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Santubong

SANTUBONG SUITES

Santubong Suites is an exclusive apartment complex designed with the discerning in mind. Peace and quiet, fresh air, natural surroundings and technologically advanced facilities ensure that nothing is left to be desired at this location.

Nestled in the foliage of an age-old rainforest and exotic mangroves, at the prehistoric foot of Mountain Santubong, a crucial aspect of the design brief was to ensure that the development is not obtrusive upon its natural surroundings, and throughout the construction care was taken to minimise any impact on the environment.

Quality living

The satisfaction of owning a Santubong Suite condominium begins as you make your way from Kuching down the winding Damai Road. Greeted by a seaside vista, landscaped with natural gardens, and a calming fountain at the porte cochere, you appreciate your seclusion.

Security and privacy

There is no price for true security and privacy. Santubong Suites extends this dictum throughout the complex which lies over 4 acres of lush rainforest. Lift lobbies and lifts require access cards for entry. Security features are placed at each tower granting access to residents only or those strictly by invitation. All vehicles and resident parking areas are secured by gates accessible only by the privileged residents of the complex. Santubong Suites is targeted at those who appreciate the finer aspects of life.

(Ilustrated: views from my balcony across golf course, rainforest, beach and South China Sea.)

Design and options

Santubong Suites comprises 132 units incorporated in two towers, each 15 storeys high. Two and a half levels of car parks supply residents with at least one car parking bay (Penthouse owners have the privilege of three bays). Card-access controlled automated sliding gates secure the naturally ventilated car parks. This is the primary access into the building for residents, enabling secure and covered passage from the outside world to their seaside retreat.

Storage facilities are also on offer on the car parking levels. On the lower-most floor looking out onto the natural garden is a gymnasium complete with changing rooms, meeting rooms, children’s play room, and clubroom. The entire podium has been designed to blend with the natural surroundings or to be otherwise obscured.

Visitors to Santubong Suites arrive at the reception area, common to the two towers, where they are greeted by Security and Reception personnel. Below the reception area is the café lounge that extends to the outdoor pool terrace and swimming pool. The edgeless pool blends infinitely into the fertile mangrove landscape and the sea. From here, covered linkways lead to fully secure lift lobbies in the two towers – Santubong Tower and Sejinjang Tower – named after the two fabled mountains in the area.

has been constructed and finished to the highest specification and come with views of the rainforest, Santubong Mountain, the South China Sea, outlying islands, Damai Golf Course and the mangrove forest.

Finally, because Santubong Mountain has been declared a National Park, thus limiting other developments nearby, the exclusiveness of your investment is guaranteed.

The Interesting Story Behind The Name Of Santubong:

It is known from the locals that once there lived two sisters namely Santubong and Sejinjang. They were two beautiful princesses of that place. Santubong was more beautiful than Sejinjang and hence had more lovers. This fact made Sejinjang grow jealous of her. Santubong got married and became pregnant and in the meantime Sejinjang started claiming that she was more attractive than her sister. This led to an argument between the two sisters and Sejinjang ended up killing her sister and buried her in the mountain. Mount Santubong has been named after that dead princess.

PLACES OF INTEREST ON YOUR DOOR STEP

The Holiday Inn Damai Beach and Holiday Inn Lagoon

Both hotels are set in 25 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, on the further most tip of the Santubong peninsula, with its sandy beaches and views over the South China Sea. The view of the lush green surrounding along with the mesmerizing Santubong Mountain adds to the grandeur of its majestic scenic beauty. Excellent international facilities are matched by genuine Sarawakian hospitality. Facilities include: outdoor pools, beauty salons, gift shops, European and Malaysian themed restaurants, Business services: e-mail and Internet. The large air-conditioned rooms come with all-encompassing facilities like hairdryers, TVm Radio refrigerator and so on. Santubong tenants and holiday let clients can use the facilities at both Holiday Inns’ free of charge. There is a nominal charge for the hourly shuttle bus service which runs to and from Kuching from the Holiday Inn Damai Beach Resort.

Damai Golf Club House (www.damaigolf.com)

Established in April 1996, the Damai Golf & Country Club in Sarawak boasts the true elegance of a world qualified 18 hole golf course. It is the first in Malaysia to be designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer with breathtaking ocean views and majestic mountains complementing the backdrop to this bona fide designer golf course. This is the only club in Sarawak which provides electric buggies thus ensuring comfort for all players while they enjoy the vast par 72 course.

Damai Central:

On the coast of the South China Sea, Damai Central is covering a sweeping 4 acre ground, frequented by the vacationers. This huge space is generally used for festivals, concerts, carnivals, and other important events. The Damai Central features an open area, a hall, an open stage, food court, shower room and various outlets of food and beverages. The place is very well maintained and is open for corporate events.

Sarawak Cultural Village

The Sarawak Cultural Village was the brainchild of the Sarawak Development Corporation which built Sarawak’s ‘living museum’ to promote and preserve Sarawak’s cultural heritage surrounded with traditional village houses. With increasing numbers of young tribal people being tempted from their longhouses into the modern sectors of the economy, many of Sarawak’s traditional crafts have begun to die out. The Cultural Village contains some superb examples of traditional architecture and provides an introduction to the cultural traditions of all the main ethnic groups in Sarawak.

The Cultural Village is also the venue for the annual Rainforest Music Festival (www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com) which takes place sometime between June and August. Dances are also performed on the stage by the villagers.

Santubong and Buntal

The village of Santubong itself, located at the mouth of the Santubong River, is small and quiet. Formerly a fishing village, most of the villagers now work in one of the nearby resorts. However, fishing still goes on, and the daily catch is still sold every morning at the quayside. Buntal, which is just off the Kuching Santubong road, is popular with local Kuchingites who visit at weekends for the seafood restaurants.

Rock Carvings Of Santubong

Those who are interested in archaeology must check out the rock carvings of Santubong. Located at Sungai Jaong, this museum has archived almost 40 artefacts which are mostly engraving on the rocky boulders. Apparently thousand years old, this site evokes a sense of mystery in those who visit this place out of sheer enthusiasm. It is also regarded as one of the most important archaeological sites in Sarawak because of the Chinese Ceramic art pieces that were uses in the Tang Dynasty and the iron making. Taking the route through the gravel that lies south to the main road leading to Santubong, one will reach the Petroglyph.

Bako National Park

Just 37km north of Kuching, Bako is situated on the beautiful Muara Tebas Peninsula, a former river delta which has been thrust above sea level. Its sandstone cliffs, which are patterned and streaked with iron deposits, have been eroded to produce a dramatic coastline with secluded coves and beaches. Millions of years of erosion by the sea has resulted in the formation of wave-cut platforms, honeycomb weathering, arches and sea-stacks. Bako’s most distinctive feature is the westernmost headland – Tanjung Sapi – a 100-m high sandstone plateau, which is unique in Borneo.

Established in 1957, Bako was Sarawak’s first national park, and has an exceptional variety of flora and is one of the few areas in Sarawak inhabited by the rare proboscis monkey known by Malays as ‘Orang Belanda’, or Dutchmen, or even ‘Pinocchio of the jungle’ because of their long noses. The park also has resident populations of squirrels, mouse deer, sambar deer, wild pigs, long-tailed macaques, flying lemur, silver leaf monkeys and palm civet cats.

What To Do In Santubong:

Wild Safari In Santubong:

The peninsula of Santubong is visited by many travellers for its amazing wildlife. The Kuching Wetland National Park is famous for the Proboscis Monkey and the marvellous browsing of the Irrawaddy Dolphins in the Santubong is something that one must not miss out.

Mountain Climbing:

Climbing the mountain of Santubog is another interesting activity that attracts many travellers from all over the globe. Jungle trek around the mountain foot can be quite enjoyable and there is no chance of getting lost as the entire trail is marked with different colours. It takes only around 3 to 4 hours to reach the peak of the mountain and the view of the stunning Santubong from the mountain top is more than just incredible.

Bird Watching in Santubong:

The coastal plain of Santubong Bay welcomes various colourful birds that make a great view for the tourists. Birds like Terns, Egrets, Sandpipers, and rarely the red Egrets of the pacific coast are also found here.

Historical places in Santubong:

Batu Bergambar:

Batu Bergamber is a huge stone with a picture of a man engraved on it. This stone carving proves the early influence of Hinduism in Santubong.

Bong Kisam:

This is a place where one can come across the Hindu artefacts.

Tomb of Sultan Tengah:

Sultan Tenagh was the one and only Sultan of Sarawak and he was buried with his family in Santubong. This tomb is the evidence of the existence of a Sultan in Sarawak.

Transport Facilities:

Shuttle Vans:

Small shuttle vans are available the Kuching market and one can also get then on rent for private use.

Public Bus:

Opting for public buses is the cheapest way to travel around Santubong. However, buses may not be completely reliable. The buses start from Kuching and run towards Buntal.

Bus for tours:

Tour buses are also available from the hotels and resorts.