If you are looking for a place to escape from the busy Kuching city life, the 3-star One Hotel Santubong is one of the places that you might want to consider. Formerly known as the Santubong Beach Resort, this 25 acre hotel is surrounded by green tropical jungle that overlooks the legendary Mount Santubong and the South China Sea.
When you arrive at the hotel lobby, you will be impressed by its simple modern minimalist design. Most of the time there are three staffs on duty at the check-in counter. The local cuisine in the hotel restaurant and caféteria is average and a bit over-priced for its standard. However it is a nice place for you to have a cup of coffee and some cakes. It would be nice if the quality of food is improved since the nearest eating outlet is several kilometres away from the hotel.
One Hotel Santubong is only around 25 minutes drive away from Kuching city centre. You won’t have to travel far to take a break from the hustle and bustle of urban Kuching life. If you are flying in from outside Kuching, it will only take you around 45 minutes from Kuching International Airport to reach One Hotel Santubong.
One Hotel Santubong has a choice of around 300 rooms with comfortable beds that you can choose from. These extensive types of rooms include the deluxe king, deluxe queen, superior king, superior queen, junior suite, ocean suite and chalet. Each of these rooms are equipped with private balcony, air-conditioners, bathtubs and showers, mini-bar, coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hair dryer and a large wardrobe closet. The room rate, depending on your selection of room type, ranges from RM174 to RM234. However it is not equipped with free wifi access.
One Hotel Santubong has decent swimming pool that overlooks the beautiful South China Sea. The pool bar serves beverages and titbits for you to enjoy as you lounge around the poolside.
The hotel ballroom, Dewan Mutiara, has the capacity to accommodate 1300 guests for a dinner function. If you are up for a game of golf, the Damai Golf and Country Club is just located next door to One Santubong Hotel. This 18 hole par 72 golf club will definitely give you a wonderful golfing experience.
One Santubong Hotel has its own stretch of beach reserved only for the use of hotel guests. Here you can take a walk along the beach and enjoy the cool air blowing from the South China Sea. The beach is relatively well-maintained by the hotel staff and you won’t be confronted by the annoying sight of litter. You could even take a dip in the sea if you are up to it.
Overall, One Hotel Santubong is an average but cheap place to stay compared to the other resorts in the vicinity. The beautiful surrounding location does offset some of this hotel’s drawbacks. It is an ideal place if you are looking for a quiet weekend getaway from Kuching at the beach.