7 Accommodations With A View of Mount Kinabalu For Your Next Retreat

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Mount Kinabalu is the tallest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea, towering majestically at 4,095m (13,435 ft above sea level). The Kadazan term “Aki Nabalu,” which means “the revered place of the dead,” is where Mount Kinabalu gets its name.

Located in Ranau district, West Coast Division of Sabah, it is one of the safest and most manageable summits in the world. Regardless of your plans to climb Mount Kinabalu, going for a vacation with Mount Kinabalu in sight (literally) would still be an amazing experience.

Here are 7 accommodations with a view of Mount Kinabalu to stay at for your next holiday.

P. S. Check out our article on an average Joe who decided to climb Mount Kinabalu because he thought it would be fun. Spoiler alert: he did it!

1. Culvert View

A homestay in Kundasang with the iconic Mount Kinabalu in the background, Culvert View is made up of round, pipe-like structures that act as chalets. These chalets can fit up to 2 adults and 1 child below 12 years old. Each chalet has its own attached bathroom. Guests can expect a spectacular view of the mother Nature with plenty of attractions to visit in the surrounding area. Culvert View is also known for providing photo spots that will give you the stunning backdrops for that perfect Instagram shot.

Rates: Starting from RM169/night for Standard Room

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2. Little Hut 寒舍

Little Hut is a family-run business set in Kampung Mesilou. Comprised of 10 lovely and personalised accommodation aka huts, each one is outfitted with modern facilities that can fit a single traveller or up to a group of 5 pax. Little Hut is set 1500 metres above sea level, providing guests with a fantastic view of Mount Kinabalu. Temperatures are cooler here and can range from 13 to 30 °C. If you are looking for a tranquil and quiet getaway, Little Hut is the perfect place.

Rates: Starting from RM120/night for Hut Lou (single occupancy)

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3. Himbaan GardenStay

Located between Nabalu and Kundasang, the road up to Himbaan GardenStay may be rough but it will all be worth it when you reach. Imagine being greeted by a breath-taking view of Mount Kinabalu right outside your balcony. And having your breakfast while watching the sun rise over the mountain! It’s not everyday that you will get to wake up to such a wonderful scene. You can choose from the various accommodation types that are available – motorhome/RV, cabin, studio unit, semi-open indoor campsite as well as an outdoor campsite.

Rates: Starting from RM250/night for studio unit
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4. B-Inspired Abode

Great news – you do not have to go all the way to New Zealand to experience a Hobbit village. Fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as well as those who enjoy adventure and the outdoors, are the reason for the Humble Hobbit Home. Located in Kundasang, it is set high up in the mountains, surrounded by rolling hills and the magnificent Mount Kinabalu in the background. The homestay is mostly built from naturally sourced materials while maintaining comfort and accessibility. It can fit up to 5 people, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to gather your friends for a LOTR-inspired getaway.

Rates: Starting from RM251/night
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5. Syameen’s Homestay Kundasang

Syameen’s Homestay Kundasang is the ideal place to stay especially if you are bringing children along because of the many attractions nearby. For example, the famous Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Maragang Hill Office, Sosodikon Hill, and the Kundasang War Memorial. It is also conveniently located in the Mesilau part of Kinabalu National Park. Choose from one of the two North Borneo houses if you are a big group of 6 to 8 pax. Alternatively, you can stay at one of their Glamping Domes that can house up to 4 people. No matter which accommodation you choose, you are guaranteed a beautiful view of Mount Kinabalu.

Rates: Starting from RM250/night for Glamping Dome that can fit up to 4 pax
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6. Sakura Villa

This comfortable homestay is conveniently located in Kundasang, Sabah, close to several tourist attractions. Sakura Villa is also close to eateries, coffee shops, cafés, night markets, and hawker centres. If you have a big group of friends or family, this lodging option, which sleeps up to 12, is ideal for you! And when it comes to the view, whether it’s early morning or late evening, you can always catch sight of Mount Kinabalu right outside your window.

Rates: Starting from RM300/night for Blossom Hut that can fit up to 5 pax

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7. Sulap

SULAP means hut or little shelter in the language of the Kadazandusun. Indeed, they are aptly named as guests have given raving reviews on how comfortable and cosy the homestay is. Located in between the greeneries of Kundasang town, guests can choose from rooms or houses depending on the size of their group. The largest room can fit up to 4 pax while the houses can accommodate more than 10 people. In addition to having Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop, the architectural design of the homestay is also very unique, making it an unforgettable stay.

Rates: Starting from RM130/night for Small Room (2 pax)
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