Four Points by Sheraton @ Sandakan

During my "Sandakan so much fun" experience, I stayed at Four Points by Sheraton. Comfy and definitely kept me well rested. Being the only International hotel in Sandakan, rest assured that nothing is compromised. 

Feeling a tad tired from the early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur, it was good to be welcomed by an energetic East Malaysian traditional dance. Our nicely chilled welcome drinks were certainly very refreshing and prepared me well for the activities lined up for us after we checked into our rooms.

Checked into my room. Simple but certainly comfortable and with a very good view of the sea and Sandakan town. I would have happily stayed in the comforts of my room to enjoy the view. The signature Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed™ is absolutely divine providing me with a few nights of good rest. 
Yochana pretty much settled herself on Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed™
She's joined by Sandy an orang utan and Mate a Prosbocis monkey - both who are protected species in Sabah.
A lovely welcome awaits me in my room. 
Simple refreshments. 
A cup of tea to go with the nibbles in the room while I caught up with some reading and some TV shows. 
Platter of fruits includes buah Salak
I love the powerful shower in my deluxe room! 

Its a magnificent view from all the rooms and also at the lift areas of each floor. And if you are a photobug, then make sure you have your camera or at least your mobile phone ready at all times. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the different moods and feel at different times of the day. I particularly love the evening view at about 5pm with the dramatic clouds and o course if you can wake up at 6am, then the morning view is equally breathtaking! 

There are 299 comfy guest rooms and suites. Most rooms have sea view. I must say that Four Points by Sheraton is a perfect hotel for both business and leisure travellers. Facilities include an outdoor pool with a pool bar, a lobby lounge, lounge, cigar room, deli, an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge, a gym, 9 function rooms and a business centre. 

Love the fact that the gym and business centre is available to all guests! Unlike many hotels, the business centre is available for our use 24 hours a day with complimentary Internet access and printing facility. This came handy during my visit when one of the bloggers needed to print her boarding pass. The gym is simple but sufficiently equipped. Similar to the business centre, its opened 24 hours and guest can gain access with their room card.

All day dining restaurant The Eatery whips out local and Western dishes. Wherever you choose to sit, you will be able to enjoy the surrounding sea view. I also popped in during breakfast to check out the breakfast offerings after my morning run and gym workout to be rewarded with a good selection of Malaysian and Western fave brekkies. My greatest joy was to see a good selection of fruits, yogurt and fresh juice on demand - perfect food after a workout.

Lunch at The Eatery was an eye opener as Chef Colin Ong and his team whipped out some local East Malaysian dishes for us with local native ingredients.
A fresh juice to kick start my meal:D
Kerabu mangga - Sandakan mango salad.
Latok - fresh seaweed salad. Crunchy and apparently favoured by the locals for its rich collagen benefits!
Hinava - Raw fish salad similar to cerviche is also known as umai in East Malaysia.
This wild cucumber soup is a traditional dish for the Murut people in Sabah. A simple but hearty soup made with chicken broth, wild cucumber also known as Labu Siam, pineapple and some tomato. 
Pinarasakan ikan merah - steamed fillet of snapper fish with tumeric and young mango served with wok fried Sabah vegetables and local Mountain wild rice.
 Dessert is a platter Sweet Sumandak – Pais Jagung, Penjaram and Pais Pisang

After our lunch on Day 1, we had some fun in a cooking challenge. We were split into 2 groups to prepare a local favourite Kuih Ketayap. The whole key to making good kuih ketayap is to be patient throughout the delicate process. No rushing through making the green 'pancake' base or else we'll end up with uneven sizes and colours. 
A smiling chef makes yummier food:D
Each of us have our own task. Ken was responsible for making the 'pancake', Kiran filled it with the desiccated coconut and I was tasked to fold them.
We are inexperienced in making kuih ketayap so we ended up with some pretty ketayaps and some slightly 'burnt' ones. Hehehe. one goes home empty handed as Four Points by Sheraton had prizes for everyone of us:D

I can't recall the number of ketayap that was made, but we enjoyed the fruits of our labour at the deli Wrapped. Located on the ground floor of Four Points by Sheraton, if you enjoy fresh air, then sitting outside while enjoying your drinks, sandwiches and cakes is a brilliant experience. Its also a nice spot to watch the sun go down! Take your pick of premium Bristot 1919 coffee, aromatic Gryphon tea, milkshakes and smoothies.

The passion fruit smoothie is highly recommended if you want something cold.
The coconut curry latte is a must try for coffee lovers!
Sit at the courtyard and you will be rewarded with a beautiful scene:D

The Best Brew beside the Lobby Lounge. is a lovely place to chill over a variety of drinks. Opt for Carlsberg and Hoegaarden from the tap or wine, spirits, cocktails and mocktails. There is also live music here and over the weekend, a BBQ buffet is available. 

THANX Four Points by Sheraton for this lovely getaway. Its been a lovely stay at this business and leisure International hotel in Sandakan. Stay tuned as I continue in coming post with what to do and eat in Sandakan!
Four Points by Sheraton @ Sandakan Harbour Square
• Tel: +60-89-244-888 

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