HotelsBetween rainforest and the beach, a new attraction for Sabah takes shape

Club Med eyes sustainable resort in Borneo

Club Med eyes sustainable resort in Borneo

HONG KONG - Club Med plans to open its first green resort near Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia's Sabah state late 2022.  

The all-inclusive Club Med resort on Borneo’s north coast will be located between rainforest and beach at Kuala Penyu, 90-minutes' drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Club Med is collaborating with owners Golden Sands Beach Resort City Sdn Bhd (GSBR) to create the brand's first large-scale sustainably-built BREEAM-certified beach resort in Asia-Pacific.


The resort will have 400 rooms, including 40 luxury suites for the 5- Trident Exclusive Collection space. Other facilities include:

  • An all-day buffet restaurant as well a "Gourmet Lounge", an a la carte specialty restaurant that is included in Club Med's all-inclusive offer
  • Free-flow bar with integrated entertainment space showcasing Club Med's signature circus and musical shows as well as a pool bar dedicated to the Exclusive Collection Space.
  • Children's Club facilities and dedicated services for kids of all ages (from 4 months to 17 years old)
  • Full range of Club Med facilities, including up to 30 types of land and water sports activities, and excursions to discover Kota Kinabalu and Sabah. 

"The Club Med spirit has always been to create new resorts that seamlessly blend into naturally beautiful locations and become discoverable bucket list destinations in their own right," said Henri Giscard d'Estaing, president of Club Med. 

"Opening in Kuala Penyu allows us to showcase Sabah's beautiful surroundings in a relatively undiscovered part of the world. This will be our second resort in Malaysia in a destination that is seeing increased airlift and interest from travellers across globe including China, Korea, South-east Asia and Australia."

GSBRC, the owning company of the upcoming resort, is a Sabah-based company with extensive business experience in Malaysia and abroad with specific focus on hospitality and property developments in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur.

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