Experience staying at Nexus Resort Karambunai

Sunday, August 07, 2016 Pojiegraphy Journal 5 Comments

"Hey, its Eid! Don't you celebrate it?!"

That was a question I received when I posted few pictures while staying at the Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai last month. Yeah, apparently that's one of the ways how I celebrate my Eid, whenever i'm back in hometown. After visiting cousins at Weston, Beaufort, the rest of the days are just for us to spend time together - go eat somewhere, stay at home watching interesting TV programmes or perhaps go for staycation

Previously, we did island hopping and this year, its time to experience a stay at one of the awesome resorts nearby Kota Kinabalu - Nexus Resort Karambunai. Continue reading if you wish to know more about this exclusive resort!

Nexus Resort Karambunai
Located 30km North East of Kota Kinabalu (40 minutes drive from the city), Nexus Resort Karambunai is one of the well-known resorts among those who visit Kota Kinabalu and seek for tranquility. One of the highlights of this resort is definitely its location that is surrounded by a million year old tropical rainforest, a majestic Mount Kinabalu as its backdrop and close to white sandy beach.

When I arrived in the resort's lobby, the staffs promptly assist me for the check-in which only took less than 10 minutes. Besides that, I truly admire the traditional touch (wooden interior) that been showcased as what you can see from the pictures above.

Well, without further do.. Let's check out the room.

Ocean Panorama Room
I was arranged to stay at Ocean Panorama Room and indeed it was my favourite room as it offers us great views, with the private balcony facing the lush green garden and South China Sea. Perfect spot for me to enjoy my sunrise/sunset view at my own privacy. Its time to rejuvenate from the stressful daily life in the bustling city.

Hotel warm welcome tropical fruit plate. That is sweet!

Surprisingly, the room was quite spacious which allows its guests more space and comfort - this room could fit approximately 10 people or maybe more. 

Other room features
1. Dual Line IDD telephone
2. Individually Controlled Air-Conditioning
3. Safety box
4. Multi-channel 42" LCD TV 
5. In-room iron and ironing board

My favourite spot - a private balcony to enjoy the sun or stunning green and sea views. 

Meanwhile, the bathroom has separated hot/cold shower and bathtub. There are also basic amenities (bathing essentials) provided for every guest's comfort.

Well, feel free to pamper yourself in the bathtub if you don't feel like going out from the room. Total relaxation!

Besides Ocean Panorama, this resorts also showcases Borneo Garden Deluxe, Executive Suite and Royal Villa.

NOTE: Wi-Fi is not available in the room (You may loan a WiFi device from front desk and deposit is required). Else you may enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi connection around major spots like swimming pool, F&B and in the lobby.

Other Facilities

I would like to highly recommend this resort to the parents who are looking for an ideal stay for family vacation. I know, many children love to swim. They get excited when they saw swimming pool and therefore this resort's kids-friendly swimming pool is definitely gonna be their favourite. 

The large meandering swimming pools are divided into three sections: one is suitable for kids below 7 years old and the other two are 1.2 m for both (kids and adults) and adults only.

Location: Gardens (near Penyu Restaurant) 
Operation hours: 7.00 a.m to 8.00 p.m

Besides swimming, guests could also enjoy some snacks and refreshing drinks from the Splashes Pool Bar.

Looking for fun and adventurous activities to enjoy while staying in this resort? There are several activities provided for the resort's in-house guests to choose from. One of those are complimentary table tennis game and beach volley ball.

Table tennis to enjoy - guests may loan the equipment from the gym which is located beside this table tennis area.

Having a vacation is not an excuse for you to skip your healthy routine. Therefore, the resort's gym got its comprehensive array of equipment for the guests to use and stay fit.

Location: Adjacent to the Borneo Spa (Level 1) - near the parking lot.

Uh, you may even bring your kids together to the indoor sport centre to enjoy some of the interactive indoor games provided such as chess, Saidina and more. It is also a great way to bond with the kids ;)

Here, guests can also survey the price and availability of outdoor/water activities. 

Location: Located close to the swimming pool and Penyu restaurant. 

Besides indoor games, Nexus Resort Karambunai also offer other enthralling (and adventurous) activities like boat cruises, pedal boats, banana boat (RM150 for 3 pax), windsurfing and surfing (rent a surfboard at RM 42.40 for 60 minutes). During my stay, I got the opportunity to try the the short horse ride around the beach and ocean kayak

Horse riding: RM 50.00 for 15 minutes
Book at: Indoor and outdoor sport centre (You can also do it through phone call) 

Ocean kayak: RM 35.00 for 30 minute (single kayak) and RM 53.00 for 60 minute (double kayak)
Book at: Indoor and outdoor sport centre (You can also do it through phone call) 

Other activities: Rent a bicycle at RM42 (for one hour and two persons) and RM21 (for one hour and single).

*Outdoor sport centre is located near the beach. It is more convenient for you to book / check the availability through phone call before going to the outdoor sport centre - this could save your energy and time ;)

Borneo Spa
What better way to end our fun day? Time to get pampered at the Borneo Spa!

I was told my spa session will be at 7.30 p.m. After done with the outdoor activities, I went back to my room to refresh myself. I get pretty excited since I have been travelling to few places and its been a while since the last time I did a massage. Well, this is the time!

Known as 'a tranquil haven for the senses', Borneo Spa offers a great relaxation of body, mind and spirit through its wide array treatments inspired from previous traditions of natural healing from East and West.

Besides, the spa also has its own label of essential oils including Dari Borneo (Signature oil, used to stimulate, balance and invigorate), Borneo Laut (A blend to ease respiratory congestion and fluid retention), Borneo Spice (A blen to creat harmony and tranquility), Borneo Relax (for calm and relax) and Borneo Passion (to open one's heart and evoke passion).

There are 14 therapy rooms for guests to enjoy their relaxing massage session. Each equipped with shower facility, changing room, jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath to ensure every guest had their ultimate spa experience. 

During my stay, I opted for their signature treatment which is a 90-minute Borneo Massage (full body massage). It is a combination of massage techniques that could improve blood circulation and digestion. Besides that, the use of 'Dari Borneo' oil helps to relax and balance my body and emotions. 

I'm not lying, I slept after three minutes of massage and only realised after the masseuse said "Okay, we are done!" and I was like "Cepat juga. I want more! LOL". That was undoubtedly refreshing massage. 

If you want to know more about the spa treatments, kindly CLICK HERE

On top of that, the spa allows guest to choose their preference in term of pressure, specific body part that needs to be focused on and more - this could ease the masseuse to identify our needs. 

Had a cup of hot tea after the massage and went back to my room. I need more sleep after had so much fun day around the resort today. That's all for my first story about stay-experience at Nexus Resort Karambunai. Next entry will be about the culinary. Stay tuned!


Nexus Resort Karambunai 
Getting there: There are many transportation alternatives to reach Nexus Resort Karambunai. You may rent a car from Kota Kinabalu and drive approximately 45 minutes to the resort (Parking lot available at no charge). Besides that, you can also ride a taxi from wherever you are.

Transportations by the resort: Private car (RM120 nett per car per way - max. 3 persons), private van (RM240 nett per van per way - max. 6 persons). 48 hours advance booking are required.

Nearby attractions: 1Borneo Hypermall (15km), Crocodile Farm (8km) and Sea Gypsy Mangrove Village (5km).

Contact: +6088 480 888


  1. part naik kuda tepi pantai tu..best!


  2. Nice resort. Thanks cuz share kat kiteorg semua.. Saya akan recommend kat mama dan papa kalau nak pergi ke Sabah!! Love your picture!

  3. Bestnya... relax sgt tengokk gambar2 ni

  4. tengok gambar je pun dah boleh rileks. ini kalau singgah, lagilah! Pergh! :D