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Celyn Resort Kinabalu
Ranked #4 of 12 Kundasang B&B and Inns
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“Just the view is worth it”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Try and get a room facing Mt Kinabalu - you'll never forget the sunrise.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Having visited Kinabalu Pines Resort while I was there, I thought Celyn Resort is a better choice in terms of value for money and its amazing view if you choose to stay at Kinabalu wing. But I think it's still ok if you opt for the Valley wing because you would still have a good access to the view with just a short walk.

The room is relatively clean but the toilet needs a little more scrubbing. Size is just nice for two persons and the terrace is a great spot to relax, eat some fruits and enjoy the fresh air and amazing view in front of you. There are complimentary coffee/tea and most importantly, tv and dvd player. So bring some dvds as the resort doesn't provide a game room to chill at night.

Breakfast was a simple buffet but it's enough to start your day. However, just like the coffee in the room, the coffee here sucks as well. Pls bring your own coffee! I skipped coffee and drank tea on the second day.

I would advise for new guests to arrive at the resort before dark as you'd have to drive for a good 10 mins or about 2km on a gravel road with minimal signs. Driving at night here may be a bit creepy especially during rainy season when the fog is too thick.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Love the view from the rooms. Rooms are well maintain and comfortable.
Food at the cafe was just ok. But just what we were looking for... quiet, cool and relaxing place.

The road leading into the resort can be very bumpy. Unfortunately it is public property and the government is not very interested to fix it.

Room Tip: Ask for Kinabalu wing for the great view of Mt Kinabalu
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Friends and I stay there for 2 nights, booked 5 rooms total. 3 units were on the top floor (1st floor), and 2 units at the bottom (Ground floor). Clean rooms and all well equipped like hot shower, hair dryer and etc. Staff there are all very friendly and helpful, we even meet the General Manager there and had a great talk with her, explaining all about Kinabalu to us.

The resort is located a distance from the main road, and it's a pain in the butt to have travel in and out of the resort as the roads are all gravel and uneven but you get to enjoy the quietness and view.

We were force to have dinner at the Resort as the sky turns dark quite early there, (around 6p.m) and partly because of the roads as well. The barbecue dinner was totally worth it, cost around RM45 per person, but they serve lamb, prawns, satay, chicken wings and sausages, they even provide main course like fried rice and fried vegetable, ended it with a mix fruit platter. If you have to had dinner there, remember to tell the crew that you would like to have it at the platform outside your hotel room. Night breeze there is awesome accompany by a barbecue pit.

Breakfast for the first day was a bit disappointing as the staff told us that there were no buffet breakfast, but the coffee/tea and breads are refillable. I guess they heard our complains and provided buffet breakfast for the second day.

We manage to walk around the Resort for a while and found out that there are many types of rooms available in the resort. One of them named "Jungle" which is located further in from the reception centre that are surrounded by jungles, looks special and creepy at the same time especially at night time.

We did not wake up to the Mount Kinabalu sunrise view, but we have good access to it, just turn around to the back of the hotel room and there's a space for you to take a good view of the sunrise.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

My wife booked for a vacation to this resort and we arrived quite late at around 6pm when it's already dark. Settled in and slept at around 8pm after a quick dinner.
No much selection from it's only cafe/ restaurant but if the crowd is bigger i would go for their steam boat. Had their Tuaran mee and it actually tasted not too bad.

Woke up early at around 6am and once we open up the window curtain, BEHOLD...one of the best view i've ever woke up too!
The sunrise shining the backdrop of Mount Kinabalu....
The resort facilities has nothing to complaint, clean room, adequate hot water for shower, coffee tea making facilities (hence can bring your own 3 in 1 or noodle cup).

Will i return again? You bet! but PLEASE MAKE SURE you get only the Kinabalu View...it's JUST WORTH the money!

Room Tip: ONLY Choose the rooms with KINABALU View... Valley view still ok but trust me...you will understand...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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KL, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Like what others have mentioned, whatever shortcomings we felt were mitigated by the significant view of the great Mount Kinabalu. Breakfast was basic, but then even the restaurant is next to the fresh greeneries. Nothing can't beat the feeling of waking up to the mesmerising view, even the clear footsteps of people living on the higher floors walking up and down the stairs next to your room. Really hope the management could do something to the road coming up to the resort, which is filled with small rocks and unstable slopes.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Heard & read about the bad review regarding the road but still i insist my wife to book the hotel, just to have a very beautiful view of Mount Kinabalu. Around 6am to 7am, we were able to view the top of the mountain just from our balcony, no cloud were blocking the view, but have to be fast if you want to capture the view. Nice stay, but had problem to pay by credit card. The food were just 'ok'. Definitely, the road were still a bit challenging especially during rain.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Celyn Resort Kinabalu
Address: Kampung Samuruh | Jalan Samuruh Kinoundusan, Kundasang, Ranau 89309, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Ranau > Kundasang
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Kundasang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Celyn Resort Kinabalu 3*
Number of rooms: 43
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