Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia

Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
Bathroom Executive Club Room
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
Cocktail Hours in the Executive Club
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
View from the 8th Floor
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
Lobby Lounge
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
View from our room


Grand Dorsett, Labuan, Malaysia
Like a tall milky goddess towering between the city and the
sea, the Grand Dorsett Labuan, is well kept and freshly painted a clean white.
The bright blue skies and intensely green tropical gardens surrounding the
structure pledge a noticeable contrast, while the upmarket vehicles lining the
entrance give a hint that this hotel is 5 Star.
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
The revitalized business district of Labuan is the Grand
Dorsett’s home and the marina, museums, shopping and eateries are only a short stroll
away. An easy quarter hour drive from the airport or ten minute walk from the ferry
terminal, mean that once you’ve arrived to the island, the hotel in reachable
in mere minutes.
Popular amongst business travelers for its strategic location,
business facilities and internet access across the entire hotel, vacationing
families or couples too should find the Grand Dorsett a comfortable stay.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m a big advocate
of club lounges. On most occasions I’ll sign up (or attempt to wiggle my way to
an upgrade). I like the uncomplicatedness of having tea and coffee available
all day, a pleasant reasonably trafficless area from which to work and, of
course, the cocktail hour (free flow wine and small bites during sunset). Grand
Dorsett is not a huge hotel and we stayed over a weekend (their least busy
time) so we found ourselves with the lounge (and wine and food) to ourselves
most evenings. A club room also brings you some of the best views in the house.
Located on the top floor you proffer from unobstructed panoramas of the harbour
with glimpses of sunrise in the morning to the left and golden sunsets to the
right in the evenings. Upon sundown, the ships in dock light up, creating
another spectacle worthy of some viewing time, in the form of a floating city
on the island’s edge.
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
Fun Pub
Rooms are comfortable and large with all of the amenities
you’d expect from a hotel of this level. Bedding is cozy and each room opens up
to an outdoor balcony allowing guests to step outside and breath in the salted
sea breeze.
Facilities include a basic gymnasium (although why go to the
gym when the beach, parks and manicured gardened streets are a more pleasant
option?), pool and three food and beverage outlets. Victoria’s Brasserie offers
all day dining in the form of an international buffet or a la carte menu. The
buffet is reasonably priced though, so very few would choose the menu over the
smorgasbord. Lunch for example, includes tea and coffee and is priced at RM38
nett. The Lobby Lounge offers drinks and views over the pool and harbour, while
the Fun Pub promises entertainment and value drinks in the evenings. I’ve noted
in other duty free islands in Malaysia, that hotels seem to forget to pass on
liquor’s tax-free savings. This is not the case however at the Grand Dorsett
Labuan. You’ll find alcoholic imbibement to be quite affordable.
The management and staff at the Grand Dorsett Labuan are
also knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the island. They were
particularly helpful in my family’s search for the story of my great uncle who
died as a POW in WWII as part of the horrific Sandakan Death March. More of
that story another time, but the point here is that the team at the hotel were
absolutely fabulous in their assistance in getting us in touch with the right
people, transporting us to the Remembrance Day ceremony and ensuring we had an
agreeable stay. Much thanks to Hubert Wilfred, Wan Paris and their team for
easing our journey and making our investigation as much a holiday as a meaningful
connection to personal family history.
Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia
Grand Dorsett Labuan
Reason to visit:
only 5 star hotel on the island of Labuan, convenient location, club rooms have
excellent views of the harbour, very helpful in assistance with history and war
related searches
Grand Dorsett Labuan
462 Jalan Merdeka
87029 Labuan F.T
+6 087 402 903
+6 087 422 000
1800 880 472


  1. Looks like a great hotel with super views.


  2. Oh dear!!! I miss home! Thanks for this The Yum List! Glad you made it and enjoyed your visit to Victoria Island 🙂

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