Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

The hotel

Set against a majestic mountain backdrop and overlooking the South China Sea, the Magellan is set over 384 acres and offers guests a complete holiday experience. Every amenity, every comfort, and every excitement you could wish for is on hand – ranging from water sports galore down at the beach to the inimitable luxury of the world-class Mandara Spa. Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed, overlooking either perfectly manicured lawns or the ocean, with family rooms ideal for those who need more space to stretch out in. Golf aficionados will appreciate a few rounds on the Graham Marsh designed championship course or grab your partner and head down to the squash courts. An Olympic-sized swimming pools means you can get a few decent laps in or simply splash around with the kids in the fun pool. Dining is extensive too with Italian restaurant Ferdinand’s listed as one of Malaysia’s best restaurants! Alternatively, there’s a sumptuous buffet at Five Sails or feast on wood-fired pizzas beside the pool at Al Fresco’s. Choose your own pace at Magellan, it can be as lively as you want it to be or a relaxing haven you’ll want to return to again and again.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Kids Club
  • Children's Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On the Kota coast, 5 minutes from the town of Kota Kinabalu. Shuttle service around the resort and to the town is available. Transfer time from Kota Kinabalu Airport: 10 minutes.

Hotel information

465 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, balcony, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, high-speed Internet access, mini-bar*, tea/coffee maker, safe, bathrobes, slippers, hairdryer, iron and board. Deluxe Garden View Rooms with king-size bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Half Board/Full Board options: Include breakfast, lunch and dinner available at a supplement.

Deluxe Sea View Rooms, with king-size or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Al Fresco (wood fired pizza and cocktails), Ferdinand’s (Italian cuisine), Five Sails (buffet restaurant; International and Malaysian dishes), Tarik’s Lobby Lounge, Muffinz (deli-cafe). Olympic-sized swimming pool, kids' pool, fun pool. 2 landscaped pools. Mandara Spa*. Fitness centre. 104-berth marina*. Water sports* including parasailing, scuba-diving, water-skiing, wakeboarding and sea kayaking. 27-hole Graham Marsh designed championship golf course*. 41 bay 2-tiered covered driving range*. Tennis courts*, badminton courts*, squash courts. Billiards room. 12-lane ten pin bowling centre*. Kids' club*. 100 seat movie theatre*. Regular live entertainment*. Complimentary WiFi access. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*.

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Six weeks in Heaven

Aug 14, 2019 Paul A

My wife and I spent a wonderful 6 weeks at the beautiful Pacific Sutera Resort. It was obvious from our long stay that Management had communicated with Staff of our presence. From the warm welcome we received at our arrival and the complimentary upgrade we felt special during our stay. The General Mgr Mr D’Cruz sought us out on a number of… Read more
My wife and I spent a wonderful 6 weeks at the beautiful Pacific Sutera Resort. It was obvious from our long stay that Management had communicated with Staff of our presence. From the warm welcome we received at our arrival and the complimentary upgrade we felt special during our stay. The General Mgr Mr D’Cruz sought us out on a number of occasions during our stay to ensure we were happy. We found him and his Executive team very engaging and genuinely interested in ensuring our time at the Resort was first class. This passion resonated across the staff and during our last week we were genuinely feeling sad to leave. We loved the newly refurbished room on the 10th floor. The Restaurants on site have excellent food with our favourite Silk Garden a must for fresh seafood. The fire dancers who performed 3 nights a week were fantastic as was the BBQ at the Breeze which complimented the evening. The pool is very well maintained with pool staff very attentive to any needs. My wife and I would recommend this Resort to any other couples looking for a relaxing time. We used the hairdresser on site and the professional spa services. In the evening you can chill out with a cocktail and listen to live music. If shopping is your thing the Resort offers bus services to the City Main Malls only 10-20 minutes away. Thank you Sutera Harbour. We will return in the future. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent hotel

Aug 14, 2019 davidfairlieb

We visited for 7 nights as part of our Borneo adventure. We loved our time there notably the friendly staff, great food, clean rooms, beautiful surroundings and the most glorious sunsets. Special mention to Edmond, Bear & Bonaventure at Al Fresco.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good scenary and kind staff

Aug 10, 2019 taeminK27 Busan, South Korea

First of all, sun set scenary is very wonderful, and kind staff made our family happy. Delicious food, swimming pool, wonderful sunset made me happy and heailing. If I visit again, I will choice this resort.
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Aug 4, 2019 Katarzyna B

Great hotel with nice swimming pool and small beach ( unfortunatelly the the sea was full of trash floating- perhaps putting some net which would stop the trash - this trick works well in the Harbour). The check in was fast but our rooms were ready at 14.50 even though the check in time was 14.00. Breakfast nice but very crowded and some staff… Read more
Great hotel with nice swimming pool and small beach ( unfortunatelly the the sea was full of trash floating- perhaps putting some net which would stop the trash - this trick works well in the Harbour). The check in was fast but our rooms were ready at 14.50 even though the check in time was 14.00. Breakfast nice but very crowded and some staff would tell you to hurry up at 10 as the breakfast ends at 10.30.... There were also construction works which were quite loud on the upper foors of the hotel. Overall we enjoyed our stay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not worth it

Aug 4, 2019 klY9115ID Saar, Bahrain

Upon arrival, we were made to wait an hour for our room to be ready. We had booked a suite and so were able to enter the pacific club to wait with two small children but no point checking in at 2 if the room is ready at 3. The junior suite was a decent size although king size bed is probably pushing the truth a bit. The rooms are old and in dire… Read more
Upon arrival, we were made to wait an hour for our room to be ready. We had booked a suite and so were able to enter the pacific club to wait with two small children but no point checking in at 2 if the room is ready at 3. The junior suite was a decent size although king size bed is probably pushing the truth a bit. The rooms are old and in dire need of updating . It’s dark and dingy, the balcony doors don’t lock and the a/c doesn’t ever feel like it’s strong enough with one vent for two rooms. Breakfast the first day was a nightmare and we chose to just go to the club again instead of the main buffet. Overcrowding with massive queues of mostly Asian families. You’re waiting in line just to get a table. The pools are always packed and it’s a pain to try and find a free lounge chair. We tried to skip the pool and go on the tiny beach but were told no swimming due to jellyfish although they were more than willing to organize boat trips for shed loads of snorkelers. There was a jazz festival on next door which we visited/bought tickets for/enjoyed. The WiFi constantly kicks you off and being next to the airport coupled with poor soundproofing meant no one got a good night’s sleep. Overall not a pleasant experience. The staff were nice but it’s definitely not worth the price of five/star rating. Won’t be returning. Read less