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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District, West Coast Division, Sabah

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CEFender
Brisbane, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Private stunning location”
Reviewed 31 January 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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Upon arrival at Hibiscus we were greeted by the staff and by Howard the property manager who gave us a quick run down of the house and things to do in the area.

The house is stunning with an infinity pool and lots of spots to just sit and relax.
The private beach was stunning too and an adventure to get to along a windy bushy path. Lots of mozzies though on the way there.

The chef Jay was amazing. We enjoyed his meals very much.
Howard took us to Kudat and we hit the market and bought all the weird and wonderful fruits and vegetables specific to the region such as Tarap fruit and a type of Jackfruit endemic to Borneo. Hmmm... but we weren't able to match Jay's cooking skills so he cooked for us most nights. In retrospect we would have loved to have done a cooking course with him.

Howard was fantastic and helped us with everything. He organized a bush walk for us and set up his mozzie-screened hammock for one of us to sleep in in the bushes outside the Villa and he gave us the tour of Kudat.
Howard also runs the Tip Top restaurant at the tip of Borneo, only 5 minutes from Hibiscus. There is wifi avaiable at Tip Top though it can be slow at times. Cold beers and a small but nice menu are also available at Howard's restaurant. Try the local ceviche or the Ikan Bilis as a snack with a cold beer...

There are a lot of stunning bays a only drive away from the Villa.
Renting a car is a must - we rented two sedans in KK for 6 of us and this worked out really well. The roads are pretty good so no need for a 4wd unless you really want to go bush.

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Liked best: The whole house is designed for relaxing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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HongKong0...
Hong Kong
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful Villa in a remote, stunning spot”
Reviewed 29 January 2012 for a stay in January 2012
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A group of friends with young children - 1 to 3 years, stayed for a week. Beautiful villa. Very good for children. Take advantage of the chef as he produced many wonderful meals. A very beautiful area. Recommended.

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Liked best: Remote beaches
Liked least: No internet access
Travelling group: With Friends
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London / Malaysia
Reviewed 3 November 2011 for a stay in October 2011

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Liked best: Luxury, Privacy, Peace
Travelling group: Family with young children
Your age range 35-44
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Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
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arhay
Salem, Oregon
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Well-Run”
Reviewed 30 October 2011 for a stay in October 2011

The chef has made a delicious dinner. The Sun falls into the sea followed by Mercury and then Venus. The frogs and geckos start the night chorus. The stars come out, the fireflies join them. It is another perfect night at Hibiscus Villa.
We rented a car in Kota Kinabalu and drove there in a little more than 3 hours. A car is a must and I would recommend a four wheel drive as there are great places to explore made easier with high clearance and traction. We used the owner's recommendation for our car rental , you should too. You will get a full run down of the many things to do from Howard, the villa manager, who is superb at his job; knowlegeable, pleasant, helpful, speaks the language and seems to know everyone in Northern Sabah. Or you can do nothing, as we often did and you can have absolutely no regrets about it. Minor points off for lack of easy beach access, slippy, steep trail that kind of ends short of the mark. I suspect that by the time you get there, that will have been fixed. And also lack of internet access, which my wife actually thought was a plus and perhaps she is right. Internet is 5 minutes away by car at the Tip Top Cafe if you have to have it.
Use Jay the chef. He is masterful and very convenient. Why cook? Why shop? He does it all for you. We stopped in KK to pick up snacks and drinks but probably left half of it behind when we left.
This a great place to escape to. Pampered, safe, beautiful and far from the tourist scene. Suitable for large groups but just as suitable as a romantic getaway for two.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Beach access
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Singapore
Reviewed 21 October 2011 for a stay in April 2011

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canada
Reviewed 19 October 2011 for a stay in October 2011

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Your age range 25-34
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lorified
Manila, Philippines
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Hibiscus Villa Exceeded All Expectations! We Loved Our Stay!!”
Reviewed 10 November 2010 for a stay in October 2010
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person found this review helpful

We would recommend Hibiscus Villa to anyone! It is a stunning, well appointed, & impeccably maintained house on a refreshingly private coastline. The artistic interiors compliment beautiful views & the nearby crash of the ocean. A short walk down the garden will have you at a breath-taking beach. One word: Sunset! Our group booked Hibiscus Villa (Halloween 2010) & received the royal treatment. The Villa itself is even more gorgeous than the photos, but what really touched our hearts was the personalized service. From the moment we arrived, Howard (the Caretaker) waited at the road to make sure we found the property. The staff, Francesca & Beatrice, greeted us upon arrival & were warm, professional, & helpful without being intrusive. We loved them & the professional chef who prepared our delicious evening meals. We would definitely recommed guests to avail of the chef's service. They wore uniforms & were constantly looking after our needs. Howard was amazing. He speaks Malay & couldn't do enough. From helping plan activities, to organizing dinners, no request was too small. What a pleasure! Howard really went out of his way to take us shopping in the market, running errands all over town, and loaning his own outdoors equipment. Additionally, the owners were very helpful and responsive during the booking process creating a seamless vacation experience. Hibiscus Villa is a gem. The interior design is fantastic; we received a ton of compliments from our photos and returned home relaxed & inspired. Hibiscus Villa is Borneo at it's best! Thank you - The Manila Crew

Value Rooms
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Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Luxury-minded travelers
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