Top massage in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Kota Kinabalu Massage Parlors

Easternmost side of Malaysia is an amazing place. Sabah excels in picturesque lanscapes, virgin forests and animal refuges. Tourists love all that as much as they love the delicious KK seafood. But what about the massage? There are plenty of parlors most located centrally. Here are our recommendations. As for the authentic local food you’ll have to discover it yourself.

 Jari Jari Spa

Address: Tanjung Aru Plaza,1 Jalan Mat. Salleh, Tanjung Aru, 88100, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Click here to open in Google Maps)

Address: phone +60 88-272 606, website:

About: Imagine stepping into an authentically decorated space, with hardwood and jungle plants, tucked minutes away from Kota Kinabalu Town only to be greeted not just by friendly staff with warm smiles but also the sweet combination of lemongrass, lavender and palm leaf. That is the first impression that Jari-Jari Spa, an award winning spa, brings to every single one of its guest.

Started in year 2005, Jari-Jari Spa has been providing authentic traditional body treatment for the tired and weary clients walking through their door. In 2006, Jari Jari Spa won the prestigious “Best Traditional Treatment” award for its signature treatment Dusan Lotud Inan Body Therapy at the Malaysia Spa and Wellness Awards, and consecutively nominated and won “Best Traditional Local Folk Treatment” in 2011.

To go one step beyond a normal spa, this place also offers Borneo Massage training courses for those who are interested to unlock the well hidden secret of Borneo’s well-being. Prior bookings for both treatment and training courses are highly recommended due to the volume of visitors that comes each day. All in all this is one top places when it comes to Kota Kinabalu massage.

Massage costs:  Starts at 173 Ringgit (40 USD) for 1 hour and 346 Ringgit (80 USD) for 2 hours.


Chi, The Spa @ Shang-Rila Tanjung Aru

Address: Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, No 20, Jalan Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Click here to open in Google Maps)

Address: phone +60 88-327 888

About:CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, crafted from the inspiration of the Shangri-La legend, a place where one can find personal peace, spiritual enchantment and physical well-being. Located in a private standalone section of the property, connected only by nothing but a causeway, Chi’s unique design will transfer your mind to another world while leaving your body to the hands of the professional masseurs.

Body massages, exercise, stretching, hydrotherapy, and movement of the mind through relaxation and meditation combine to assist the body’s natural renewal. These are the healing principles form the basis of the CHI spa philosophy which will be professionally administered by the group of well-trained masseurs at the spa.There are wide arrays of treatments to choose from, from the famous CHI Signature massages to Wellness massage, clients will be spoilt on choices that the place offers. Stay around after the massage to enjoy a quiet relaxing tea at one of the most tranquil spots that you can find in Kota Kinabalu. An appointment prior to visiting the place is recommended.

South Sea Sanctuary Spa

Address: Jalan Tugu, Pusat Bandar, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (Click here to open in Google Maps)

Address: phone +60 88-248 221, website:

About: Awarded as one of the best spa in Sabah by Sabah Tourism, South Sea Sanctuary Spa provides over 20 types of different massage packages for those who are looking for a moment of relaxation away from the city life. Attentive staffs are always ready to recommend the most suitable massage for your needs and are always on point to ensure guests are having nothing but a pleasant experience at the centre.

Led by Dr.Sivakumar, the centre’s health consultant, the centre credits themselves as a natural and self-sustainable centre, with interior design that would make one hesitant to leave its vicinity. Their team of well-trained masseurs are very particular about the pain points of clients during massage to ensure that the massage is being done correctly and to ensure that the customer leaves the centre with nothing but a rejuvenating experience.

Favored by both locals and tourist alike, the place recommends prior bookings before visiting to ensure that guests are treated with the best experience the spa has to offer.

Massage costs:  Traditional Borneo Body Massage starts at 150 Ringgit (35 USD) for 1 hour and 240 Ringgit (56 USD) for 2 hours.