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).
Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria Resort
There are two types of rooms; Garden view generally for families and Ocean view which are more luxurious. Both have en-suite bathrooms with air-conditioning and TV.
Premier Room These spacious rooms are beautifully decorated with restful earthy colours and natural wood inspired by the ethnic richness of Sabah. Features include a private balcony face the sunny wind-swept seashore, in-room dining, private outdoor bathtub for two and a daybed. Total: 173,
Size: 90 sqm
Superior Rainforest View These rooms offer are furnished in warm earthy colours and natural wood furnishings. Each room offers views of the tropical landscapes of Sabah rainforest. They have a split-level layout and private balcony for an ensuite feel. Size: 36 sqm
Deluxe & Executive Rooms These rooms offer views of the meticulously-manicured garden. The ground floor rooms offer a private lanai, while the upper-floor rooms have a split-level layout and private balcony. Executive Sea View rooms are located on top floor and have a private balcony with an unobstructed view of the South China Sea. Size: 36 sqm
Executive Suite The Executive Suite offer abundant luxury with an inviting décor inspired by Sabah's rich cultural heritage. Features include luxury one-bedroom with separate sitting room, private balcony, extra towels and a separate shower cubicle. Size: 72 sqm
Speciality Suite These Suites offer a generous floor plan, complemented with luxurious fittings and an inviting décor inspired by Sabah's rich cultural heritage. Features include luxury one-bedroom suite with separate sitting room and dining area, private balcony, extra towels and a separate shower cubicle. Size: 108 sqm
Common Facilities: LCD TV, free Wifi, in-room safe, pillow menu, Coffee/ tea-making facilities, mini-bar.
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Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria Resort
Experiences Golf: Dalit Bay Golf & Country club is the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course. Bordered by two rivers, the course has stunning views of Mount Kinabalu in the backdrop. The course is open for both seasoned players and amateurs who can practice their swings with the resorts golf professional.
After the first round you get a 20% discount, on the third round onwards you get a 30% discount. Bring lots of golf balls as there is lots of water around. Wonderful bird life out on the course, also monitor lizards and on one occasion we saw a family of otters that ran across the fairway.
Nature: The tree-top canopy walkway is about 30 feet high and you can enjoy guided activities such as bird watching and an introduction to flora and fauna.
The Orang-utan Education Centre nearby is the best place to see orang-utans. We went twice and saw two young orang-utans and some macaques in the jungle. The rangers were polite, knowledgeable and friendly. We also did a jungle walk to the summit from where the views are spectacular.
Sea Sports: You can enjoy complimentary one hour of Catamaran G-16, Windsurfing, Boogie Board, Dingy Sail Boat and Ocean Kayak. Motor and non-motor sports include fishing, jet ski, diving, windsurfing and more.
When to go A good time to travel to Borneo is between March and September/October, even though Southwest monsoon brings in short burst of showers between May to July. A common climatic feature is bright early mornings, followed quickly by clouding mid-morning, which obscures the mountains by mid-day. Showers usually occur on the upper slopes in the afternoon. The driest season runs from April to October but even during this season, a good raincoat is a must.
In Sabah the main rainy seasons are from October to February when the rains come with the northeast monsoon. The distinction between seasons is not very marked and the rainfall is unpredictable but it is lowest in between February and April.
Visa and Health British passport holders do not require a visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure. (for a maximum stay of 3 months).
No immunisations are required but it is recommended that injections for typhoid, polio, tetanus, and hepatitis are up to date. Malaria tablets may be advisable for adventurous, deep jungle treks in Borneo. We recommend that you consult your GP or a travel health clinic for advice on inoculations and anti-malarial prophylaxis.