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Reviewed 27 March 2007

I booked this holiday as a surprise for my husbands 60th birthday and only told him about it 2 weeks before we flew out. We had never stayed 5* before but the Nexus resort exceeded all our expectations.
We were very impressed with our accommodation, but unfortunately due to a couple of massive spiders we had to change rooms. This was a shame as our original view was into the rainforest, but the manager offered us a free upgrade to club rooms with a sea view and even gave us help moving. I am pleased to say we saw no more spiders, at least not in the hotel.
We went half board as I knew the resort was quite remote. The buffet breakfast and evening meal were excellent so much choice and variety it would have been impossible not to find something you liked.
Being remote didn't bother us but it you wanted night life or a choice of restaurants then it was a good half hour ride into Kota Kinabalu. The resort did however; provide a regular bus service into town.
Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the staff; they were always very friendly and extremely polite, as were all the Malaysian’s we met.
We probably won't go back, but that’s only because we have seen everything we wanted to see in Borneo. I would however recommend the resort to anyone. It really is in a beautiful position sandwiched between the rainforest and the South China Sea.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank hakurra
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Reviewed 26 March 2007

We were here in a sea-facing Borneo room from March 10 to14th.2007
This resort is located in a remote area about 40kms (30 to 40mins) drive from Kota Kinabalu town center.
You need a rental to get around if you plan to stay here. Shuttle bus to town cost MYR$24/person/return. A Proton Wira automatic 1.6L will cost you about MYR$160/day.
There are many fine restaurants in the resort but are generally overprice for example a buffet lunch MYR$40++ ,buffet dinner MYR$75++ ,seaside BBQ buffet MYR$80++. To fill up your stomach at Noble Chinese restaurant is about MYR$50 person.About 10mins drive away from resort to find a decent place to eat,cost about $100 for two for a seafood feast.
For $20 per day kid can enjoy activities for one day at the kid center.(fish catching,beach activity, TV, Batik painting,Games etc)
Room service no doubt are excellent , I had many requests during my stay and are all fullfilled.
Free internet in room.Speedtest showed up/down about 2M
Advice: Get a rental car if you plan to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled with family
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4  Thank Cheahwc
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Reviewed 24 February 2007

We stayed for 4 nights and were pretty disappointed after having stayed briefly at Sutera Narbour beforehand.

Rate was ok at around $160AUD/night but the food is horrible and overpriced. The worst part is that the shuttle bus to town takes 40 minutes (longer in traffic) and costs RM24pp return. Charging for a bus to town is just rude and the food is so terrible that you feel compelled to go to town to get a decent meal. We ended up feeling a bit trapped.

Rooms were nice. We stayed in the Ocean Rooms overlooking the beach but it was turbid brown water (monsoon season). Lots of mosquitoes in the Sunset bar/grill. Buffet breakfast was average. The malaysian style food was ok but all western food was crap. Beer was overpriced.

Pool looked a bit unclean and like most pools in hotels in SE Asia was too warm to be refreshing. Too crowded as well, a lot of families with children and would not recommend it to honeymooners.

We had massages in the "Borneo Spa" which were very good if pricey at RM198 for 60 minutes. Enchanting little secluded area when you have treatments - except for the freak in the mens sauna who sat next to me and started touching himself inappropriately.

Overall I would say not to bother. We also stayed at Sutera Harbour during this trip and it was so much better. For the price you could stay closer to town (with a free shuttle like Sutera Harbour). The food is terrible and things are generally overpriced.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank yoonster
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Reviewed 16 February 2007

Booked through Travelbag who were fantastic and gave us a great deal.

When we arrived at Nexus we were greeted with a chilled wet towel and were checked in within just a few minutes. We were then wisked off in a buggy to our room.

The room was beautiful and I couldn't find a fault with it. We had a garden view over a lake and were on the ground floor which just went straight out onto the garden. Even though borneo has a lot of bugs we very rarely got any in our room or even on our terrace. The bed and bathroom were massive.

Little extras which made it 5 star for me were : face cloths, dressing gowns, slippers & flipflops, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, orchids in the room.

The resort itself is huge but personally we didn't mind the 3 minute walk to the main building. There is much wildlife around the park including some rather large Monitor Lizards who regularly get fed by guests, ducks and many birds.

The staff were all fantastic and so friendly. We were made to feel very special and welcome. We can recommend the dim sum for lunch at Nobel House. Also loved cocktails at happy hour at the sunset bar. Beer can be expensive but the happy hours are cool. Happy Hour is from 5-7 but it goes on until 9pm in Darling Darling.

Things to do:
* The lagoon park was fun but beware of the mossies!
* We also hired a car for a few days which possibly wasn't cost effective but we had such great fun exploring Sabah. Roads and signs are good.
* Visited Shangri La, Rasa Ria to see the orangutans which I loved. Take long trousers and bug spray.
* Took the bus to KK. Exciting and good for stocking up on a few essentials but it was nice to get back to the peace and quite of Nexus.

Negatives: Buffets are quite expensive, ask for the menu even if they say they don't have one. Buffet at the Kingfisher was 85RM when a three course meal from the menu would only cost about 45RM.

Other serious Negative was Nobel House sold Shark Fin. I wont go into it here but if you want to read further about Shark Finning please read... [---]

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Gingeru
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Reviewed 11 February 2007

This place was wonderful, almost nothing bad to say. The value for money can't be beat here, almost anywhere. Something similar in Hawaii would easily cost 3 or 4 times the price. The room was nice, just a slight hint of wear, the food at the hotel was great and reasonably priced, and wide choices. Lots of buffets for all meals, in several locations to choose from. Lots of activities, some of them free, like the morning bike riding tour. The grass gardens between the hotel and the beach were HUGE, so you could really find a nice quiet space away from others with no problem.

The hotel is isolated, so what I recommend is to stay in downtown Kota Kinabalu to do sightseeing tours your first few days, in a reasonably priced hotel, THEN move to some place like the Nexus to relax and stay put.

There were lots of internet stations, activities of all kinds like painting, lessons, culture things, kayaking, renting beach equipment etc., and lots of entertainment at night in the clubs, restaurants etc. The Sunset Beach Bar was nice and really popular, right on the beach. They had great pizzas there, and a happy hour for the sunset, and live entertainment too.

I liked all of the buffets, which had great selections and were priced fairly. There are about six shops, including a large convenience store right there.

My only slight complaint is that when walking around the hotel, they need to hide big roof air conditioners with partians, or plants or walls... not expensive or difficult to do, and would make you feel more like in an isolated exotic place.

The taxis from the hotel were a bit expensive, but you really have no choice or alternative. The views from the Ocean tower rooms to the beach were beautiful.

The staff were very polite here. Everyone that walked by, really everyone, every time, says "hello" or "good morning", and gives a nice smile.

I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed: February 2007
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10  Thank pattayainsider
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