Explore the contrasts of east and west, modern and traditional in the fascinating city of Hong Kong before relaxing on the beautiful island of Borneo.
3 nights Hong Kong, including breakfast; 7 nights Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
12 days from £1,890pp
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On the beach - 8 days
Shangri La's Rasa Ria Resort
Nestled between forested hills and a long sweep of pristine beach, the Rasa Ria is a large, stylish hotel set next to a lush nature reserve.
The Rasa Ria has an enviable position that offers more than simply golden sands and the warm waters of the South China Sea. Set amidst a nature reserve and 400 acres of tropical forest, you can climb the reserve’s hill for a breakfast with views of Mount Kinabalu, go sailing in the afternoon and enjoy private dining on the beach by night. The resort is heavily involved in the preservation of local wildlife and guests can see conservation work at first-hand on guided jungle walks and birdwatching trips. You can also explore local markets or villages, enjoy a host of water sports or simply relax in the spa. Close to Mount Kinabalu and a gorgeous marine park, the options for entertainment are wide open. The Garden Wing has a large pool and is a good option for families with a lively kids club with plenty of activities. The luxurious Ocean Wing has superb rooms, a separate pool only for Ocean Wing guests and exclusive use of Oceano restaurant for breakfast.
The hotel has 499 modern rooms with a contemporary Malaysian style. Tranquil Ocean Wing rooms have expansive balconies with outdoor bathtubs and daybeds for romantic evenings watching the sun set over the South China Sea.
After the beach - 4 days
Financial hub, cultural hotspot, pioneering metropolis and yet a bastion of tradition, Hong Kong is outwardly progressive yet firmly tied to its rich customs and heritage. Alongside the towering skyscrapers, world renowned restaurants and glittering malls you'll find age-old markets and healers, shrines and temples smoky with incense and fishing villages doggedly clinging to tradition. With beautiful beaches and national parks just outside the city limits, this unashamedly ambitious city with its sophisticated residents, stunning skyline and super-charged atmosphere offers endless opportunities for discovery.
Set in one of Hong Kong's liveliest and most popular districts, The Langham is a large but tranquil hotel offering superb facilities and beautiful interiors which combine the best of contemporary design and artwork with traditional touches.
Shangri La's Rasa Ria Resort
499 rooms, 6 restaurants, 2 pools
Set on a long, wide stretch of golden sand about 45 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu, Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is ideal for a relaxing beach stay. The hotel offers a wide variety of facilities and an adjoining nature reserve.
It is a larger resort with 499 well-appointed guest rooms split between the Garden Wing and the Ocean Wing.
For those who prefer to be a little more active, a wide choice of excursions and water sports are available as well as the option to enjoy bicycle tours through local villages and markets.
Shangri La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is an excellent choice for families, with something to appeal to all age groups. For children aged 5-11 there is a kids' club from 8am-7pm offering a wide variety of supervised creative activities such as batik painting, kite making, forest walks and ranger experiences.
The resort has a secluded location on a beautiful, golden-sand beach, backed by rainforest. The adjoining nature reserve also offers great opportunities to learn more about the local flora and fauna.
There is a shuttle bus that does the 45 minute journey into Kota Kinabalu through the day and taxis are available costing around RM90-100.
Shangri La's Rasa Ria is an excellent all round property for those wanting to enjoy something a little more than just the beach. The facilities are excellent with a great range of activities while the nature reserve is a lovely feature.
The rooms are decorated in a contemporary Asian design and all have a balcony or terrace, air conditioning, television, minibar and safe.
The Garden Wing offers 326 rooms and suites to suit both couples and families while the Ocean Wing’s 173 rooms offer a more luxurious, exclusive level of accommodation. The Ocean Wing has its own separate reception and check-in along with a pool exclusively for the use of Ocean Wing guests and exclusive use of the Oceano restaurant for breakfast daily.
Garden wing - Deluxe garden view room upper floor
Deluxe garden view rooms are 36 sq m (387 sq ft) with views over the resort gardens.
Garden wing - Deluxe garden view room ground floor
Deluxe garden view rooms are 36 sq m (387 sq ft) with views over the resort gardens.
Garden wing - Deluxe room
These rooms are a comfortable 36 sq m (387 sq ft) with a light, modern décor.
Garden wing - Deluxe seaview room upper floor
These 36 sq m (387 sq ft) rooms have the additional benefit of views across the gardens to the South China Sea.
Garden wing - Executive seaview room
Located on higher floors, these 36 sq m (387 sq ft) rooms offer unobstructed sea views.
Garden wing - Executive suite
With a separate bedroom and living room, these spacious suites are 72 sq m (775 sq ft).
Ocean wing - Premier garden view room
The luxurious Ocean wing Premier garden view rooms are a spacious 90 sq m (968 sq ft) with a large balcony that includes an over-sized outdoor bath and large daybed.
Ocean wing - Premier seaview room
The luxurious Ocean wing, Premier seaview rooms are a spacious 90 sq m (968 sq ft) with a large balcony that includes an over-sized outdoor bath and large daybed.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
The hotel offers a wealth of activities to enjoy including two large freeform swimming pools (one for the exclusive use of Ocean Wing guests) as well as a smaller children's pool and a great choice of water sports. Complimentary water sports including sea kayaks, catamaran and boogie boarding, whilst there is also the option to book paddle boarding, jet skiing and fishing for a local cost.
The hotel offers a wide range of activities in its Nature Reserve, which is home to a wide spectrum of Sabah wildlife. Although this wildlife can be harder to spot than in areas such as the Kinabatangan River or Danum Valley you may see species of deer, long-tailed macaque, pheasant, civet, bear cat, masked musang, monitor lizard, water hen, porcupine, slow loris, pangolin, pitcher plant, fruit bat and many species of bird. Please note there is a local charge for all nature reserve activities.
For golf enthusiasts, Dalit Bay Golf & Country club is the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course. Bordered by the Tambalang and Mengkabong rivers, guests can tee-off with stunning views of Mount Kinabalu in the backdrop.
The hotel does not have its own dive centre although it can help guests arrange diving with a number of local operators. However, the diving in this area is not of the same quality as it is in many of our other regions.
Food & drink
With six restaurants, the resort offers a great variety of dining.
During the day, Tepi Laut is a poolside bar offering snacks and drinks while in the evening it evokes Malaysia’s traditions of street food stalls and open, shop-house restaurants with a variety of food “stalls”, offering a wide range of local and street food specialities.
Naan restaurant specialises in Northern Indian and Goan cuisine while Oceano offers authentic Italian recipes. Both restaurants are open for dinner while Oceano is also open for breakfast as an exclusive venue for Ocean Wing guests.
Also open in the evening only, Kozan serves classical Japanese teppanyaki where the food is artistically prepared and grilled on large iron hotplates in front of you by the chef.
Finally the Coffee Terrace and the Golfer’s Terrace are open for all day dining.
Please note that sometimes in quieter periods, some of the restaurants may be closed, dependent on the hotel’s occupancy levels.
The hotel boasts an excellent spa as part of the Dalit Bay Golf and Country Club with a number of treatment rooms. Treatments here include massages (including their Signature Rasa Hot Stones massage), body scrubs, facials, manicures and pedicures.
Location: Hong Kong
Since the colonial era Hong Kong has been Asia’s commercial and cultural hub, making it one of the world’s most cosmopolitan, spectacular and thrilling cities.
The wonder of Hong Kong lies in its unique blend of influences, combining true multicultural modernity with ancient Chinese traditions. Beneath the towering skyscrapers of the Central District, traditional wet markets offer the daily diet of fresh vegetables and live, flapping seafood.
The chic shopping districts of Wanchai and Causeway Bay are replete with international brands and designer labels, but the locals head instead to the bustling night markets of Nathan Road.
Hong Kong attractions
There are countless sightseeing possibilities in the city and surrounding islands. To admire Hong Kong’s signature panorama over glittering skyscrapers to the harbour beyond, take a ride up the precipitous Peak Tram, or travel a little further afield to the fishing harbour at Aberdeen, home to the world's largest floating restaurant.
If time allows, the outlying islands offer a tranquil escape from the hubbub of the city; visit Lantau for the giant Bronze Buddha and Tai O fishing village, or Lamma for fine beaches and hiking opportunities.
Cheap and efficient public transport, wonderful hotels and sumptuous dining combine with a wonderful natural setting to make Hong Kong the ideal place to begin or crown your Asian adventure.
Accommodation: The Langham
The Langham Hotel, Hong Kong, is the flagship property of this internationally renowned chain. What it lacks in views versus some of the competition it more than makes up with exuding elegant European style and provides a refreshing sanctuary, with superb facilities and a distinctly contemporary flair. The charming Mediterranean-themed rooftop pool has a fully equipped health club and range of massage treatments, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind. The Langham also features an extensive and delightful selection of dining options including the three-Michelin starred Cantonese T'ang Court, the chic Bostonian Seafood Grill and the New Your style Main Street Deli.
The property is situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui — one of the liveliest and most popular areas of the city, with a vast array of shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities right on your doorstep. Just a three minute walk to the Star Ferry for a traditional and convenient ten minute harbour crossing to the bustling and vibrant Hong Kong Island, and only a five minute walk to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, the Langham serves as an ideal base for exploring the city.
Day by day
Today you will fly from London to Hong Kong with overnight via Kuala Lumpur.
Upon your arrival into Hong Kong you will make your own way to the Langham where you will spend the next three nights.
Today is at leisure. You may like to take a trip on the Victoria Peak Tram. Once at the top of the peak you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of the city. This evening you may wish to visit Temple Street night markets and try your hand at bartering.
Today is at leisure. You may wish to visit the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home to the world's largest Buddha Statue.
Today you will make your way back to the airport for your onward flight to Kota Kinabalu. From here you will be transferred by private vehicle to the Shangri-La Rasa Ria where you will spend the next seven nights.
Today is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful resort and its facilities.
Another day at leisure.
The hotel offers excellent facilities including a number of water sports which you may wish to take advantage of.
Days 9 - 11
Return to the airport today in time for your flight to Hong Kong.
Change planes in Hong Kong for your flight back home.
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