Damai Beach Resort Hotel

, Kuching, Malaysia
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Damai Beach Resort Hotel

, Kuching
Teluk Bandung - Kuching - 93756 - Malaysia Hotel Website | 82-846999
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Good experience

from phladun
My husband and I stayed at this resort for four nights while travelling through Malaysia. Initially, we were in a chalet near the beach which was quite nice (not new but fairly well kept up) but when we extended our stay for the 4th night, we were upgraded to a room on the hill as the chalet was already booked. Frankly, I would have rather been close to the beach as you either had a long walk or had to take a shuttle to get up the hill although the view was fairly nice. The room on the hill had a leaky roof which we discovered during a downpour.

The restaurant was decent and served a variety of western and local favourites - we mostly stuck to the Malaysian dishes. However, both the food and drinks were somewhat overpriced.

There was pool and a paddling pool, both overrun with children. Apparently, this resort is frequented on weekends by local families from Kuching.

The tour operator in the hotel was quite honest about was we would be able to do as December was still monsoon season. For instance, he said it would be very difficult to get out to the national park as you had to take a long boat and the water was quite rough. We did go into Kuching one day and most days were fairly sunny.

All in all, a nice stay.


from Hukka
We stayed at Damai beach for 12 nights and we liked to be there. Some things didn't work right, but mostly everything goes good.

In hotel restaurant service speed is slow, but we didn't have hurry, so that is no problem. Mostly service is very good.

Hotel room (Chalet) was very nice and clean. Hotel location was perfect, and hotel area is beautiful. Pool water was sweet, not saltwater and that was good thing.

Awful service and even worse food.

from Seoul
The rooms at this hotel are nice but the food is terrible and the service is all around completely poor. The staff is slow to do most things and slightly discourteous. I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone.

Loved the chalet by the beach

from Fin007
It was a blessing in disguise when all the rooms at Hilton were fully booked. I couldn't imagine staying 4 nights in the city! Absolutely loved the chalet by the beach at Damai Beach. It was a nice change from the usual hotel rooms. The Sarawak Cultural Village is just a stone's throw away but the hotel provides free transportation within the vicinity. I paid RM 565 (per pax) for 4 nights stay + airport transfers + city tour for twin sharing. Do opt for the chalets rather than the hilltop rooms. The Ledang spa is worth a try too.

A great gettaway location

from unrealneil
I stayed here with my family for seven nights in August. After being here two nights and relaxing on the lovely beach and warm sea my wife remarked that the bags had disappeared from under my eyes.
The room we had was very comfortable, clean, and had good air-con. Breakfast was fine, buffet style with a small egg counter outside. The restaurant offered an evening buffet, which was not overly impressive. I would recommend one of the nearby sea food restaurants, just ask the bell hop to contact one and they will collect and return you to the hotel.
Between the two Holiday Inns there is plenty to do, sea kayaking, snorkeling, jet-ski. Nearby is a jungle walk and challenging 3,000m mountain climb, which took me 7 hours to get up and down.
When I returned home and saw how little the trip had cost I was amazed at the value.
Excellent, would recommend.

beautiful chalet

from saveloy
Our chalet was nice ,right on the beach, very clean. Was disappointed with the reort, the food was terrible, the first morning I asked for cereal, all the bowls at the buffet were empty, the waiter came out with one serve, rather than replenishing the bowl on the buffet.I went outside to the "egg station " only to find flies floating in the mixture, the chef just flicked them out onto the floor when I pointed them out.I decided to have fresh fried eggs, only to find I had to walk back inside for a plate, about 30 yards..Not a lot of choice, O.K if you like black meat, noodles or rice for breakfast. the evening buffet was very poor, we also visited TREEZ the food was terrible, the Laksa was like dish water, I chose fishcakes, they were black,smelly and inedible.We were the only patrons I wonder why!!!We were told there would be live music and entertainment, the resort was dead after 5 oclock, we could not even get a cup,of coffee..Another night we had room service, pizza, it was ok, but the tray stayed outside the chalet for over 24 hours, despite 3 phone calls to have it picked up. The resort is a bit isolated, would not recommend it, although the scenery is good.The culteral village was excellent, it was the best thing to do in sarawak.Would not recommend the evening firefly trip, it was expensive, we saw i monkey from a distance of 100 metres away,, did not like being on the river after dark, the boat had no lighting, and the driver was speeding, very dangerous, saw a few fireflies, but thousands of mosquiotes.Give it a miss. If you want excellent ECO touring with lots of wildlife stick with SABAH, they have got it down to a T, also hotel and resorts are much better.

Stay was ok

from Borneovisito
We stayed here for four nights during August. We were in a room on the hill which was recently renovated and pleasant and had no problems with the shuttle buses. Some days we walked down to the hotel and found this was fine too. Any food we had down by the main pool at lunchtimes took over half an hour to arrive (just snacks) but luckily we were not in a hurry. We were part of a tour group and other members of the group had reported that the buffet at the main building was poor quality so we ate for three nights at 'Treez' (part of the resort) at the top of the hill. This served Malaysian dishes and we found the food here very pleasant. One night we had room service and the food was fine (again we chose Malaysian dishes) however the plates were outside our room for over 24 hours. The pools looked pleasant, especially the hill top pool as it was quieter. However we did not try them as we swam in the sea each day. The resort was much busier at the weekend than in the week. Whilst staying at the resort we enjoyed visiting the cultural village and doing the jungle walk.

Very Nice Place

from craigt3365
I was here for only 3 days, but found the resort just fine. It is not 5 star, but a solid 4 star resort. I have read previous reviews on this place. Most are right on. Yes, it is a little dated, but if you want truly 5 star, then go to the Shangri-La Rasa Ria outside KK. You will pay at least 3 times what you pay here. But it is great.

I find this place is an excellent value. Food is fine, service is fine, and the beach is paradise. Great sunsets and great swimming. Nice pool also! I am staying near the beach. The places up the hill look romantic, but they are a good walk up the hill. Not bad, but something a few people might not like. The views are incredible from up there though!

My room is huge, clean, comfortable and quiet. Only steps from the beach. I paid about 155RM++. Again, Great value. And hey, if the Sultan of Brunei has a place just up the hill, this can't be such a bad place, right?

laid back - loved it!

from Superape
We were upgraded to a beachfront chalet on arrival - reception had no record of us from our tour company so we were given this instead of a normal poolside room. A lovely spacious room looking straight out on to the sea & a 10 yard walk to the beach. A small problem with the little ants coming in throught the plugholes in the bathroom but no other nasties to be seen. The staff were everything we wanted from our Malay hosts - wonderfully friendly, very helpful, and just a tiny bit disorganised. Room service was excellent. Water, tea & coffee were replenished daily.

The food was a little disappointing. As vegetarians we were pleased to see some decent looking options on the a la carte menu, but in reality it was mostly variations on a 'something done in a lethally hot curry sauce' theme. We could organise pizza & other more familiar western foods tho, & we survived. Prices were reasonable - around £4-5 for a main course. Breakfasts were good with fresh fruit & the omelette bar easily filling us up for the day.

Drinks were relatively expensive by local standards - £3-4 for a cocktail & similar for beer. The house band were great - serenading diners while they ate & then taking requests in the bar afterwards, everything played in a laid back lounge style.

Activities were available at a reasonable price (Bako park, Satang Island, Semmengoh Orangutang sanctuary etc), & the jungle walk & santubong summit trails start 10 minutes walk from reception.

The beach was beautiful & clean & the sea warm. Word of warning for those with young children - at high tide the beach slopes steeply, & you can go from 2-3 feet deep to over 6 foot in just a few yards. At low tide the gradient is much less & you can wade in for miles
without seemingly going any deeper.

Tips: Use the supermarket in Kuching to buy water & beer in advance - you'll save a good deal if you plan on using a lot of both!
: Cigarettes relatively expensive & not much choice - again stock up in Kuching.
: There is a shuttle bus to Kuching, but it is about £3.50 per adult each way. Reasonable, but if you use it a lot it'll mount up, so again, if you're on a tight budget get everything you need in Kuching first.

Had there been more varied food for us, I'd cheerfully have given this a 5 star rating.

Life is Good

from pillow_talk
My husband, toddler, 6 month old baby and my mother stayed here for 6 nights, and thought it was great. We did not go with the expectation that it would be a luxurious resort with all the bells and whistles, but what we did find was a friendly resort, with lots of comforts and an ideal holiday place - in a not particulary touristy area.

I had originally booked a kids suite for us and a separate room for my mother.Upon arrival we were told that this suite was occupied and we had been upgraded to the top floor suite in the executive poolside. it was fantastic, two huge rooms, a balcony right on the beach. Windows overlooking the pool area. And very nicely furnished in Sarawakan taste. All this for about $140 Australian a night. we were very impressed.

The only major disappoint with the resort was the buffet. A day or so of the breakfast buffet was fine, but we soon got sick of the stale bread and pastries! But saying that there was always ample fruit, and cereal, and the omlette bar was great. We ate one night at the seafood buffet - ahhhhhhh. really poor value. I also had to inform the staff that a cake I had taken dor dessert was actually mouldy. Say hi to Beacher and Surfer the two "stray" cats that hang around the restuarant.

Whenever we ordered from the Al a carte menu we found the food to be exceptional, both in quality and price. The same for the Treez restaurant (currently in the carpark while undergoing renovation, but do not be detered by this!). It was also truly lovely to have room service either for lunch or dinner and eat it on our balcony overlooking the ocean. And again fantastic value. We tried several restaurants in teh area (most offer pick up service from the hotel). The resturanmt at the end / beginning of the jungle walk was particularly good.

The pools are lovely, and there is a small toddler pool too. There is a bell to ring for service at the swim up bar. And unlike other reviews I read, staff always came promptly. I guess the resort could benefit from a refurb, but as I stated, if you go with 'comfort' in mind and not the upmost 'luxury', you will enjoy it , saying that it really is a VERY nice resort!

My husband and toddler and mother did the guided jungle walk, which they said was fantastic (according to the guide my just 3 year old was the youngest he knew of to do it!). All the staff were great at the resort, and all very helpful. It all felt very personal.

Visit the cultural village next door, and go and see the orang-atang orphanage.

Yes would definately stay here again, especially with the value for money.

Top Local Tips for Kuching

Great Resturants If you love fish and seafood and want to each supurb food freshly cooked at a very inexpensive price say £6/£7 per head including drink the try the Tip Top resturant and Bensons where all the locals each a really great dinning experiance

Palm Garden Ask reception at the Hotel to book you a table at Palm Garden seafood restaurant. If you are staying at Damai Beach a shuttle bus will come and collect you from the hotel at no charge. This restaurant looks like a large dining hall with plastic chairs and tables however the food was absolutely fantastic and very cheap. I recommend the Butter Prawns! We went back many times to this place.

Orang-utans Best time to visit Semenggoh Orang-utans Rehabilatation Centre is when the jungle food is not in season. We went in June and were able to spend more than half an hour observing about 7 ornag-utans indulging in their morning feast and playing with each other. We took a tour costing RM60. It's possible to go there by a bus #6 (The Sarawak Transport Company (STC) from the main bus stop along Jalan Barrack for a fraction of what we paid. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE VISIT AT THE SEMENGGOH CENTRE!


Other names for Damai Beach Resort Hotel

  • holiday inn kuching
  • holiday inn damai beach
  • damai beach kuching
  • damai beach hotel
  • damai beach
  • Address: Teluk Bandung - Kuching - 93756 - Malaysia
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