Grand Margherita Hotel, formerly known as Holiday Inn is the only riverfront hotel in Kuching with a view of the Sarawak River and the colourful villages across the river. It is situated at Golden Triangle of Kuching, with Tun Jugah Shopping Center, Sarawak Plaza, Hills Shopping Mall and Parkson Riverside Complex that are within walking distance. Walking down the external hotel steps, you can see the Cat Family Statue, the symbol of Kuching, across the road and the first McDonald restaurant in Kuching is also a plus.
Along the Waterfront, 2-minutes walk from the hotel, you get to see sampans in the river for people to get across the river to the other side. However, you can see the Astana and Fort Margherita from Waterfront without the need to hop on the boats. You can also walk to the Main Bazaar, where you can find most souvenirs sold with cheap prices. A five minutes’ walk south from the hotel, you can find Topspot Food Court located on the top level of a multi-level car park, a famous local seafood eatery and many restaurants can be found there.
The hotel has an outdoor pool, a health club and a children’s pool. The hotel also provides 24 hour room service, meeting rooms and playground. The hotel has a tour desk and if you want to visit the local beach and Sarawak Cultural Village, shuttle services to Damai and Santubong are available. Airport transfer service is also available, and for your information, the distance from the airport to the hotel takes about 20 to 30 minutes car ride.
The hotel also features valet laundry, wedding service, banquet room, first aid assistance, safe deposit box, wakeup call service, currency exchange, dry cleaning service, security and walking area.
The Grand Margherita Hotel has several restaurants. Mei San Restaurant serves chinese cuisine for lunch and dinner, while Orchid Garden Coffee House, the hotel’s main restaurant for all-day dining, serves continental and local delicacies. All the food served at both restaurants are halal.
There are 288 guestrooms at Grand Margherita Hotel to offer you a comfortable stay. The features include complimentary high speed internet access, television with satellite channels, coffee/tea maker, complimentary bottle drinking water, mini bar, IDD telephone, private bathroom, in-room safe, iron and ironing board and many others. This hotel also offers special facilities for disabled person too.
For The Executive Club guestrooms, which is ideal for business traveller, the hotel provides complimentary high speed internet access, dedicated Club Services Assistant, executive lounge, conference room, computer with high speed internet access, complimentary buffet breakfast at Executive Club Lounge, complimentary coffee/tea and complimentary evening hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from 5pm to 7pm.
With a choice of twin double beds or a King sized bed, guests can choose to have Deluxe, Superior, Executive or Junior Suite, of course with different prices.
If you are looking for a hotel to stay in Kuching, do not hesitate to book a room from this 4 star hotel and you will not be disappointed.
Lundu Sarawak is just two hours ride away from the hustle and bustle city of Kuching, but it literally brought me to a whole different place with a different experience. I admire the serene beauty of the town that is placed near the sea.
Lundu Sarawak is a sleepy country town located in the Northwest of Kuching that borders West Kalimantan. It is made up of a few rows of shops, a small market, a few blocks of government buildings and some local kampung houses.
The residents here in Lundu Sarawak are involved in various economic sectors such as the agricultural sector, aquaculture sector, fishing Industry, cottage industry and tourism industry. They gave me the impression of being friendly and hospitable. The locals seem to always be wearing a smile on their face, maybe it’s due to the simplicity of their lives that shaped them to be cheerful people.
Lundu Sarawak offers you sun and beach within walking distance from the town center. Siar Beach is the must-go beach the visitors to Lundu Sarawak. Many beach-goers snooze in the shade of palm trees whilst the sea-lovers keep themselves busy chasing the waves and dipping in the sea water that is sure to cool you down under the scorching sun. Siar beach is indeed a majestically mesmerizing beach which has crystal-clear water and pure white sands.
Lundu Retreat Resort is one of the best resorts in Siar Beach, Lundu Sarawak that belongs to the Union Bank group. It only accommodate for about 175 person, as there are only a few rooms, chalets, and penthouses ranging from RM 200 to RM 400 per night inclusive of breakfasts and dinners, depending on which room you select.
We visited Lundu last month and we were lucky that we managed to book a penthouse for a night and I assure you, the penthouse provided us the best view of the sea horizon especially during the sunrise and sunset. My breaths were taken away along with the breeze that caressed my face as I stood facing the sea.
Other than the beach, we also dropped by Gunung Gading National Park in Lundu Sarawak. Gunung Gading is home to the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia that takes nine months to mature and flowering only lasted 4 or 5 days before dying. We were blessed with the chance to see a blooming Rafflesia even though it gave off a nasty smell which attracted flies and other insects.
There are two different trails to trek through Gunung Gading Lundu Sarawak. We opted for ‘The Waterfall’ trail that offers the shortest walk that eventually winded its way up through the forests past a series of waterfalls. It took us about one hour to reach the last one, Waterfall No. 7. Gunung Gading Summit trail is that other more challenging trail, it takes about 3 to 4 hours of tracking through some serious hill walking. One must complete the trail within a day as it is not allowed to stay overnight in the forest.
I found my soul rejuvenated after a trip to Lundu Sarawak where is it so near to the nature. Perhaps we are closest to ourselves when our surroundings are at their simplest. Lundu Sarawak, a gem of Borneo not be to missed out!