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Shangri-La Rasa Ria

Kota Kinabulu, Malaysia

The luxury Shangri-La property, Rasa Ria, is a resort style hotel on the beautiful coast of Sabah in Borneo, set on a beautiful curve of golden sand and backed by dense vegetation.

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

I had the most delicious meal at COAST, the hotel's fine dining restaurant, which made a nice change to the buffet style dining popular elsewhere in Borneo. The food was truly excellent!

Victoria Hogg

Insider's View

Although a little more expensive, a stay in the Ocean Wing is very much worth it as you have use of all facilities.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

On Wednesday and Saturdays, they have traditional dances performed by the staff in the ocean restaurant which is fun to watch and even join in!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Make sure you go to their Asian Restaurant, 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


Cradled between forested hills and a long sweep of the untouched Pantai Dalit beach washed by the South China Sea, the Rasa Ria is a large resort style hotel - a great introduction to Borneo which does not have too many properties of this scale.

There are many facilities for your comfort at Rasa Ria, and most of the 420 elegantly furnished rooms have a view of the sea, garden or beach. The Malaysian culture resonates in each room, with soft earth tones and intricately carved panels beautifully complimenting the serene surroundings.

A wide variety of sports are on offer, including horse riding, wind surfing, white water rafting, bicycles for hire and tennis courts. The hotel has its own 64 acre nature reserve with treetop canopy walkways.

Dining takes place in several restaurants offering imaginative cuisine from across Asia and Europe and the Sampan Bar on the beach is the perfect spot for a refreshing drink or light meal with the ocean and Borneo sunset beyond.

Please note that a stay here can only be booked through Scott Dunn as part of an itinerary with at least 7 nights accommodation in total.


There are 420 rooms in the Garden Wing and the newer Ocean Wing. The Garden Wing Rooms have private Lanais (ground floor) or balconies with day beds (first floor) while the Ocean Wing Rooms have private ocean view balconies with outdoor bathtubs and use of a private pool for Ocean Wing residents only. All rooms have a Malaysian influenced design, broadband access and TVs while the Garden Wing Suites have additional amenities such as DVD players and plasma screens.


This is a great family resort - it is comfortable, has plenty of activities to suit all ages and has a safe and easy environment in which children can discover the amazing highlights of the rare flora and fauna of this region. Kids will love the treetop canopy walk and exploring the nature reserve. Rasa Ria has a great children’s pool, babysitting and complimentary kids club (for 4 -12 year olds) with activities including cooking, face painting, kite making and learning how to be a ranger for the day. Children's meals are also available.


With nine different outlets for eating and drinking the choice on offer at Rasa Ria is vast and includes delicious freshly prepared Indian, Chinese and Malaysia fare. Recreational facilities include an 18 hole championship golf course, state-of-the-art gym, private nature reserve, swimming pool, floodlit tennis court and the impressive Dalit Spa.


There is so much to do during your stay at Rasa Ria. You can go sailing, white water rafting (seasonal), windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, waterskiing, fishing, cycling, golf, nature walks, boat tours and golf, to name a few.

Location & Directions

Kota Kinabulu, Malaysia

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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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

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