Very Good10 Reviews
17.76km from Hari Hari SeafoodYou'd believe Tampat Do Aman to be some kind of magical, unmissable place with how much it is bigged up by the writer of the guide book, but you might be in for a disappointing stay if you take the words as gospel. There's not much going on at the tip of Borneo, so when this place is made out to be the epicentre of interest in the area i suppose it's not far from the truth really, but don't count on being entertained for any length of time by the museum, nature trail, the grounds themselves, or other in-house 'attractions' because they are sorely neglected and in a state of disrepair. The whole complex in fact feels tired, run down and you get a sense that perhaps a once buzzing and vibrant place has been all but abandoned and left to crumble. Long time dead and rotten plants in pots line the longhouse corridor, inside the room we had moldy bed linen and a mosquito net full of holes.. Nights were itchy and uncomfortable. We stopped drinking the filtered water from the communal dispenser upon realising nobody was changing or topping it up over the course of the days we stayed. Not to sound pessimistic but who knows how long it had been there before we arrived, as guest turnover was practically non existent. I will stick up for the owner here where some others have put him down. We found him to be helpful, friendly, a great source of information, and the shuttle service - far from ensuring you were a captive audience - was a handy way to get to (by far) the nicest beach in the area. I don't know what kind of entitled mind would think Tampat do Aman have any obligation whatsoever to be at beck and call to ferry guests around the Tip of Borneo whenever and however they please? Where else would a guesthouse or hotel do that? It's perfectly reasonable that they should take you to their own restaurant on the beach. The only restaurant, on the nicest beach! There's really not much else to explore, see or do up here, so this is really as good as it's going to get. Hire an overpriced scooter from Tommy's up the road and go see for yourselves! Food at the restaurant was good, not 'terrific' by any stretch of the imagination, but not bad by any either. It's standard fayre, and a few days is enough to grow tired of the menu, but i don't really know how people could stay in this area for too much longer than that without becoming a bit bored to be honest. It didn't cost much to stay at Tampat do Aman, but it wouldn't cost much to inject a little bit of TLC into the place to make a stay there feel more worthwhile. We were bored, tired and uninspired by the time we left. If you are on limited time in Sabah, unless you simply must see the beach (admittedly very beautiful) , i'd perhaps recommend spending your time and money elsewhere.