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After exchanging ‘I dos’ and treating your whole friends and kin to a wedding bash, it’s time for that private post-wedding getaway—a special honeymoon that you will remember forever.

Enter beautiful Sabah: a place with gorgeous beaches, lush tropical rain forests and refreshing mountain air. Whatever your idea of romance is, Sabah will make it sweeter and more memorable!

Check out these top 6 picks for a lovely Sabahan honeymoon:

1. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Tuaran

Tucked away in Dalit Bay, some 30 minute-drive away from KK City, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort is the epitome of tropical honeymoon perfection—complete with a gorgeous beach view, an orang utan conservation centre and impeccably spacious rooms.

Take a stroll along the beach, go on a banana boat ride, visit an orang utan or book a spa session for two at The Spa at Dalit Bay.

In the evening, enjoy a special dinner for two at the Coast Restaurant and Bar.

For more info, check out Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort.

2. Mabul Water Bungalow, Semporna

Perfect for the couple who love a combination of luxury and adventure for a honeymoon, the Mabul Water Bungalow offers a memorable ‘island in the sun’ experience set amidst a rustic-inspired resort and floating over the azure blue Sulu Sea.

Take a break from long cuddly sessions by going for a muck diving expedition (Mabul Island is one of the best muck diving sites in the world!) and witness the beauty of Mabul’s diverse underwater life.

3. Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Sandakan

Tired of ‘run of the mill’ honeymoon ideas? Why not have yourself an eco-honeymoon adventure, surrounded by exotic wildlife and lush tropical jungle?

Located along the Kinabatangan River basin, Sukau Rainforest Lodge is one of the best places in Sabah to go wildlife spotting and enjoy the beauty of the Bornean rainforest.

Go on a river cruise date and get excited as you spot random sightings of the Bornean pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and many other endangered species together.

The experience will have you falling in love all over again—both with each other and with nature.

For more info, check out Sukau Rainforest Lodge.

4. Manis Manis Nature Resort & Spa, Papar

A place so sweet, it is named twice! For the couple who want something simple yet tranquil, perhaps an escapade to Manis Manis Nature Resort in the countryside will do the trick.

A more down-to-earth honeymoon destination, you can nonetheless have plenty of fun together at Manis Manis, doing exciting activities such as abseiling, paintballing, trekking and even camping.

After a long tiresome day, drop by the spa for the special Manis Manis Couple Retreat package—an exhilarating and relaxing honeymoon in one.

For more info, check out Manis Manis Nature Resort.

5. Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa, Kundasang

Imagine a cooling honeymoon escapade in the highlands, minus a rip on your wallet. Formerly known as Perkasa Hotel, Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa offers a respite from the hot and bustling city, into a paradise engulfed in cool mountain mist and untainted nature. Rent a car and have a twosome drive into the Kundasang countryside.

Also, don’t forget to hit up all the interesting places of interest while you’re at it, such as Poring Hot Spring to go canopy walking, hot water dipping or, when you’re in luck, Rafflesia-hunting!

For more info, check out Mount Kinabalu Heritage Resort & Spa.

6. Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley

If you’re a pair of die-hard naturalists, then the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley has it all for your perfect honeymoon.

In addition to their palatial rooms and top notch facilities, everything in the Borneo Rainforest Lodge looks like something out of a fairytale—be it seeing an orang utan hanging on a tree just outside your room, or listening to the sounds of rare birds while basking in the balcony bathtub.

When you aren’t rolling in luxury, strap on your hiking boots to explore the pristine Danum Valley Conservation Area or go tubing down the Danum River. Click here for more detailed information.

Even the Royal Couple loved it!

About the author: Nova Renata is a freelance writer and editor based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. When not writing at her desk, she will be cuddling her cat, clocking some miles or rolling on the mats. She aspires to be a best-selling author with solid six pack abs one day. Read Nova’s blog at

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