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Kundasang has slowly but steadily becoming a resort town of Sabah, the cold climate, beautiful scenery and Mt. Kinabalu are a big draw for locals and tourists alike. The cabins, chalets, lodges, and resorts in and around Kundasang town are often full during the weekends. During school holidays these accommodations are always booked to its limit. Staying at Kundasang area also allows visitors easy access to the nearby Kinabalu Park Headquarters, and Poring Hot Spring.
Located about 5km away from Kundasang, Golden Kundasang Highlands is one of the few accommodations built near the Mesilau area, the other being Mesilau Resort and Philip Garden Chalets. The Mesilau area is much higher in altitude, about 6,000 feet above sea level, and so the temperature is colder (14°C-16°C) and the place is more windy too.
Established in 1992, Golden Kundasang Highlands has been receiving guests from far and near. This nice and clean chalets were built into a hill slope, with a farmland in front. Two types of cabins are available for rental, deluxe (2 units) and standard (8 units). The deluxe units have a living room, a kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms with hot water. The master bedroom consists of a queen bed and an attached bathroom, while the other bedroom has two bunk beds that can sleep four. All the beds come with a comforter. Sofas and television set are provided at the living room.
The kitchen is well equipped with gas stoves, cooking utensils, electric rice cooker, a fridge, a small dinning table and chairs. Both the deluxe units have a spacious covered balcony that comes with a mahjong table and relaxing garden chairs, but beware of the floor of the balcony which is a bit uneven due to wear and tear or the constant slow movement of the ground of Kundasang.
The standard units are much simple and smaller in size, yet it still has a full and complete kitchen. Good for those who love to cook. Guests can also make use of the fresh temperate climate vegetables sold at the Kundasang markets. On opening the door of the standard rooms a queen bed and a bunk bed greet you. A small TV set, a small table and a few chairs are provided.
The best part of the standard units is the big window, which provides a great view of Mt. Kinabalu on a cloudless day. The Layang-Layang Station on the summit trail can also be seen here. A small door beside the bunk-bed leads to the kitchen and bathroom. Facilities in the kitchen include cooking utensils, gas stoves, and electric rice cooker. Note: there is no refrigerator in the standard units. Extra mattress can be arranged with a minimum charge.
For recreation there are four or five barbecue stoves, brick built, ready for the guests to use. These outdoor barbecue stoves are located on the ground level which has nice view of the vegetable farm below. BBQ for dinner is a wonderful experience. The hot charcoal cooked food tastes very much better up here. Time for the body to do some exercise, hiking. At the back of the chalets there is a trail that leads up to a hill top. Take a slow walk up to the top of the hill which has a good view of the Kundasang town and its surrounding farming community. The Mt. Kinabalu view up here is simply breathtaking.
The rental prices for the chalets are divided into weekday and weekend. Price for public holidays and school holidays is the same as that of weekends. Check In time is 12pm and Check Out time is 10am. A deposit of RM 50 is payable when checking in and will only be refunded upon proper inventory checking by the warden.
|Deluxe||2||RM 200||RM 280|
|Standard||8||RM 100||RM 150|
How to go there? Take a bus or taxi or even self-drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang town. This journey will take from two hours to two and a half hours. From Kundsang town take the road that leads to the Mesilau Resort or Kundasang Golf Club, Golden Kundasang Highlands is just 5km away.
Golden Kundasang Highlands
Lot 3, 1st floor, Block H, Segama Shopping Complex,
Tel: +6088 254 781
Tel: +6019 831 23 85 (Kundasang)
Near by interesting places to explore are Mt. Kinabalu, Kundasang Town, Desa Cattle Farm, Kundasang War Memorial, Poring Hot Spring, Sabah Tea Garden, and Moroli River (Fish Therapy). For other hotels at Kundasang, click here.