Cabana Retreat - Instaworthy Spot in Sabah

Kota Belud has lately becoming one of the most favourite visited towns by the local. Besides being useful stopover enroute to the Mantanani Island and Kudat, there are few attractions within the town awaiting to be discovered and explored. One of most popular attractions are none other than Cabana Retreat

Cabana Retreat is well-known for glamping experiences with a scenic view of Rampayan Beach. However, I visited this place twice not for the glamping purposes but for phototaking instead. Yes, this place allows visitors to come and visit even if you don't feel like want to stay here. Just that you need to pay the entrance fee of RM4 per person. I personally think it's pretty reasonable cause this place is indeed one truly Instaworthy spot. 

Cabana Retreat 08
#1: Cabana Retreat - the first pop-up beach resort in Malaysia.

The first time I came here was with my husband (then boyfriend) and for my recent visit, I went with my BFFs for the birthday celebration. My maiden visit was rewarded with pretty clear blue sky but too bad for the second trip, where it was cloudy. Nevertheless, regardless of any weather conditions, Cabana Retreat is an ideal spot for a group of family and friends and even loving couples to spend their quality time by leisurely hanging out and enjoy the beach here. 

Cabana Retreat 5
#2: Get ready to have some fun and adventures!

Like I mentioned earlier, my main intention to visit Cabana Retreat is to feed my Insta-hunger. Hence, do expect this post with lots and lots of unashamed photos of my friends and I.

Cabana Retreat 10
#3: It's her birthday - so we decided to make her the model of the day.

Cabana Retreat 1
#4: Does this place reminds you of somewhere else? The bathing boxes in Melbourne if you are guessing now. 

Cabana Retreat 2

Cabana Retreat 05
#6: Happy birthday to my BFF who I knew for over 20 years

Cabana Retreat 14
#7: The latest attraction of Cabana Retreat - Treetop canopy

Cabana Retreat 15
#8: The suspension bridge where you can get the whole view of Cabana Retreat

Feeling hungry and thirsty? Fret not cause there is Fuga Dining & Bar to satisfy your hungry tummy, where it serves both local and Western cuisines. But because my friends and I were not really that hungry, so we just ordered drink to quench the thirst. But I warn you, even the dining area is also another picture-perfect spot. 

Cabana Retreat 12
#9: Fuga Dining & Bar

Cabana Retreat 13
#10: You can choose to dine with your barefoot touching the sand

Cabana Retreat 16
#11: Another picture-perfect spot

Cabana Retreat 3
#12: No exception for this swing too - must take photos too.

Apart from that, Cabana Retreat does provide tons of recreational activities for you to enjoy; such as ATV ride (10 minutes for RM30 and 30 minutes for RM80), horse riding, cycling, surfing and even more. They even offer rivercruise and fireflies tour but do make sure to check out with the reception prior to your visit there.

If I have the chance to return to Cabana Retreat for the third time, this time I would like to stay here for a night and enjoy the glamping experience. Interested to know more of their room rate, do check out their office website (here).

Type of Accommodations
Staycation Package
Stay & Dine Package
(Sun to Thu)
(Fri to Sat)
& Public Holiday
(Sun to Thu)
(Fri to Sat)
& Public Holiday
Classic Tent
1 Queen Bed (4m)
Deluxe Single Tent
2 Single Beds
Romantic Tent
1 Queen Bed (5m)
Quad Tent
4 Single Beds

Staycation Package:
- Inclusive breakfast and fireflies tour.
- 25% off for dine-in at Fuga Dining & Bar.
- Free 1 hour non-motorised sport.

Stay & Dine-in Package:
- Inclusive breakfast and fireflies tour.
- Inclusive BBQ dinner.
- 20% off for dine-in at Fuga Dining & Bar.
- Free 1 hour non-motorised sport.

Cabana Retreat
How To Get Here: It takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu city center to Cabana Retreat. It's better to self-drive as you stop at anywhere and anytime as you want. You can dropby here after you have done with your trip to Mantanani Island or even, stopby here before continue your trip to Kudat.
Opening Hours: 24 Hours
Entrance Fee: RM4 per person   


  1. Waaa best nyer.. tak sabar nak bawa all the kids end of this year to Sabah..

  2. I love places like Cabana Retreat that is so self contained that I need not step outside. The ocean is where I could relax with a book for many hours.


Feel free to share what's on your mind & thoughts.
Thanks for the comments and I'm truly appreciate that.
[All comments are moderated. Your comment may not show up immediately. Please do not spam and keep it on topic.]