Dapur Yasmeen Restaurant Sembulan Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Yesterday 17th Nov 2022, I went to have my lunch at Dapur Yasmeen. I ordered nasi goreng kampung & cendol while my parents ordered ayam bakar.

It was nice ambiance restaurant. The foods were delicious only the price a bit on the high side. I love the cendol especially I am a cendol lover.

dapur yasmeen restoran kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen restoran kota kinabalu

Cendol, Nasi Goreng Kampung & Ayam Bakar

dapur yasmeen cendol sembulan kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen cendol sembulan kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen nasi goreng kampung sembulan kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen nasi goreng kampung sembulan kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen ayam bakar sembulan kk
dapur yasmeen ayam bakar sembulan kk

The Menu

dapur yasmeen signature dish harbour city kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen signature dish harbour city kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen menu - kota kinabalu
dapur yasmeen menu – kota kinabalu

Location

Location of Dapur Yasmeen, Sembulan, Kota Kinabalu

Review

I would give 4/5 stars for the foods and its cleanliness.

Balik Kampung to Kota Kinabalu Sabah Y2022

Balik Kampung

This year is balik kampung for Kota Kinabalu. Every year, me and my wife will alternate for balik kampung between Kota Kinabalu and Kota Bahru.

For Kota Kinabalu usually we will go for balik kampung for 2 weeks. This time from 2nd May till 15th May 2022.

Usually we took Malindo to go to KK as the flight tickets were reasonable with ample leg room but this year we took Malaysia Airlines (MAS) because Malindo flight were fully booked.

Our Memories

2 May (Monday) – Our flight to Kota Kinabalu, caught by surprise as it was first day of Raya.

going back to KK at KLIA airport
going back to KK at KLIA airport
flight to KK
flight to KK
flight to KK inside the aeroplane
flight to KK inside the aeroplane
view inside boeing MAS flight
view inside boeing MAS flight

3 May (Tuesday) – Busy preparing for our family open house

4 May (Wednesday) – Our family open house

raya family open house
raya family open house

5 May (Thursday) – Planning for our family holiday. At night went to our favorite cafe house, October cafe.

october cafe chicken sandwich
october cafe chicken sandwich

 

6 May (Friday) – tried to find soto and rojak restaurant bust most of them still close. Had Friday prayer at Tanjung Aru mosque. All the family watched Dr Strange 2 movie at 630PM.

dr strange 2 with all the family
dr strange 2 with all the family

7 May (Saturday) – Buy Ikan bilis, amplang kuih cincin etc at KK Pasar and buying aqua shoes and goggles for Karambunai.

buying aqua shoes at sport direct
buying aqua shoes at sport direct

8 May (Sunday) – Go to Nexus Karambunai Resort  & Spa for short holiday

 

swimming pool at pool villa karambunai resort
swimming pool at pool villa karambunai resort

9 May (Monday) – Enjoying Karambunai beach and Pool Villa

10 May (Tuesday) – Back from Karambunai at had lunch at Ganyang seafood restaurant.

11 May (Wednesday)  – Go to Mantanani island

boat ride to mantanani island
boat ride to mantanani island

12 May (Thursday) – Enjoying Mantanani island.

swimming at mantanani island beach
swimming at mantanani island beach

13 May (Friday) – Back from Mantanani island

14 May (Satuday) – Liesha and Hadien were sick so we just buy hair band for Liesha and had our dinner at Secret Recipe.

15 May – Back to KL

We had little hiccup where the taxi that we booked couldn’t make it and at the end had to take expensive Limo Taxi Alphard for our ride back home.

taxi limo alphard RM232 ride
taxi limo alphard RM232 ride

Y2022 Raya

This year was really packed, and we had our last vacation with our aunty Bongsu. She was able to enjoy Karambunai beach before passing away on 15th May 2022 around 11:20PM.

All the families were sad with her sudden demise.

takziah wan maria hj othman lee
takziah wan maria hj othman lee

 

Nexus Karambunai Resort & Spa Holiday Review 2022

Our Holiday at Karambunai

We stay at Nexus Karambunai Resort & Spa from 9th May till 11th May 2022. It was big family gathering after Raya. We rented 3 Pool Villas and 3 unit of apartments.

It was really wonderful holiday and good memory of family gathering.

Pool Villa

The pool villa unit was big with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with living hall and kitchen. The master bathroom has big bathub.

It also has small 3 swimming pools in the villa. It is fully furnished with fridge, cooking utensils, aircond and TV and towels and extra blankets were provided by Nexus Karambunai.

Unfortunately one of the fridge not really cold and aircond also not really cold and we faced few small problems like not functioning doors and toilet flush.

We did complain to the Nexus management they did their best to rectify it but some problems they were unable to repair like toilet flush problem and fridge.

Even though we faced all these smalls annoyances we had really good holiday as the villa were comfortable and we really enjoyed the swimming pools.

master bedroom at pool villa karambunai
master bedroom at pool villa karambunai
living room pool villa at karambunai resort
living room pool villa at karambunai resort
swimming pool at pool villa karambunai resort
swimming pool at pool villa karambunai resort
beautiful view of pool villa karambunai resort
beautiful view of pool villa karambunai resort
having delicious sabah honey chicken wings at karambunai pool villa
having delicious sabah honey chicken wings at karambunai pool villa

 

Karambunai Beach

Price

For the Pool Villa we got it at RM490 per night while for apartment with one bedroom we got it at RM160 per night.

Recommendation

I really like the Pool Villa, it had good facilities and the villa was good for you to enjoy the beach, swimming pool and bathub. Even though we faced small issues but Nexus Management was really responsive and tried their best to solve any issues arises.

I found it best value for money.

Mantanani Island Trip Review 2022

Trip to Mantanani Island

We had our holiday at Mantanani Island in Sabah from 11th May to 13th May 2022.

We departed from Magellan hotel lobby to Rampayan Jetty in Kota Belud by bus around on 650AM. It took us around 1 hour 30 minutes to arrive to Rampayan jetty in Kota Belud.

From the jetty, we had our boat ride for 30 – 45 minutes to Mantanani island.

bus departing to manatanani island from magellan hotel lobby
bus departing to manatanani island from magellan hotel lobby
rampayan jetty kota belud to go to mantanani island
rampayan jetty kota belud to go to mantanani island
ferry that carry visitors from rampayan jetty kota belud
boat that carries visitors from rampayan jetty kota belud

jetty at manatanani island
jetty at manatanani island

Sutera Mantanani Resort & Spa Itinerary

Below is the itinerary prepared by Sutera Mantanani Resort & Spa. Hotel staff is really friendly and helpful.

Day 1

10:00AM:  Free & easy
10:30AM – 11:00AM: Snorkeling
12:00PM: Check-in
12:00PM – 2:00PM: Lunch at the Restaurant
2:00PM: Drone photo session
3:00PM – 5:00PM: Activity Time (ATV / Kayak / Volleyball / Frisbee / Kite Flying)
4:00PM  – 5:00PM: Tea time at the Restaurant
7:00PM – 8:30PM: Dinner at the Restaurant
8:30PM: Blue Tears night tour

Day 2

7:30AM – 9:30AM: Breakfast at the Restaurant
9:00AM: Check out
9:00AM – 10:00AM: Activity time
10:00AM – 10:15AM: Depart from Island to Rampayan Jetty
11:00AM – 12:00PM: Arrival at Rampayan Jetty

Rooms

The room has safety box, aircond and hot water. Sutera also provides lots of mineral water in the room.

We took three unit of premium chalets with number 57, 58 & 59.

sutera mantanani chalet 2 storey
sutera mantanani chalet 2 storey
sutera mantanani island premium chalet veranda
sutera mantanani island premium chalet veranda
sutera mantanani island premium chalet living room queen bed
sutera mantanani island premium chalet living room queen bed
sutera mantanani island premium chalet with 2 single beds
sutera mantanani island premium chalet with 2 single beds
sutera mantanani island premium chalet living room
sutera mantanani island premium chalet living room
sutera mantanani island premium chalet toilet with hose
sutera mantanani island premium chalet toilet with hose
sutera mantanani island premium chalet shower
sutera mantanani island premium chalet shower
sutera mantanani island premium chalet toilet
sutera mantanani island premium chalet toilet
sutera mantanani island wardrobe provided
sutera mantanani island wardrobe provided
sutera mantanani island premium chalet with shelf
sutera mantanani island premium chalet with shelf
resting at the balcony premium chalet
resting at the balcony premium chalet

Foods & Beverages at the Restaurant

The foods were delicious. Sutera provided 5 main dishes, soup and either one or two desserts. For drinks they provide cold water, hot black coffee and tea.

At one dinner Sutera didn’t provide any chicken, when we raised our concern the hotel staff cooked chicken dish just for us.

Sutera Mantanani Resort & Spa provides breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner every day.

restaurant at sutera mantanani island
restaurant at sutera mantanani island
lunch buffet at restaurant sutera mantanani island
lunch buffet at restaurant sutera mantanani island
sutera mantanani restaurant soup
sutera mantanani restaurant soup
sutera mantanani restaurant dessert
sutera mantanani restaurant dessert
sutera mantanani island - delicious foods
sutera mantanani island – delicious foods
sutera mantanani specially cooked chicken dish
sutera mantanani specially cooked chicken dish

Mantanani Beach

The beach has clear and beautiful sandy beach. Be careful though as the beach is quite steep especially when you see different shades of water.

sunset view at manatanani island
sunset view at manatanani island
mantanani island beach view
mantanani island beach view
sutera mantanani beach steep
sutera mantanani beach steep

Activities

You can do snorkeling, ATV (free for 30 minutes), kayak, blue plankton view at night if you are lucky and others.

activities in sutera mantanani island
activities in sutera mantanani island
sutera mantanani island ATV activity
sutera mantanani island ATV activity
swing at mantanani island
swing at mantanani island

 

Surrounding the Resort

sutera mantanani lepak area
sutera mantanani lepak area
sutera mantanani island viewing tower
sutera mantanani island viewing tower
sutera mantanani island signage
sutera mantanani island signage
sutera mantanani island jetty
sutera mantanani island jetty
massage and spa at sutera mantanani island
massage and spa at sutera mantanani island
relaxing chairs at mantanani island
relaxing chairs at mantanani island
chalets in mantanani island
chalets in mantanani island
mermaid statue at mantanani island
mermaid statue at mantanani island

 

Island Map

manatanani island map
manatanani island map

Price

The price I got during my trip as below.

Return ticket for bus from Magellan Hotel Lobby to Rampayan Jetty at Kota Belud: RM75

Premium Chalet per night for 2 persons inclusive of breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner: RM490

Additional RM170 with single bed full board F&B per night for kids for 12 years old and below.

Additional RM255 for kids above 12 years old.

Mobile Coverage

The mobile coverage is not that good in the island. Wifi is provided near the lobby but the speed also not that good.

Celcom – can get 4G most area in the island
Unifi Mobile – Edge only
Digi – Edge only

Reservation Contact

Sutera Mantanani Resort & Spa: +60 17-813 0611
Ahmad Esmail: 017 833 0922

Recommendation

Good discovery for a private beach and island with not so many tourists. You can complete the whole activities within one day so one night stay is enough if you want to have fast holiday.

Melangkap Kota Belud Sabah Clear, Clean & Beautiful River Stream

Sabah is rich with beautiful natural places. One of them is Melangkap river stream in Kota Belud.

The river water is cold, clean and clear. It is very relaxing the sound of the water and its beautiful pebbles.

melingkap kota belud cold clean and beautiful river stream
melingkap kota belud cold clean and beautiful river stream
melangkap kota belud sabah
melangkap kota belud sabah

Location

It is around 80km from Kota Kinabalu to Melangkap, Kota Belud. It takes roughly 1 hour 30 minutes to get there.

melingkap kota belud sabah location
melingkap kota belud sabah location