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Kinabalu Park and Kundasang would be in most people radar when thinking of spending a cold and relaxing time away from the low land city and towns in Sabah. Although less well known, an alternative destination for a cold weather get away is located at the Crocker Range. Geologically the Kinabalu Park area is still part of the Crocker Range which extends all the way down south to the border of Sarawak. Situated at 1,662 metres (5,453 feet) above sea level, Gunung Alab Resort is the only accommodation one will find at this altitude in the Crocker Range. Even though it is called a resort, Gunung Alab facilities look more like a motel. The rental here is also leaning towards the budget side. The rooms are basic and clean, but are sufficient to provide guests a comfortable over-night stay. When night falls the temperature can drop to 18C or 20C. At times this place feels colder than Kundasang, may be it is because there are more trees in this area, where most of the forests are still intact. In the late afternoon it is not uncommon for the area to be shrouded by a thick layer of mist.
Adjacent to the Kabili Forest Reserve and just 800 metres away from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, lies this classy and charming accommodation called Sepilok Forest Edge Resort. This establishment used to run a mere budget accommodation located away from the present compound and it was called Labuk B & B. Since moving to the present premise which have more rooms, chalets and better facilities the establishment has chosen to stick with the new name. This resort is well planned. The wooden chalets are placed apart from each other which ensures good privacy. These chalets also blend in very well with the surrounding forest. Budget option like dormitory is available too. Staying for a few days here will allow guests to take in the beautiful surroundings of the green forests, as well as having ample times to explore the nearby orangutan centre and the Discovery Rainforest Centre.
Fancy of getting away for a few days from the busy and some time chaotic life of the city? Celyn Resort Kinabalu, a 3 star establishment, is a perfect hide out for such a need, and it also comes with a great view of Mt. Kinabalu. Many people, even the local Sabahans, do not know about this place, as it is hidden away from the public eyes. About 3 km away from the Kundasang – Ranau main road, and nestled high on a hill which is sandwiched between two valleys, one being Samathan valley and the other one is at the foothill of Mt. Kinabalu, Celyn Resort has a peaceful, serene and natural setting atmosphere. Temperature is around 18° to 20° C during the night time. Guests will get to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the surrounding areas without sacrificing the comfort of the city lifestyle.
A nice and cosy small resort at Kinarut.