Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai
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This is my first time here in Nexus and I must say, it is fabulous! Seaview is magnificent! Booked into the Borneo Sea View Wing and got the 1st floor room. Room is superbly impressive, bed & pillow is comfy, all is clean, toilet is spacious, bathtub is wide enough & look very inviting! Balcony & room ceiling is the winning points. …
We arrived at Kota Kinabalu (love that name) without mishap. 45 minute taxi ride to the hotel, which is once again magnificent. The hotel group owns the site, the bay, sandy beach, golf course and tropical rain forest behind, no other development in sight.
On arrival we are asked to bang a large gong in reception to announce in large style our arrival and a musician answers up with a choppy little number on a musical ...
... saw an orangutan come down feeding time, and lots of smaller monkeys trying to grab some of the food when the orangutan wasn't looking! Later we went on a cruise on the Kinabatangan River which flows through the rainforest, so that we could see the wildlife in their natural habitat. We saw rhinoceros hornbills, eagles, long-tailed macaque monkeys, pig-tailed macaque monkeys, and the proboscis monkey - if you haven't seen one of these before, google it, they have ...
We home stayed with a rural family in Taginambur villiage. We got to hear about the history and culture of the local villiage from a villiage elder, a Mr Robert. Here people ofter say mister first name. I am Mr Ed.
We had a go of extracting coconut milk and coconut oil and extracting ...
... go to the park, and after some paperwork (they are good with job creation here, 1 person and his/ her stamp needed on about 5 pieces of paper! Took forever to go from one desk to the next), we got a guide and started climbing. 4h they say. Took us 6! Climbing in the jungle is not fun. At all. It was so hot, with uneven ground and steps and mud etc. you name it! positive point is that we must have burned at least 10000 calories each that ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNexus Resort & Spa Karambunai Kota Kinabalu
Our stay in Nexus Hotel in Karambunai was good. Good food. Good amenities. People were nice. Even the beach was nice and quiet. It wasn't crowded in September so we really had the nice and quiet vacation that we wanted. The only thing is, we were bitten by insects in the hotel room. We stayed in 4 Beringin. We went home having a lot of small swollen insect bites.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai Kota Kinabalu
Not as good as it looks
The Nexus resort lies around 20 miles North of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It looks great but it has problems. The rooms are brilliant, the staff are the best we have ever come across around the world. The food could be superb but the buffet meals were a bit too cold. The main problem is that this resort is a major convention centre and delegates often took priority over the hotel guests. It also created an unbalance of 'the sexes' as most delegates were male. This is a clinical hotel that lacked character which is a great pity because it is in a great position and could offer so much more. Next time we go to Sabah, we will stay in a different hotel.
Austin & Penny Orton
We have just spent 10 days at the Nexus Resort (Feb 2005) and cannot recommend it highly enough. We had booked at the Magellan Sutera Beach, but changed at the last minute because we wanted a beach to walk along. Although the Magellan is a superb hotel and adjacent to Kota Kinabalu, we much prefered the Nexus which is a 30 minute shuttle bus ride away, as it had everything we wanted and more.
Retuned from KK yesterday, and couldn't wait to write a review and tell the world about this amazing place! My husband and i spent 10 nights at the nexus resort and absolutely loved every minute. The whole place is world class for opulence, cleanliness, service and natural beauty.
We were at Nexus 5-15 Jan. This is a very special place for nature lovers.We were in many tropical and equatorial places,but never saw such a beautiful well maintened gardens,grass-plots and ponds. We booked for borneo villa garden-view but were lucky to change it for sea-view.This is the best in Nexus.We had a patio with table and two soft chiars and extra view of a huge grass-plot with palms,beach and south-china sea.Everything is perfect there,accept for us, this sea.Water is very rough and not clear at all.We love to swim,but there it was like fighting every time.Locals said that in spring and summer is more calmer.For the rest, everithing was wonderful.We loved "Kingfisher"'s sea-food buffet - tons of shrimps,prowns,scallops,octopuses etc. every evening and 3 very good musicians who play "oldies".Special buffet dinners at "Penu" were also very interesting expiriens. And don't leave Nexus without Borneo massage.This is something ! And of course,people working at Nexus, from managers to beachcombers are extraodinary,very friendly and accomodating. Sabah people,that was may be the best part of our trip.
My husband and I visited Borneo over Xmas & New Year 2004/05.
Where do you start. Amazing!. This hotel has to be on one of the best beaches I've seen. In the last 7 years my wife and I have been to 15 different places around the world and this is as good as you would expect in Dubai! The place was packed full yet you never saw many people. If I'd asked the hotel to clear everyone off the beach so we could walk along hand in hand on a deserted beach, I didn't have to. We walked to the next hotel (5 miles ) one day and only saw 2 other couples and a beach cleaner. The best rooms are the Borneo Villas ( upstairs) Unless you can afford a presidential villa which have their own pool.
My partner and I went to borneo in september 04 for the first time, what a place. I must add that the nexus resort was fantastic and the staff very freindly. This has to be the best resort I have ever stayed having travelled around the world. The facilities were great, the 3 pools very clean and well equipped with sunbeds and fresh thick towels available for your use. The beach is 6km long white sand and water so warm its like having a bath. As for dinning a choice of five restraunts to choose from with the finest dinning I have ever had and very reasonable prices approx £25 for three courses with drinks for two people. It also has a top range spa facility which is a must. And I reccommend the 4 wheel drive excursion booked through explore borneo via the hotel. All in all a fantastic holiday finished off by staying a 5 star resort what more could anyone want.
We stayed at the Nexus Resort from 3 - 16th November. We booked with Virgin Holidays after our orignal booking had to be changed due to Hurricane Ivan devastating the island of Grenada. We only had the choice of Nexus or The Magellan Sutera and chose Nexus because of it's beautiful 6km stretch of beach as we love long beach walks. Maybe we should have paid more attention to the fact that it was a 40 minute transfer (as opposed to 10 minutes to the Magellan) from Kota Kinabalu but when booking didn't realise that there is very little between Nexus and the town. All of the excursions that we did meant that our days out were long and the journey from resort to KK became quiet boring, particularly when the traffic was heavy. It could take nearly an hour to return from town when dropping off guests at other hotels.
We stayed at the Nexus Resort, just outside KK in May 04. Our stay was bliss and I cannot recommend it enough. If you are looking for a restful and laid back time, then the Nexus is the place for you. The resort has a large golf course, but not being a golfer, I cannot confirm how good it is. I can however vouch for the rest of the resort. Set on its own private 6km beach the hotel and grounds are vast, but stunning. We booked a garden cottage which was very well equipped with all the usual 5 star amenities and fridge (can be stocked reasonably in the hotel shop). Our balcony overlooked the rain forest and well tended gardens and being a quiet time of the year, it seemed, we were not overlooked by any other guests. The service at all the bars and restaurants, there are four, was first class and the standard of food excellent. We favoured the King Fisher Restaurant for evening meals as it was open to the night air, but strategically placed fans kept diners cool. Both buffett and Al la Carte are available. Entertainment is laid on at various times and venues throughout the hotel, as well as games and leisure pursuits for all to join in, if desired. During our stay there was an excellent house band to entertain each evening in the 'Darlin Darlin' Fun pub, or for the more sedate, a further vocalist performed each evening in the Horizon Lounge. The temperature is a constant 30 degrees morning, noon and night, which I loved, but the humidity is high and takes getting used to. The tropical sun is also very hot, so drinking plenty of water and constantly slapping on the sun tan lotion is a must. The Nexus also has an excellent Health Spa and Gym. Reflexology specialists also tour the hotel pools and beach area offering guests this service. At the end of our holiday we flew up to stay on Turtle Island (only 1 star accomm, so expect a culture shock) plus visit the Sepilog Orang-utan Rehab Centre. Both of which I would highly recommend. Sightings of Orangs are not guaranteed, but we were lucky in seeing over 8 of these wonderful and entertaining creatures. Sabah, although a very long flight from the UK (16 hours, via Brunei), certainly delivers. The people are charming and courteous and that alone would take me back to Malaysia, the rest is a bonus!