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Hotels in Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

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Top 10 Hotels in Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM562 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (1,741 reviews)

"Great location for the beach and sunset, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Great amenities. Would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
C'haya Hotel
3.5 out of 5
No.7 Jalan Tanjung Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM160 per night
4/5Very Good! (217 reviews)
Worth to stay

"Staffs are helpful and nice! Nice rooftop swimming pool and bar next to it."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020

C'haya Hotel
Aeropod Sovo by Tweetbox
3 out of 5
Aeropod, Jalan Sabah Rail, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is RM130 per night
3.9/5Good! (8 reviews)

"Not a nice experience to only found out that there is a cleaning fee compulsory to be paid separately after checked in. It felt like a trap. The fee should be clearly indicated or included in the final price when making payment."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2019

Aeropod Sovo by Tweetbox
Dock In - Hostel
2 out of 5
House 35, Jalan Setesen Jalan Mat Salleh, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM95 per night
4.4/5Excellent! (15 reviews)

"Very good hostel with excellent and thoughtful amenities."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2018

Dock In - Hostel
Megah D'Aru Hotel
3 out of 5
No. 2, Jalan Kinabalu, Tanjung Aru Township, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The price is RM118 per night
3.4/5Good! (90 reviews)
comfortable, nice and helpfull

"that already N time I stay here to transit, very nice front table service, providing freezer to help me freeze my seafood, fetch n send to airport. will continue to support your guys."…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2019

Megah D'Aru Hotel
Inkk Hotel
3 out of 5
Jalan Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM227 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"The hotel was excellent. It just i have some trouble to find the lobby of the hotel because it located between the two block at the Aeropod. Others, i have great experience with the hotel, cleanliness, plus nice breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2020

Inkk Hotel
The Atelier
3 out of 5
C-6-8, Aeropod Commercial Square, Jalan Aeropod, Off Jalan Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM115 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)

"Lovely room, very comfortable.I like the concept of pottery art and room design. Location of the boutique hotel is just opposite the airport which is perfect for my quick layover. Bathroom is clean and no issue at all for the shared bathroom. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019

The Atelier
Rail Suite KK Near KK & airport Spacious
3 out of 5
Jalan Sabah Rail, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM190 per night
Rail Suite KK Near KK & airport Spacious
Robusta Suites by mushROOM
3 out of 5
Jalan Kepayan 2 K-1-3, Aeropod Commercial Square, Kota Kinabalu
The price is RM189 per night
3.5/5Good! (25 reviews)

"Like and nice"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2019

Robusta Suites by mushROOM
The Crown Borneo Hotel
2 out of 5
23 Jalan Pinang Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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3.4/5 (331 reviews)

"Air con pls upgread"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2019

The Crown Borneo Hotel
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About Tanjung Aru

Tanjung Aru got its name from its beautiful, two kilometre-long beaches fringed with aru trees. It's the perfect place to vacation with an unspoilt beach and a quaint town that backs into Kota Kinabalu International Airport’s Terminal 2.

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The stunning sandy beach is the main attraction of Tanjung Aru. It is particularly magnificent at sunset. It is the most popular beach in the area and great for strolls and picnics. However, it tends to get busy over the weekends. Those that would prefer to enjoy the water should book a day trip of snorkelling or diving at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park or other nearby dive sites, like Usukan Bay and Mayne Rock.

Travellers that would prefer to stay on land can play a round of golf at the Kinabalu Golf course. They can also watch a horse race at the Royal Sabah Turf Club or take a stroll around the Prince Philip Botanical Park. For cultural sights, you might want to consider visiting the Monsopiad Cultural Village, the Kadazan-Dusun Cultural Association in Penampang, or Kota Kinabalu’s Sabah State Museum.

Outdoor lovers should head outside of the city to explore the district’s natural attractions. The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Klias Wetland Mangrove Forest Reserve, and Crocker Range Park are all worth visiting. Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, Kinabalu Park, is one of the most visited attractions outside of Tanjung Aru. It is home to a variety of flora and fauna, numerous animal species, and the majestic Mount Kinabalu.

Restaurants and Bars

There are food stalls set up all along Tanjung Aru Beach that are open well into the night and seafood restaurants can be found all over the town. There are also a number of bars set up along the waterfront that are excellent for watching the sunset while enjoying a local beer or fresh sugarcane juice.


Tanjung Aru is not known for its shopping, and there are only a few stalls set up selling local souvenirs. Travellers are better off heading to Kota Kinabalu to do their shopping, particularly at the Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market where the best selection of artisan crafts can be found.

Frequently asked questions

What is Tanjung Aru like?
Tanjung Aru is a neighbourhood that people enjoy for its array of dining options. Consider a visit to Tanjung Aru Perdana Park as part of your Tanjung Aru travel plans. You’ll find 53 hotels and other types of accommodation in Tanjung Aru to choose from, making this an ideal base for exploring the greater Kampung Sembulan Baru area.
What's a favourite hotel to stay in Tanjung Aru?
Based on our traveller data, Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is one of the top choices for your stay in Tanjung Aru. This 5-star resort offers a marina and a full-service spa. Other good options for your stay in the area include Aeropod Sovo by Tweetbox and C’haya Hotel.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Tanjung Aru, will I receive a refund?
Yes, most room reservations are refundable provided that you cancel prior to the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which is often 24 or 48 hours before check in. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might be able to cancel it and be given a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Enter your dates, click on “Search”, then filter by “free cancellation” to get the best options available in Tanjung Aru.
What are the top things to see and do in Tanjung Aru?
Tanjung Aru Perdana Park is an attraction you might want to check out while you’re in Tanjung Aru. Imago Shopping Mall and Sutera Harbour are also worth a visit when you’re out sightseeing in Kampung Sembulan Baru.
How can I get around Tanjung Aru and the greater Kampung Sembulan Baru area?
To venture out of town, take a train from Tanjung Aru Station.

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