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26 February, 2010

Seaside Resort in Sabah - Tempurung Lodge at Kuala Penyu


Seaside Resort in Sabah, called the Tempurung Lodge is one of the best kept secret or true hidden gem of Sabah Borneo. This amazing unique place is located just two and a half hours from the capitol, Kota Kinabalu and is situated deep inside the village of Kuala Penyu with no other resorts around. The rustic Tempurung Lodge is also perched up on a hillside with magnificent views of the South China Sea.

Tempurung Lodge in Kuala Penyu

Tempurung Lodge is run by Yanti and Frankie for the last ten years and has been one of the best isolated and romantic places for many couples and families seeking a true beach side holiday minus the crowds. If you love seclusion with breath taking sunset views and an amazing empty beach, this is definitely the palace you should be at. For the record, Tempurung is Malay for a piece of a coconut.

Beautiful wooden stair main entrance

Getting to Tempurug Lodge was pretty simple as Arleen offered to drive me there from Kota Kinabalu and on arrival here, I did not expect such a beautiful place hidden away in the middle of nowhere and absolutely private. After parking the car by the beach, the first thing that welcomed me was the authentic wooden staircase that lead up to the lodge and reception area.

View of Tempurung Lodge from the beach

I honestly swear that the natural surroundings here were stunning with blue skies and sea breeze blowing from every possible direction. The colours of the greens against the blues were out of this world as I walked up the wooden stairs to the reception of Tempurung Lodge.

Restaurant and reception building view from the room

At the reception, we were given a glass of chilled orange juice and a nice cold towel by the local Sabah girls who work there. There was only one other couple staying there on my visit so the entire place was just dominated by sounds of the waves breaking on the shore and the ambient nature sounds.

View of the sea from the main balcony

I was then ushered to my room where I had to continue back on the wooden walkway to the highest point where the main rooms were. A large wooden balcony sits up top before entering the hall and rooms. This balcony has some serious views and can easily hold 20-30 people. Imagine having your seaside wedding or private party here!

Tempurung Lodge video from the balcony



Balcony view

Looking around from the wooden balcony, I could only see pure natural beauty from all angles. The main double and family rooms had the sea views from up top and come without air-conditioning. Honestly, who needs air conditioning when you have the sea breeze constantly blowing into your rooms. Note that all rooms come with attached bathroom and hot showers. The place is not your regular five star hotel. This is a family run lodge after all. Below are some videos of the rooms available at Tempurung Lodge.

Tempurung Lodge Double Room


The above was my room when I stayed here. I honestly thought how I wold make it without the air-conditioning but to my surprise, it was really cozy and nice at night. Imagine waking up to the sounds of the waves and birds chirping with the sea breeze blowing in.

Tempurung Lodge Family Room


Tempurung Lodge Dormitory






 Common living room where the main rooms are

The common living room where all rooms are located is a excellent mixture of modern and traditional architecture which was self designed and built by the owners. A side ladder leads up to a small balcony area where one can sit down with a book or just laze around. Looking around, I saw a picture frame with a photo of a guest with the title 'Longest Staying Customer' at Tempurung Lodge. He stayed for almost three months there.

Beach at Tempurung Lodge

So, what does one do at Tempurung Lodge, I asked Arleen. The answer was pretty straight forward - Chilling out, relaxing and absorbing the natural beauty here. I took a walk down to the beach that same day and found it to be absolutely peaceful and quiet with only the sounds of waves breaking throughout my walk. I looked left and right to see that the beach here stretched at least two kilometers without any disturbances.

Some of the activities

Some of the activities that the lodge provides are Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Camping, Fishing and Kampung visits or local village visits. A guide is available but you need to let the lodge know before hand or you can simply do it yourself. People there are extremely friendly for your added information.

Beautiful Sabah Sunset at Tempurung Lodge

Just when I got back, it was in the evening and the sun was setting quickly. With camera in hand, I could not resist taking pictures of one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world and here in Sabah. The colours of the sun stretch out so far that the entire sky was orange in colour.

Orange sunset dominating the sky at Tempurung Lodge

Apparently, this sort of sunset is a common sight here in Sabah and I do not deny that it was totally out of this world. At one point during the sunset, the sun rays started to appear out from behind the clouds.

Video of the Sabah Sunset from the top of the Tempurung Lodge



One of the best sunsets I have witnessed in Sabah

I saw this and immediately went up to the highest point of the lodge via staircase from the common room to the balcony. It was really amazing to see this kind of sunset and my camera just kept on snapping. One for my sunset picture collection.

Amazing table setting for dinner

Soon it was dinner and after a good shower, I adjourned to the main reception area lounge where dinner was served. I have to say that a lot of attention to detail was presented here. Traditional Batik cloth was cleverly used to decorate the dining table and as chair covers.

Local home cooked Sabah dinner

The food served here was all local home cooked Sabahan food. Most of the time you will experience eating local food and occasionally you may request for something continental. As far as I know, breakfast, lunch and dinner were all local dishes and was really good. Compliments to the young chef that managed this all by herself.

Morning local Sabah fried noodle breakfast

The next morning, I was treated to some fantastic home cooked breakfast at the dining area with the morning sea breeze blowing in. Some Sabah style fried noodles with coffee to start up my adventures day. I had a bicycle trip planned out for me. Arleen and me were to cycle around the village, through some orchards and then on the beach on our way back to the lodge so I needed the energy before this trip.

Amazing scenery along my biking trip

While cycling around the village, we made a stop at one of the local warungs or stalls to have a cup of coffee which we ended up with three cups. From there, we made out way through the local orchards spotting some Sabah birds. Finally at the end, we came to a picturesque scenery where I only see them in postcards. It was utterly amazing with the blue skies.

Cycling along the local villages video (A little bumpy)



Arleen's bike on the beach

On the beach, cycling was really fun as there was no one around except for a local fishing boat that came in with the days catch. It was one of the best cycling I had in years with the sea breeze in your face and I did not feel exhausted at all.

Cycling along the beach side at Tempurung Lodge



Tempurung Lodge beach side BBQ area

Finally we reached back to the lodge and made a stop on the beach. As you can see, the Tempurung Lodge has their own patch of land where you can organise a barbecue or have a picnic. The place is also very suitable for a nice quiet beach wedding or party.

Guests arriving at Tempurung Lodge

My conclusion to Tempurung Lodge in Sabah - You have to visit this place if you are seeking absolute peacefulness, isolation and time for yourself. A truly well maintained place that makes it into my 'Hidden Gem' or 'Off The Beaten Path' of Sabah list. Excellent service is provided while great local home cooking is available. Fun for single travelers seeking nothing but quietness, families that want to bond without the hassle of distractions or romantic couples looking for a great honeymoon or a quality-time-together holiday.

I cannot stress enough on how isolated and beautiful the Tempurung Lodge in Kuala Penyu is. You have to visit this place to fully experience this Hidden Gem of Sabah! It is so secluded, it is located smack in the middle of nowhere that even locals do not know of this place. So, best head there now as it is absolutely unspoiled and has that natural zen charm.

Tempurung Lodge in Sabah - A 360 degrees video taken from the beach below



Please note they do no do walk-in for dining. So if you have plans, make sure you call the office way before your exploration trip there.

Room Rates at Tempurung Lodge:
  • 12 units standard rooms/chalets - RM135 (US$45) per person/night inclusive of full board. This includes free flow of coffee and tea and usage of the general facilities the lodge offers.
  • 6-Bed Dormitory prices - RM95 (US$32) per person/night full board as above.
  • Camping is available. Please contact the office for details.
Tempurung Lodge Packages:

3D/2N "Rest and Relax Package" at RM540 (US$180) per person. 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner and 2-Way Transfers from KK to Tempurung Lodge. Free usage of all facilities during stay. (Kayak, Beach Mats and Chairs, Mountain Bikes, etc.)

4D/3N "Rest and Relax Package" at RM650 (US$218) per person. 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner and 2-Way Transfers from KK to Tempurung Lodge. Free usage of all facilities during stay. (Kayak, Beach Mats and Chairs, Mountain Bikes, etc.)

Rainy Season for Sabah is from December to February.

Activities available at Tempurung Lodge;
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Fishing
  • Rubber Tapping (seasonal)
  • Padi Harvesting (seasonal)
  • Kampung (Village) Visit
  • Pool Table
  • Darts
  • Internet Service
Tempurung Lodge contact details and office address;

Borneo Authentic
Lot 3, 1st Floor,
Putatan Point,
Off JKR Road, Putatan,
88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,
Malaysia

Telephone: +6088 773066
Fax: +6088 772066

Email: info@borneo-authentic.com
Website: Borneo Authentic Advenure
Tempurung Lodge on Facebook

Getting to Tempurung Lodge;
  • Best way is to arrange for a transfer from Kota Kinabalu via the main office.
  • Self driving can be done but seek the almighty help of the GPS.
  • Taxi will cost you around RM100-200 (US$29-58) for a one way trip.
  • Bus Service from Kota Kinabalu Hight Court Building will be around RM15 (US$4.40) and stops at the junction to Kuala Penyu. From here, you need to arrange for the resort to come pick you up at additional RM20 (US$5.90) per person.
Tempurung Lodge Kuala Penyu Map


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For those traveling to Sabah Borneo with some extra time and want to explore something different on your trip here, this is one of the places you should consider. Great for those looking for a place to hide out for a couple of weeks, writer who want some absolute thinking time and also for those who hate crowds. As it is so peaceful, beautiful and natural, you have the luxury of going back to basics in relaxing here. Time remains still while your surroundings are typical village style. Modernization ceases to exist here at the Tempurung Lodge in Kuala Penyu.
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40 comments:

Nay-MrsNurl said... 2 March 2010 08:53

this entry made me want to go there even more than before..hehe..i found out about it last year and had always wanted to go but never had the chance to steal some time..maybe with this entry (love the piccas u took!) i can persuade my beau to finally go there..cheers!!

superwilson said... 2 March 2010 11:29

Rachel has been a huge fan of Sabah. Planning to go there one day.

David Jr said... 2 March 2010 11:42

MrsNurl- Thanks you for the nice words. Bring one of Sabah's Best Kept Secret, I still think of going back to the Tempurung Lodge. You will not regret it if you go there.

Wilson- Let me know when you make plans. I have a follow up article for another Eco-Tourism place around the Tempurung Lodge.

Regards,
David

Carmen said... 2 March 2010 14:41

god! the sea is so blue in colour!

i suppose the waves make a very nice sound for the night... does it?

swordie said... 2 March 2010 15:14

yea, nice place to escape... :D

David Jr said... 2 March 2010 16:18

Carmen - Tempurung Lodge is utterly amazing, the colours are so unreal when I was there and the sound of the waves minus the crowd - Priceless!

Swordie - Absolutely a great place for a 2-3 day escape. No regrets too.

David

Nicholas Leong said... 2 March 2010 18:21

This place sounds nice, but I will have to convince the missus that we can live without aircon :P

zzkang said... 2 March 2010 20:41

wow...great place to have vacation..

Cath J said... 2 March 2010 21:49

This is super duper amazing.. same goes to the photos.. YOu got complete info's..including weather...

Bravo for you la bro!!!

This place are beautiful.. I never been there yet.. ;-p

David Jr said... 2 March 2010 23:37

Nicholas, trust me - the sea breeze is really cool there so no worries about air cond at Tempurung Lodge.

zzkang - Thanks and yes, it is a lovely place all by yourself with no crowds.

Cath - Thank you :) Yes, when I was there in mid Jan, it did not even rain and the sky was amazing! Should try going there with the family.

Regards,
David

fufu said... 3 March 2010 00:07

wow wow wow nice!! i wanna jet off now from cold cold germany back to malaysia then sabah.... hohohoho i wanna be sunkissed there =p

David Jr said... 3 March 2010 00:17

fufu, hehe, I can only sympathize with you until the summer comes. Hopefully one day if I own my own airline, I will jet you down :)

Thanks,
David

Tekkaus said... 3 March 2010 01:58

Looks so damn serene and beautiful from here. :D War...it is really a great place for relaxing. Just look at the clear blue sky in the second picture... :D

HenRy LeE ® said... 3 March 2010 10:09

nice write up on the lodge... i always pass by KP but never really had a chance to stop by and visit some the places there cause i think there's not much to see there beside the Pesta Rumbia... btw how do u get to travel so much around Sabah? hmmmm...

David Jr said... 3 March 2010 14:37

Tekkaus - I couldn't believe the natural beauty wen I stayed here. Again said, a truly unspoiled hidden gem of Sabah.

Henry - Thank you, next time you pass KP, go in and have a look. It is so secluded that the place is perfect! I enjoy my travels so I don't really go out drinking or shopping. Money well spent on plain traveling.

Regards,
David

c0co said... 3 March 2010 14:40

i wan go liao before sch reopen XD but airfare ex not???><~

David Jr said... 3 March 2010 16:01

Coco - AirAsia Airfare is pretty decent if you book in advance, around RM300-400 both ways. But you need to go with a friend or friends :)

David

thomas said... 4 March 2010 01:06

looks like a nice hideout from the hectic world.

David Jr said... 4 March 2010 11:24

Tempurung Seaside Lodge is no doubt a hideout from the busy and hectic world and spending 2-3 nights here would do much justice in taking a real needed break. Thanks Thomas.

David

rich said... 4 March 2010 16:02

wow the place is beautiful :)

David Jr said... 4 March 2010 22:21

Hello Rich, thank you for the visit and it absolutely is a beautiful place.

David

shloke said... 7 March 2010 13:55

This Tempurung Lodge is a perfect getaway from KL madness. Everything seems perfect - the blue sky, wonderful sunset, beautiful views, rustic lifestyle and traditional kampongs. Aaaah...this is my preferred paradise island.

David, you did a great job highlighting Malaysia's beauty - AGAIN :) Keep it up! I shall now proclaim David as our new Tourism Malaysia's ambassador - SERIOUSLY!!!

Cheers!
mylo

David Jr said... 7 March 2010 15:16

Mylo, thank you for the kind words said. I would like to be but they have Michelle Yeoh's hubby as the ambassador, how do I compare with him?

Anyway, the Tempurung Lodge is one awesome place to break away from it all and as mentioned by you, the skies, sea and sunsets - awesome!

Regards,
David

Dustin Main - Skinny Backpacker said... 25 May 2010 23:17

Had a great time here, though it was very quiet. I was the only guest 2 of the 3 nights, which I didn't mind at all. Staff treated me well, and fed me all the time. Thanks for the article and review, I would have never known of the place otherwise!

David Jr said... 26 May 2010 16:56

Hey Dustin, I'm glad you made it there! Was a really chill-out pplace right? Peaceful and all to yourself. And yes, the staff there are absolutely great and food is awesome!

Regards,
David

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Anonymous said... 12 August 2010 08:33

do they have swimming pool?

David Jr said... 12 August 2010 14:17

Sorry no Swimming Pool but they have one huge sea out there.

David

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David Jr said... 21 October 2010 01:33

Hello LP and FP, thank you and hope you visit the Tempurung Seaside Lodge in Sabah one day.

David

Armani Diamonds men perfume said... 27 October 2010 19:20

i always pass by KP but never really had a chance to stop by and visit some the places there cause i think there's not much to see there beside the Pesta Rumbia.

David Jr said... 28 October 2010 13:19

Armani, now you know there's this lovely place waiting to be explored. Thanks for stopping by my posting.

David

christmas sms said... 2 December 2010 15:38

when I was there in mid Jan, it did not even rain and the sky was amazing! Should try going there with the family.

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falling in love quotes said... 12 March 2011 13:54

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David Jr said... 12 March 2011 17:23

Thank you very much Falling In Love.

Testking CCIE-LAB said... 3 July 2011 13:50

Looks like heaven on Earth.Beautiful.

MOCK said... 6 August 2011 15:43

ive been here before, lastyear...and the place quite ok since she surrounded by jungle and ocean..kampung life and beautiful beach...hoping sea sport facilities in good condition now, coz last year the facilities quite erm....anyway it a great resort for any1 wana run away from city life...

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Item Reviewed: Seaside Resort in Sabah - Tempurung Lodge at Kuala Penyu Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: David Jr
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