Photo: The only discomfort you will feel here is in your pocket.

Photo of Sutera Sanctuary Lodge PoringSutera Sanctuary Lodge Poring

Your only option inside Poring Hot Springs

Within Kinabalu Park at Poring T: (0884) 87466  F: (0884) 87566

Sutera Sanctuary Lodge Poring

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As is the deal at Kinabalu Park at the base of Mount Kinabalu, Sutera Sanctuary Lodge continue their monopoly into the Park at Poring Hot Springs.

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If you book a two-day climbing accommodation package, the less expensive option is to spend one night at Poring (although this will increase your travel time). Unlike nearer the mountain, where there is a range of good options outside the park that same can’t be said for this little town. If a (quite fantastic) jungle stay or basic digs are not your cup of hot spring water, Sutera Sanctuary Lodge it is.

The quality of options that they offer from dorms to family villas dotted around the park is very good, so fear not, the only discomfort you will feel is in your pocket. If a dorm conjures up images of smelly backpackers and “The Beach”, Serindit Hostel is a far cry from that image, and at 150 ringgit per bed it would want to be. The two- and four-bed fan-cooled dorms are small, but look more like a comfortable hotel room with quality beds, lounge chairs and tea-making facilities. Share hot-water bathrooms are spotless and plentiful. A vast and comfortable share living area has a country homestead feel, and a great place to relax and meet other travellers. A fully equipped kitchen is also available. Rates for all park accommodation includes WiFi and breakfast.

If a dorm (albeit a good one) isn’t your scene, Kelicap Twin is a very comfortable (and cheaper for two people) alternative. The cosy air-con twin rooms, are tastefully decorated and well appointed. Both the rooms and ensuite hot-water bathrooms are spotless. A small furnished balcony offers a good possie to survey the grassy grounds in the foreground and jungle beyond.

Other options within the park include self-contained lodges or villas with lounges, separate bedrooms, some with Jacuzzis and even butler service. Poring gets very busy on weekends and holidays, and the hostels are popular at all times with tour groups, so booking is recommended. Online deals offered substantial discounts when we checked.

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Walk-in rates at Sutera Sanctuary Lodge Poring

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm air-con
150 ringgit
150 ringgit
Sgl air-con private bathroom
230 ringgit
230 ringgit
Kelicap Twin.
850 ringgit
850 ringgit
Palm Villa (3 bedroom).
Room: Dorm air-con, low season: 150 ringgit, high season 150 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Sgl air-con private bathroom, low season: 230 ringgit, high season 230 ringgit. Notes: Kelicap Twin.
Room: House, low season: 850 ringgit, high season 850 ringgit. Notes: Palm Villa (3 bedroom).

Where is Sutera Sanctuary Lodge Poring

Sutera Sanctuary Lodge Poring
Within Kinabalu Park at Poring
T: (0884) 87466  F: (0884) 87566
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º42'13.19" E, 6º2'44.8" N
Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit

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