own hours - meaning some mornings breakfast might not start until 9;30am and you might have to wait a couple of hours for lunch... Take your own snacks...
Manana is the perfect place to go when you want to get away from the world. Please don't go expecting air conditioning and fancy amenities because even if it had these, it would ruin it anyway! Once you settle in and get the feel of the place, you are bound to have a fabulous time and leave feeling completely refreshed (and ready for a proper shower!).

Room Tip: go for the beach front villas. It's worth the extra cost.
See more room tips
  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Colourdin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Team_Manana, Owner at Manana Borneo Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear Colourdin,

Thank you so much for coming to stay with us over New Year, and for taking the time to leave this review. We really do value all feedback. I'm very pleased you liked the accommodation, food and kayaking, and found it a relaxing experience.

I do sincerely apologise that your room was not ready for your arrival, and also that you didn't receive the Mañana welcome that you should have. We were a couple of members of staff down for this time of year, and they were a little frantic what with how busy we were, but no excuses. In terms of breakfast and the kitchen hours - our breakfast chef Noor was back in KL visiting his family, so again we were a person down, and Awi, on occasion, was not able to pick up the slack. I am sorry for both these negatives during your stay.

That said, I'm so pleased that these didn't overly detract from your beach experience, and that overall, you enjoyed your stay. We will strive to improve in the areas you mentioned, and thank you again for bringing these to our attention.

Have a great 2014 :-)

Matt

Team Mañana
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

176 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    55
    58
    23
    23
    17
See reviews for
32
84
12
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (49)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Hi
We were there for our honeymoon from the 22-26/12/2013 and had a really good time. We arrived tired after the trip and as soon we step on the boat we knew we will had very nice and relaxing time. The place is really nice and cute the food is delicious the cocktail as well. The staff is really smilly and helpful. Was the first we were going so far for xmas and we really had a wonderful one the bbq was so nice and thanks again for the nice present! Its not a 5star resort but its even better! After 4 days we were completely relax and we eat very good. Also perfect that there is no network help a lot to deconnect with the life of everyday! Thanks again for making our honeymoon a perfect time we will definitively come back!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
6 Thank Lauriane L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Team_Manana, Owner at Manana Borneo Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear Lauriane L,

Thank you so much for choosing to honeymoon here at Mañana, and for taking the time to leave us such a great review. We are over the moon that you enjoyed your stay. :-)

Yan and the rest of Team Mañana worked so hard to create this little piece of paradise, 'brick by brick', so it means a lot to hear when we are getting things right. We're pleased that you liked the food, drink, beach and accommodation. Also that you found our team helpful and friendly, and left thoroughly relaxed. Lovely.

Thanks again for choosing to stay with us, we're glad your once in a lifetime experience was perfect, and we look forward to welcoming you back here :-)

Wishing you safe and happy travels, and all the very best for 2014.

Team Mañana
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Hague, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Manana is a great place to relax for a couple of days. The staff is very friendly and we just loved the food. The chalets and villa's on the waterfront are basic but charming and the hammocks are perfect for relaxing and reading! Don't expect luxury and you'll have a great time here!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
2 Thank KdP83
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Team_Manana, Owner at Manana Borneo Resort, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Dear KdP83,

Thank you so much for coming to stay at Mañana, and for taking the time to review our place.

We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, it gives us such pleasure when like minded travellers are satisfied with the beach, the accommodation, the food, and the vibe we strive to create. Oh, and the hammocks - they are indeed awesome!

Wishing you safe and happy travels :-)

Team Mañana
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for tow nights at that really nice place! The beach is amazing and the staff is friendly. But I think it is a bit overpriced. We stayed at a standard bungalow with fan and private bathroom. The bungalow was basic, big and we loved the hammocks. But 120 Ringgit per night, excluding breakfast is to much for this accommodation. Also the transportation with the boat (2 minutes ride) is ridiculous for 40 Ringgit!
But it is really beautiful there.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
1 Thank Jessiiiii
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Team_Manana, Manager at Manana Borneo Resort, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Dear Jessiiiii,

Many thanks for coming to stay with us, and for taking the time to leave this review. We appreciate all feedback, and always seek to improve on our weaker areas.

We recently upgraded the 2 chalets, and had to increase the price slightly, in order to cover our transportation, materials and building costs. This is our first and only price increase in over 4 years of operation. We offer a range of accommodation types, to cater to a range of customers, budgets and expectations. As the original, independent private beach operator in Sabah, we do feel that given the location, our accommodation offers good value for money.
Unfortunately we do have to charge for the boat journey, to cover the import and running costs of our RIB, and the wages of our boatman.

That said, I'm very pleased that overall, you enjoyed your experience here at the beach - terima kasih (thank you) for your kind comments :-)

Wishing you all the best for 2014.

Matt

Team Mañana
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Manana is a backpacker's paradise. For 20 somethings, it's perfect. We were there as a family on the great recommendation of friends. Overall, the experience was wonderful. We stayed in two rooms with a shared bathroom, and it was very simple. We loved the people that run the place, and we had a great tech "detox" for the whole family. The spot is secluded and tranquil. The food leaves much to be desired, and a few simple updates and tweaks on the menu need to happen. I recommend not sleeping on the mould-covered pillows. The bedding and towels need to be replaced - they've been there a long time! And the mosquito nets need constant repair or need to be replaced. Too many holes for the creepy crawlies! In the dampness of Borneo, things like this need to be taken care of. The cushions in the eating area should also be freshened up. Some squirts of air freshener just make it worse. Since we were there at a rainy time, it would have been nice if there were some board games. Bring lots of reading material, a deck of cards and small activities if you are coming with kids. Definitely check it out, but come in knowing that this is a simple, rustic place to hang out.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank suzyqmcg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

The place is situated very nicely on a private stretch of beach. We stayed in a cottage right on the beach and we both really liked it. The owners hired locals to run it and they to their best to meet their guests expectations. The place has a very laid back attitude to it, and with the right mix of guests it can also be a lot of fun to drink some beers with other travelers.
For a few days to unwind, swim, read, have proper food from the restaurant and take a canoe or small catamaran,it is a perfect place. Don't expect anything fancy but it is a decent, clean and laid back place to charge up

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Peter M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Antwerp, Belgium
Level Contributor
13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

What you read is true: Manana is truly the place to rest after sightseeing in Borneo and worry about nothing. No cellphone, no internet, no neighbours. Great hammocks, and a nice communal area for food and drinks. And Awi who ran the place while we were there, is a nice guy.
But Manana is overpriced. When you pay 180 RM for a beachfront villa, you expect more than a limited acces to power, and hardly any water from the shower. Many items on the menu were not available, and my spice coconut cream was served without any spices or coconut cream. It was just chicken soup with vegs, and no taste. And just so you now: you're brought to the beach in a small dinghy ... Make sure that all your valuables are in waterproof bags, since the waves can be high. And better do the transfer in your bathingtrunks and keep dry cloths for the ongoing journey separate ...

Don't let this discourage you, but better be aware and prepared!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Tripstickers
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Kota Belud
17.2 mi away
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa
119.9 mi away
Selingan Island Resort
Selingan Island Resort
#1 of 1 in Pulau Selingan
4.0 of 5 bubbles 135 reviews
27.1 mi away
Laban Rata
Laban Rata
#2 of 2 in Kundasang
3.5 of 5 bubbles 149 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
26.2 mi away
Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge
Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker L...
#3 of 3 in Pulau Mantanani Besar
3.5 of 5 bubbles 126 reviews
4.8 mi away
Usukan Cove Lodge
Usukan Cove Lodge
#13 of 98 in Kota Kinabalu
4.0 of 5 bubbles 41 reviews
0.0 mi away
Taun Gusi Village Homestay
Taun Gusi Village Homestay
#1 of 6 in Kota Belud
5.0 of 5 bubbles 1 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Manana Borneo Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Manana Borneo Resort

Property: Manana Borneo Resort
Address: Kampang Pituru Laut, Kota Belud 89517, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Kota Belud District > Kota Belud
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Kota Belud
Number of rooms: 7
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with TripOnline SA so you can book your Manana Borneo Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Manana Borneo Hotel Kota Belud
Manana Borneo Resort Kota Belud, Sabah

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing