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 watersports are available as well as the option to enjoy bicycle tours through local villages and markets.
The rooms are decorated in a contemporary Asian design and all have a balcony or terrace, air conditioning, television, mini bar 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.
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.
Food and 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, dependant on the hotel’s occupancy levels.
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.
Facilities and Activities
The hotel offers a wealth of activities to enjoy including two large free-form swimming pools (one for the exclusive use of Ocean Wing guests) as well as a smaller children's pool and a choice of water sports. Complimentary water sports include sea kayaks, catamaran and boogie boarding, while there is also the option to book paddle boarding, jet-skiing and fishing for a local cost.
The hotel offers a 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 other 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.
Environmental and Social Responsibility
One of the special features of the Rasa Ria is its Nature Reserve. The major focus of the reserve is wildlife conservation and the preservation of the delicate rainforest eco-system alongside research, study and education schemes.
There is a Foster An Animal scheme that offers guests the option to adopt any of the animals found within the nature reserve.
The resort also offers a tree planting scheme originally set up in 1996 in response to the devastating effects of tropical storm Greg. The scheme is run in conjunction with the World Wide Fund and Sabah guests are encouraged to contribute to the reforestation effort by planting a sapling within the resort's 400 acre site.
Away from the beach there is an excellent choice of excursions that can be booked locally.
There are daily bicycle excursions to local villages or visiting nearby markets. The nearby Sea Gypsy community is also an interesting area to visit to appreciate a different type of culture. In the evening there are sunset cocktails cruises, as well as night time fire fly spotting on a boat down the river.
It's also possible to book rafting excursions, trips to Mount Kinabalu National Park, horse riding and river excursions.
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.
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