Kota Kinabalu or KK is fast becoming one of the world’s exotic destinations for a romantic getaway, especially for Malaysian couples and even tourists. If you want to get the most out of your mini-vacation for you and your partner, follow these 6 simple tips for a romantic weekend getaway in the capital city of Sabah:
- Book a limo
Before you arrive in Kota Kinabalu, pre-book a limo that comes complete with a bottle of champagne or other signature drinks and some snacks to be enjoyed during the short journey from the airport to your hotel. A limo rental in KK may cost between RM100 to RM800, depending on limo type and hourly/daily rates.
- Spend some intimate time in the Jacuzzi
When you book a hotel, you can make an arrangement with the hotel’s management for some welcoming ceremony. This may include a mini band greeting you upon arrival at the lobby, a gift pack, a bed full of rose petals, and even swan-shaped towels. Book a room with a Jacuzzi to spend some intimate time together and order a room service.
- Enjoy a pampering day at the spa
If you’d rather skip the Jacuzzi, you can still enjoy a pampering good time as a couple at the hotel’s spa (or any other local spa). Book a complete couple’s package that includes a massage, sauna, and other beauty treatments like manicure and pedicure.
- Visit romantic tourist attractions
Create an itinerary or a list of romantic tourist attractions that you want to visit. Some of the places worth visiting include Manukan Island, Kokol Hill, Poring Hot Springs, Weston Wetland Park, and Signal Hill Observatory Platform. If you have time, take a train ride with the North Borneo Railway. The scenic view during the journey adds to the romantic atmosphere.
- Take a walk at the beach and watch the sunsets
In the evening, you can head on down to a beach near your hotel and take a good long walk. Collect seashells, build mini sandcastles, or simply goof around with your partner by taking photos while you both wait for the sun to set.
- Have a candlelight dinner
Once the sun has set, it’s time to have dinner. For extra romantic touch, have a candlelight dinner at a romantic restaurant in Kota Kinabalu and book a violinist or pianist to play as you enjoy your meal.
Planning a romantic weekend getaway should be a fun thing to do. When planning a trip, try to be flexible and leave some room for exploration. Spontaneity can also be a romantic thing!