Kota Kinabalu city (KK) has one of the best sunset views in the world. Some tourists even nickname KK as the Sunset City. Being a local who has been enjoying free sunset, a recent visit to Sky Blu Bar made me realized that being at the right place with the right people could give you a far better “sunset experience.”
I don’t work for Grandis Hotel, the owner of Sky Blu Bar. The discovery of Sky Blu Bar is by accident. Last week I was dragged by my friends to this place after a conference. Actually I was reluctant to go because my stomach was still full of hotel food. Grandis Hotel is in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. We took the elevator to its roof top. The sun just started to sink and I was stunned by the view.
Our first reaction is to rush to take photos of the golden sunset. The view of sunset is not the same in different locations of KK. In most places, the view is obstructed by hill, trees, tall building or electrical wires. Sky Blu Bar is on 13th floor, a high point that allows my sight totally filled with panoramic view of sunset, sea and islands.
Sky Blu Bar is quite new but most of the best seats were occupied and we were lucky to find a seat. Though I wish I can keep this place as a secret, I’m sure it’ll become a hot spot in KK city centre very soon when many visitors show off their selfie with such killer view in social media. Hope other KK hotels with tall building will construct sunset bars too.
Pic: sunset in South China Sea (Click to zoom in)
Besides South China Sea and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, from there, you can see KK city at your left and Sabah port at your right.
Pic: sunset over Manukan Island, with the sea gleamed with warm sunlight. The sinking point varies throughout the year.
Sabah is in tropical region so sunny weather is not always guaranteed every day. You only have 40% to 50% chance of seeing the orange yolk dipping into the ocean. In other times, it is covered by dense cloud. In short, you need luck.
Pic: the reflection of sunset on the glass table top
After the sunset was over, people started enjoying the dinner with purple-tinged sky at the background
There are 80 seats on first come first serve basis, so you better be there earlier to grab a spot for best sunset view.
There are two sections. The open space with about 30 seats offers the best view of the sea and sunset, but it is exposed to rain and sunlight. It is also quite dim after dark. I asked for candle but they said they didn’t have it (really?). You may need to bring your own candle if you plan to have a romantic candlelight dinner.
Another section is under the roof and close to a bar. They also play pop songs music to create more lively ambience.
Pic: a corner where you can see sunset and city night views
There are two swimming pools next to the bar, one for adult and another one for children (about 0.6 Meter in depth)
Food & Drink
I’m impressed with the variety of food & beverages at Sky Blu Bar. The price is quite affordable too. A set dish, which comes with drink, costs about RM35 (≈US$11). If you order only food or non-alcoholic drink, most cost less than RM20 (≈US$6.50). The bar also has Happy Hours rate.
Pic: chicken and beef satay, tender and delicious
You can order finger food or stomach filler. Just to name some: salad (from RM13, ≈US$4), seafood (from RM13), pasta (from RM17, ≈US$5), burger, noodle, satay (skewer), dessert (from RM15, ≈US$4.60), etc.
I was quite happy with their food and had couple of beer. It’s really a wonderful feeling to be there with my friends.
For drink, there are beer, cocktail (from RM23, ≈US$7), mocktail (from RM17, ≈US$5), fruit juice (from RM13, ≈US$4), red/white wine (from RM23 per glass), champagne (from RM318, ≈US$97), whisky (from RM13), Vodka, RUM, Tequila, etc. Yes, tea, coffee and soft drink are available too (from RM12, ≈US$3.70). Want the most expensive liquor? Order Hennessy XO for RM1,283 (≈US$392).
*price is inclusive of government tax and well, you know, subject to change in future
Sky Blu Bar is located on 13th floor / roof top (they name it “R” floor) of Grandis Hotels & Resorts. The bar opens from 11am to 12am every day.
Below is their contact:
Phone: +60 88-522888
Address (see Location Map): Grandis Hotels and Resorts, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall 1, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo
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It’s always nice to try some local food when you travel. If you visit Kinabalu Park of Sabah, there is a chance that you would drop by Kundasang town, which is 12 Kilometres away, to visit the War Memorial and Fruit & Vegetables stalls there.
Sabah people who visit Kundasang would not leave without trying the famous Kundasang BBQ chicken wings, something that most tourists miss. You can find the stall easily, it’s near the big roundabout of Kundasang and in front of Hidayah Restaurant & Catering (see Location Map), and it’s hard not to notice the excessive CO2 emission (smoke) from this stall.
The face of Kundasang has changed a lot over the years, but this small stall remains the same and still serving one of the best BBQ chicken wings in Sabah. I don’t know why his barbecue chicken tastes so good, probably it’s already great to enjoy sizzling BBQ chicken wings in cool air of Kundasang highland.
I believe this stall sells hundreds of BBQ chicken wings every day. Each piece is sold for RM2 (I’m not sure if this is correct). Though I visited during non-peak hour, the cook never stopped for a break. He himself would smell like chicken wing after long hours of barbecuing haha.
“Chicken wings only? What so special?” you might ask.
Look at the photo above carefully. Do you notice the round things? They are BBQ chicken tails, locally known as Satay Buntut (literally means BBQ chicken butt). Chicken tail is always unwanted part in other places, but it’s a delicacy for Sabahans. After BBQ, the skin of chicken tail becomes crisp and slight burnt, with aroma of charcoal. It’s soft, oily but juicy. Personally I love it. If you never try BBQ chicken tail, be open-minded and try it, before you decide you don’t like it.
Someone says eating Satay Buntut can make you horny, rubbing it on your chest and hair will grow. I don’t know if this is true and I’ll let you to prove it.
Photos taken in Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo
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