With the annual Harvest Festival celebrated in Sabah fast approaching on the 30th and 31st of May, Marriott Bonvoy Hotels and Resorts is offering a month-long celebration in honor of Pesta Ka’amatan.
This is the perfect time to pamper yourself with exquisite treats, reconnect with nature and celebrate the natural, breathtaking beauty of East Malaysia with a getaway.
Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu
Begin your day with a delightful and indulgent breakfast, setting the perfect foundation for a day of exploration and adventure. Immerse yourself in the pristine turquoise waters surrounding Mamutik Island, or embark on a picturesque hike through the scenic trails of Kinabalu National Park, offering breathtaking vistas of the majestic Mount Kinabalu.
As the day transitions into evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant celebration of the month-long ‘Kaamatan’ cultural festival. Experience the rich traditions of the local culture through traditional games and captivating dances, while the air is filled with the joyful spirit of celebration. Indulge in the endless glasses of rice wine, a cherished element of this festive occasion, as you embrace the warmth and hospitality of the local community. This cultural extravaganza promises to create lasting memories and provide a deeper understanding of the unique heritage and traditions of this enchanting region.
Don’t miss the spectacular sunset as you savour the unique complimentary Sabah-inspired cocktails and mocktails at Rooftop@Le Méridien, and discover new flavours at Latest Recipe restaurant. Also, explore the nightlife at the Waterfront, just a few minutes walk away from the hotel.
Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa
Enjoy the full Gawai Dayak Harvest Festival experience at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa. Visit the vast Clearwater Cave, Wind Cave, Deer Cave and Lang’s Caves, or embark on a life-changing hike at Gunung Mulu National Park. After a day packed with adventure, why not take a moment to soothe your muscles and unwind at the Mandara Spa.
For dinner, try the resort’s Harvest Festival exclusive ayam pansuh (bamboo chicken)dish. As tradition dictates, juicy chicken is cooked in bamboo to yield a fragrant aroma. The dish is served with a broth that’s both aromatic and nourishing. Wash it down with one of the many cocktails at The River Bar, boasting amazing views of the ancient rainforest.
Miri Marriott Resort & Spa
Experience breathtaking ocean views while immersing yourself in the vibrant celebration of Gawai Festival at Zest Restaurant. Indulge in a delectable array of local delicacies that will tantalise your taste buds. Among the must-tries are the exquisite Fish Umai Salad featuring sliced local fish cured with side dishes, and their Sarawak Laksa featuring succulent river king prawns.
Following this gastronomic delight, treat yourself to a pampering session at the renowned Mandara Spa or take a refreshing dip in Sarawak’s expansive free-form swimming pool, the largest in the region. For an adventurous day trip, venture on a short drive to Tusan Beach, where you enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean while enjoying the gentle coastal breeze from the South China Sea.
Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel
Situated along the vibrant waterfront of the capital city, Kota Kinabalu Marriott presents an exceptional blend of the region’s rich cultural heritage and magnificent natural wonders.
For a truly authentic cultural experience, guests can embrace the lively ambience of the renowned Gaya Street Sunday Market, or embark on a delightful 15-minute boat ride from Jesselton Point. Thrill seekers can experience the destination from a whole new perspective by taking Borneo’s longest island-to-island zipline, connecting Gaya and Sapi islands.
After a day filled with exciting adventures, treat yourself to a moment of pure relaxation in the comfort of your room’s luxurious bathtub. Immerse yourself in soothing waters while being captivated by the breathtaking view of the South China Sea that stretches out before you.
As the evening unfolds, ascend to the stylish retreat known as Stylo, the hotel’s rooftop bar. Here, guests are invited to savor the bar’s exquisite signature cocktails and mocktails, all while basking in the awe-inspiring panoramas that surround them. Let the ambience and stunning vistas transport you to a world of tranquillity and indulgence, creating the perfect ending to a truly unforgettable day.
Fairfield by Marriott Bintulu Paragon
Wake up to an incredible river view before embarking on an epic day trip to Similajau National Park, where you can explore their coastal jungle trails and enjoy a picnic by the pristine beaches. For an adventure, go for a dive or snorkelling at Pulau Batu Mandi. Immerse yourself in Bintulu’s cultural sites by checking out the majestic Tua Pek Kong Temple, a major landmark of Bintulu City.
End your evening by unwinding at Fairfield by Marriott Bintulu Paragon’s Kava restaurant, where you can get a bite of their popular, Laksa Sarawak and Umai Ikan.
Looking to experience Sarawak’s unique dishes without having to leave Kuala Lumpur? Aloft KL Sentral has got you covered with their impressive array of Sarawakian dishes from their exclusive ‘Flavours of Sarawak’ menu every Thursday to Saturday evening until 10 June, 2023.
From mains to desserts, you can enjoy the complete Sarawakian experience with dishes like mee kolok, Sarawak laksa, and ayam pansuh (bamboo chicken). The perfect accompaniment is a refreshing glass of the “White Lady”, a shaved-ice concoction with evaporated milk, syrup, lychee, longans, jellies, and slices of local fruits.
Snack on traditional Sarawakian side dishes like tebaloi, made with a combination of sago flour, eggs, desiccated coconut, turmeric and sugar. Try tumpik, a pancake made from sago, dried coconut and salt that’s usually served with bubuk (shrimp) or gula apong (palm sugar). Bring your meal to an end with an assortment of traditional Sarawakian layer cakes to celebrate Hari Gawai!
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