On a corner of historic Gaya Street in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, the Jesselton provides a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore Sabah's state capital. It's a little kitsch around the edges, but has old-school charm.
The rooms feel welcoming and low-key, with traditional decor and a few modern touches. The onsite facilities are few, but there are cosy corners, and a restaurant that's especially handy for families in search of simple, reliable dining.
Leisure: lounge, piano, restaurant
Rooms: 44 rooms
Explore an untamed habitat concealing endangered animals, rare birds and plants with mysterious medicinal properties; all before steeling away for a remote island retreat.