Nexus Resort, Borneo, Malaysia
In Kuala Lumpa and Singapore, the Malaysian peninsula has some of southern Asia’s most strikingly modern skylines. Yet Sabah, on the northern tip of Borneo, can seem like another world entirely. The province is a veritable adventure playground, home to spectacular 130 million-year old rainforest and many of the world’s most precious natural treasures – flying frogs, orang-utans and elephants are among the wonders.
Nexus Resort sits 30 kilometres northeast of Kota Kinabalu City, on 3,335 acres of waterfront rainforest at Karambunai Peninsula. But while the setting may be back-to-nature, there’s nothing backward or rustic about the accommodation on offer: holidaymakers can choose from around 600 guestrooms in a variety of styles and settings, from Borneo Villa apartments to Royal and Presidential villas with private pools.
Other outstanding facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ronald Fream, a 75-acre nature preserve, Lagoon Park, the resort’s watersports centre, free form swimming pools and tennis courts. If those sound a little too strenuous then a total of seven restaurants and a lavish Borneo spa are ideal for a spot of fine dining and relaxation. Visitors who plan frequent returns to Nexus might consider one of the 83 residential suites currently available in the resort’s beachfront villas and apartment complex. The former are characterised as ‘distinctly Malay’ by the developers and crafted from local woods, featuring gable screens, shutters and decorative carvings throughout. These villas have two bedrooms and bathrooms, open-plan living and dining space, lap pool and tropical gardens – all a few steps from the ocean.