Tommy's Place, Tip of Borneo
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When you arrive at a new destination, you subconsciously begin to look for what idiosyncrasies or pleasant surprises this new location has to offer.
For example, you may be greeted in your hotel room by towel arrangements that resemble flowers - with the actual flower incorporated into the design as its bud, or maybe sculpted birds, or …
After seven weeks on the road, changing locations at least once every three or four days and covering a span of three countries, we were more than ready for some extended chill time on a sunny beach. After some research, we discovered the remote and very beautiful Tip of Borneo. I may have mentioned in an earlier blog that we were committed to …
... musical gates’ whilst we waited! We were only told that the delay was due to a delay to a previous flight (how’s that for non-information!).
Once on board, the flight passed smoothly enough, until we were around 30 minutes from Kota Kinabalu. Then we started to notice strange flashes of light filling the plane. I looked out of the window; surely the aeroplane lights wouldn’t be that bright? The sky was dark and it was difficult to see ...
... up by the guys down at the beach restaurant.
The sun came out good and proper today. So a day on the beach was the plan. Altho I struggled having my cuts in sun light and to get them in the sea was a real pain we enjoyed a relaxing day. That evening we watched the beautiful sunset with a beer before ordering dinner.
We packed up and got a lift in the back of a pickup truck to Kudat and a taxi on to KK before our flight the next ...
... or so. The lady had gotten blind from cataracts and have been depending on her daughter to do her daily routines, one of which includes bathing in the river. The river was pretty nearby but was definitely not suitable for an elderly lady, let alone blind to walk to. In the river, you can see how low in water they really were and how they had to dig their own mini-wells in it. The river bed was filled with rocks if all sizes, a real hazard in my opinion. Anyone of the them ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Situated fifty feet from a 2 kilometre stretch of white sand beach that had a total of perhaps seven different people on it during the week we stayed here, it is hard to believe this beautiful, white sand based, perfect for swimming beach, and this basic affordable resort, is not fully packed twenty four seven. Which leads me to believe that this remote, quiet gem will not remain so for too much longer.
Accommodation at Tommy's Place is available to suit varying budgets and preferences, from basic budget friendly rooms to much more spacious, luxurious expensive lodges. There are also newer and older rooms available, the oldest being along the (very quiet) road facing the sea, with the newer a little further back with a view of the palm tree landscape. Our room was one of the newer rooms at back, which we would recommend.
There is a restaurant on the premises, which is much better than none, although the offerings are basic and the service casually laid back, but always given with a smile. The owner, Tommy, is also a good guy and very accommodating. But laid back is the predominant feel in this part of the world, which adds to its charm. There are also three or four other restaurants to discover within walking distance, so you do have other choices.
If you are looking for a quiet location which offers stellar beauty, sunsets to die for, and a few - but not hordes - of interesting travellers to mingle with, then Tommy's Place, Tip of Borneo, is perfect.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.