|Grand Dorsett Labuan|
|Bathroom Executive Club Room|
|Cocktail Hours in the Executive Club|
|View from the 8th Floor|
|View from our room|
Grand Dorsett, Labuan, Malaysia
Like a tall milky goddess towering between the city and the sea, the Grand Dorsett Labuan, is well kept and freshly painted a clean white. The bright blue skies and intensely green tropical gardens surrounding the structure pledge a noticeable contrast, while the upmarket vehicles lining the entrance give a hint that this hotel is 5 Star.
The revitalized business district of Labuan is the Grand Dorsett’s home and the marina, museums, shopping and eateries are only a short stroll away. An easy quarter hour drive from the airport or ten minute walk from the ferry terminal, mean that once you’ve arrived to the island, the hotel in reachable in mere minutes.
Popular amongst business travelers for its strategic location, business facilities and internet access across the entire hotel, vacationing families or couples too should find the Grand Dorsett a comfortable stay.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m a big advocate of club lounges. On most occasions I’ll sign up (or attempt to wiggle my way to an upgrade). I like the uncomplicatedness of having tea and coffee available all day, a pleasant reasonably trafficless area from which to work and, of course, the cocktail hour (free flow wine and small bites during sunset). Grand Dorsett is not a huge hotel and we stayed over a weekend (their least busy time) so we found ourselves with the lounge (and wine and food) to ourselves most evenings. A club room also brings you some of the best views in the house. Located on the top floor you proffer from unobstructed panoramas of the harbour with glimpses of sunrise in the morning to the left and golden sunsets to the right in the evenings. Upon sundown, the ships in dock light up, creating another spectacle worthy of some viewing time, in the form of a floating city on the island’s edge.
Rooms are comfortable and large with all of the amenities you’d expect from a hotel of this level. Bedding is cozy and each room opens up to an outdoor balcony allowing guests to step outside and breath in the salted sea breeze.
Facilities include a basic gymnasium (although why go to the gym when the beach, parks and manicured gardened streets are a more pleasant option?), pool and three food and beverage outlets. Victoria’s Brasserie offers all day dining in the form of an international buffet or a la carte menu. The buffet is reasonably priced though, so very few would choose the menu over the smorgasbord. Lunch for example, includes tea and coffee and is priced at RM38 nett. The Lobby Lounge offers drinks and views over the pool and harbour, while the Fun Pub promises entertainment and value drinks in the evenings. I’ve noted in other duty free islands in Malaysia, that hotels seem to forget to pass on liquor’s tax-free savings. This is not the case however at the Grand Dorsett Labuan. You’ll find alcoholic imbibement to be quite affordable.
The management and staff at the Grand Dorsett Labuan are also knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the island. They were particularly helpful in my family’s search for the story of my great uncle who died as a POW in WWII as part of the horrific Sandakan Death March. More of that story another time, but the point here is that the team at the hotel were absolutely fabulous in their assistance in getting us in touch with the right people, transporting us to the Remembrance Day ceremony and ensuring we had an agreeable stay. Much thanks to Hubert Wilfred, Wan Paris and their team for easing our journey and making our investigation as much a holiday as a meaningful connection to personal family history.
|Grand Dorsett Labuan|
Reason to visit: only 5 star hotel on the island of Labuan, convenient location, club rooms have excellent views of the harbour, very helpful in assistance with history and war related searches
Grand Dorsett Labuan
462 Jalan Merdeka
87029 Labuan F.T
+6 087 402 903
+6 087 422 000
1800 880 472