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Review of Tommy's Place, Tip of Borneo

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Tommy's Place, Tip of Borneo
Ranked #5 of 10 Kudat B&B and Inns
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“nice place to stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

the staff is so friendly here! they were very wellcoming when we arrived for our 2 night-stay.

the rooms in the chatelets were basic, but clean, the beach was just a few meters away (but you ll have to cross a small road).

the food at the restaurant is cooked by the staff from the reception and they do a great job :) unfortunately on our first night most items of the already small menu werent available but the next day we were able to try the fish and mixed veggies (loved both!). breakfast is basic but also good.

we were unlucky with the weather but rented bodyboards anyway and had a fun time in the water! the walk to the tip of borneo is short and we had a nice time there. if its raining, you can borrow a book and read on your small personal veranda.

this has nothing to do with the hostel but i need to mention it to other travellers because it caused me some suffering: in the water there is no problem, but we sat on the sand for 10 min and i had about 35 flysand-bites all over my body! the itching seriously was not bearable and i couldnt sleep. the itches left scars and the itching lasted so much longer than mosquito bites. repellent could help but i am not sure about that.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

We stayed in a few places at the tip and Tommy's was by far the best. The chalets were nicely done, and the villas looked excellent too. My only worry is that there didn't seem to be many people staying in any of the places at the tip, so I hope they are able to make a good living as it really is paradise. We met Tommy who was very friendly, and the staff, although just local and probably not highly experienced, were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely come and stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

The last time we went to simpang mengayau in 2009, it was like a dead town, 3 years later, it was alive and triving... We stayed in tommy's for two nights and have nothing but praises, we stayed in one of the villas for rm280 per night, fraction of what it will cost to stay in almost similar resorts/hotels in other places, the service may not be like those in top of the range hotel but the view from the villas, perched on a hill overlooking the beach is priceless...we absolutely love the bamboo terrace/balcony in front which is almost the same size of the room (villas)... Activities in the bay seemed to be limited to beach activities but the resort is offering a snorkeling package we're looking forward to trying next time we're there... I definitely recommend this resort and the bay ( simpang mengayau ) at the tip of borneo is perfect for anyone looking for a beach holiday minus the tourist touts and the chaos of boracay or bali

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Muri, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

beautiful, quiet location on the beach only separated from the beach by a small street
nice and clean beach
villas so-so, poorly equipped, not realy "villas"
friendly, but unqualified staff
rather poor breakfast

Room Tip: villas are better choices
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marlies5630
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extremewindsurfer, Manager at Tommy's Place, Tip of Borneo, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank You for your constructive reveiw. Since your review we have changed the breakfast format to include an egg-station with a choice of pick your own ingredients like mushrooms, green peppers, and onions.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Tommy's Place is overlooks the beautiful beach at the Tip of Borneo. We stayed in the new villas, perched above the original rooms and restaurant. The view was outstanding, and the room was a very pleasant surprise. Tastefully decorated, fully equipped (mini fridge, A/C, comfortable beds), and with its own thatched-roof covered veranda - separate from the main villa. This area ended up being the focal point of our stay, and we spent our evenings watching the sun set over the South China Sea.

The location couldn't be better, the staff are friendly and Tommy himself is an engaging and caring manager, and an interesting person to talk to. The beach in front of Tommy's is among the best we found in Borneo. It's quiet, cleaner than any other beach in the area (the other beaches around the Tip are terribly rubbished) - it's long and the water is amazing.

We highly recommend Tommy's Place at the Tip.

Room Tip: If you can, stay in the new villas - best room and best view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

A very pleasant little guest house just across a quiet road from a huge unspoilt beach. Tommy's has rooms and chalets. We stayed in a room, only the triples have double beds, forcing couples to have to pay the triple fee, even though the room is the same. That said, because we stayed for several days we negotiated a discount. The rooms are pleasant, very clean, with attached bathroom with hot water, ac and balconies facing the sea, though you can hear but can't quite see the sea.

It's about a 30 second walk to the beach, and though this is the most popular beach in the area at times you can still be the only person on it.

At the time we were there Tommy was expanding the Property to include more upmarket accommodation and a new restaurant.

The girls who manage the property and lovely and sweet and try their best to help. They help create a quiet, friendly atmosphere. Usually the place is very quiet but it depends on who else is staying. Occaisionally either here or down by tip top and the rungus long house corporate events are organised with non stop karaoke, which can totally ruin an otherwise wonderfully peaceful spot, so check if anything is planned.

Breakfast is good, but other meals here are not great, so head to tip top or the tip of Borneo for lunch and dinner.

They offer free bicycles to guests but the quality is very bad and only useful for going to either end of the road, no further. Avoid the boat trip to the lighthouse - we got stranded at sea after the engine fell off the boat!

All in all we had a lovely stay at this peaceful, friendly spot.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Savedave31
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Me and two friends came here after a very busy few weeks travelling in Sabah and Sarawak. Was the best decision. Originally planned to stay 2 days here ended up spending 4 days here. The rooms are clean and comfortable , they are basic but you wouldn't want more. The location is ideal right across the road from the beach. I have never felt such relaxation as I have here. You could also take the bike out and go for bike exploring all the small villages in the area and the other beach coves.

I highly recommend this place we looked around the area at a few other place but Tommys Place was by far the best.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Tommy's Place, Tip of Borneo
Address: Simpang Menggayau, tip of Borneo, Kudat 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Kudat
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Kudat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are at the tip of Borneo. We are 500 metres walk to the tip of Borneo.We have daily shuttle from Kota Kinabalu to Tip of Borneo and return. ... more   less 
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