IHG signs InterContinental Sabah Kota Kinabalu Resort

IHG Hotels & Resorts and Taipei real estate broker Zhancheng Tourism Development have partnered to introduce the eco-friendly InterContinental Sabah Kota Kinabalu Resort.

The 450-room new-build beachfront resort located in the capital of Sabah is scheduled to open in 2027. It will be IHG’s third hotel in Kota Kinabalu together with Holiday Inn Express Kota Kinabalu City Centre and the upcoming Crowne Plaza Kota Kinabalu Waterfront.

Rendering of InterContinental Sabah Kota Kinabalu Resort, slated to open in 2027

InterContinental Sabah Kota Kinabalu Resort will adopt environmentally-friendly practices throughout its design, construction and operations, and provide guests with immersive, close-to-nature stays through experiences that value, protect and care for the biodiversity of its location. All rooms, suites and villas will offer a strong “back-to-nature” theme steeped in Borneo culture, and feature a full range of modern creature comforts.

Some sustainability-based initiatives will include the resort using recycled water via a rainwater filtration system, local sourcing of goods and materials, an on-site food garden, and the use of low carbon materials from the local area.

Just a 25-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, InterContinental Sabah Kota Kinabalu Resort will feature a 600m-long beach, with facilities such as four restaurants and bars, 2,400m2 of meeting space, fitness centre, spa, kids club, three outdoor pools and the Club InterContinental Lounge. Activities offered comprise island hopping, snorkelling, forest walks, mangrove kayaking expeditions, and firefly and proboscis monkey cruises.

Rajit Sukumaran, managing director, South East Asia and Korea, IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “Kota Kinabalu is one of the leading leisure destinations in Malaysia and an eco-tourism hub renowned for its nature-based attractions and rich cultural heritage… we’re invested in bringing new and unique experiences to a range of city and resort destinations.”

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