Ayana Holiday Resort

Ayana Holiday Resort

Comfort and views

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Ayana Holiday Resort was one of the new kids on the block when we visited in 2016, and a welcome addition to the mountain accommodation scene.

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Sitting on the main road, less than one and a half kilometres towards Kota Kinabalu from the park entrance, Ayana Holiday Resort overlooks stunning mountain and valley scenery over the Kundasang region.

The views aren't bad. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
The views aren't bad. Photo: Sally Arnold

Three styles of rooms are on offer. Standard rooms are located in the main reception building overhanging the valley, closest to the road, a couple with fantastic views of Mount Kinabalu. Dark wooden floors and bright white walls make the super-clean, light-flooded interiors look even more sparkling. The medium-sized rooms are sparsely furnished, but for a comfy bed sporting crisp white linen and a wooden bench chair. A built-in shelf could serve as a desk if in need and holds tea-making equipment. The tiny flatscreen TV offers a distraction form the views.

Ensuite bathrooms are small, but clean. Although wet style, the hot-water shower throws in a small ledge to save the entire bathroom floor from a deluge, however you’ll still want to leave clothes and towels outside. Standard rooms open to a communal sunny area surrounded by large picture windows to soak up the view.

And the rooms aren't too shabby either. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
And the rooms aren't too shabby either. Photo: Sally Arnold

Further down the valley, deluxe and superior rooms share three double and single-storey pre-fab buildings, each with a separate entrance. All have great valley views and streams of light, but we couldn’t see Mount Kinabalu from here (although it was cloudy).

Both choices are similarly appointed to the standard rooms, however bathrooms are smarter with glass shower screens, fancy shell-like washbasins and space for your bits and pieces. The upstairs deluxe rooms and downstairs superior rooms only differ in that superior offers a double and single bed, and deluxe only a double. The deluxe rooms afford better views and offer the best value here. Furnished balconies face the front, but not the scenery, but you can lie in bed for that.

A cosy spot to enjoy it all from. Photo by: Sally Arnold.
A cosy spot to enjoy it all from. Photo: Sally Arnold

Staff are friendly and helpful. WiFi is included, but you’ll have to go to one of the nearby restaurants for meals. Weekdays Ayana Holiday Resort is slightly more expensive than similar nearby options, but when prices go up everywhere on weekends, it delivers the best deal.

Contact details for Ayana Holiday Resort

Address: 1.3 km west of Kinabalu Park, Kundasang
T: T: (0146) 636 636;  
Email: ayanaholidayresort@gmail.com
Web: http://ayanaholidayresort.com/index.php
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º31'53.85" E, 6º0'17.39" N
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Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room
Weekdays. Weekends: 118 ringgit.
88 ringgit 88 ringgit
Deluxe double room
Weekdays. Weekends: 128 ringgit.
98 ringgit 98 ringgit
Superior double room
Weekdays. Weekends: 148 ringgit.
108 ringgit 108 ringgit

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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