Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Destination: Kota Kinabula, Malaysia.
This trip was unlike most of my travels; it was purely about relaxation and finding a little zen. We stayed in a beautiful resort placed far away from any distractions. The grounds were perfectly maintained but you could see the surrounding rain forest that’s well known for its diverse wildlife. I spent my days either lounging by one of the pools or on the sand listening to the waves. Waking up to the sound of the waves rolling in is a real blessing. I recommend heading to Kota Kinabalu in March, like we did, as it is low season and the weather was perfect. We eventually left the resort to do a little island hopping and snorkelling. We ventured to Manukan and Sapi Island. It’s easy to get a small boat and tour guide and everyone is friendly. The ocean was a stunning mix of blues and greens and crystal clear. I couldn’t leave without seeing the Sunday Market so we explored the lanes of trinkets, antiques, flowers, and food. It was mostly full of locals and I loved the authentic feel of the market. As always the local food was the best, Malaysian food is similar to Thai and extremely delicious.
Style: bring a suitcase full of bathing suits and beach worthy jewelry, other than that you can get a way with anything.
Explore: when island hopping don’t bother booking a day trip with your resort just head to do the dock and book a boat from there.
Enjoy: Kota Kinabalu is best for pure relaxation and delicious Malaysian food.