Travel: Sheraton opens in Sandakan

IN conjunction with the opening of the new Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, travellers will be able to enjoy a special introductory rate to stay at the latest hotel in this charming Sabahan city. The ninth property by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in Malaysia, this lovely 300-room brings uncomplicated comfort and exceptional value to a rapidly growing eco-tourism destination.

As the second largest city in Sabah, Sandakan is gaining in popularity as an eco-tourism venue in Southeast Asia. Unique attractions include the Sandakan Heritage Trail, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Turtle Islands Park, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Kinabatangan River, and Gomantong Caves.

Situated on Sandakan's prominent waterfront overlooking the Sulu Sea, Four Points offers a comfortable, relaxed stay for value-oriented business and leisure travellers. Part of the award-winning integrated commercial development Sandakan Harbour Square, the hotel is located amidst the city's new Central Business District and with many points of interest close to its doorstep, including the Central Market and Harbour Mall Sandakan shopping centre.

Each of the hotel's 300 stylish contemporary guestrooms is filled with thoughtful touches that contribute to an unencumbered, comfortable stay. Each guestroom features the legendary Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed: a plush mattress, down pillows, cosy duvet and crisp 250-thread-count sheets, and LCD flat screen television. For serious work and play, the hotel offers complimentary wireless high speed Internet throughout the hotel.

Set to be the ultimate hotel of choice for business travellers and families, Four Points is the only hotel in the city to offer The Presidential Suite — a well-appointed one-bedroom unit featuring a lounge area, dining facilities, separate kitchenette and study. Other options include the simple comforts of the deluxe and deluxe sea view rooms, the more spacious executive and executive deluxe club rooms and the executive suite. Hotel guests also enjoy the use of a fully equipped gym and outdoor pool on the 13th floor, with expansive views of the bustling harbour and city.

Since Sabah is famous for its seafood, Four Points whets your appetite even before you leave the hotel. Indulge in a variety of world-class dining venues: The Eatery — the brand's signature restaurant — brings in a wide array of tantalising local and international dishes throughout the day; The Best Brew pub, which offers a varied selection of hand crafted beers from around the world including local favourites in a lively and fun atmosphere; The Wrapped Deli and Lobby Lounge, which offers beverages, light meals and sweet treats.

This is the third Four Points hotel in Malaysia, following two others in Langkawi and Kuching. Till Dec 31, pay just RM208++ per night for a deluxe room, and also get buffet breakfast for two, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi Internet access and a late 4pm check out, subject to availability. Starwood's portfolio of nine hotels is complemented by five more in the pipeline under a range of its compelling brands: Aloft Kuala Lumpur–Sentral, Four Points by Sheraton Kota Kinabalu, Sheraton Desaru Resort, The St Regis Kuala Lumpur and W Kuala Lumpur.

For reservations at Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, call (089) 244 888 or email [email protected]. More information is available at

This story appeared in The Edge Financial Daily on June 5, 2012.

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