A series of chalets and lodges set high on a hilltop with stunning views of the landscape and especially of Mt Kinabalu. The site of this resort is absolutely stunning. The drive up a very steep, bumpy road is daunting - but when you reach the entrance the lovely gardens unfold and the chalets await in the cool mountain air.
If you want to climb Mt Kinabalu this is a perfect base. Or if, like me, you just want to look at it this is equally as good. The chalet rooms are spacious with big double sliding doors opening onto a small deck. Set your alarm for sunrise, get a cup of tea, and sit outside watching the changing colours of the mountains in the early mornings.
There's a decent restaurant on site with a good choice of dishes for the evening and a good buffet breakfast. They won't always have everything available on the menu - it's fairly remote here - but who cares? A truly fabulous location, with decent rooms and friendly staff at very good prices. I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone touring the mountains of Sabah.
Just one tip: You're in the jungle. When it gets dark shut all the windows before you switch on the lights inside - otherwise you'll share the room with 100 moths!
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- Also Known As:
- Celyn Resort Kinabalu Hotel Ranau