Shangrila’s Rasa Ria Resort
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo
Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria situated on spacious tropical grounds along a vast white sandy bay facing the South China Sea. Set against a verdant hill, the resort has a spectacular beachfront view on one side and surrounded on other sides by 400 acres of tropical forest.
In the northwest coast of Borneo Island, facing the South China Sea is Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. As a growing nature resort destination due to its proximity to tropical islands and lush rain forest, travellers have a reason to stay here. And the quality of the resorts, like Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria encourages them to make a break.
Sleep The Garden Wing is generally aimed at families where the ground floor rooms have small terraces accessible through verdant gardens while majority of the upper floor rooms offer private balconies with views of the lush landscape and sea.
The Ocean Wing was an oasis in a tropical forest for discerning travellers. It offers a different level of luxury. The rooms are larger with spacious balconies and double bath tubs. Of course the views get better as you get higher. Room services include espresso machines, DVD players and flat screen televisions. The Ocean Wing has its own swimming pool which means the pool is less crowded and you can benefit from having the exclusive use of the highly acclaimed Coast restaurant for breakfast.
Dine There are 5 restaurants in the hotel, 2 of which are buffet style. The Coast, serves lovely Western cuisine, Naan, an Indian restaurant, offers specialities from Northern India and coastal Goa. Teppanyaki, where the chef cooks on a hot plate in front of you is a brilliant experience and Makan Street, a buffet of Malaysian food was excellent. 'Tepi Laut' a Malay food village offering a wide range of local food, 'Kozan Teppan-yaki' with top end Japanese food, 'Coffee Terrace' boasting all day dining with a mix of Western and local options. Twilight happens all too soon. But with sunset cocktails and dinner in a beach-side gazebo served by your own private butler, you don’t really mind.
Relax The pool area is lovely with plenty of sun loungers. The pool attendants were fantastic, bringing you fresh cold water, fruit kebabs or ice-creams which was a lovely treat. Fresh towels were available free of charge all day.
Experience What is unique to Rasa Ria resort is the Orang-utan Education Centre where they re-habilitate young Orangs for release into the wild. Seeing them from close and be able to touch them was my best wildlife experience. Once you’ve experienced the splendour, nothing else matters. Welcome to paradise.
A number of direct international airlines fly to Borneo’s two main airports; Kuching in Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The two major airlines; Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia also operate domestic flights linking tourist destinations of interest.
Kota Kinabalu is a short hop from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kaula Lumpur and Brunei. The drive from the airport to the hotel is about 45 min (additional cost).