This hotel is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. I could not fault anything with the hotel. the room, the staff or the location.
The hotel was quite empty during the day and it felt like the pool was our own private pool which was fabulous as it was so peaceful. The hotel seemed to cater for a lot of seminars and meetings but this did not disturb us at all. We arrived after a three hour ferry ride from Kota Kinabalu (if you can afford it, get the plane), the hotel shuttle bus picked us up and within 5 minutes we were checking in at the hotel. Our room was on the ground floor and absolutely huge (almost the same size as my apartment in Hong Kong!) There was always hot water for baths or showers but we could have had more towels in the room but we made do. Our room was made up every day and there is the option not to change the sheets to help the environment.
The facilities in the hotel are very good, a gym, a squash court and a sauna. We were able to use the towels from the gym by the pool as we had forgotten to pack our beach towels. There is a really nice bar with a pool table and a nice atmosphere, the restaurant is formal but still nice as the staff are so friendly and remember your drinks order no problem. The breakfast buffet is wonderful, asian and western choices and the coffee (from a Starbucks fan) is really good and on the second day I was given a pot of coffee to save them filling my cup all the time! The shuttle bus is available almost like a taxi, with two drop off points, one the shopping centre and the other downtown. There is not much shopping or sightseeing on Labuan itself but I liked it - in comparison to the hussle and bussle of Hong Kong it was amazing to be able to walk downt he street without banging into people every two minutes!
The staff in the hotel made out stay so much nicer - always smiling and chatting but not in an intrusive way. My friend had to use the business centre a few times to fax and print off a few work related documents but apart from that there is free wifi in the room and the connection is quite strong.
I would thoroughly recommend this hotel but not if you are looking to live it up - if you are looking to recharge your batteries and rest your brain then this is the place. The only thing that I could say was lacking was an information pack in the hotel room with hotel and local information - but anything we enquired about was answered fully. I would definitely go back again and it is my new 'happy place' in times of stress.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tiara Labuan is a city cresort located off the coast of Borneo. It provides free parking, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar and fitness centre. Rooms have a private balcony and a kitchenette. Rooms are spacious and feature a bathtub, shower facilities and a hairdryer. Cable TV, a minibar and 24-hour room service are also provided. Guests of Tiara Labuan can play a game of table-tennis or use the resort’s sauna. Barbecue facilities are available. The islands around Labuan host the world’s richest coral and fishing grounds. Labuan is a duty-free shopping haven with rich historical background. Located in the state of Sabah, Tiara Labuan is a 10-minute drive to Labuan Airport. ... more less
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