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Sutera Harbour Resort (The Pacific Sutera & The Magellan Sutera)
Ranked #9 of 91 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Darwin, Australia
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“What a great resort !!”
Reviewed February 18, 2010

Pacific Sutera - more of a business hotel, Magellan is the resort style.
HOWEVER - full credit to the team in the pool bar "Waves" at the Pacific - what a great atmosphere - the Magellan was lacking the "fun time" .
Magellan has the rooms, the view, the resort pool - but definately lacking the fun atmosphere. Thanks to the guys at Waves - 2pm happy hour, we made the daily trip.
Sutera Harbour offers something for everyone - a great place to stay. It doesn't matter if you stay in the Pacific or the Magellan - you get to take advantage of ALL the facilities.
We will be back - for a fourth visit.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

Stayed at Magellan Sutera for honeymoon. Great service by staff, great selection of food. Literally spent half the trip at the Waves Poolside Bar and Restaurant where the hospitality was unmatched. Friendly staff quickly became 'mates' and took care of every requirement. Drinks were well priced and expertly made. Food was a mix of authentic Malay flavor and Western influence.
One night NEEDS to be set aside from everyone's stay to experience the Poolside Barbeque - a huge selection of tastes with plentiful portions will leave your mouth watering with every bite. Great value for money and great entertainment spending the night with the enthusiastic staff. Tell them Joe sent you!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

Few memorable areas:

1. Clear water by the dock with tropical fishes swimming just below your feet, unbelievable!
2. Great jogging path along the beach within the 2 hotels, amazingly ride!
3. Unforgettable sunset view from the beach or the hotel balcony, just a very wide views over the sea - beauty!

Ask for room with sea view and a balcony. Pacific Sutera is great but I think Magellan Sutera has another kind of style which is also great!

Distance to the city is less than 10 minutes but not necessary if you aren't aimed for locals food and stuffs.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Malmoe
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Reviewed February 6, 2010

We stayed at The Pacific Sutera for five nights and did enjoy of our stay although it was clear that The Magellan probably would been better suited for us. The Pacific is the older, original part of he resort and is, in my opinion, better suited for the business traveler than for the holiday guests. My and my partner were looking for a hotel with the sense of luxury but still reasonably priced. The lobby and the pool area were up to our expectations but the rooms were not. We got a room on 9th floor with a great view over the golf course, the mountains and also a bit of the bay with a local village on water. The room was quite spacious but had an old wall-to-wall carpet with some stains on, an old armchair again with stains on the fabric, old hard bed with pillows more resembling sandbags and an old cover that also, in closer scrutiny, had some stains. The bathroom had a nice interior and both a separate shower and bath tube, on the downside was the fact that you wouldn't get much privacy in there because above the bath tube section you had a opening to the room, just beside your bed, without a sheet of glass or anything else more sound isolating, but with an almost see through shutter. Since we both got stomach sick in turns some privacy in the bathroom would have been much needed. Not very romantic. In summary, the comfort of the room was not on the top. One more downsize was the daily (march) orchester practice that took place somewhere on the ground under our room between 3 and 5 pm and which we heard in to the room very easily. Not easy to rest in the noice, I can tell.

Both the Sutera and Magellan share the pool areas, which in total are 3, and were in my opinion really nice, big pools and nice gardening around. From the pool closest to Sutera you have the view over the ocean and in distance the Islands. There is a small stretch of beach also but, after reading all the warning signs I didn't feel tempted to take a swim in the ocean. Close to Sutera is also the resorts jetty with hourly departs for the islands. The snorkeling on the islands is amazing with tropical fish everywhere and real beaches. You get to the islands in 15 - 20 minutes.

The restaurants were nice, breakfast buffet likeways with a great choice of everything and the possibility to sit inside or outside. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to Kota Kinabalu (which doesn't offer much to see).

All in all, if you don't care about the comfort of the rooms but want the feeling of a great city-close resort without paying too much I would recommend staying in Suteran. If you can afford, choose Magellan.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

We stayed at the Magellan which is nicer than the Pacific but pricier. Gracious hospitality and meticulous attention to detail. Breakfasts are out of this world in terms of variety and quality. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Europe
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

A secret resort that is so under sold, once you get here you are looked after like Queens and Kings.
You have to stay here, once your here you will relax and enjoy, the best tonic ever

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Western Australia
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Reviewed January 18, 2010

We loved the Pacific Sutera Resort. The Staff were fantastic, they were really friendly and helpful. Set on the harbour it was within close proximity to everything eg. the city, water sports, Island hopping etc The shuttle bus runs every hour which is great for getting into the city for shopping and exploring, only about a 10 min ride.
The only complaint we had - was that the bed is very hard - they could do with updating the mattresses as we found the bed to be like concrete. We did get used to it as everything else was just perfect!
We had New Years Eve there and were given a complimentary dinner voucher (it was a lot more expensive to stay for NY - like double cost) The NY dinner & party was amazing
The food was out of this world and never ending and the decorations etc were amazing!!
Great resort with amazing staff!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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SuteraHarbour, owner at Sutera Harbour Resort (The Pacific Sutera & The Magellan Sutera), responded to this review, January 26, 2010
Thank you for your comment.

We have noted your point regarding our mattresses and we will look into this issue in our next renovation exercise.

May this not deter you from staying with us on your next trip here and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Pacific Sutera.

Muhammad Irwan Goh
General Manager of The Pacific Sutera
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Property: Sutera Harbour Resort (The Pacific Sutera & The Magellan Sutera)
Address: 1 Sutera Harbour Blvd, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#3 Business Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#4 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#5 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#6 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#7 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sutera Harbour Resort (The Pacific Sutera & The Magellan Sutera) 5*
Number of rooms: 956
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sutera Harbour Resort is Malaysia’s foremost premier integrated property. The resort encompasses the luxurious accommodation of The Pacific Sutera and The Magellan Sutera hotels, a 27-hole championship golf course, Sutera Harbour Marina & Country Club, two Mandara Spas and a host of dining and recreational facilities. Sutera Harbour Resort is also affiliated with 5 other eco-destinations in Sabah managed through Sutera Sanctuary Lodges including Kinabalu Park, Mesilau Nature Resort, Laban Rata, Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve and Manukan Island Resort. The resort also offers a luxury charter division, North Borneo Yachting and steam locomotive through North Borneo Railway. ... more   less 
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