7 Kota Kinabalu Romantic Places for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is just a few days ahead! Coming to this post, I know you are
struggling to find the most romantic places for your dating. I have listed
down 7 romantic places in this post, these places will definitely help you
gain more points from your partner. Now then I've given you the list, it is
now your part to make the move! I got you bro~😉


Kokol Hill

When talking about romantic places, you can't get away from Kokol Hill. Kokol Hill produces the best sunset & sunrise in Kota Kinabalu or even Sabah (as for me).  You are able to relax and enjoy the wonderful scenery of Kota Kinabalu city. The most well-known place at Kokol Hill is Kokol Haven Resort & Kokol Hill Elf.

The driving distance from Kota Kinabalu town to Kokol Hill is about 35 minutes'. Both places charge an entrance fee. Kokol Haven Resort requires RM10, but you could use the entrance fee to purchase food/beverage. Kokol Hill Elf charges RM40 per local and RM120 per international tourist.

Tanjung Aru Beach

Tanjung Aru Beach is well known for its romantic beach. Previously it has got a lot of stalls selling foods and beverages, but because of government factors, they are forced to move to Tanjung Lipat. It was so romantic that even have Hakka singer sing about it on Youtube. There are no charges for the entrance fee. The distance from Kota Kinabalu town to Tanjung Aru Beach is about 15 minutes'.

Tanjung Lipat

As I've mentioned on top, most of the stalls at Tanjung Aru Beach are forced to move to here, Tanjung Lipat. Tanjung Lipat is also a beach, and also exercise spot. If you and your partner enjoy outdoor activities, Tanjung Lipat might be the option to spend your Valentine's Day on. Both of you could go for jogging then sit down watching the sunset goes down with a coconut on hand with two straws. My favorite spot is under the highway bridge.

The driving distance from Kota Kinabalu town to Tanjung Lipat is about 10 minutes'. It is a public place, so there will be no charges.

Shangri-La Resort

I believe Shangri-La isn't unfamiliar to you. It's a famous resort and hotel brand worldwide, giving you luxury experience and services. Shangri-La is located at Tanjung Aru, which is just a few miles from Tanjung Aru Beach. Although it is a luxury resort, yet they don't charge you for any entrance fee!!!

There are many activities happening there, such as pool, spa, bar, live band at night time, and they even have a centre that could bring you to islands! The most romantic place is their Sunset Bar! Imagine you and your partner were sweet-talking and having cocktails on hand and watching the sunset slowing going down to the sea. Awww~😍 The distance from Kota Kinabalu town to Shangri-La is about 15 minutes'.

Perdana Park

Perdana Park is located nearby Tanjung Aru Beach, where you could take 5-10 minutes to walk there. Perdana Park offers one of the best seats in town to enjoy a spectacular sunset on a clear day. Visitors are also spoilt for choice with the wide selection of eateries found here. But the main attraction of Perdana Park is none other than the musical water fountain which comes alive from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Mondays to Thursdays. On weekends, the performance runs an extra half hour.

Perdana Park is a leisure area which offers a range of recreational activities and eateries. There are only charges for a parking fee of RM2. After your visit to Perdana Park, you can walk to Sabah State Library in front of Perdana Park.

-3North Borneo Railway

North Borneo Railway have your day planned. Hop onto the train and they will bring you and your partner back to the good old days because they are the oldest running steam train in Sabah and Borneo. They will be passing through villages and coastal towns, paddy fields, rainforests and plantations of rubber and coffee.

The distance from Kota Kinabalu town to North Borneo Railway station is about 10 minutes'. You can find more information on their official website. For an adult, the ticket price will be RM358.50.


After the trip from North Borneo Railway, you can stay back at Sutera Harbour and have your Valentine's Day candle dinner. Ferdinand's is a world-class Italian restaurant offering the most exquisite fine-dining experience served with style, charm, and attention to detail open only for that perfect night out. They have won several awards, so it's definitely a high-quality dining experience.

In order to dine in, advance booking is needed. For more information, please check out their official website.

Kundasang Day Trip

Although this isn't a place, but having a long drive with your loved one and visiting one stop by one stop isn't it romantic as well? Kundasang is just a 2 hours distance from Kota Kinabalu town. I promise you, this Kundasang Day Trip is going to be fun and sweet! If you not sure where to visit or what to play at Kundasang, then take a visit to my post about Kundasang.

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