Yesterday, all-inclusive holiday brand Club Med announced plans to open its first green resort in the idyllic coastal district of Kuala Penyu — a 90-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu city — by 2022. Currently named Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu, the resort will be part of the company’s luxury and upscale resort collection, offering vistas of virgin mangrove jungles, white sand beaches and turquoise waters the Land Below the Wind is so famously known for.
In collaboration with Sabah’s Golden Sands Beach Resort City (GSBRC), Club Med’s Borneo venture will be the brand’s first large-scale sustainably-built BREEAM-certified (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) beach resort in the Asia Pacific.
“The Club Med spirit has always been to create new resorts that seamlessly blend into naturally beautiful locations and become discoverable bucket list destinations in their own right,” said Club Med president Henri Giscard d'Estaing. “Opening in Kuala Penyu allows us to showcase Sabah’s beautiful surroundings in a relatively undiscovered part of the world.
“This will be our second resort in Malaysia in a destination that is seeing increased airlift and interest from travellers across globe including China, Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia.”
Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu will be built with sustainably-sourced natural materials and the design inspiration will be drawn from traditional Bornean ethnic cultures. A total of 400 rooms will be available, including 40 luxury suites as part of Club Med’s 5-Trident Exclusive spaces. Guests can also enjoy a plethora of activities such as island hopping and white-water rafting as well as discover Sabah’s diverse wildlife and ecosystem on top of Borneo’s rich heritage through excursions and shows.
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