We went for a family retreat last year to Kinabalu Pine Resort, a get away resort that is situated in Kundasang, about 90 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu. It is also situated at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu at an elevation of about 1525 meters above sea level. The weather is cool, the air is fresh and the views are breathtaking.
As I went there with my wife and kids, I don’t intend to climb Mount Kinabalu. We just go there for a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
In my opinion, the resort is really nice. Clean and well taken care. The meals were also nicely cooked and if you are a Muslim, all the food that they provide is “Halal”. Most of Kadazandusun in Kundasang are Muslim, so, you do not have to worry about that. The vegetables were home grown and fresh from the farm.
So, if you did not be able to book for a climb on Mount Kinabalu, or just want to spend a couple of days lazing around in cool climate, I would recommend Kinabalu Pine Resort.
What are the things you can do while you are here? Well, you can of course visit Kinabalu Park HQ, for a walk in the “Mountain Garden” or the jungle trails around the park, and visit the Information Center. You can also drive a bit further to Poring Hot Spring or drop around Kundasang War Memorial.