Sutera Sanctuary Lodges
Sutera Sanctuary Lodges is an integration of tranquil retreats in Sabah’s most amazing natural sites. Sutera Harbour Resort manages the five separate properties. They are:
Kinabalu Park was gazetted in 1964 as the first State Park in Sabah and in 2000 was declared Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding biological attributes.
The 75,400-hectare park, of which majestic Mt Kinabalu is the centrepoint, features more than 5000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1000 orchid species, 621 fern species, nine nepenthes species, 29 rhododendron species and two rafflesia species.
It is also home to some 90 lowland mammal species, 22 montane mammal species, 21 bat species, 326 bird species, 62 toad and frog species and a large population of the 850 butterfly species that occur in Sabah. Of the 29 bird species endemic to Borneo, at least 17 are confined to the mountains, notably Mount Kinabalu.
Mt Kinabalu, at 4095 metres one of the highest mountains in South-East Asia, offers visitors wonderful mountain-climbing experiences as well as Mountain Torq, the world’s highest and Asia’s first Via Ferrata or ‘iron road’ at 3200-3800m above sea level. The various routes on the northern rock faces of the mountain consist of a ‘trail’ made up of iron rungs, palettes, cables and rails.
Depending on the preferred difficulty level, visitors can also enroll in single or multi pitch sports climbing, rappelling (abseiling) and rope ascending.
Mt Kinabalu attracts thousands of climbers from around the world every year and is also the venue of the annual Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon.
At 3272 metres above sea level, Laban Rata is the rest point with accommodation and food and beverage for climbers ascending to the peak of Mt Kinabalu the following morning.
Mesilau Nature Resort
A tranquil retreat in the foothills of Mt Kinabalu, the resort provides an alternative starting point for the mountain climb up Mt Kinabalu. Mesilau Nature Resort is set against dense jungle with a cool climate. Home to exotic species of fauna and flora, it is the best place to find the giant pitcher plant, the Nepenthes.
The resort’s meeting room is also an ideal venue for motivational training, seminars, meetings and retreats for smaller groups. A challenging 18-hole private golf course is also nearby.
Poring Hot Spring & Nature Reserve
Situated 40 kilometers from Kinabalu Park headquarters, Poring Hot Spring is renowned for its recuperative healing properties. The reserve also features a popular butterfly farm, orchid conservation centre, tropical garden, canopy walkway and rafflesia flower site.
Manukan Island Resort
Located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Manukan Island Resort provides an island getaway with luxurious accommodation options. A mere 10 minutes by boat from the Sutera Harbour Resort, Manukan Island is the second largest island of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park and provides an idyllic option for island accommodation close to Kota Kinabalu.