Malaysia: J Residence, Kundasang
My friend Sue had mentioned about J Residence when was holidaying in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and she kept saying how cool it was to hang out oudoors and sleep in the cold weather. My partner had further researched on this hidden residence which was located 96km away from Kota Kinabalu, exactly one hour and 45 minutes drive up to Mount Kinabalu Park area, where it was windy and simply green! This hotel has been getting quite a good number of visitors but luckily we managed to book for a one night stay for our road trip in Kota Kinabalu.
As the hotel was located at the foot of the majestic Mount Kinabalu, we almost missed the turning in and was skeptical when we had to drive down a very steep and narrow slope to the hotel area. Small steps were built from the car park to the reception registration room therefore we parked the car first then climbed up those stairs to get our key. From the car park I could see the 2 units of residence with large sliding doors consisting of two separate rooms. There were no doors like the normal hotel room, just sliding doors which opens up to the spacious wooden balcony area overlooking the rolling green hills.
It was just beautiful. I’m such a sucker for amazing sceneries as it tends to make me forget about the city, traffic, noises, crowds of humans. Over here it feels as though it’s just you and Mother Nature engaging in endless conversations about the Universe.
Ok back to reality. We carried our bags to our rooms and walked past the common barbeque area where residence can hold barbeque parties in the afternoon or evenings. Later on I realized that this was called the Summer House or Multi-Purpose area where patrons can spend time chatting or having a picnic on the wooden table and chairs overlooking the gorgeous scenery.
Our room was attached to another room next door and we both shared the balcony which comes with a long table, chairs and a lazy hammock like chair in the corner. I tried the chair and sunk in nicely making me feel just about lazy as the next person. All I felt like doing was sitting there and staring at the view forever. At the corner was the sharing kitchen sink and a small stove to boil water for our hot drinks. The room was spacious too and with the wooden flooring, it creeked softly below our feet.
The bathroom had an outdoor concept as there is a rock in the middle of the shower area! Maybe it was there when they built it? We had to walk around using slippers because it got very cold at night. This serene place does not encourage you to stay in the room to just watch television. That is why instead of television channels they have two DVDs in case you want to stay in. As the night fell, it really did get very cold until I had to put my socks on and bury myself under the blanket for warmth. Wearing shorts is not a good idea at this point unless you’re used to the mountain temperature and weather.
The sun sets at 630pm and after that there’s no activity except if you’re having the barbeque session of course. Since we had bought food from the nearby Ranau Town for break fast, we quickly ate our meal on the balcony area as the wind grew colder and colder by the second. I can’t imagine if it rained.
Here’s how to reach them:
|Name:||J Residence Nabalu|
|Address:||Kg Kalanggaan, Mile 35, Kundasang, Kinabalu National Park, 88807 Sabah, Malaysia|
|Contact:||+6 012 869 6969|
|Check-In Times:||2:00 pm|
|Check-Out Times:||11:00 am|
*I was not sponsored during my stay in J Residence and all views or opinions are strictly my own.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.