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Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu, is a great place to stay if you need a stopover in Kota Kinabulu before heading over to the jungle given its proximity to the airport.

At a Glance

  • Just a few minutes from the airport, so the best place to stay if you need a stopover en route to the jungle

  • Children will love the on-site water play park

  • Home to one of Malaysia's best Italian restaurants

  • Great sunset views

Adventure, Beach

Insider's View

Great place to stay if you need a stopover in Kota Kinabulu as it is just a few minutes' drive from the airport.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo


Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu has a beach front location in Kota Kinabulu just a stone's throw away from the city center. If you need to spend a night here before heading to Sandakan this is the perfect place to stay as it is just a few minutes drive from the airport.

This is a big resort comprising 492 luxurious rooms and suites which are split into two wings - Kinabulu and Tanjung. Those in the Kinabulu wing have a more traditional design and offer views of either Mounta Kinabulu or the ocean whilst the rooms in the Tanjung wing are a bit more modern in design and face the south China Sea.

There are many restaurants to choose from whether you want local Malay, the comfort of western food, Italian or Chinese. The Sunset Bar is also a great place to head to for pre-dinner cocktails. If you upgraded to a suite or club room you can also enjoy the club lounge benefits of cocktails and canapés and you can have breakfast here too if you wanted somewhere a bit quieter to start your day.

Children will love Tanjung Aru as there is a fantastic kids club, kids pool area complete with a splash park and water balloon bombs. There are child friendly menus and interconnecting rooms available too.

You can enjoy both d and non-d watersports here at an extra charge. If you are a keen diver or snorkeller there are some great opportunities for spotting the colorful marine life. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy deep sea diving or if you want to explore further afield you could perhaps consider chartering a boat for the day.


Shangri-La Tanjung Aru has 492 rooms and suites which are divided into two wings - the Kinabulu Wing and the Tanjung Wing. Rooms in the Kinabulu Wing offer views of both the ocean and Mount Kinabulu whilst those in the Tanjung Wing face the South China Sea.


Children are welcome at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru and they will have a whale of a time here as the resort is really geared towards families. There is a kids club for children aged 4 and above where English speaking staff with supervise and entertain the children. Babysitting is also available out of kids club hours. There is a water play area and pool which is specially for children complete with water slides, water balloon launchers and a shallow swimming area.


Dining options at Tanjung Aru cater for all tastes, whether you want Malay, grill, buffet style, Chinese or Italian you can find it here. A drink at the Sunset bar to watch the sun set is highly recommended!

Location & Directions

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Just 10-minutes from the city center and Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

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) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo

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