Friday, December 1, 2017

10 unique and scenic stays in Kuching!

We have a wonderful city in Borneo, bordered by rainforests and beaches. If it weren't so tropical and hot, it'd be paradise. But sometimes we want a reprieve from the mundane; even a breathtaking view will turn boring if you look at it everyday. 

So, for a change of scenery, check out these top 10 luxurious stays not too far from home...

You'll be surprised to find a mini-Santorini in Santubong called COVE55
Pristine, serene and classy. It is a place with minimalist but bold decor that will impress even the pickiest. 

When I was there back in 2015, we got a personal tour from the hotelier and it looked like the dreamiest place to have a wedding in this sleepy city. 

At that time, the beach was off limits but it's had a major renovation and is set to reopen on the 28th of Dec with a new infinity pool, restaurant and bar. According to a representative, the rates start from RM560 for rooms overlooking the South China Sea.  

Some prefer something more basic and native, there's THE VILLAGE HOUSE 
Also located in Santubong, the pool is a hotspot for photographs, not to mention it does look like a homelier version of the most instagrammed pool in the world.
It is also for the more zen folk as children under 12 are not permitted onto the premise, and neither is rowdiness allowed after 10PM. 

According to Booking, rates start from RM334 for Village Double Room, featuring a four poster bed! If you don't mind sleeping in a dorm, you can have a bed for RM123 per night. 

For a little in between, there's the new and elusive BASAGA HOLIDAY RESORT LUNDU
Opened 3 months ago, it's been packed almost every weekend. It will be well worth it when you finally grab a room at this resort!

Not only does it have panoramic ocean views, it is part of a wildlife conservation organization so you'll be raising funds for wildlife while enjoying a private outdoor bath or a soak in the salt water pool.

Rates are RM229 for the villas, but add just RM50 to make it a family villa! Check Airbnb for the listings. 

What you need when city lights get too loud is... MENDUNG ESCAPE
You can't get closer to nature than this. Truly an escape from the humidity, being so far up amongst the clouds. The best bed is on the balcony, with the stars for a ceiling and the cool air instead of a whirring airconditioner.

Be warned that it is a 700 meter hike up to the place. According to Airbnb, rates are RM201 per night for couples but groups start at RM250.

If you prefer falling asleep to the sound of running water and waking up to a fresh water river, check out their new cabin, Pinggir Siak

Want the mountains and a pool? Greedy you, say hello to BOYAN HIGHTS
Tucked away in Kampung Git Borneo Heights, this little-known gem also boasts a salt water pool with a scenic view. A great spot for large groups and BBQ!

But the more adventurous might want to look into canoeing and hiking or exploring the nearby caves.

They have three rooms, all listed on Airbnb for RM201 per night.

A place that doesn't get enough love is BORNEO HIGHLANDS RESORT 
For the golfing couple or one that appreciates a good hike and a good view. It has a lovely little waterfall halfway up and the grounds are beautiful for exploring and photoshoots.

Prices start at RM340 on Expedia for a Standard Double but follow their Facebook page for promotions! 

If you're not willing to go that far and is happy to just hideaway whilst still being in Kuching, here are some other options! 

Situated just a stone's throw away from civilization, we have SECRET SANCTUARY 
As the name suggests, the place is like a rustic secret sanctuary, filled with interesting nooks and crannies.

It is a nice little place to chill with friends or a loved one, for extra quality time. The hammocks that line the walkways are wonderful for alone time too!

According to Cyril on Airbnb, where it's known as Bohemian Paradise Holistic Retreat, it's RM80 per person a night for large groups up to 30 pax. For couples, feel free to take on his RM139 suite

There's a place taking Kuching by storm as a whimsical wedding venue: UCSI HOTEL 
Sunsets over carefully decorated rooftops go together like peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. Bonnie and Clyde. You get the idea. 

That's why this spot is gaining popularity, and fast! Weddings, fashion shows and such events have made their mark at this lovely hotel. 

Rates start at RM203 per night, according to their website.

Disappear right into the heart of shopping and entertainment under your feet at LOFT @ VIVACITY
Personally, I like how the pool and gardens are hidden from view by hulking apartments on either side. It feels like a secret Eden, built atop the largest mall in Sarawak!

After a day of activities, it's nice to retire from the hustle and bustle by just taking an elevator up.

The host has two rooms, so you might want to check them both out before deciding on one because they have a different feel to them. Loft is RM188 and Loft II is RM176!

Here's one you probably haven't heard of yet... DE'LOFT KUCHING @ GREENWICH
Situated in a deceivingly quiet housing area with greens all around, this place is not too far from town and within walking distance to Sunny Hill Ice Cream which is an old favorite that locals love.

Designed by an architect, you'll definitely enjoy the tasteful aesthetic. It's RM237 per night for the entire place.

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Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below! If you run a sweet staycation spot, use the form on the right to get in touch! 


  1. I'm planning to check Boyan Heights.
    Nicely written by the way

    1. that's awesome! looking forward to seeing what you have to say about it :D