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Some 5 minutes to the west of downtown Kota Kinabalu along the Coastal Highway. From Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI), the distance is about 10 minutes by taxi. Taxi fare from the city centre is RM10 per journey, while the fare from either Terminal 1 (T1) or Terminal 2 (T2) is RM20 per journey. T1 is served mostly by Malaysian Airlines as well as lesser frequencies by Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and The Royal Brunei. T2 is strictly for the low-cost carrier of AirAsia.
The Magellan Sutera is located in the northeast precinct of the massive development of Sutera Harbour Resort, Golf, Marina, Spa & Residences.
Often regarded as the sister resort of the adjoining Pacific Sutera, these two resorts are often being distinctively marketed to the public. The Magellan Sutera has a more resort-feel to it as compared to the Pacific Sutera. As I arrived from the main road into the Magellan Sutera's compound, I was totally fascinated by the resort architecture. The overall resort concept takes on a tropical-cum-traditional influence with a hint of Mediterranean structural design. Simply a great first impression.
There are 456 luxuriously-appointed rooms in the resort. I really love how the balconies are designed with tropical hardwood rails that open out to breathtaking view of the azure blue ocean, the swimming pool, the marina or even the rolling greens of the nearby golf course. The types of room in the resort: Deluxe Garden or Sea View, Magellan Club, Deluxe Suite, Magellan Suite and Presidential Suite. I stayed in a Deluxe Garden View room which was adequately furnished with modern amenities such as colour TV with satellite channels, IDD telephone, mini bar, coffee and tea making facility, well-appointed bathroom, etc. The overall room design can best be described as simple yet elegant. I normally would frown upon seeing carpet floors (they are so 1970s) but I had to make peace with this one.
Another amazing feature of this resort that I wish to write about is the swimming pool. Well, actually there are two swimming pools; one is located next to the Marina Clubhouse, and another is at the centre-stage of the resort. The latter really scores highly when it comes to beautifully-designed swimming pool with awe-inspiring view of the vast open sea. It does not take much really. Just the right amount of landscaping, ample pool chairs and umbrellas, and the inviting azure ocean view. Not to mention there is a small man-made beach at the edge of the pool area. Thumbs up for the swimming pool.
There are four F&B outlets in the Magellan Sutera. The most popular one (but not necessarily the best one, gastronomic-wise) is the Five Sails which is set on the sea-facing swimming pool. Superb setting but somewhat crowded during buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner times. For those seeking non mass-prepared meals put in character-less cooking pots (read: the buffet!) can seek some reprieve at the Al Fresco (Mediterranean restaurant, pardon them for not having a better name) and Ferdinand's (Italian restaurant, I suppose Ferdinand is the first name for Magellan, the famous seafarer). Finally, at the lobby, you can find the Tariks Lobby Lounge which offers, I quote, "over 50 innovative concoctions of Malaysia’s favourite “pulled” (tarik) beverage."
The cheapest room at the Magellan Sutera is a Deluxe Garden View which goes for RM380 per night inclusive of breakfast. I was lucky to be able to cash-in for corporate rate package that goes for RM290++ without breakfast. Quite an expensive resort but honestly, I am happy with it.
Great architecture. Superb view of the ocean, the marina and the greeneries. Elegantly designed room.