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The Kinabalu Park area is will known for its mild temperate climate. Since the 80s, when the main road from Tamparuli to Kundasang was properly tarred, holiday-makers have been coming up here to enjoy the cooler weather and the mountain view. Back then there were not so many accommodations for the public to choose from. Most people just stayed at the accommodation provided by the Park, which was often full, during the holidays. Today it is a complete different story. Cabins, chalets, hostels, hotels, and even homestays can be found operating in the vicinity of the Park Headquarters. Ayana Holiday Resort established in May, 2015 is one of these accommodations that cater for the public.
Ayana Holiday Resort was built on a gentle slope with an elevation of 1,500 metres. It has three main buildings, namely the Summer House, the Holiday House and the Terrace House. It can easily accommodate up to 43 persons. All the rooms here, 17 in total, have wooden flooring, comfortable bed, attached washroom, and basic electronic equipment, mainly a flat television set and a small electric kettle. All washrooms have a water heater shower, a toilet, a washbasin, a mirror and the floor was covered with tiles.
The overall design of this place is contemporary, simple, with very clean rooms. Wifi is available in every room, and it is free of charge too. Ayana staff can be described as friendly and helpful, which make the atmosphere even brighter.
Guests who travel on their own can easily spot the entrance to Ayana Holiday Resort. It has a big signpost next to the road. And it is only about 200 metres to the junction that leads to a hamlet called Bundu Tuhan. The car park area is a small flat land that was covered by gravel and it can fit in about 15 vehicles. Guests will have to take a few steps down the slope in order to make it to the Summer House. Upon entering the building one will find a small reception office beside the doors. After completing the paperwork, guests will be issued a key card, and a television remote control.
Other than the reception office and a simple lobby, the Summer House also hosts four standard rooms, and a common area with tables, chairs and wash basin. The standard rooms are the most basic of all the rooms, and the most affordable. Great for a couple who wants to spend a simple night at the resort and explore the nearby areas the next day.
Sandwiched between the Summer House and the Terrace House is the Holiday House. The Holiday House is great for family and a group of people. It has three rooms and each room has a queen bed and a single bed and an attached washroom. Colour sofas are placed in the living room, where friends and family members can mingle and chat with each other. A solid wooden table that can seat eight persons, lies next to a big window, that looks out to the forest. There is a small kitchen where guests can do some serious cooking. A fridge, a gas stove, and utensils are provided for the convenient of the guests. Other facilities including a BBQ stand and a swinging chair for two were placed on the veranda. All in all the Holiday House is a great place to organised party or anniversary.
The Terrace House looks like a Murut longhouse from afar and it contains four deluxe rooms and six superior rooms. The only difference between these two rooms is that the superior room can sleep three persons and the deluxe room can only hold two. There is no heater provided here, but the comfy and puffy duvet is good enough to keep everyone warm and a pleasant overnight sleep. A small balcony located at the entrance to each room has a garden table and garden chairs in place. Guests can certainly use this place to enjoy the clean and cold air from the outside. All these rooms have big sliding windows, where one can look down to the forest and valley below. Do enjoy the view!
There is no direct view of the mountain from the resort. Guest will have to walk about two hundred metres from the main road down to the junction for that. Or they can visit the Kinabalu Park Headquarters.
For meals, one can visit the Pantaran Restaurant situated at the foothill below Park H.Q. Or try out the Da Villa Resort restaurant or the Station 89 both are located about 800 metres from the Park H.Q.
Room rate ranges from RM 77 to RM 128.
The Villa rental cost is from RM 608 onwards.
Near-by interesting places to explore are Mt. Kinabalu, Kundasang Town, Desa Cattle Farm, Kundasang War Memorial, Poring Hot Spring, Raffelsia flower area, Sabah Tea Garden, and Moroli River (Fish Therapy). For other accommodations at Kundasang, click here.