Friday, December 13, 2013


KOTA KINABALU, SABAH, MALAYSIA : Since its opening in 1979, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu has earned a reputation in the city for providing authentic Sabahan hospitality and top notch cuisine with five-star service.

To keep up with the ever-changing needs and lifestyles of the new traveler, the property will be embarking on a major renovation project beginning December 2013, to upgrade its main restaurants and lobby.

Well - know Japanese designing firm, Tofu, has been engaged to give the hotel’s restaurants and lobby a makeover to epitomize the Borneo aesthetic and complement the hotel’s positioning as Kota Kinabalu’s preferred business and leisure city hotel. The new stylish upgrade will pay tribute to Sabah’s natural eco-treasures and provide guests with a truly Malaysian Borneon ambience and dining experience.

The renovation will involve the main coffeehouse Tanjung Ria Café, The Chinese Restaurant, The Atrium, the pool deck and the lobby. The restaurants will be closed in stages during the renovation period from late December 2013 and for approximately 12 months.

The first phase from January to June 2014 will involve the Atrium, main coffeehouse Tanjung Ria Café and the pool deck, followed by The Chinese Restaurant in July to October while the third and final phase will see the lobby being renovated from November to January 2015.

Once it re-opens, the new flagship restaurant will be the only restaurant of its kind in the city, and the talk of the town.

“The renovation is something we’ve been planning and looking forward to for awhile now,” said Hyatt Regency Kinabalu General Manager, Arifin Darmawan.

“We have every confidence that once completed, it will be the new restaurant destination of choice and add new life to the city’s burgeoning dining scene,” he said.

This will be the first time its legendary coffee house, Tanjung Ria Café will be undergo renovation since the Hyatt was established in 1979. The coffee house has served Ministers, visiting dignitaries and celebrities over the decades since the hotel became the first 5-star franchise in the city, and a landmark of sorts.

Its signature dish, the oxtail assam pedas, or spicy and sour oxtail stew, remains as popular as it was back when the coffee house first opened, being the most frequently ordered dish by far, and a highly prized takeaway souvenir for food – lovers.

The hotel completed a full RM44 million renovation of its 288 hotel rooms and suites and poolside in 2011.

About Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, a 288-room hotel, is located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu’s business, shopping and entertainment hub, overlooking the beautiful coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and the South China Sea.   Hyatt Regency Kinabalu offers newly renovated guestrooms, exceptional service, modern comforts, and a dazzling choice of local and international cuisine.   Reservations for Hyatt Regency Kinabalu can be made by calling +60 88 22 1234 or visiting

About Hyatt Regency Hotels
Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties generally range in size from 200 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying vacation together and corporate groups seeking a relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.