A mini-splurge with spectacular views
300 metres from Kinabalu Park T: (12) 869 6969
If you're looking for a mountain retreat on a modest budget, this is the place to be.
Just a five-minute walk from the park entrance, J Residence offers 10 houses dramatically set on the mountainside. The larger ones have furnished terraces to enjoy the valley vistas, and all have en-suite bathrooms, TV and DVD player and comfortable beds with thick duvets to keep you warm during the chilly mountain nights. J Residence does not have a restaurant, but there are two within walking distance and guests have access to a kitchen and barbecues (you can pick up some groceries at Restoran Panataran Kinabalu). The only downside to staying here is the extremely steep entranceway – watch your footing if it's been raining! Weekday rates are a steal.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 80 ringgit, high season 80 ringgit. Notes: 138 ringgit on weekends
Room: Family room, low season: 440 ringgit, high season 440 ringgit. Notes: Villa. 580 ringgit on weekends