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“Spectacular Baruk Suite” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Damai Beach Resort
Ranked #18 of 55 Hotels in Kuching
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“Spectacular Baruk Suite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

Treated my wife to a two night stay in one of the hilltop Baruk suites, and her reaction on entering said it all. The suite truly is the most incredible room we have ever stayed in over extensive travels, with spectacular views over the sea and Mt Santubong. The circular layout and deep ceiling lends a lovely ambiance, with thoughtful and tasteful furnishings throughout - oh, and a great big hot tub for ultimate relaxation!

Very friendly staff and a great breakfast, and while the main dining area lacks atmosphere for evening dining, the beachfront Fisherman's Catch offers superb value fish and seafood.

Gorgeous swimming pool up on the hill, and clean beach for play time, and quite nice jungle trekking just minutes away from the resort.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

Damai Beach Resort is no spring chicken. It's been here since the 80s and while in regular people years being 40 isn't old at all, it can be in beach resort years!

Happily enough, the Resort does not show too much of its age. Responsible management has resulted in good maintenance and regular upgrades of its physical appearance. There are of course some signs of wear and tear around the Resort but not in the rooms.

Our favourite has always been the Poolside Rooms closest to the pool (duh?) and restaurants. Incidentally, they're also the oldest. However, you wouldn't be able to tell its age. The a/c worked well, the bathroom was clean and stayed dry, the television worked well - but who would want to watch TV at Damai??? The king-sized bed (with four pillows!) was comfortable and extremely inviting each time we entered the room! There's also a two seater couch which could easily fit a sleepy small child, a working fridge, iron and ironing board.

The beach has and is one of the nicest and safest around this part of Borneo. Currents in the water were pretty significant when the tide's receding but Civil Defence lifeguards do keep an eye out for swimmers in trouble. We even saw them intervening before trouble happened and that's a good sign.

Breakfast was provided for and while the food was satisfactory, service could have been better upon guests arriving at the entrance & waiting to be seated. Having only one member of staff doing that caused a line to form when there were clearly more staff available to step in on a "as needed" basis.

We checked-in after work and thus, there were no lines but, it still took at least 10 minutes to check each guest in. And, even longer checking-out. Again, the problem was similar to that faced at the restaurant. The line at the check-in was zero, while check-out had 7 guest standing in a queue. The hotel should allow their staff to multi-task between checking-in and out as and when it is needed. Clearly, 7 levels deep isn't a good thing for tired guests waiting to leave! However, staff was courteous and apologetic so that made up for the wait.

Damai Beach Resort used to be a quiet getaway but with the opening of a public area next door, things have changed. So if you're looking for a quiet place to enjoy the sun and sea, Damai's no longer first choice. However, it is still a nice family resort - screaming kids friendly.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

A week away with my wife. We were allocated a cliff top room with excellent views of the entire area from our balcony. The resort is clean, well maintained, the staff very friendly and helpful, restaurants and bars presented a good variety of local and western food and drinks. A problem with our aircon was fixed promptly, as were a couple of issues we had with internet connections. Weekends were busy, with many locals using the resort for beach access (not a problem though), week days relatively quiet. Overall, a wonderful, relaxing week away at an excellent resort in a beautiful area. Highly recommended

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

This hotel was so great the staff were so friendly and nothing was to much trouble. We had a problem with the first bungalow as aircond didnt work. So let them know and we were moved to a even better bungalow(chalet) almost on the water and it was amazing looking out the window over the bay the window was so big it was like it wasnt there.The restaruants were so good we tried all 3 and couldnt fault them, other than we were alot of the time the only ones or 2 of the 6 in them. The food for a hotel was so well priced even the drinks. The Damai Cocktail was sooo good. The hotel is away out but the ride has great scenery to look at along the way. The shuttle driver also was great he gave us local info and stopped for us to take photos. Walking around the hotel you see how big it is they even shuttle you up to the top pool.Great view. If you really need time out and time to think you will get it here. Will stay again and recomend highly even if abit tired its still great.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

Went to Damai beach resort with my family and friends, a total of 8 person on march 2012. Had a great time staying in the Chalet facing the sea. We stayed in the chalet, near to the beach which have 3 rooms connected to one another. Great for family or even if going with your friends. Facility over at the resort is still ok, not fantastic but not too bad as well. Indeed, if you like peace and quiet, you should probably stay there during the weekdays because during the weekend, the whole place comes to life with tons of guests and staff running around, seems like that are a little short handed during weekends though.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Damai Beach Resort

Property: Damai Beach Resort
Address: Teluk Bandung | Santubong, Kuching 93756, Malaysia (Formerly Holiday Inn)
Region: Malaysia > Sarawak > Kuching
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kuching
#2 Spa Hotel in Kuching
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,630 - ₹ 11,825
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Damai Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 224
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled between the panoramic South China Sea and legendary Mount Santubong, Damai Beach Resort offers wide ranges of accommodation & facilities to suit every holiday makers needs. Main swimming pool for adults & kids is ideally located at the main building while another pool, secluded on the Hilltop has a breathtaking view of both the mountain and the sea. 5 F&B Outlets, convenient shop, souvenir shop, Tour Agent counter, Recreation Centre, Business Centre, Spa & Wellness, Shuttle service are some of facilities offered. Catering & Events caters from small meeting to large conference besides private parties and Weddings & other special moments. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Damai Beach Kuching
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Damai Beach Resort Kuching, Sarawak

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