St. John of the Cross Retreat Centre is located at mile 26, Ulu Dusun and 47km from Sandakan city. The Centre can accommodate up to fifty (50) persons at any one time.

The Retreat Centre which comprises a chapel, a double storey concrete block and an open hall sits on a 1.75 acre piece of land donated by a kind and generous parishioner.

Room Rates and Other facilities


Room : Type A

Units Available : 6 units

Features : 2 Double Decker/common bathroom

RM 60/Night (for 1- 2 pax)

RM 80/Night (for 3-4 pax)

RM 15/extra mattress

Room: Type B

Units Available: 2 units

Features : 6 Double Decker/common bathroom

RM 250/Night (minimum – 10 pax)

Open Hall (Wedding Reception)

RM 300 (5 hours or less)

RM 500 (7 – 8 hours)

RM 700 (one day)


Procedure for Registrations/Bookings

(A)      For Group/Individual Bookings

1. Priorities for booking will be given to any Catholic Retreat Purposes and Diocesan Level events.

2. Reservation can be made 2 months in advance and bookings will only be confirmed by payment of 30% of the total cost ONE month before actual date of use.

3. Full payment must be settled 7 days before the date of use, failing which, the booking will be considered cancelled.

Payments may be made payable to

Diocese of Sandakan- Retreat Centre

Current Account Number – 1573014222

Bank – UOB, Sandakan Branch

All bank-in slips or transfer slips must be forwarded to DOS office [email dospo1@gmail.com or via fax at  089-218623] for verification.

4. This 30% deposit will be NONE REFUNDABLE in the event of no show and no prior notice of cancellation or change of date

5. Please indicate in your reservation if the following is required

–  Kitchen

– Chapel

– Catering

– PA System/Microphones/ Whiteboard