Little Hut, home sweet home in Mesilau

Little Hut, Mesilau
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Travelers always look for good attractions to visit and nice food to eat. After the tour, we all need a great place to stay. It is cool to be served by 5-star hotel but I prefer accommodation with nice surrounding. For me, Little Hut (Chinese Name: 寒舍) of Mesilau is special, not just because of its cooling temperature of 13-30°C (55-86°F) and spectacular view of Mt. Kinabalu, its homely atmosphere is something unique in homestay of Sabah.

Little Hut signage (寒舍)
Located at 1,460 Metres above sea level, Little Hut is only 12 KM away from Kinabalu Park and 3 KM from Mesilau Park, a convenient spot for me to stay a night and to enjoy the refreshing air far away from bustling Kota Kinabalu City (KK).

Little Hut at night
Pic: at the left is my hut (named Incredible Hut)

I checked into my chalet at 8pm and spent a night in Incredible Hut, a small house that have 3 beds and the only hut without kitchen. The tungsten light of the house looked warm and comfy from outside in the cold and windy evening, I really couldn’t wait to get in.

room of Little Hut
Pic: ground floor of Incredible Hut

After I collected the key from their staff, the 2-storey chalet was all mine. It’s like living in your own house, no room service that reminds you are an outsider. You would appreciate the sense of belonging and freedom here.

second floor of Little Hut
Pic: Incredible Hut has one bed in ground floor and two on top floor.

The space in Incredible Hut isn’t spacious, just nice for medium size Asian like me. If you are almost as big as Incredible Hulk, you may not be able to move so freely. Please note they have bigger chalets and I only show the photos of the smaller hut.

bed in Little Hut
Mesilau is cool at night but not down to freezing point. The feeling is like being inside an office with strong air-conditioning. Putting on a jacket or fleece is enough to keep you warm. There is no heater (and not necessary) in house. Don’t worry, hot water shower is available.

room facilities in bedroom
The interior is simple and decorated with interesting ornaments. Each chalet has TV (with Astro satellite TV) and DVDs to kill your time. But the best activity to do here is to eat some hot stuffs in cold evening together with your friends and family, e.g. BBQ or steamboat. Little Hut can rent you the equipment but you need to bring your own food, which is readily available in Kundasang town only 6 KM away.

treasure chest
Pic: guess what is inside the treasure chest?

bathroom in Little Hut
Pic: Toilet paper, shower gel and shampoo are provided. You need to bring your own towel and toothpaste.

Poetic Dream Houses

I had a very good night sleep in Little Hut. When everything lit up by the sunrise, I started to see the beauty of Little Hut. Seem like they “gardenize and villagize” every corner to give an idyllic and nostalgia touch to their place. They also insert some humorous elements for you to discover here and there.

Little Hut in the morning
Pic: Little Hut in the morning

Mt. Kinabalu in Mesilau

Mt. Kinabalu and Little Hut
The morning view of Mt. Kinabalu is a pleasant surprise. I didn’t know I could see it from Little Hut.

Mt. Kinabalu and garden of Little Hut
Pic: the view of Mt. Kinabalu and Little Hut. Note the small farm in foreground.

little farm in Little Hut
Pic: The little farm + garden in Little Hut is planted with variety of vegetables and flowers such as roses and spring onions. Housewives find this farm intriguing and are excited to tell their children what are those plant.

door of Little Hut

flowers and 4-leg chair

Home Sweet Home

plant in boots

chairs at the door

Stop Watching Me signage

nostalgia feel

If I show the photos above to others without saying the location, most would think these are taken in countryside of European countries.

balcony
Pic: balcony of Hut Attack

farm and village view
Pic: village and farm view from the balcony

village view and signage

funny direction signages
Pic: funny direction signages just to make you smile.

flowers near the hut
Pic: backyard of Little Hut

cat of Little Hut
Hey, come and meet Miyao, the chubby and friendly 3-color cat of Little Hut. She acts like the owner of Little Hut and loves to hang out with people.

cat house
Pic: The Cat Residence. Miyao also has her own Little Hut, but she always looks for a chance to sneak into your hut, probably she enjoys the warm cuddling offered by the guests.

cat and Mt. Kinabalu
Pic: Miyao lazes around and as relax as the guests.

Mt. Kinabalu and Kg Mesilau village
Little Hut is in Kampung Mesilou Village and surrounded by village houses.

Kampung Mesilau
You can take a stroll around the village, a friendly neighbourhood where you can explore around and say Hi to the locals.

farm and banana trees
Pic: the plantation in village. The property of Sabah city is super expensive nowadays, so I’m kind of envious of the big land they have here. I believe that’s the concept of Little Hut, which allows city people to experience the peaceful rural life once in a while.

The Chalets

Little Hut has a total of 5 chalets, each with different size, theme and amenities, so it’s important that you select the right hut prior to booking. You can visit their website for more photos and details.

chalets of Little Hut
Pic: from left: Unbreak My Hut, Incredible Hut, Bizza Hut, Hut Attack. Not seen in this photo is Hut Leluyaa, which is behind Bizza Hut.

names of different chalets
Pic: Little Hut uses pun for naming their huts. The names are just for fun and don’t mean anything, so don’t be serious about them.

The following table is a summary of the chalets for your quick reference:

Hut Rate (per day per hut) Remarks
Incredible Hut Mon-Fri: RM150 (≈US$42)

Weekends, Holiday*: RM180 (≈US$50)

Accommodate up to 3 people, suitable for small group of friends and family. No kitchen
Bizza Hut Mon-Fri: RM250 (≈US$70)

Weekends, Holiday*: RM300 (≈US$83)

Accommodate up to 5 people, suitable for family and group of friends. Kitchen available. Good viewpoint for Mt. Kinabalu
Unbreak My Hut Mon-Fri: RM150 (≈US$42)

Weekends, Holiday*: RM180 (≈US$50)

Accommodate up to 2 to 3 people, suitable for couple. Blue & white Greece theme. Kitchen available.
Hut Attack Mon-Fri: RM280 (≈US$78)

Weekends, Holiday*: RM330 (≈US$92)

Accommodate up to 5 people. Kitchen available. View of Kg. Mesilou village and mountain range
Hut Leluyaa Mon-Fri: RM210 (≈US$58)

Weekends, Holiday*: RM250 (≈US$70)

Accommodate up to 2 to 3 people, suitable for couple. Kitchen available. Farm and village view

Rate as of Feb 2015. Please visit their website for latest rate and updated details.
*Public Holiday & School Holiday

Though Little Hut has no restaurant, most chalets have a kitchen with cooking utensils for you to cook, or you can rent BBQ rack and steamboat from them (food not provided).

Contact & Booking

You can book the accommodation with Little Hut up to 6 months in advance by e-mail or phone. You need to pay 50% deposit to secure your booking. The chalets could be full during peak season so it’s better to book earlier.

window of reception
Tel: +60 16-8601416 (9am-8pm)
E-mail: littlehutmesilou@gmail.com / shiaohan@hotmail.com
Website: littlehutmesilou.blogspot.com
Facebook: mesilou
GPS Coordinates: N 6.014536° E 116.599023° (see Location Map)

Getting there

Little Hut is in Kampung Mesilou Village, about 100 KM away from KK (see Location Map). There is no bus going directly to Little Hut, so you need to get there using your own car or hire a taxi at Kundasang town. Most of the time you will drive on paved asphalt road until you reach Kampung Mesilou. After the village, turn to the 3rd junction at the left (which has two tyres as marker), then you have to drive carefully on the narrow concrete road, which you will reach Little Hut near the end (estimated 600 Meters).

I strongly advise you to go there during daytime so you can see the small road or signages clearly. If your car has low body and you can’t see the road clearly in the dark, the bottom of your car would hit the big rocks. You can find detail picture guide and map in their website and Facebook.

Photos taken in Mesilau, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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By Murphy Ng
  • Gia

    Very nice review and an excellent blog ! I find many useful information as I am planning my holiday in Sabah for June. I was looking for accommodation around Mt Kinabalu Park as I want to have there 2 days of trekking (the loop trail and the other smaller trails as I was not able to find in february a free spot for the mountain climb with sutera 🙁 at a more reasonable cost ).

  • Gia

    My question was ( I hit Enter or something on my first comment and post it by mistake 😀 ) : is it easy to access Mesilau Gate or Timophon Gate from Little Hut ? We will either have to get there from Timophon the first evening ( after our trek) and from Little Hut to Mesilau Gate for the second day early morning for the loop-trail or the other way around ( not decided yet). And can you recommend other location better for our plan? or any useful tips maybe ? ( I already read all your posts regarding Mt Kinabalu , some even twice 🙂 ) Many thanks !

  • Hi Gia, Little Hut is only a few KM away from Mesilau Gate, so it’s quite convenient (if you have your own transport). However, if you’ve never been to the Little Hut, it would be a bit difficult to locate it in the dark in 1st visit. The pictorial direction guide in their Facebook is quite useful: http://goo.gl/89YbCM

    FYI, Mesilau Gate and Timpohon Gate is about 12 to 15 KM apart by road.

    If you plan to end/start your trek at Timopohon Gate, I recommend J-Residence (http://www.jresidence.com) for your accommodation, which is about 300 M away from Kinabalu Park.

    It is also advisable to book the room earlier just to check for room availability. Please don’t hesitate to ask more questions if you need more info. 🙂

  • Gia

    Thank you Murphy for all the info ! Very useful and very clear . We are still trying to find availability for a climbing package at Jungle Jack’s (not very mainstream if you heard about him 🙂 ) so depending on his answer we’ll then decide on the final schedule and accommodation.
    The only problem I see with Little Hut (maybe it’s not really a problem) is that we won’t have our transportation, we’ll be using bus and if necessary taxi so in this case I’m not sure how difficult is to reach and leave the hut in the early morning or evening.
    J-Residence looks really nice also , thanks for the tip 🙂 but I don’t really understand the prices : the promo rates are quite lower than the ‘normal rate’ but I can’t understand when they are applicable ?! for any booking made in this period? maybe I should ask them for more details though 🙂

  • You are welcome Gia. Little Hut is in a village so it’s better you have your own transport if you have a tight schedule. Taxi is not readily available. Very likely you will count on unlicensed cab of locals. For J-Residence, the rate is much more lower if you stay there in weekdays.

  • Gia

    Thank you again for the info ! As much as i like the character of Little Hut ,because it’s very unlikely that we’ll have our own transportation we have decided and booked 2 rooms at J Residence ( very nice and email-responsive 🙂 and we could pay by credit card ). I hope it will be as nice as in the pictures and descriptions 🙂 . We plan to take the morning bus from Padang Merdeka ( we’re thinking to stay at the Mandarin Hotel -any thoughts pro/con ? ) visit the park and the nature trails there ( as you recommended in your article, thanks again ! ) sleep at JResidence and in the morning go to Mesilau Gate for the long loop trail (I’ll ask you in the apropriate posts some more questions because i think I’m way off-topic already) .

  • Hi Gia, I never stay in Mandarin Hotel before so I’m not sure. It is quite near to Padang Merdeka Bus Terminal and receive Ok rating in Tripadvisor. Dreamtel Hotel is nearer and has better rating.

  • Gia

    Thank you ! We’ll consider Dreamtel Hotel for the stay in KK.

  • thank you for the nice article! Knowing the names of those huts is so awesome. Their name is so funny but i think they made it that way so anyone can remember it easily