We have just got back from a 10 day stay at the lovely Hibiscus villa with our 5 children and can't rate it highly enough. Having spent 4 nights in the jungle at Sandakan, we were looking forward to some down time. The villa is lovely and well worth the drive from Kota Kinabalu airport (approx 3 hours). We were greeted at the door of this very impressive and beautiful villa by James and his lovely staff and things just got better and better. The villa is set in a lovely part of Borneo - 3 mins walk to a white sand beach and snorkelling. Unfortunately, the sea was a bit too choppy to snorkel off the beach while we were there, but James organised 2 very good snorkelling day trips for us which were not that expensive and we saw some amazing sea life. There is no wifi at the villa, but that can easily be remedied by a quick visit to Tommy's bar (3 min drive). I wondered if the children (24-9) would feel bereft, but there was so much to see and do, they just got on with it and Tommy's was our go to first drink every night, which kept everyone happy. The staff were the perfect combination of being in and around, without being intrusive and the 3 girls cooked lovely breakfasts every morning even coming in early on the two days we went on the snorkelling trips. Joe was on hand to answer any questions we had and James was always on the end of the phone to organise anything we needed, shopping, day's out etc. We ate in a couple of nights with the Chef (very good food Steamboat recommended) and also drove up the road to Tip Top restaurant. Puddings! All in all we had an amazing time here.
Stayed in Hibiscus Villa with ours and one other family (8 people). It is a beautiful and secluded location just near the tip of Borneo. The house is massive with plenty of places to sit and relax. There is no phone or Internet reception in the house and I personally found that fantastic (you could get reception close by if required). The staff do a great job and aren't intrusive at all. We got Chef J in on 2 occasions but there are also good places to eat nearby as well. You can be as adventurous as you like or just sit around and relax. This is a fantastic place to recharge your batteries!
We recently stayed here with some of our visiting family from the UK and had such a fantastic weekend. The villa is absolute luxury and set in the most wonderful spot just back from the beach, which is easily accessible via a private path. The beach itself is very quiet but you can walk to a local beach-side cafe and the very cool La Playa beach bar, which are both just around the bend on the left. From the villa, there is a lovely view of palm trees and blue ocean (including from 2 of the bedrooms). There were plenty of sun loungers in the gardens and books available to borrow. There were helpful and friendly staff on hand who prepared breakfast for us each morning, and we also made use of the private chef who cooked us a delicious BBQ meal. There was ample space for our group, inside and outside and we all had the most perfect weekend. We will definitely be returning in the future.
Stayed with my wife and 2 sons (aged 7 and 10) and had a fantastic peaceful experience. This is a special location at the northern tip of Borneo which we drove to easily on good roads in under 3 hours from Kota Kinabalu enjoying the scenery along the way.
The communication and overall management by the British owner was easy, quick, professional and personalised, much nicer than dealing with a large company. Not being in a over-busy tourist area (a very good thing for us) and having kids, we asked lots of questions beforehand and listened to the owner and took all his advice/recommendations. We took advantage of both the pre-shopping service for food and drink (to make life easy with the kids) and decided to use the private chef who came into the villa to cook for us using locally sourced super fresh ingredients (a real treat having a private chef). Villa space was large, spacious and airy, bedrooms were cool, well air-conditioned with comfortable big beds to sleep deeply.
Would recommend this for a peaceful quiet space to relax and recharge and explore the local area/culture. My boys were kept occupied with the amazing large t-shaped infinity pool that comes into the main reception area whilst adults relaxed on comfy daybeds in the gazebo overlooking the pool and gardens. Boys had lots of TV channels and DVD player when they were tired from playing. We walked down to the beach in front of the property (effectively a private bay as we saw no-one else on it and all swam in the sea.
In the evenings sunsets were stunning (from the beach or from the 1st floor lounge area especially) and because of little light pollution the stars came out very brightly.
Staff at the villa were very helpful and friendly, with lots of staff to look after the villa quietly without disturbing our holiday (housekeeping, maintenance and access). The British villa manager was always easily contactable, but all our questions had already been answered really before we arrived and from the photos/website/reviews etc.
We drove up to small local cafes at the northernmost tip of Borneo a short distance from the villa. Bikes and paddleboards were available.
Hope we have the opportunity to repeat this experience in the future to switch off and have a real holiday. Would recommend visiting this special private peaceful place before too many others do! Thank you from myself, wife and boys
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This Villa is like a Palace. Super friendly and helpful staff. My family really loves the T shape large pool, we spend way too much time in it in the evening. Superb beach and interesting jungle too. James the host was really helpful, especially doing our shopping for our barbeque including my favourite chashu pork. Staff were great, just the right balance of help and privacy with perfect breakfast for us and chef when we used him was great too. We'll be back next year for sure.