Harvest Festival: Pamper yourself with exquisite getaways in Sabah and Sarawak

30 May 2023 05:01pm

The month-long celebration of Harvest Festival is the perfect time to pamper yourself with exquisite treats, reconnect with nature and celebrate the natural, breathtaking beauty of East Malaysia with a getaway at Marriott Bonvoy hotels and resorts.

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Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu

Start out your day with a sumptuous breakfast before diving into the turquoise waters around Mamutik Island or hiking the many scenic trails in Kinabalu National Park for close-up views of Malaysia’s tallest mountain: Mount Kinabalu! Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the month-long ‘Kaamatan’ cultural festival by enjoying traditional games and dances. After that, explore the nightlife at the Waterfront, just a few minutes walk away from the hotel!

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Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa

Enjoy the full Gawai Dayak Harvest Festival experience at Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa. Traverse the magnificently vast Clearwater Cave, Wind Cave, Deer Cave and Lang’s Caves, or embark on a life- changing hike in the Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a day packed with adventure, why not take a moment to soothe your muscles and unwind at the Mandara Spa.

For dinner, savour the resort’s Harvest Festival exclusive ayam pansuh (bamboo chicken). As tradition dictates, juicy chicken is cooked in bamboo to yield tender morsels served in a broth that's both aromatic and nourishing.

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Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

Experience breathtaking ocean vistas while immersing yourself in the vibrant celebration of Gawai Festival at Zest Restaurant. Indulge in a delectable array of local delicacies that will tantalise your taste buds. Among the must-tries are the exquisite Fish Umai Salad featuring sliced local fish cured with lime juice, chilli, onion, cucumber and calamansi, and their Sarawak Laksa featuring succulent king river prawns.

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Following this gastronomic delight, treat yourself to a pampering session at the renowned Mandara Spa or take a refreshing dip in Sarawak's expansive free-form swimming pool, the largest in the region. For an adventurous day trip, venture on a short drive to Tusan Beach, where you can relish the invigorating sea water while enjoying the gentle coastal breeze from the South China Sea.

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Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel

Situated along the vibrant waterfront of the capital city, Kota Kinabalu Marriott presents an exceptional blend of the region's rich cultural heritage and magnificent natural wonders. The hotel's prime location offers an abundance of opportunities for indulging in shopping, dining, and entertainment, allowing guests to explore nearby lifestyle destinations like The Waterfront, Oceanus Waterfront Mall, and Imago.

For a truly authentic cultural immersion, guests can embrace the lively ambiance of the renowned Gaya Street Sunday Market, or embark on a delightful 15-minute boat ride from Jesselton Point. Thrill seekers can experience the destination from a whole new perspective by taking Borneo's longest island-to-island zipline, connecting Gaya and Sapi islands.

At the end of an eventful day, unwind in the luxurious bathtub of your room, while enjoying the breathtaking view of the South China Sea.

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Fairfield by Marriott Bintulu Paragon

Wake up to an incredible river view before embarking on an epic day trip to Similajau National Park, where you can explore their coastal jungle trails and picnic by the pristine beaches. For a more aquatic adventure, join a dive or enjoy snorkeling at Pulau Batu Mandi near Golden Beach, Siilajau! Immerse yourself in Bintulu’s cultural sites by checking out the majestic Tua Pek Kong Temple, believed to be built sometime in 1890s, the temple is a major landmark of Bintulu City.

End your evening by unwinding at Fairfield by Marriott Bintulu Paragon’s Kava restaurant, where you can get a bite of their popular, Laksa Sarawak and Umai Ikan.

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Aloft KL Sentral

Looking to experience Sarawak's unique dishes without having to leave Kuala Lumpur? Aloft KL Sentral has got you covered with their impressive array of Sarawakian dishes from their exclusive ‘Flavours of Sarawak’ menu every Thursday to Saturday evening until June 10, 2023.

From mains to desserts, you can enjoy the complete Sarawak experience with dishes like mee kolok, Sarawak laksa, and ayam pansuh (bamboo chicken) ready to be served at your table. The perfect accompaniment is a refreshing glass of the “White Lady”, a shaved-ice concoction with evaporated milk, syrup, lychee, longans, jellies, and slices of local fruits.

Snack on traditional Sarawak side dishes like tebaloi, made with a combination of sago flour, eggs, desiccated coconut, turmeric, sugar and an array of flavourings; and tumpik, a pancake made from sago, dried coconut, and salt that’s usually served with bubuk (shrimp) or gula apong (palm sugar). Bring your meal to an end with an assortment of Sarawak layer cakes to top off an epic meal celebrating Hari Gawai!

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