After a refreshing hot shower in the attached bathroom, slip into bed and drift away into dreamland. An evening in the garden...perhaps with a glass of wine?
Garden Serenity Queen Room + Airport Pickup
Garden Serenity Queen Room + Airport Pickup

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Awarded Superhost & tucked away in a beautiful garden, our home offers a peaceful Queen room for two with aircon & private shower. Enjoy relaxing in the garden lounge or chilling out on the balcony. Self-service breakfast of eggs, sausages, jam, toast, tea and coffee is provided.

KK city centre is a convenient 15min bus ride away or 10 mins by Uber. Tour Guide services from our partner tour guide Roy is also available upon request. Pickup and checkin is between 2pm-11pm.

The space

We can comfortably fit 2 people in our Queensize bedroom. If you want a Twin bedroom, please refer to

Guest access

Guests have access to the balcony, outdoor lounge, sitting room and dining room. We provide complimentary sausages, eggs, cereal, bread, tea and coffee is available, and you are welcome to cook in the kitchen, and eat on the balcony or in the dining room.

Interaction with guests

Apart from English, my mother speaks Chinese and Tessa speaks Malay. You will be picked up by our partner tour guide Roy, who speaks Chinese, English and Malay. Many of our guests enjoy taking tours with him and he will be able to advise you on places to visit as well as restaurants and local food. You can read about him in a number of our reviews.

Mum has a cat called Miu Miu that you are welcome to play with, while our cat Henry may be around from time to time. If you enjoy talking politics, my father is always happy to chat about that subject!

Please ask us if you have any other questions.

Other things to note

If you want to buy groceries, the closest supermarket is Dixons, which is an 8minute walk away.

Apart from KK City, you can also take bus 8C or 8D to the beautiful floating City Mosque in Likas Bay, Tanjung Lipat Beach, University Malaysia Sabah, and OneBorneo Shopping Mall.

Take Bus 10A from near our house to visit the town of Tamparuli where you can see the 'Rumah Terbalik' Upside Down House, eat Tamparuli Noodles, visit the famous Jambatan Tamparuli Bridge, shop at the Tamparuli Tamu Market (6am-2pm every Wednesday), or go paragliding (usually Mon-Thurs)!

To get to Mt Kinabalu, you'll need to go into town and take a bus or minibus from the Padang Merdeka bus station heading to Kundasang or Ranau. Ask the driver to stop at Kinabalu Park. It should cost around RM20 and take 1.5 - 2 hours.

To get to Tanjung Aru Beach, take bus 16C from the Waterfront in town, to "Pantai Tanjung Aru". Buses from the beach stop running around 6.30pm, after which you will need to take a taxi, or visit the musical fountain at Perdana Park (7pm-10pm) before walking to the Airport Terminal 2 to take the Airport Bus (RM5 - last bus 8pm) to Padang Merdeka Terminal. Remember most buses in KK stop running about 8pm.

We really recommend using the City Bus to do a loop around the city just to get your bearings and a quick overview. The City bus can take you from one bus terminal to another.

ELECTRICITY: The voltage used in Malaysia is 230/240 volts -50hz. If your electrical appliance uses 110/120 volts, you need to use a transformer/converter to step down the 230/240 volts Malaysian voltage to your 110/120 volt appliances. Failing to do so will damage your electrical appliances.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room
Self check-in: Host greets you


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 7
Weekly Discount: 11%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Please remove your shoes.
Please keep the noise down after 11pm
Please tidy after yourselves and place any rubbish in the bins provided.
Please turn off the aircon and electricity when you leave the house.
Please do not put sanitary towels down the toilet. Instead please put them in the bin provided.

We usually lock the gate before 11pm, so please inform us in advance if you plan to be out late.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Lock on bedroom door

2 nights minimum stay

95 Reviews

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영미 User Profile
May 2017
It was better that pics and i surprised how beautiful the house is! the host picked us up even though it was far away from here. i really appriciated that. thanks for wonderful experience. i wanna come here again if i have a chance. :)

Luna User Profile
May 2017
Strongly recommend Rene&Tessa's house if you want to experience the local family! ;)

Jacqueline User Profile
April 2017
Rene and tessa were good host, they arranged pickup from airport to their place, also had good knowledge of places and tours, the accommodation was cosy but with some nice homely touches. You needed to get transport into town or waterfront area, which meant bus or uber, as not walking distance. Overall a nice stay.

蘇 User Profile
April 2017
Great host. Super helpful and nice. Really so nice that picking me up and introduce the different spots of Sabah to us. Everything is good. I will recommend my friend when they come to sabah

Janie User Profile
April 2017
very thankful to have a three-day living!Rene' mother is so cool and kindly and just told me I should learn english well like her!I will try myself best!:)非常开心非常感谢!我会再来!相识即是缘分~

Mike User Profile
March 2017
Very nice accommodation and best hosts I can imagine

Chakkei User Profile
March 2017
That's Nice
Rene & Tessa User ProfileRene & Tessa is a superhost.
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March 2017

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Kota Kinabalu, MalaysiaJoined in April 2014
Rene & Tessa User ProfileRene & Tessa is a superhost.

There are a few of us hosting at Garden Serenity.

I'm an industrial voice trainer, emcee, singer and voiceover artist. My wife is a behavioural life coach consultant and my mother is a retired nurse, and either of them will be cooking a Full English breakfast for you. You will most likely be entertained by Mum's cat MiuMiu or our cat Henry, and you will usually be picked up by us or our partner tour guide, Roy. He offers tours and advice on where to go and where to eat, and you can read about them in the reviews.

If you need any medical help during your stay, my father is a doctor and has a clinic in town, so rest assured you will be in safe hands!

If you have any other questions, please ask :)

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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