Nexus Resort Karambunai  5 stars

Off Jalan Sepangar Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, 88993  show mapSave
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The Hotel Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai is set at the seaside, surrounded by wonderful landscapes, close to the sandy beach, green forest and lovely small lakes.

This luxurious five-star property features a newly opened wing offering the perfect atmosphere to suit the needs of the most demanding guests. The venue also comprises a golf course, spa centre, eight restaurants and bars, swimming pools and gardens, gymnasium and many meeting rooms.

Guests are offered 485 tastefully furnished guestrooms with solid wood accents and restful earth tones. All apartments comprise a private balcony or terrace with panoramic views of the South China Sea, spacious living and dining area, private garden, bedroom with two single beds, fully equipped kitchen and pool.

The hotel’s restaurants offer its guests the best Asian and international dishes, as well as traditional Malaysian cuisine in the pleasant atmosphere.

The Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai is located 38km from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and only 500m away from the minibus stop.

Number of rooms   485.

City Center Kota Kinabalu - 9.3 mi
Airports Kota-Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) - 12.7 mi
Train Stations North Borneo Railway - 11.9 mi


The venue provides deluxe rooms, suites and villas, equipped with exclusive designer amenities and earth tones. The room amenities include complimentary high-speed internet access, direct dial telephone, individually controlled air-conditioning, electronic safe box, fully stocked mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV with in-house movies, multi-channel radio, hair dryer, electronic bedside light panel and alarm, insect repellent, a light cotton kimono and slippers.

Dining options

The Penyu restaurant offers hearty buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner with views of the garden and swimming pools. The Kingfisher serves a cosmopolitan Asian and western dishes and delicious Malaysian cuisine or sumptuous seafood, while the Olives restaurant serves the best Mediterranean specialties. There also is the first-class Chinese restaurant, the Noble House, serving the finest Sze Chuan and Cantonese cuisines.

The hotel Nexus Resort Karambunai serves a buffet breakfast for free. 


The hotel comprises a luxurious Grand Ballroom and eight exquisite meeting rooms catering up to 2,300 persons with unlimited outdoor space of landscaped and natural surroundings. International standard meeting facilities are completed with state-of-the-art audio-visual and video conferencing equipment and professional specialists.


The Borneo Spa offers relaxation and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit through aromatherapy massages, facials and signature treatments. There are 14 therapy rooms, a private shower, a health bar, separate male and female Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. Enthusiastic golfers are provided with 18-hole international championship golf course designed by renowned golfing architect Ronald Fream, offering golfers lounge, cocktail lounge, several conference rooms, well-appointed changing rooms and rental of golf sets and golf shoes.

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  • Parking (fee required)
  • Free parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Elevator
  • Multilingual staff
  • Bus parking
  • Concierge desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free transportation
  • Storage space
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Front desk
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Tour desk

Hotel high-speed internet access is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.

Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Public hotel parking is possible on site.

  • Spa & wellness center
  • Football
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Cycling
  • Bell staff/porter
  • Shops/commercial Services
  • Valet parking
  • Laundry
  • Shuttle service
  • Dry cleaning
Dining facilities
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • In-room breakfast
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Business center
Meeting facilities
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • Conference facilities
Children's facilities
  • Child care
  • Children's play area
  • Game room
  • Children's pool
  • Kids club
Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Rooms/facilities for people with disabilities
Leisure and relaxation facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Fitness center
  • Golf
  • Exercise gym
  • Tennis
  • Jacuzzi
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Tennis court
  • Shiatsu massage
  • BBQ facilities
Room view
  • Sea view
  • Garden view
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Room service
  • Ironing facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Hair dryer
  • Cable TV
  • AM/FM alarm clock
  • Telephone
  • TV



from  2 pm


until  12 pm

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 6 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • Older children/adults may stay at the price of MYR 125 per person per night in an extra bed. 
  • Maximum capacity of extra beds in a room is 1. 
  • Maximum capacity of cribs in a room is 1. 

Pets are not allowed.

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The venue provides deluxe rooms, suites and villas, equipped with exclusive designer amenities and earth tones. The room amenities include complimentary high-speed internet access, direct dial telephone, individually controlled air-conditioning, electronic safe box, fully stocked mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV with in-house movies, multi-channel radio, hair dryer, electronic bedside light panel and alarm, insect repellent, a light cotton kimono and slippers.

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        What's nearby

        What's nearby.

        The Hotel Nexus Resort and Spa Karambunai is ideally located close to the beach and the sea in a peaceful area, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and the wilderness. Moreover, the property is close to the Likas Bay, the Sabah Zoological and Botanical Park, the Green Connection aquarium, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and the Tun Mustapha Tower.

        Local Attractions

        • Floating Mosque
          7.9 mi
          Kota KinabaluMalaysia
        • Water World Theme Park
          8.0 mi
          Taman Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu
        • Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre
          8.4 mi
          Kota KinabaluMalaysia
        • Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary
          8.6 mi
          Off Jalan Bukit Bendera Upper, Kota Kinabalu
        • Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
          8.9 mi
          Central road of Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu
        Getting there.

        Guests arriving at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport can easily reach the hotel by bus or by taxi. Moreover, there is a scheduled complimentary shuttle service providing transport from the villas and suites to the main wing where guests have access to restaurants and bars, sports and recreational activities.

        Getting around.

        The venue is located 38km from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and features the perfect public transport connection with the city centre by bus and by taxi. Moreover, guests are offered transfers to the resort by coach, private limousine or taxi.

        Nexus Resort Karambunai Reviews

        Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Nexus Resort Karambunai

        Average guest rating

        out of 10
        Very good
        Based on 210 reviews

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        Individual guest reviews

        • Family with children

          The beach is brilliant, the best that I've been to on Borneo. There is the odd sand fly but not enough to stop you swimming and using the beach. The hotel is perfect for a family with young children.

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          position, courtesy of Staff, the pool bar, attention to detail

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          The location of the hotel is superb and the 6km beach is wonderful. However, there were some jelly fish and rubbish as well. Easter Egg hunt in kids club was done well and for free. Rainforest walk is recommendable, but mangrove tour is overprized and not that exciting. Hardly any explanations were given apart from how to catch a crab. The fireflies tour was not available. The restaurants were not as good as they normally are in Malaysia.

          The kids club was mostly empty because activities were payable based on activities done (not clear from website). Batik painting were enjoyable. The whole kids club experience was a far cry from the wonderful kids club in the Shangri-La next door. The bicycles that were available for rent were badly maintained and the chain came off twice on a 1 hour trip. I did not have to pay the $20 charge, but this shouldn't happen in a five star hotel. The breakfast service was terrible. The coffee was undrinkable and requests for cappuccino were responded to in a very reluctant way. Staff appeared to be badly managed throughout the hotel and quite unresponsive for a five star hotel.

          • Average rating
        • Group of friends

          Played Golf - Relaxed

          They have charges for everything!!!! I mean everything don't be surprised if they start charging to use The beach !!!

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        • Group of friends

          Mostly I liked about the Villa is the seaside view.

          We were very upset with the level of service in our Nexus Villa. When we arrived at the Main resort, there is no Check in counter for Villa guest and there is no indication earlier that we need to check in a different place and we need to wait for Nexus transportation to take us to Nexus Villa. Nexus Pool Villa comes with Two bedroom, Pool and Kitchen. I would like to complaint about the below things; 1. Housekeeping, we need to contact them to come over and clean the room and Villa 2. Pool is too small for a Pool Villa and pool is not maintained. We had bugs inside the pool. 3. Kitchen came empty, no proper cutleries for morning coffees or tea, this is provided by all hotels. 4. Breakfast spread is not good. 5.We ordered dinner from Villa, but it was cold. We paid RM85 6. Transportation to go out of Nexus is expensive. Hotel guest need to pay RM24 return for city trips. 7. Dinner menu is expensive and its expensive to go out of Nexus too, so if you are booked in Nexus, you dont have a choice but to dine there. Overall, i am unhappy with their level of service, its a beautiful place with bad management style.

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          it is a place to relax .

          the prices of the transportation is to expencive .

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        • Couple

          The buffet dinner is fruitful, but less seafood selection comparing to the other resort hotels.

          The worst part of the Hotel is the transportation! If you want to take taxi from the Hotel, you have to buy the "taxi ticket", which is 75RM for each car (no matter how far you destination is). Also, when I made check-in, I was told by the front desk that my room would be ready by 1 pm, but finally, I need to wait for one hour. Last, the room was not clean enough, because I found that it's so dirty in the bathroom, and also the telephone is badly damaged before I check-in. Comparing to other resorts, I won't choose Nexus next time.

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          The ambience, pity about the sandflies though, bitten to bits, very uncomfortable.

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        • Family with children

          Relaxing environment, big spa suite, friendly and helpful staff

          No wifi service at the spa suite, crowded restaurant in main building

          • Average rating
        • Single

          Need a lot of improvement else they will not last. No returning guest for sure with present resorts conditions. Poor food, unpleasent staff, slow response and everthing far below expectation. Too bad as such beautiful resort and nature being managed/run by unprofessional team.

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          Spacious room, nice ambience, very relaxing, very close to the beach.. Would recommend to others

          Food quality - lots of room for improvement

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          Nice tropical resort with vast wooden lobby and lounges, good landscaping, charming gardens visited by lovely birds and nice spacious rooms. Resort price is reasonable compared to Shangri-La. Nice long beach.

          Please get rid those two short check-in/check out staff (a male & a female). They are too rude, incompetent and out there to piss off customers, obviously hating their job. People like that should never work in the hospitality industry. So please spare customers the pain of dealing with them, and their pain of dealing with customers - fire them. This is the 2nd time I stayed in Karambunai (last in 2007). Room cleanliness has improved but prices of food & services have gone insane.... Rm35++ for a bad burger with stale sauces, rm25++ for 10 pieces of onion rings served on a bed of inedible decoration, rm25 for 5 plain bananas. It's a complete ripoff. Your food quality is not that great, so please reduce your prices, otherwise your resort is nothing but a tourist trap as taxi prices are prohibitively expensive in Kota Kinabalu (I have spent over rm500 on taxi in days!).

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          Design & location is good,beach & seaside nice...

          Food at the penyu too high cost for local

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          There were few nice staff in the resort. There were trying hard on improving services and get feedback.

          Most of staff seems to have more interest on those non-asian guests. We've got least attention wherever we go. We've got rejected from the restaurant because we are not properly dressed although we could see other dinners who wearing flip flop like us. Menus are miss leading, not enough explanation, round trip fare for the shuttle bus although I only need single trip.

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          Beautiful location directly at the sea with very nice beach

          maintenance and housekeeping could be improved.

          • Average rating
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