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“Cottages dark and not much to do here.”
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Sabah Tea Garden
Ranked #3 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Ranau
Reviewed March 22, 2014

To be fair they are honest that there is nothing to do here and they really are not lieing. I think this place is only suitable for a stop over on the way to something else. We stayed in one of the cottages and it was infested with ants. The room was clean apart from the ant invasion but its pretty dark and dingey in the cottages and a little on the depressing side. Fine for a 1 night stop over but not much else. The Food was decent but a top tip would be to ask for the A la carte menu as opposed to just getting the included deal. The communal toilets, next to the kitchen was pretty filthy and it doesn't fill you with confidence that there was no hand soap in the toilets, especially as the cooks would go in there and so I have no idea how they could wash there hands before preparing your food.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

A friend and I stayed in the cottages here for one night while exploring Sabah. As soon as you drive on to the property via the winding dirt road you know you've found something kind of special. The lush, green surroundings, combined with Mount Kinabalu in the background, make for a pretty memorable view.

The cottages themselves were very clean, working hot water and AC. Breakfast at the Tea Garden -- a short walk from the cottages -- was included in the room rate, and the traditional Malaysian breakfast was delicious. We did the factory tour afterwards as well, which was pretty fascinating. This estate is one of only 6 completely organic producers in the world, so support what they're doing here. And of course, make sure to have the tea. Wish I could have stayed longer, seemed like a good place to chill out, and is also convenient to the Poring Hot Springs.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

A good base for Ranau area and Poring Hot Springs. Don't expect the Ritz, but the cottages have a charming exterior with a nice view. Inside, they are clean and comfortable. Only soft drinks, beer and rice wine is available at the bar. The cottages are not serviced daily which is somewhat surprising, but not essential. The Tea Garden Restaurant however, is very disappointing for dinner. They seem to over-compensate for the Western palette and the food is bland and uninteresting. English breakfast was an improvement. You may also be able to arrange a sunrise walk in the tea estate, tour of the factory and tea tasting. Our guide was enthusiastic and friendly.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The place and view is magnificent! But the Service is bad. F&B is terrible. We went there last weekend for a stay. Firstly, they say no need to pay for our dinner. The next morning, ask us to pay for the dinner! Even it doesn't cost us a lot.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

2 nights here was perfect. The little cottages ARE charming, the hot water works, the AC works, the beds are comfy, the entire place is spic an span. What's not to like? Evidently, the longhouse - which is pretty rudimentary and I wouldn't think of staying there because this is mosquito central! Early morning walks from cottages to see the sunrise over Mt Kinabalu were informatively guided; it is quite a wander down to the restaurant from the accommodations, especially if it has rained - as it does regularly! The restaurant offers some "interesting" menu selections and don't for a moment imagine the "tea pancakes" look like any pancake you've tried before - worth the experiment but an unrepeatable experience! Excellent tour of processing works and sad to think that, for lack of willing workers to pick the tea, the plantation will produce LESS tea this year than last - no one wants to hand pick the leaves these days as life in the City is more appealing than the isolation of the Plantation - sad reflection on the effects of westernisation, so make the most of this lovely tea and buy what you can while they can offer the large selection of teas currently on offer. As one of 6 totally organic producers worldwide, this little enterprise gets a big pat on the back from us. Again, a well maintained memorial to fallen Aussie POW on site ensures that the memory of the Sandakan Death Marches is never far from consciousness, and management is to be applauded for their efforts to reach out and educate Borneo visitors to the atrocities suffered at the hands of the Japanese 1942 - 45.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

As we drove up the steep gravel road we did question our choice of accommodation but that didn't last long. We were the only ones in the cottages so it was very quiet. Our cottage was very comfortable,loads of hot water, amazing sunset and views in the early morning of Mt Kinabalu. The restaurant for breakfast and dinner was a short walk away and the food was delicious. Fresh, tasty and plentiful served by happy staff who couldn't do enough for you. We enjoyed a tea factory tour also whilst there which was both interesting and informative. It wasn't as close as I had imagined it to be to Ranau and Poring Springs but it all worked extremely well as we had our own car. Don't miss the Fish Spa just before their driveway- an experience,for sure

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

This is an accommodation like no other and I think it is worth a try just for the experience. The accommodations are in a traditional longhouse made out of bamboo. I would say it was 'fun'. If you can't handle one night with minimal sleep, then don't stay here. The bamboo shifts and groans every time someone walks on it. And, with 10 rooms right next to each other, that happens a lot. Bamboo half-walls allow all noises from outside, and inside, into your room. The mattresses are standard camping mattresses and mosquito nets are provided. There is a sink in your room but the showers and toilets are only a few steps away. I enjoyed the night here because it was a night I couldn't experience anywhere else! A definite go-to if you want the experience and not just a hotel room. Get up early and walk to catch the sunrise - it is well worth it!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Km17, Jalan Ranau/Sandakan | Kg. Nalapak, Ranau 89309, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Ranau
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Ranau
Price Range: $29 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sabah Tea Garden 2*
Number of rooms: 41
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