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Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat

Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

The best sanctuary for some QT

Peranakan Dii literally translated means ‘The Family’ in the language of the largest indigenous group in Sabah, the Kadazan-Dusun communities.

The concept of ‘Family’ became the foundation on which everything at the retreat was created – from the layout of the compound to the room configurations, to the intimacy of spaces created and ultimately the desire to build something that would bring people together, even if for only a short moment.

Set on a narrow ridge, Paganakan Dii is a cosy development of 3 duplexes (6 rooms) and 3 longhouses (36 beds), laid out along the perimeter of a hilltop. Just a few hundred feet below the rooms are the communal pavilion-cum-restaurant and dewan multi-purpose hall, both built on the hill slopes and offering beautiful views of the compound and surrounding foliage. Reaching our remote retreat is but a short steep road (of about 150ft), discreetly hidden within the compounds of Taman Jalil Alip.

The link between building an affordable retreat which stands out from common wooden huts and a calculated effort to bring people together and spark friendships is hopefully evident as you spend time with us. With an open smile, we wish to welcome you to our home…

Direction to us

Should you ever have trouble pronouncing our name or have taxi drivers give you a funny look when you drop our name, here’s what to do:

  1. We are located opposite the Labuk Road Forest Reserve. Our entrance is about 1.5km from the main road/Sepilok roundabout. Follow the road in (at the T-junction do a left), keep going till you see forest reserve trees on your left, and our signage will be on the right. A taxi ride from the airport will cost you around RM40. A GRAB ride will cost less.
  2. If you are coming by coach from Kota Kinabalu (KK), ask the conductor/driver to drop you off at the Sepilok/Mile 14 roundabout. At the roadside look for our signboard. Either call us for a ride in or you can catch a Sepilok ‘pirate’ taxi for just a few ringgit. Or you can pop into the small roadside shop with blue grills to call us from. Please pay for the call.

If anyone of you has been here, email us at to share your experience with others


From RM 25

Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

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