Absolute Private Gateway : Tempurung Seaside Lodge

Located at Kuala Penyu, you can get there by car only for 1 hour 45 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu City ( if you drive without sightseei...

Located at Kuala Penyu, you can get there by car only for 1 hour 45 minutes from the Kota Kinabalu City ( if you drive without sightseeing along the way). We went there during CNY 2015 - 19-20 Feb 2015. That is my second time went there. This lodge ranked 13 out of 76 speciality lodging in Kota Kinabalu by tripadvisor.com. So, here some experiences & tips for you, if you wish to stay there.

5 stars. Yes, I just give 5 stars for its location as it is located at a very remote area and very peaceful & quiet place. The beach, approximately 3-5 km, it is really really really white sandy beach, you can freely jogging, dancing, walking, lying, rolling or whatever you want to do, you can do it, because it's just so CLEAN & SAFE! The water =Crystal Clear! Downfall, quite far from Kuala Penyu town.

Very basic. You will be provided with all regular 3-star hotels are providing - towels, toiletries.  Room quite large for me with private shower, FYI, no TV, so this will be a good opportunity get to be human once a while.

I call it "homey food", a kampung style of cooking, kind of like it. They imposed no outside food is allowed, previously they didn't. They have a bar inside the restaurant, where you can purchase can drink at a reasonable price considering the locations and cost bringing it in. 

Apparently, if you go here with a bunch of boring friends, then this will be the worse vacation ever. What i mean by that, this is kind of place where you do activities on your own initiative- relax, laugh with friends or family. Kayaking supposed to be available, but it wasn't there during that time. So, the only activities that you can do to fill up your day are - drinking beer with a friend right on the sun lounges, build a sandcastle, jogging (wtf), photo shooting-), netball - bring your own ball and net and of course, spend hours and hours on gossiping while enjoying the clear water.! During night time, there is nice porch outside the room where you can gather and catch up with a friend over the bright sky!

Staff are very polite and very helpful - so i give 4-star for service. We've got no problem while we staying there. Very attentive and try their best to meet your request.

If you want the ultimate access to porch  & nearer to the restaurant- choose room no 5, 6 7, 8. If you want an outstanding view - choose room 1- 4 or family room, but quite far from the reception area and restaurant. FYI, 99 % of Tempurung Seaside lodge built on the hillside, so you have to put some energy to climb up to room no 1 - 4. Sneak some chips and wines to your rooms - it's ok. This lodge - good for 2 days and one-night gateway, more than that, you will get bored.

OVERALL i give 4-star experience. Tempurung Seaside lodge has its own charm and class, where you need to discover by yourself. It is really an excellent 2 days and one-night quick gateway location. This is, maybe, the unknown part in Sabah, and i hope its stay there, so the beauty of the white sandy beach, the ocean and all those little things remain the same. If you are laid back kind of vacationers - chit-chatting all day drinking beers, eating chips - this is the place to go. Will i go there for the third time? Yes, i am.

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