SABAH

Four Points By Sheraton Sandakan Sabah

Early this month I had a short break in Sandakan, Sabah. I can say this is the furthest east point of the country that I visit for the very first time. Sandakan town are pretty laid back in terms of lifestyle. All the people take life pretty easy and relax. Perfect for a weekend get away and back to the nature as it is surrounded by the Sulu sea and luscious nature.

I am very fortunate to be invited to stay at Sandakan’s newest and most luxurious hotel in town the Four Points by Sheraton.

Situated on Sandakan’s prominent waterfront overlooking the Sulu Sea, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan offers a comfortable, relaxed stay for value-oriented business and leisure travellers  Part of the award-winning integrated commercial development – Sandakan Harbour Square, a joint venture between ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd and the Sandakan Municipal Council, 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 center.

One of the sun dried seafoods seller inside the Central market.

Fresh sea weed.

As the second largest city in Sabah, Sandakan is fast gaining popularity as an eco-tourism venue in South East 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.

Upon arriving at the hotel, we were directed to level 1 where the check in lobby is located. We were seated and served a welcome drink by the hotel.

On certain day, there are welcome dance as well where the traditional dance from the locals.

Each of the hotel’s 300 stylish contemporary guest rooms is filled with thoughtful touches that contribute to an unencumbered, comfortable stay. Just by standing at the lift lobby already mesmerise you with its harbour view where all the fishing boats docked right beside the central market.

Each guestroom features the 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. Each bed came with 2 pillows. 1 soft and 1 medium. I don’t have any problem sleeping on their mattress as it is soft and 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 by Sheraton Sandakan 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 Room and Deluxe Sea View Room; the more spacious Executive Club Room and Executive Deluxe Club Room; and The Executive Suite.

Hotel guests also enjoy use of a fully equipped gym and outdoor pool on the 13th floor, with expansive views of the bustling harbor and city.

View from the pool corner where there’s a place where you can walk out a bit from the building and take a panoramic view of the place. Not for the faint hearted though.

The harbour dock and also the fish market where all fisherman boats off load their daily catchings.

The place are best enjoyed by walking along the coast line or jog early in the morning. The sun rise slightly more early compared to west Malaysia. At 6am, the sun is already rise and by 7pm the sunsets.

As most of you know, I am a business traveller that rely a lot on business center to meet up clients and friends. Before I touch down, I already got all my fellow photographers and friends booked my time to see me for various reasons. On the night I was there, I have some photography talk with my fellow photographers at the hotel’s business center. The place were absolutely perfect for play hard and work hard. The business center are only accessible by in house guest with their room key card. So the whole night when I was there with my friends, several other guest came in to print their flight boarding pass.

DINING IN FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SANDAKAN

Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is proud to introduce the renowned brand’s signature restaurants and Best Brew™ program – both of which are set to elevate dining scenes of Sandakan. Indulge in a variety of three world-class dining venues: The Eatery – the brand’s signature restaurant – serves a wide array of tantalizing local and international dishes throughout the day; The Best Brew pub – Four Points by Sheraton’s renowned Best Brews™ program that offers a varied selection of hand crafted beers from around the world, including local favorites in a lively and fun atmosphere.  The Wrapped Deli and Lobby Lounge offer beverages, light meals, and sweet treats.

Besides the great rooms and views the hotel also got some activities which guest can sign on like cooking class / food trips / nature discovery and city historical site tour.

Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is proud to introduce the renowned brand’s signature restaurants and Best Brew™ program – both of which are set to elevate dining scenes of Sandakan. Indulge in a variety of three world-class dining venues: The Eatery – the brand’s signature restaurant – serves a wide array of tantalizing local and international dishes throughout the day; The Best Brew pub – Four Points by Sheraton’s renowned Best Brews™ program that offers a varied selection of hand crafted beers from around the world, including local favorites in a lively and fun atmosphere.  The Wrapped Deli and Lobby Lounge offer beverages, light meals, and sweet treats.

After checking in we were having our lunch at The Eatery.

The Eatery is the hotel’s signature all day dining restaurant, serving a wide array of local and international flavors on its breakfast and dinner buffet spreads. Overlooking the azure blue Sulu Sea, The Eatery boasts a modern contemporary interior reflecting the Four Points brand of being simple, honest and uncomplicated. Charming modern lighting, colourful dining setting with strategically located live cooking stations make up for a truly interactive dining experience.

Positioned as the city’s leading all day dining venue, The Eatery features a vibrant mix of local and international cuisine complemented with interactive live cooking stations including grill, wok, noodle, pizzas and pastas plus a dessert bar. In addition, the venue also features exclusive booths for diners seeking privacy with magnificent views of the harbor.

Combination of Hinava (Raw Fish Salad)

Latok (Fresh Seaweed Salad)

This is how latok looks like at the market. This is commonly known as sea birds nest in west malaysia. It is highly nutritious and good for skins.

Sandakan mango Salad

Wild cucumber soup with shredded chicken

The Hotel’s Exec Chef Colin showing the guest how do the wild cucumber looks like

Pinarasakan Ikan merah

Steamed fillet of red snapper fish with turmeric and young mango.

Then it is served with wok fried Sabah Vege and local mountain unpolished rice

Local dessert – Pais Pisang (Banana Pie)

Penjaram

Pais Jagung

On the left is the Pais Jagung and Right is the Pais Pisang.

After the lunch, we were touring around the hotels on all the rooms and checking out all the facilities. Then we were invited to participate in their team building program where we get to cook in group.

My Pandan team member Kiran and Evelyn.

I was under team Pandan to cook kuih ketayap challenge. In Sandakan, they call it kuih lenggang where normally when people baking the wrapping skins tends to shake their butt.

This is how kuih ketayap / lenggang looks like. A fluffy pandan wrap batter with shredded pre cooked with brown sugar coconut.

Yours truly cooking …..

How do I look? look pro enough? hahaha …… joking ….. this is an easy task for most of the people who knows how to cook.

Each of us are assigned a task in order to participate the event.

Instead of beach events or running here and there, cooking can bring people together to build a better team work. You need to plan and execute the plans in order to win the competition. However my team do not win but I enjoy the process.

Tada ….. here’s the finish product.

CHILLING OUT AT FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SANDAKAN

Located adjacent to the Lobby Lounge, The Best Brew pub invites you to unwind and relax with a pint of cold beer or your favorite wine whilst being entertained by the live band. Four Points by Sheraton is known for its Best Brew program. At The Best Brew, quench your thirst with a choice of Carlsberg or Hoegaarden served from the tap. Enjoy Happy Hours offers, daily from 5pm to 7pm where there is a buy 1 free 1 deal. From 7pm to 9pm, receive buy 2 free 1 draft beers offer.

Whilst being entertained by the LIVE band (except Mondays), with a Best Brew in hand, indulge in bar snacks, play a round of pool or for Cigar aficionados, explore your options at the adjacent Cigar room.

Myself and Angeline the famous KK Food Blogger and also Yoga Instructor (http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/)

The Famous Lady Foodie Unite. Alice Yong (http://jommakan.blogspot.com/), Angeline Ong and Chris Wan (http://www.pureglutton.com)

Some of you may think this place is merely just for booze. You can try out their BBQ dinner where it is available everyday.

Grilled vege and potatoes

Grilled stingray and steaks

Grilled chickens and seafoods

Chicken and Beef Satay. How can you skip this? This is exactly like Japanese having yakitori with their beers. Our own Malaysian style, Satay is the best to go along with any cocktails or alcoholic drinks.

Desserts Range

 

All above conclude my journey with Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan hotel stay where I highly recommend for tourist and locals to stay when visiting Sandakan. Be it for business or back to nature tour which Sandakan is famous for, Four Points will ensure you have a good rest. When we go for our vacation the food and stay must be good to fully enjoy the trip. We have gone thru all the things Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan got to offer. Next we will be covering the FOOD AROUND SANDAKAN TOWN and also SEPILOK ORANGUTAN AND SUNBEAR ESCAPADE.

Four Points by Sheraton
Sandakan
Sandakan Harbour Square
90000 Sandakan
Sabah
Malaysia
Tel: +6089-244888

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