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.
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 holiday
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.
When to visit
Although a little more expensive, a stay in the Ocean Wing is very much worth it, with exclusive facilities and added benefits
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.
17-hour international flight (one change) to Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The hotel is 35-minutes from the airport.