Blessed with untouched beaches, idyllic islands, exotic wildlife and verdant rainforest, East Malaysia is a treasure trove of natural wonders and adventure, with a dash of mystical charm. Though its attractions are closely-guarded local secrets, word of their beauty is spreading by word of mouth. While key attractions like Mount Kinabalu, the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park of islands, and Danum Valley have gained international acclaim, there are off-the-beaten-path retreats beckoning nature lovers to experience and then fall asleep, in the cradle of Sabah’s unique ecology. From hidden rainforest camps, glamping setups to luxurious and rustic lodges, here are some outdoor escapades that sum up Sabah’s lush beauty.
1. 9 Huts on a Hill
Three hours out from Kota Kinabalu is this yoga and eco resort in Bak Bak, Kudat. Each hut is designed according to native Rungus architecture with the intention of bringing holidaymakers closer to the indigenous way of life. In keeping to its eco-friendly motto, the huts are built with locally sourced material, and encourage invigorating activities like yoga, cross-fit, muay thai, or swimming, and a taste of organic fruits and seafood, that perfectly encapsulate seaside living.