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Kudat Marina & Golf Resort is located on Jalan Urusetia just outside Kudat town centre. At the second roundabout if you are arriving from the main road, take the 10-o-clock turn into Jalan Urusetia. There should be ample signage along the way to lead you into the resort compound within the Kudat Golf Course.
It is recommended that you hire a car to get to Kudat as the flexibility offered by self-driving trip from Kota Kinabalu seems to be more advantageous. I managed to secure a car rental for RM100 per day which I used to drive to Kudat from Kota Kinabalu.
The completion of Kudat Marina & Golf Resort could have not come at a better time. As Kudat is fast becoming a major tourist attraction in the state of Sabah, the need for an international-class hotel emerges and the resort provides just that. The resort is built in a traditional-inspired architecture and sprawls over a section of the Kudat Golf Course. It also fronts the Kudat Marina as well as the ocean at Marudu Bay.
There are 88 rooms in the 3-storey building of the resort, separated by two distinct sections, namely the North Wing and the South Wing. In general, there are four room types offered by the resort, namely Superior Golf View, Deluxe Sea View, Executive Golf View and Executive Sea View. All room types come with two bedding configurations, namely two single beds or one king or queen bed. In general, each room is appointed with air-conditioning, mini fridge, IDD telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, writing desk, dressing mirror, bedside control panel, wardrobe and luggage rack, colour television with ASTRO satellite channels, ensuite bathroom that comes with standing shower cubicle, etc. This review will cater mostly on the Superior Golf View room.
The room is generally in an acceptable condition. It opens into a luggage rack and ensuite bathroom. The tile flooring of the room feels rather sticky although I could not exactly vouch for what reason. The queen-size bed is placed in the middle of the bedding zone, and it faces a writing desk as well as the TV cabinet. Nothing much to comment on the overall room fittings as they seem to favour a certain market that is partial to brownish wooden furniture and flowery motifs. The bathroom is quite spacious and the shower head jets out a generous amount of bath water, which is much welcome after a long drive from Kota Kinabalu.
The resort hosts a selected number of guest facilities. At the spacious main lobby, a nice lobby lounge is available with good views of Marudu Bay and the marina. One floor down the lobby is the swimming pool which is well-maintained and adequately landscaped by tropical green foliage. The pool area also comes with a small kid's section for the children. As for the F&B outlets, there are a few of them hosted by the resort. The main outlet is called D'Conutt Coffee House (somehow I feel that it was meant to be spelled as D'Coconut, but whatever) which is located on the ground floor. The restaurant is nicely partitioned into an indoor dining and outdoor terrace. The latter is also known as D'Conutt Poolside as it sits by the swimming pool and overlooks the ocean in the distance. D'Conutt Coffee House is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is actually an entertainment outlet within the resort compound, namely Fortune Corner, which is actually more of a night pub.
An acceptable international-class hotel in Kudat. Pretty much the only place to stay if you are looking for modern amenities.