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Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Kota Kinabulu, Sabah, Borneo

The Shangri-La Rasa Ria is a luxurious resort located on a sandy beach on the coast of Sabah, Borneo. With a plethora of facilities and activities, including a Kids Club and golf course, this is a great option for both families and couples.

At a Glance

  • A resort with its own 64-acre nature reserve is a rarity - the 240 foot tree top canopy being an experience to remember

  • Enjoy the traditional dance show which takes place twice a week

  • A wonderfully luxurious end to any trip through the wilds of Borneo

  • Easily accessed from Kota Kinabalu and ideal for a family summer vacation

  • A great choice of restaurants and plenty of international standard facilities

Adventure, Wildlife, Family, Beach

Insider's View

Although a little more expensive, a stay in the Ocean Wing is very much worth it, with exclusive facilities and added benefits

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Make sure you go to their Asian Restaurant, Tepi Laut Makan Street. It captures the nostalgia surrounding Malaysia’s traditional food stalls.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Shangri-La Rasa Ria or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo


The Shangri-La Rasa Ria is one of the few properties in Borneo that is able to offer a luxurious beach stay and a high standard of facilities, whilst still embracing the natural wonders that Borneo has to offer. The resort sits on a long stretch of sandy beach, surrounded by a 64-acre nature reserve and 18-hole golf course.

The resort is split into two wings. The Garden Wing is the largest, with 326 rooms. The rooms are all the same in size, with the key difference being the view, which will either be of the rainforest, gardens or sea. The suites offer more space, with separate living rooms. The decor is modern, but takes influence from area's heritage, with locally-inspired artwork and design. The Ocean Wing has 173 rooms, and offers exclusive benefits including pre-dinner drinks and canapes, and a complimentary minibar. The rooms here are larger than the Garden Wing, and feature outdoor bathtubs. The Ocean Wing also has its own pool.       

The Shangri-La Rasa Ria boasts a huge range of activities, as well as a free-form swimming pool and Kid's Pool. There are plenty of watersports, including jet skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, water skiing, banana boat rides and stand-up paddle boarding. There are ocean kayaks, boogie boards and hobie-cats available free of charge. Land activities include horse riding, bicycle rides, golf, tennis and zip-lining. Should you wish to venture into the nature reserve there is a canopy walk amongst the trees. For younger guests there is an excellent Kids Club, and for adults seeking relaxation, there is a peaceful spa.       

There are a range of dining options to suit every palette, including Naan, which is renowned as one of the best Indian restaurants in Malaysia. Coffee Terrace is the all-day dining restaurant, serving a range of international cuisine. Teppan-Yaki Kozan offers delicious Japanese cuisine in a stylish setting, and the Oceano Italian Restaurant uses the best locally and ethically sourced produce to create their dishes. For local cuisine, head to Tepi Laut Makan Street. This beachfront restaurant is designed to feel like traditional shophouses and street food stalls, offering an abundance of Asian dishes. During the day, this restaurant also serves as the poolside bar, serving snacks and drinks. Nibbles and refreshing drinks and cocktails can also be found at the Sampan Bar and Lobby Lounge.     


The Shangri-La Rasa Ria has 499 rooms, divided between two wings. The Garden Wing is the largest, with 326 rooms, and the Ocean Wing has 173 rooms. Rooms in the Garden Wing are 36 sqm, with either rainforest, garden or sea views. The suites are 72 sqm, and have separate living rooms. All of the rooms in the Ocean Wing face the shore, and measure a spacious 90 sqm, with indulgent outdoor bathtubs. The Ocean Wing also has added benefits including pre-dinner drinks and canapes, complimentary in-room minibars and its own pool. The decor and facilities are modern, with en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.        


The Shangri-La Rasa Ria is a great choice for families, with plenty of activities to suit all ages. Kids will love the treetop canopy walk and exploring the nature reserve. The resort has a great children’s pool, babysitting and complimentary kids club (for children aged 5-12), with activities including cooking, face painting, kite making and learning how to be a ranger for the day.


There is an extensive range of dining and drinks options available at the resort. Cuisines on offer include local street-food style dishes, Japanese, Indian and Italian. There are also two bars which serve snacks and refreshing drinks and cocktails.

The resort has a free-form swimming pool, as well as a children's pool and Kids Club. There is also a spa, which offers a range of treatments using natural products.



There is plenty to do at the Shagri-La Rasa Ria. There is a wide-range of watersports, including motorized options such as jet skis and water skiing, as well as land activities including horse riding and cycling. The nature reserve has its own canopy walkway, and beside the resort there is an 18-hole golf course.  

Location & Directions

Kota Kinabulu, Sabah, Borneo

Rasa Ria Resort is set on Pantai Dalit beach surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation. Near Kota Kinabalu, in the Malaysian state of Sabah, which is perched on the northern tip of the island of Borneo.

When to go

Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.

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