these are the best hotels in the kota kinabalu sabah city that has the best swimming pools and are also near to the airport for an easy acces for families

Stay and Splash: 10 Best Hotels in Kota Kinabalu with Inviting Swimming Pools (+ Near to the Airport)

If you’re looking for the best hotels in Kota Kinabalu with swimming pools, you’re in luck!

Here’s a list of hotels in KK that not only have pools but are also conveniently located near the airport.

Let’s take a look at them.

Shangri la Tanjung Aru

the view of the shangri la tanjung aru kota kinabalu sabah at sunset is simple breathtaking
Normal PriceRM 390 ++

If there’s only one hotel we have to pick, we would undoubtedly choose the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru.

This 5-star hotel not only boasts an adult swimming pool but also features a children’s pool complete with water slides.

It’s also close to the beach.

That means you have easy access to a range of activities, from jet skiing and mini golf to kayaking with the family.

And to top all of that, the sunset views here are truly stunning, whether enjoyed from the hotel’s premises or the balcony of your room.

To KK Airport : 7 km / 12 min drive

The Magellan Sutera Resort

the magellan sutera resort sabah has a huge swimming pool that feels like a mini tropical paradise
Normal PriceRM 370 ++

This seaside resort is also known for its stunning sunset views.

Families will also love the spacious swimming pool, as it seems like a small tropical oasis by the hotel.

Every room in the Magellan comes with a balcony, and most rooms also feature a bathtub.

If you’re into golf, you can can tee off at the nearby golf course, and ladies can easily pamper themselves at the in house spa.

If that’s not enough, for a fantastic shopping spree, Imago Mall is just 3 km away.

To KK Airport : 7 km / 12 min drive

Le Meridien

the le meridien kota kinabalu's swimming pool is simple and modern
Normal PriceRM 290 ++

This excellent modern hotel is near to the Kota Kinabalu city’s major attractions.

It comes with a pool for both children and adults, and just like the style of the rooms, the pool has a modern touch that sets it apart from many other hotels in KK.

The view from the seaview rooms are simply stunning, but if you want to soak up some fresh air, the Kota Kinabalu waterfront is only 100 meters away.

And if you’re interested in exploring the local markets, the Sinsuran Night Market and the Filipino Market are right in front of the hotel.

To KK Airport : 11 km / 15 min drive

Pacific Sutera Resort

the pacific sutera resort kota kinabalu as an enormous swimming pool
Normal PriceRM 550 ++

Located by the Sutera Harbour, this is also one of the city’s finest hotel.

The round-shaped swimming pool is also large and offers stunning views of nearby islands.

Although the rooms and facilities here are dated, they offer ample space for families.

And if you’re into golf, there is a golf course right next door, just like the Magellan Sutera Resort.

To KK Airport : 7 km / 12 min drive

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

the swimming pool at the hyatt regency kota kinabalu is smaller than many other hotels in this list
Normal PriceRM 250 ++

The Hyatt Regency Kinabalu is another hotel known for its fantastic location.

It is not only close to the city’s dining options but also the main attractions.

Yes, the swimming pool may be small, but it still have both the adult and children’s pools.

If you’re looking to buy souvenirs, the Wisma Merdeka is right behind the hotel.

And for capturing memorable photos and enjoying stunning sunsets, Todak Waterfront is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel.

To KK Airport : 9 km / 18 min drive

Sky Hotel

the adult and children swimming pools in the sky hotel kota kinabalu sabah
Normal PriceRM 250 ++

If you’re traveling with your family and want an apartment-style hotel with a mini kitchen, you might want to consider the Sky Hotel Kota Kinabalu.

As you’d expect for a family accomodations, the rooms are spacious and offer good value for money.

Most rooms also feature a living room area with a sofa.

One downside is while the infinity swimming pool is available for both adults and children, it is worth noting that they are pretty small.

To KK Airport : 7 km / 12 min drive

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

the swimming pool of the hilton kota kinabalu - a view from above
Normal PriceRM 280 ++

If you want an international hotel well known for its comfort, pick the Hilton Kota Kinabalu.

This hotel has a medium size rooftop pool for adults, as well as a small children’s pool located alongside it.

The rooms here are tastefully decorated, feels sleek and modern and is comfortable for couples or solo travelers.

A drawback is while the hotel is centrally located, it is not near to the popular tourist areas.

If your intention of stay is to explore the attractions in the city area, it is recommended that you drive your own car.

To KK Airport : 7 km / 12 min drive

Marriott Kota Kinabalu

the infinity pool at the marriott kota kinabalu faces the ocean and offers amazing ambience during sunset
Normal PriceRM 270 ++

This 5 star oceanfront hotel in Kota Kinabalu has a simple yet classy ambiance.

It also comes with two pools for guests to enjoy.

The adult pool features an infinity design, while the modestly sized children’s pool is located by the seaside.

The rooms here are minimalistic, and resemble the serene Japanese Muji style.

Staying by the sea means you’ll have an excellent view all day, but should you need to dine and splurge, the Oceanus Waterfront Mall is near.

To KK Airport : 7 km / 10 min drive

Horizon Hotel

the infinity swimming pool at the horizon hotel kota kinabalu
Normal PriceRM 210 ++

Here’s another hotel in Kota Kinabalu that is equipped with swimming pool both for adults and children.

The room size is generous considering the affordable price, although we think the décor might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

As for the location, you can easily reach the Gaya Market and the Todak Waterfront within a short 500-meter stroll.

And if you’re planning to visit the Filipino Market, it’s less than 1 km away.

While here, don’t forget to try their halal dim sum.

Locals consider it to be the best in the entire Kota Kinabalu.

To KK Airport : 8 km / 14 min drive

Grandis Hotel

the rooftop pool at the grandis hotel overlooks the ocean
Normal PriceRM 270 ++

If you’re looking for a hotel in Kota Kinabalu that is near to a shopping mall, the Grandis Hotel is the answer to your prayer.

It is just below the Suria Sabah mall, so for the most part, you can enjoy your coffee at Starbucks, or watch a movie at the GSC Cinemas during your break here.

The hotel features a rooftop pool for both adults and children, although the size is pretty modest.

What we like is the breathtaking views you can enjoy, not only from the pool but also around the hotel.

The rooms here are also spacious, and if you opt for a sea view, the ocean vistas is available from the comfort of your room.

And should you want to visit the islands of Manukan, Sapi, and more, the Jesselton Jetty is just an 8-minute walk away.

To KK Airport : 9 km / 18 min drive

Okay, so that hotel wraps up our list of the best hotels in Kota Kinabalu with fantastic swimming pools.

Almost all of these hotels offer two pools – a dedicated one for kids and another one for adults.

Plus, we’ve made sure that the distance from the airport to each hotel is only between 7 to 12 kilometers.

So, is there any one that suits what you’re looking for?

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