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Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu set to open in Sabah’s capital in 2021

There’s good news in store for thrill seekers as Hyatt Hotels Corporation announces plans for its next discovery-oriented adventure in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Enter, the upcoming Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu — a boutique, full-service lifestyle hotel.

Surrounded by a dense rainforest and an enticing blue ocean, the city is becoming an increasingly popular tourist spot — a fact that has not escaped the luxury hotel chain, which already has a presence there in the form of an opulent five-star property.

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“We are focused on strategically growing our brand presence in Malaysia and the introduction of our second Hyatt hotel in Sabah will enable us to provide more diverse experiences for guests,” said Patrick Finn, senior vice president, real estate & development, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt.

Created for millennials, Hyatt Centric hotels are known for providing a unique experience for guests to soak up all that the city offers. In fact, they even have a dedicated team in place to provide expertise on the best food, nightlife and activities around.

The Hyatt has chosen a setting that is sure to be one of the main highlights of this hotel — the very heart of the city. Premier shopping malls, lively restaurants, chic bars, a handicraft market and a selection of nature and marine parks are just some of the attractions nearby. The Jesselton Point pier is also within walking distance, allowing guests to easily visit nearby islands.

“With its prime location in Malaysia’s gateway city to Sabah and Borneo, Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu will cater to adventurous guests looking to discover the area’s culture, cuisine and surrounding national parks,” said David Udell, group president, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Renderings of the hotel interiors. (Image credit: Hyatt Centric)

And keeping the brand’s light-hearted spirit in mind, Kengo Kuma has been commissioned as the architect and interior designer for Hyatt Centric Kota Kinabalu. Given the surrounding natural beauty, it is possible that the award-winning Japanese designer will incorporate many local materials into the design. The hotel will also feature an all-day lounge and restaurant, more than 1,900 square feet of meeting space, a fitness centre and a rooftop swimming pool and bar with views of the South China Sea.

So if you’ve been planning a thrilling vacation, be sure to keep an eye on Malaysia in 2021 when the property launches.