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!).
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- Also Known As:
- Manana Borneo Hotel Kota Belud
- Manana Borneo Resort Kota Belud, Sabah