Fronting Teluk Penyuk in Damai Beach, Santubong. Journey by taxi takes about 45 minutes from downtown Kuching or about an hour from Kuching International Airport (KCH).
The most convenient way to get to this resort is by the Kuching-Damai Shuttle Serviced with scheduled departures from Crowne Plaza Riverside and Holiday Inn Kuching every two hours starting from 0730hrs until 2200hrs. The one-way charge is RM10 for adult and RM5 for children below 12 year old. The shuttle service is operated by Syarikat Perkhidmatan Pengangkutan Setia Kawan (+60-13-8206019, +60-12-8947050, +60-16-8921367)
Holiday Inn Damai Lagoon Resort is located within the popular seaside tourist belt of Damai Beach, which was developed about ten years ago to cater for the influx of tourists. After all, the city of Kuching itself is located some distance away from the South China Sea, hence by embarking a seaside resort development just a little outside the city, tourists to Kuching are effectively presented with more travel options. The resort is owned by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) which also has Crowne Plaza Riverside, Holiday Inn Kuching and neighbouring Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort in its stable. It is not uncommon to see these hotels and resorts being promoted together.
The resort sprawls over 25 acres of green landscape and tropical forest in the foothills of the majestic Mount Santubong. There are 256 rooms in the resort with options for either the beach view or the mountain view. The types of rooms: Superior Santubong Wing, Deluxe Lagoon Wing, Peninsula Room, Peninsula Chalet and Executive Suite. Each room is furnished with air conditioner, attached bathroom, IDD phone, colour TV, mini bar and coffee maker. In general, the Superior room that I stayed in was decent but nothing extraordinary. Nonetheless, the Chalets and the Suites are probably more exquisitely decorated.
The resort lay claims to the largest lagoon-shaped pool in Sarawak. Not a bad attraction. Plus I also found the Teluk Penyuk beach is quite subpar in its appearance as compared to the many island beaches that I frequent to. Other facilities in the resort include a fitness centre with steam, sauna, jacuzzi and massage service, tennis courts, gym, golf course nearby, and a hive of water-based activities. In fact, I had read about the cruise boat that departs from Damai Beach to the surrounding water off the coast where a colony of Irawaddy dolphins are often spotted. This particular dolphin species is extremely rare, and sighting is not guaranteed (even if you saw one, it will be a very short span period as the adorable sea mammal surfaces only for a few seconds).
The main restaurant here is the Peninsula Terrace which offers all-day dining options in the form of buffet spread as well as a la cartè menu. As for cocktail bars, there are the Puteri Lagoon which nestles in the middle of the lagoon pool, the Rentap Lounge and the Wooden Deck.
Room prices start at RM205 nett for Superior Santubong Wing and go up to RM350 nett for the Executive Suite.
Nice resort ambience. Some maintenance required.