Marriott International, Inc and City Waterfront Sdn Bhd announced the opening of the highly anticipated Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel in Sabah, Malaysia. Nestled along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens and the capital’s bustling waterfront, the hotel offers an enviable location to discover the best of the city’s unique cultural offerings and unparalleled natural attractions.
The ultimate getaway for the inventive traveller, Kota Kinabalu seamlessly blends old-world charm with modernity. With limitless opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment, hotel guests can explore neighbouring lifestyle destinations such as The Waterfront, Oceanus Waterfront and Imago. For an authentic cultural experience, guests will enjoy the lively atmosphere of the weekly Gaya Street Sunday Market or a beautiful 15-minute boat ride from Jesselton Point, while thrill seekers can see the destination from new heights on Borneo’s longest island-to-island zipline that connects Gaya to Sapi islands. The hotel’s location connects visitors to numerous natural sites including the Kinabalu National Park, home to 4,095m-high Mount Kinabalu, pristine beaches with emerald waters and coral islands for aquatic expeditions.
“We are delighted to introduce Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel to our growing portfolio of hotels in Southeast Asia,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “Kota Kinabalu continues to cement its role as a key tourism destination in East Malaysia for both business and leisure travellers. The Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel reflects Marriott Hotels’ innovations in travel and our commitment to evolve every aspect of the guest experience to inspire travellers to Travel Brilliantly.”
With 332 expansive guest rooms and suites, Kota Kinabalu Marriott’s sophisticated, contemporary design is infused with elements of local culture, paying homage to the rich heritage of Borneo’s Kadazandusun tribe. The welcoming, light-filled interiors reflect a soft palette of white and beige hues and the stylish, minimalist aesthetic embodies the brand’s Marriott Modern design philosophy, revealing flexible living spaces to inspire creativity or for total relaxation. For guests looking to rejuvenate, the hotel’s extensive facilities include an outdoor infinity pool with idyllic views of the South China Sea, a 24-hour state-of-the-gym and a spa with specialty treatments to leave guests feeling refreshed and revitalised.
“The Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel in Sabah, Malaysia strives to offer authentic experiences that tell the story of this destination,” said Adrian Chung, General Manager, Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel. “Tourism has provided the local community with opportunities to find fulfilling employment and to develop professional careers. At Marriott, we believe that if we take care of our people, they’ll take care of our guests and we hope travellers will feel this ethos in the thoughtful service they receive at this hotel.”
Guests can indulge the art of eating well at the hotel’s five dynamic restaurants and bar concepts, which showcases a rich array of cuisines. Kitchen@8Set, the hotel’s all-day dining venue, features fresh, locally inspired cuisine. For an immersive experience, Teppan Table is a lively Japanese teppanyaki dining room with an open kitchen where guests can watch chefs preparing their dishes with theatrical flair. From the rooftop bar Stylo, guests can enjoy the breath-taking panoramas while savouring a freshly brewed coffee with light bites during the day or sipping one of the bar’s signature cocktails. A place to socialise with friends, The Lounge offers wholesome and healthy dishes that showcase seasonal ingredients while M Club, the executive lounge, is an exclusive space for members and club-level guests to retreat, recharge, and refocus.
Designed to meet the needs of Malaysia’s growing MICE market, the property unveils up to 14,000 square feet of versatile event space, each featuring ample natural light, state-of-the-art technology, and distinctive dining options for purposeful meetings and memorable social occasions. With five flexible function rooms and a Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 650 guests, the hotel’s dedicated events team will assist in conceptualising inspired special events. business gatherings and conferences of all sizes.