"The status of the said abandoned RM280 million five-star Resort Alorie Lepa Lepa Resort being developed off Semporna remains unknown."


An extraordinary resort of stunning water villas on a reef in the heart of the Coral Triangle, off the coast of Mabul, a small island in exotic eastern Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Internationally designed and managed, this also offers a wide range of unique options for recreation, dining, entertainment and relaxation.

Alorie Lepa Lepa is blessed by a gentle tropical climate year round and is in a region free of natural calamities. The timeless rhythms of the Celebes Sea, its picturesque islands and traditional fishing villages, provide a soothing background to an experience as relaxed or as stimulating as you wish to make it.

Alorie’s sustainable development and environmental conservation policies ensure that the value of your investment increases, while protecting the integrity of this very special part of the world.


All villas are designed and constructed following strict environmental guidelines.

One of a kind experiences. One of a kind surroundings.

Contemporary chic and the utmost luxury comfort. Villas range from 1-3 bedrooms, each bedroom with its own ensuite bathroom.

Designed by the illustrious international architectural firm, Steven Leach & Associates, Alorie Lepa Lepa’s villas offer the latest in contemporary comfort and convenience, including state-of-the-art computerised systems in every room.

All villas offer a spacious living area, pantry, closets, large-screen TVs and a minibar. Every bedroom has it own en-suite bathroom, while many villas also offer a jacuzzi, private barbecue and outdoor bar.

All villas embrace the sea with a staircase leading directly down into the ocean, and also feature a private freshwater pool, an outdoor shower and a deck with daybed for reading, relaxing, enjoying the sun or taking a siesta. Enjoy a world of your own, watching turtles, rays and fish swim right below your net hammock suspended dramatically over the sea.

Thanks to a site spreading over 80 acres, the site-to-villa ratio is a generous 1-acre, ensuring a tranquil private environment for all.

1-bedroom pool villas

Standard Chalets

1-bedroom pool villas

2-bedroom pool villas

Deluxe Chalets

2-bedroom pool villas

3-bedroom pool villas

Grand Deluxe Chalets

3-bedroom pool villas


The Marine Research Centre at Alorie Lepa Lepa will assist local and international scientific research and work towards preserving existing reefs in addition to establishing coral gardens and artificial reefs for enriching the marine life.

The facilities of our Marine Research Centre will be available to educational institutions, NGOs, government departments and accredited international researchers wishing to carry out scientific research and programmes.

Concern has been expressed over the environmental degradation occurring around Sipadan, resulting largely from divers going on shore to rest between dives. Efforts are currently underway to identify alternative facilities to relieve this pressure on Sipadan by providing a facility for divers known as the 1 Sipadan Marine Eco Platform.

A comprehensive range of environmentally friendly practices will be adopted on this purpose-built marine environmental platform which will serve divers to Sipadan and Mabul. There will be ample undercover seating, as well as an upper deck with sun lounges, plus a dive platform providing easy access for divers.

There will also be a dedicated area for marine scientists to conduct research, plus an informative presentation on reefs presented by our resident marine naturalist.

To assist in seabed habitat preservation and ensuring healthy coral reefs, Alorie Lepa Lepa will repair already degraded reefs in the area, and encourage the growth of marine life by improving the existing reefs through transplanting fallen or upturned corals. To further enhance the health of the coral reefs, manual weeding will be done to prevent the growth of destructive algae.

New artificial reefs will be created to benefit marine life, providing new habitats with new food sources. Furthermore, the marine life attracted by these artificial reefs will provide enjoyment and interest for snorkellers and divers alike.


The View from your Doorstep…
An unlimited view of the Celebes Sea
Your Private Garden…
A coral garden planted outside your villa – to tend if you wish
Your Dining Room…
Asia’s first Underwater Restaurant
Your Indulgence…
Malaysia’s first Thalassotherapy Spa with a unique aasortment of seaweed and saltwater treatments
Your Playground…
Diving at nearby Sipadan Island, world’s premier dive spot

Underwater Restaurant

Fine Dining



Swimming Pool

For enjoying the tropical climate to the maximum, the resort offers a private freshwater pool in every villa, as well as a large swimming pool for use by all guests. As an alternative to dipping into a pool you can simply relax on your private deck.

Scuba Diving

As you are in the epicentre of the world’s richest marine environment, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the underwater world of the Celebes Sea.

Exceptional snorkelling and scuba diving — including the world famous Sipadan island, and outstanding “muck diving” to discover some of the sea’s weirdest critters — are right on your doorstep. You can join us in enhancing this precious environment by planting your own coral garden by your villa, with the help of our Marine Research Centre.

Activity Centre

For the entertainment of your choice, visit the well-stocked Activity Centre, which offers everything from board games to DVDs. Download movies, or surf the net at the computer work-stations where you’ll also find iPod docking stations to keep the music coming.



Thalassotherapy Spa

Be among the first to discover the ancient treatment known as Thalassotherapy, which harnesses the healing properties of the sea for the ultimate in well-being. Alorie Lepa Lepa offers Malaysia’s first Thalassotherapy Spa, featuring an ancient Roman therapy refined in France in the 19th century. Treatments harness the healing powers of the sea and include wraps of seaweed or marine mud, hydro-massage and seawater showers to tone, moisturise and revitalise the body.
Fitness Centre

The tranquil environment is perfect for those who wish to practice a yoga pose while meditating upon the ocean. More dynamic activity is available in the Resort’s Fitness Centre, where guests can work out using the latest equipment.


More Activities

The Library is the Resort’s central gathering place where you’ll find all kinds of books and magazines. And to keep the younger set entertained, the special fun and games organised at the Kids’ Club are sure to be a hit.

Browsing through the Resort’s retail shops is a pleasant way to find various items you might need, or to indulge high-quality clothing and purchase quality gifts and souvenirs.

Special moments deserve a very special place, which is why Alorie Lepa Lepa has created the spacious Celebration Pavilion, a free-standing building enjoying a secluded position within the resort. Where better to celebrate an event such as a wedding, birthday, family reunion or exclusive executive gathering?

Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue

The pleasures of the sea are just the beginning in Sabah, the embodiment of all that is exciting in Borneo. Its rainforests are home to an amazing array of plants and wildlife, including endangered rhinos, the world’s smallest elephant, sun bears, gibbons and exquisite orchids.

In eastern Sabah, wildlife reserves with world-class lodges, and sanctuaries such as Sepilok, bring visitors face-to-face with the gentle orangutan and a host of other intriguing wildlife.

An unforgettable cruise along the mighty Kinabatangan river promises endemic pot-bellied proboscis monkeys, hornbills and some of the most beautiful birds to be seen anywhere. And to top it all, the highest mountain in this region of Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu (4,093 metres), provides the ultimate adventure.

With more than 35 different tribal groups, Sabah has long been famed for the easy tolerance and genuine hospitality of its people. This is a land where modern facilities and infrastructure exist alongside age-old traditions. No surprise, then, that Sabah is an increasingly popular destination for visitors seeking an experience like no other.



In addition to Alorie’s hallmarks of a great bedding and bathroom experience, service is designed to offer the maximum in comfort and response with the minumun of fuss and intrusion.

Pre check in, turndown when needed, efficient and crisp in-villa service are all designed to ensure the privacy and well being of our elite and exclusive international clientele.


Alorie Lepa Lepa is easily accessible via the international airports of Kota Kinabalu and Tawau in Sabah, followed by a road trip to the launching point near Semporna, where a comfortable speedboat, seaplane or helicopter completes the journey.

Alorie Lepa Lepa is surprisingly accessible. The gateway town of Tawau is served by direct daily flights from Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, and from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

From there, it is a comfortable 50 minute drive to The Asannang – operated by Alorie, a luxurious resort which is the departure point for a 15 minute speedboat ride to Alorie Lepa Lepa, located near Mabul island.

To the north of Lepa Lepa is Tun Sakaran Marine Park, while to the south — and a short boat ride from the resort — lies the world famous dive site of Sipadan, hailed by Jacques Cousteau as “an untouched piece of art”.