Beachside but basic
The best thing about Tommy’s Place (aka Tip of Borneo Resort) is its great location opposite a magnificent beach, and 10 minutes’ walk to the Tip of Borneo.
Although the place itself isn’t bad, and it’s better than its neighbours, it is overpriced.
Three styles of rooms are on offer: a row of twins in a wooden longhouse; newer triples (double bed and a single) and villas, all with beach views. We weren’t able to view the twins, but the triples are newly renovated in an atap-covered brick longhouse with an interesting double roof treatment designed to keep it cool. The tiled minty green interiors are clean but not huge and are equipped with both air-con and ceiling fans. Furniture is minimal, with just comfy beds and a small side table. A wall mounted Flatscreen TV offers a distraction from the waves and a few hooks provide a place to hang your clothes. All-black hot-water ensuite bathrooms are possibly clean; the black hides any grime. Furnished balconies offer side-on sea views, a top spot for sunset.
Sea-facing double villas have excellent views, but are poorly maintained with rotten floorboards on the balconies, although the interiors are spacious and not so bad. An attached restaurant serves an included breakfast, and a dive shop can help with underwater adventures. Tommy’s Place is the best option if you really desire a beachside hotel, but if you don’t mind being a short distance away, the chalets at Tampat Do Aman are better value, or further afield (but a little remote), North Borneo Biostation.
Address: Tip of Borneo, Kudat?
T: (0882) 44 176; (0138) 300 454; (0138) 112 315;
Coordinates (for GPS): 116º44'46.84" E, 7º1'45.67" N
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Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||191 ringgit||191 ringgit|
|Triple air-con private bathroom|
Queen plus single
|244 ringgit||244 ringgit|
|297 ringgit||297 ringgit|
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