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The Luma Hotel

S The Luma Hotel Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
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  • Food & Drink

    Coffee shop, Asian gastrobar, traditional Japanese restaurant, and a Chinese hotpot joint

  • Architecture

    Seshan Design

  • Interior design

    Seshan Design

  • The Originals

    Alan Wong, Aaron Chin, & Jennifer Wang

  • Themes

    City, Gastronomy Hotels

  • Food & Drink

    Coffee shop, Asian gastrobar, traditional Japanese restaurant, and a Chinese hotpot joint

A crossroads in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, The Luma Hotel connects the city’s new creative energy with the age-old rainforests of Borneo.

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Interior design Seshan Design

The Luma Hotel Interior Design

Interior design Seshan Design

Driven by the concept that design has the power to unite, the interiors inspire guests and locals to settle in—“Luma” means home in the Bajau language.

With its expansive sofas in jewel-toned greens and oranges, a rotating collection of local art, playlists curated by Sabahan musicians, and coffee by local roastery Crack Inc., there are ample reasons to linger in the lobby. Upstairs, guestrooms are serene and welcoming, with Japanese-inspired lines, light oakwood floors, and bespoke wardrobes made from Sarsi wood. Pivoting panels in the green-tiled bathrooms offer a view to the skyline and, from the higher floors, a stretch of sea in the distance.

Architecture Seshan Design

Local firm Seshan Design transformed a former office building on the city’s main stretch into a fresh, vibrant space that highlights natural elements.

A signature spiral staircase made from local Sabahan wood stands in the lobby like a great tree. Each step is inlaid with white marble to symbolize the outside world melding with Sabah. Concrete floors, polished by a local artist, are a nod to the city’s towering Mount Kinabalu. The western-facing façade, accented with rose gold details, is set aglow each evening by the stunning Sabah sunsets.

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Food & Drink Kota Kinabalu’s best

Rather than a hotel with restaurants, The Luma considers itself a dining destination with guestrooms.

True to its aim of bringing locals and travelers together, the hotel gathers several of the city’s top restaurant concepts under one roof—with local pricing, too. There’s JoJo Gastrobar for modern Asian cuisine and creative cocktails, Flow Coffee by leading local coffee roaster Crack Inc., Hinode for traditional Japanese, and Fish Market for casual Chinese hotpot.

Slip into the easy vibe of this chilled playlist by local sound artist MKNK for The Luma Hotel in Malaysian Borneo.

Originals Alan Wong, Aaron Chin, & Jennifer Wang

“We are empowering the locals here with The Luma, a place people can be proud of, a place where they can host their foreign visitors.”
Alan Wong

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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

The Luma Hotel
Sutera Avenue, Jalan Sembulan
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 88100

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    28°C / 82°F

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