Destination Wedding at Sabah Island, Malaysia

Sabah Island
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On the borders of exquisite Malaysia, lies Sabah-an island embracing hundreds of years of natural eccentric beauty, forming a destination magical enough to be the perfect venue for your wedding.

Situated on the south of Indonesia, the land has varying topography including several mountain ranges on the west side forming part of Crocker Range National Park, as well as the second largest river in Malaysia- Kinabatangan River. The island has rich history, having mostly influenced by its early trading relationship with China, hence, exhibits a multicultural diversity in ethnicity as well as language.

Sabah’s capital- Kota Kinabalu is a hub for tourists, couples and families, and has emerged as the quintessential spot for destination weddings. With a mere 17hour flight, the island offers numerous luxury properties, that can elevate your wedding day even further.

Wedding Affair has combined a list of few properties, that we feel should be your premier choice, with their exemplary service and picturesque views.

Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu

Sutera Destination Wedding
Sutera Harbour

This is the largest 5-star resort in the state capital, with 956 rooms in total- ample for a big wedding party. They have quite the range of wedding packages from saying ‘I Do’ in the garden to the beach- they have got you covered. The property has the most scenic view, with shimmering South China Sea at sunset, making it the heartwarming venue for a fairy tale wedding. If you’re looking to reaffirm your love with grass beneath your feet, surrounded by the sweet fragrance of flowers, they offer their serene Garden view venue, to make your dreams of a magical wedding come true.

Banquet Capacity- 2000

Getting there- 6 km from Kota Kinabalu Airport

Shangri La Rasa Ria

Shangrila Destination Wedding
Shangri La Rasa Ria

Situated on the Pantai Dalit Beach, amidst lush greenery accounting for about 400 acres of tropical forests, Shangri La Rasa Ria makes for an enchanting wedding venue. Apart from the picturesque beauty, this property takes care of the nature by building its eco-friendly golf course. To top it further, Shangri La Rasa Ria has the most calming spa at the Dalit Bay to help you unwind in between wedding preparations. They have experienced wedding specialists who assist you in executing your idea of a perfect wedding.

Banquet Capacity- 300-500 depending on the setup style

Getting there- 6.6 km from Kota Kinabalu Airport

Mataking Island Resort

Mataking Island Resort

For years, this property has been known as the perfect spot for honeymoon. But their wedding venue has caught all our attention. With an elegant wooden wedding chapel, carved intricately, surrounded by pristine sea, forming a beautiful backdrop for your special day. The property offers a cozy environment for you to spend time with your loved ones, in between wedding preparations on the white sandy beach, with sumptuous food and cocktails. They have unique wedding packages including one that offers ‘Undersea Wedding’ – making for a memorable backdrop.

Getting there- 6 and a half hours from Kota Kinabalu Airport

Nexus Resort and Spa

Nexus Resort and Spa

This property is a package deal, holding the goodness of tropical bliss, scenic views, adventurous activities, and not to forget, diverse culinary choices. When deciding upon a wedding venue this resort is an ideal spot with chilly breeze and years of experience in the industry. Nexus is decorated with numerous awards ranging from the ASEAN Tourism Standard from 2018-2020 to World Luxury Spa. So, when you go to relax in between exhausting events, you can be rest assured that you’re in right hands. Along with that, it offers a breathtaking venue for an exquisite destination wedding. It’s a large property with 485 rooms, apt space for the comfort of your guests.

Banquet Capacity- 120-200 depending on the setup style

Getting there- 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu Airport

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

Kaplai Destination Wedding
Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is an ideal get-away with no land in sight for a mile. It’s a mere minute away by a boat ride from Sipadan Island. The resort oversees endless glittering blue sea, under warm sunlight, making it difficult for guests to say goodbye at the end of their stay. The property for its expert dive masters and wedding specialists- so you can have your picture perfect destination wedding while your guests can indulge in a bit of sea-goodness. They have skilled and hardworking staff, who will not leave a stone unturned when it comes to executing your wedding.

Banquet Capacity- 50 spacious wooden chalets

Lankayan Island Resort

Lankayan Destination Wedding
Lankayan Island Resort

Situated in the Sulu Sea, this island property has been trying to protect the nature by making environment conscious choices. With a 1 and half hours of serenity, you can enjoy this boat ride from the North of Sandakan to Lankayan- reaching this mass of tropical bliss. The property is warm with 23 wooden rooms, that are comfortable and elegant, an ideal location for your destination wedding. The resort boasts of majestic flora and fauna and has been the home for various harmless whale shark sightings. The food is served in an open central place, on a wooden terrace, lying amidst beautiful casuarinas.

Banquet Capacity- 16 spacious wooden chalets

Getting there- Lankayan is 52 km from Sandakan Airport.