Kota Kinabalu Leisure and Relaxation
Something to have fun in KK..
Jari Jari SPA
(Expect traditional Sabahan massage)
, located in Tanjung Aru Plaza, aims to provide unique and deeply satisfying spa experiences.
1. Relaxation / Massage
A co-blended treatment designed specially to relieve stress from all those tired, sore and aching muscles with special pre-wrap herbal compress ?tungku? - contains a unique traditional blend of eleven of organically grown herbs and spices to relax and soothe sore over-worked muscles, while at the same time invigorating the skin and boosting energy level. A series of Dusun Ulu ?Tanggara? body therapy using the hot steamed (tungku),also known as pre-wrap herbal compress and essential oils that are released from heating the herbs penetrate into the skin and help relax the muscles and assist in improving circulation.
5-Steps Treatment: * Floral Footbath * Foot Scrub * Foot Therapy * Pre-Wrap Herbal Compress 'Tungku', followed by Tanggara body therapy, starting from leg up to head with your choice of massage oil: * Basil * Ginger * Borneo Herbs
An Ultimate Pampering Spa together, with a Rose Petal Foot Bath, Rose Foot Scrub, Foot massage and choice of full body massage: Dusun Lotud Inan, Palad or Tanggara Massage, then follow by enjoy a special set dinner at the only revolving restaurant in town, @mosphere Modern Dining and kick off with soup & salad, main course, dessert then coffee & tea in a place with the most awesome view in town!
South Sea Sanctuary Spa
(Expect a premier lifestyle boutique day spa)
, South Sea Sanctuary is a day spa located in the centre of Kota Kinabalu and offers relaxation therapies, beauty treatments as well as health and wellness programs.
Hakod Oasis Day Spa
(Expect simple pleasure of mind, body and soul)
, is in Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu and specialises in reflexology, Shiatsu and the popular fish spa.
Helen Beauty Reflexology
(Expect no frills massage and reflexology)
provides massage, reflexology, facial and spa treatments for those who are in need of pampering.
(Expect Balinese treatments in Kota Kinabalu)
is a Balinese concept massage centre in Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu, bringing more variety to the local wellness and reflexology scene.
(Expect Thai massage in a suitable setting)
is a chain of Thai massage centres from west Malaysia that brought the pleasures of Thai massage to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
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1Borneo Leisure & Lifestyle Hyper Mall
(Expect a big mall with brand name shops)
is Sabahís largest shopping mall and is located about 10km away from the city centre.
Good For: Clothing, Food
Asia City Complex
(Expect lots of driving, great prizes and getting to know Kota Kinabalu city)
is a combination of shop lots, offices, a mall and yet another nearly-completed-shopping centre.
Good For: Arts & Crafts
Karamunsing Shopping Centre
(Expect congestion inside and outside the mall)
is one of Kota Kinabaluís oldest shopping centres, but ongoing renovations over the last few years have kept it relevant.
Good For: Computers, Furniture
Harbour City Kota Kinabalu
(Expect a few restaurant, a hotel and a 7-11)
, the first completed piece of what promised to be an interesting development puzzle, but may be suffering a bit of neglect.
Good For: Food
KK Times Square (Phase I)
(Expect nightlife, food and cheap'ish hotels)
, is an office development located on the fringe of Kota Kinabalu's central business district, a brisk 20-minute walk form Centre Point Shopping Centre.
Good For: Nightlife, Food
Suria Sabah Shopping Mall
(Expect plenty of parking and the newest GSC in Kota Kinabalu)
, or Suria KK as it's sometimes referred to, is easily identified by its salad-bowl design.
Good For: Movies, Clothing, Food
(Expect Starbucks, donuts and clothing & shoe brands)
was quite revolutionary when it was new, known for upmarket brands, wide open spaces and a quality feel.
Good For: Coffee, Clothing, Donues
Megalong Mall Penampang
(Expect a very long mall)
, is located in Donggongon, which is one of Kota Kinabalu's suburbs, around 20 off-peak minutes drive away from Kota Kinabalu.
Good For: Giant
City Mall Kota Kinabalu
(Expect thumping sounds with which to see in the new year)
, is located on Jalan Kolombong, about a 15 minute taxi ride from the centre of town.
Good For: Giant, coffee, food
(Expect lots of restaurants and more parking on the roof)
, is not all that old and already enjoys pretty high, if not full, occupancy.
Good For: food
Tanjung Aru Plaza
(Expect a relatively quiet mall with but a few options for tourists)
, is located just outside the township of Tanjung Aru, which in turn is on the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu, near Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Terminal 2.
Centre Point Sabah
(Expect a busy shopping centre with food, entertainment & shopping)
might not be Kota Kinabaluís newest or most beautiful shopping centre, but itís undoubtedly the busiest and most convenient in town.
Good For: Most things
KK Plaza shopping centre
(Expect nothing too exciting)
, is located in the centre of Kota Kinabalu, right opposite the fish and central markets and behind the city's main post office.
Good For: Parking
(Expect some deals and bargains in a labyrinth of shopping)
, is one of Kota Kinabalu's more established and successful shopping centres, within spitting distance from most hotels.
Good For: money changers, tailors, food
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Nightlife - Pubs, Dance Clubs & Bars in Kota Kinabalu
One of KK Times Square's recent additions, Chocolate Factory brings yet another live band and DJ combo to the party scene. Carlsberg by the tower and spirits are about standard.
B.E.D. - Best Entertainment Destination
(Expect big spaces, expats and thumping music)
, is a long established club in Kota Kinabalu's Waterfront and is about as close to the western concept of a club as you can find in Kota Kinabalu.
Ice Bar at 1Borneo
(Expect quiet nights, but nice ambient lighting)
was, when it launched, one of the hottest tickets in town.
Firefly Bar & Grill
(Expect beautiful people, good happy hour beers and lots of smoke)
, is actually a bar and grill, but for this section we will deal with the bar part of Firefly.
(Expect people with awesome voices. And beer)
It's a little off the beaten track, but all the good places are.
Shamrock Irish Bar
(Expect great beers, good food and probably sports on TV)
, is located at the Waterfront Kota Kinabalu, right in the middle of the city's nightlife strip.
Shenanigan's Fun Pub
(Expect expensive drinks prices and hot Filippino band sounds)
, is Kota Kinabaluís oldest nightspot and watering hole.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort's Sunset Bar
(Expect great views, spectacular sunsets and expensive drinks)
, is perched on the tip of a tiny peninsula, surrounded by ocean, palms trees and close-ups of the islands.
The Loft Kota Kinabalu
(Expect football on the big screen, beers on the counter)
provides a quaint setting for beers, birthdays, sundowners or night caps; time it right and get a spectacular Sabah sunset on the house.
WhiteRoom Bar Club Lounge
(Expect beautiful people, thumping music and pricy drinks)
, is a bar, dance club and lounge in KK Time Square, which lies adjacent to the central business district of Kota Kinabalu.
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"There is a saying that visiting Kota Kinabalu is not complete without tasting its wonderful Seafood"
Best Restaurant In KK
Welcome Sea Food Restaurant is currently the hottest seafood restaurant in Kota Kinabalu city (KK). The secret of their success is simple: delicious seafood at reasonable price.
Welcome Sea Food Restaurant
Garden Seafood Restaurant is located at the end of the international airport run way. A good place to have seafood after one has just arrived or planning to go to the airport.
Built at the entrance of Tun Fuad Stephen Park, Fishermen Village serves seafood and steamboat plus free cultural show in the evening.
Garden Seafood Restaurant
Fishermen Village (Kampung Nelayan) - Floating Seafood Market Restaurant
Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant
Mid-Range Restaurant In KK
A few of the mid-range seafood restaurant is located at the sedco complex, and a few are scattered around the city.
Old Village Seafood Restaurant
Sri Mutiara Seafood Restaurant
Twin-Sky Seafood Restaurant
Wa Heng Seafood Restaurant
BudgetRestaurant In KK
The budget seafood restaurants are normally located away from the city centre, about 20 to 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu. One of the most popular is Salut Seafood Restaurant, while Gayang Seafood Restaurant and New Gaya Seafood Restaurant are just as good.
For toursist who choose to stay at Nexus Resort Karambunai and Rasa Ria Resort, then Salut and Gayang are an ideal choice as they are only 10 to 15 minutes away from the resorts.
Salut Seafood Restaurant
Gayang Seafood Restaurant
New Gaya Seafood Restaurant
Guide to Kota Kinabalu Food
Available during: Breakfast and Lunch
Beef Brisket Noodles/Ngiu Chap (RM6.00)
Also known as "Ngiu Chap" by the locals. The beef noodles consists of noodles, beef and broth, also cilantros for extra tang.
The quality of beef noodles is mainly determined by tenderness of the beef and also the richness of the beef broth. If both are in high quality, you'll get a perfect bowl of beefy noodles soup that makes you crave for more.
Beef Brisket Noodles/Ngiu Chap
Beef Brisket Noodles/Ngiu Chap
Sheng Rou Mian (RM5.00)
Thin slices of fresh pork is lightly boiled in hot broth, served with dark soy sauce and pork lard noodles. This is THE Holy Grail of noodles lovers.
Sarawak has kolo mee, Sabah has Sheng Rou Mian! (and also Tuaran noodles, Tenom noodles, Beaufort noodles..)
This is another local dish that you must try if you're at Kota Kinabalu.
Sheng Rou Mian
Fish Head Noodles (RM5.00)
Fish head noodles prepared with different kind of soups, main 3 types: 1) tofu, tomato and salted vegetables soup. 2)tom yam soup and 3) bitter gourd soup.
You can choose to replace fish head with fish meat - fresh or deep fried which is more flavourful.
Compare to KK standard, their serving size is huge. Satisfaction 100%
Fish Head Noodles
Fish Head Noodles
Similar to the noodles mentioned above, the broth is slightly thicker and full of flavour. What stands out is the dry noodles that comes with the fish head noodles soup, the taste of soy sauce and fried shallots is incredible.
Fish Head Noodles
Fish Noodles (RM7.00)
Fresh seafood prepared with tasty broth! With kolo mee (dry noodles) where minced chicken is added as part of the toppings.
Chicken Chop Noodles (RM5.00)
Deep fried chicken chop with crispy batter, on top of egg noodles, covered with thick sweet soy sauce. The sweetness of fried chicken and saltiness of egg noodles is awesome.
Chicken Chop Noodles
Deep Fried Pork Noodles (RM6.00)
Deep fried pork in bread crumbs, then added on top of tasty pork broth and noodles. Simple and nice.
Deep Fried Pork Noodles
Tuaran Noodles (RM5.00)
The noodles itself is the star of this dish. Extra eggs were added into the flour, thus the yellowish hue and fragrance that comes with the noodles. Originates from a district near Kota Kinabalu, called Tuaran. Thus the name of the noodles.
Usually this dish is prepared stir-fried with even more eggs, also char siew and vegetables are added to give the dish more texture.
You can only find this dish here in Kota Kinabalu, a local specialty! A must try for noodles lover.
Fish Paste Noodles (RM7.50)
Homemade noodles that made its way into the local food show. The noodles is made with bread flour and eggs, which gives its the bouncy and chewy texture.
Special noodles alone would not stand out among competitors, the choice of dish that comes with the noodles plays a major part too. You can choose between chicken, beef, fish slices or smooth fish paste.
Crowds usually order "fish slice and fish paste combined"
Fish Paste Noodles
Fish Paste Noodles
Pork Steamed Bun (RM1.50)
Also known as bao, is a steamed bun made of wheat flour, with various types of meat filling. It is usually a menu item found in Dim Sum places, although these days it can be seen in most coffee stalls.
Best tasting ones are usually pork, tausa (red bean paste) and char siew (BBQ pork). However it differs in every location.
Pork Steamed Bun
Seafood Noodles (RM9.00)
The seafood broth tastes amazing, includes fresh seafood such as fish slice, fishballs, fish cakes.
There are many variations of seafood noodles in Kota Kinabalu.
Available during: Lunch and Dinner
Beaufort Noodles (RM6.00)
Dishes here originate from Beaufort. The noodles is prepared with sliced pork, fresh vegetables and yellow noodles.
The dishes are prepared with pork lard instead of vegetable oil, that makes the taste freaking amazing - one bowl of noodles is never enough.
Spicy Chicken Rice (RM7.00)
Marinated chicken thigh deep fried into perfection. It's the local version of KFC, but it's served with rice instead of mashed potato and gravy.
This dish brings out the best of KFC and chicken rice and combines them together. You get the delicious fried chicken and also the fragrant chicken rice. Served with a special sauce that you'll savour every single drop.
Spicy Chicken Rice
Available during: Dinner
Coconut Pudding (RM10.00)
Fresh coconut juice is extracted from the shell, cooked with condensed milk and agar-agar, and put back into coconut. The pudding is formed when cooled.
This dessert brings a whole new level of freshness in a form of pudding. People always asks for more because it's that refreshing and tasty.
Available during: Dinner and Supper
Pork Dumpling (RM0.60 ea.)
Also known as "Guo tie", which directly translates to "stick on pan", this is the best way to describe how this dish is prepared.
Minced pork, vegetables and spices are wrapped in a thin slice of flour dough and pan fried to perfection. The meat juice remains in the wrapping throughout the cooking process.. and when you take your first bite - the tasty meat juice flows..
You must try Guo Tie in KK because you will never find a similar dish around Malaysia.
KK people has perfected this dish.
Tenom Noodles (RM5.00)
Egg noodles is prepare with pork lard and seasonings, and fresh pork slices are added on top. The pork slices are amazingly tasty and soft in texture.
This dish originates from Tenom, a further district of Sabah.
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