Wrestled with choice of Rasa Ria or Tanjung Aru and definitely made right choice. Could not fault our time there. We were encouraged by reading TA reviews to upgrade to club room, which was a great decision. We were booked into mountain view but were advised to request room 9626, on club floor at end of corridor which actually gives sea and mountain view, and it was fabulous. Club facilities are fantastic. However, although the breakfast in club lounge is more relaxed, cool and quiet, the choice in the main restaurant for breakfast is huge and with the choice of either, you can pick and choose either on a daily basis.
Also with the club lounge, you are able to use shower facilities, with drinks and snacks prior to check out after vacating you room if you have a late pickup.
The pool is fab, if I had children with me, I would find the facilities for them excellent. The adult only area is really lovely. The beach although small and the water a little milky, was not dirty or contaminated as some have reported. I saw not one piece of rubbish at all, I do not understand the bad reviews of this.
We did not use the hotel restaurants in the evening as we prefer to sample the club lounge snacks and drinks early eve then head out for a bit of local colour.
Trip to Rasa Ria to see Orangs was hugely disappointing. We took advice not to go to Sepilok as it requires flights and a whole day out of a short week, and is very crowded. So RR sounded great, however it is quite a long way, which incidentally made the RR hotel option seem very isolated from anything or anywhere. Prior to seeing the Orangs, you are forced to endure the most banal, self promoting video, which we felt demeaning, as it did not educate about how and why these creatures have become orphaned, ie: wilful removal of their habitat and killing of their parents for money. You are then taken to a platform to await their appearance which was almost an hour until they are offered food to encourage them, after which you are quickly escorted back to hotel, where you have to wait 2 hours for your earliest return shuttle. This of course is to encourage spending at the hotel on food and drink at extortionate price. All in all this was the only thing we felt cheated about. Being so remotely placed, I would not have liked to have stayed here as it would have felt restricted to walking out anywhere else in the evenings.
Trip to Klias river to see Proboscis monkeys and fireflies very good booked with Dive Down Below.
Trip to National Park, which included Hot Springs, Canopy Walk, lunch and Park, booked through hotel tour shop, was very good and informative. (Also lucky enough to have seen the rare rafflesia flower).
Overall, the service, the staff, the room facilities and maid service could not have been better, can only imagine those who review poorly, in some way must have deserved it by their own behaviour.
Any questions happily answered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A paradise for the senses surrounded by natural beautyA gentle breeze caresses your face as you wake to the sound of waves lapping the beach. The balcony opens up to an inspiring vista of sparkling coral islands and swaying of palm trees. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, bordered by crystal clear waters and lush vegetation Sophistication surrounds you in a lavishly decorated suite inspired by Borneo’s rich cultural heritage. Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu, is a perfect tropical getaway, a luxurious tranquil retreat just a short drive from the city.Yet, excitement beckons as you set out to discover all Kota Kinabalu’s delights. Making your way to Kinabalu National Park, you are thrust into a jungle paradise of natural wonders, rugged landscapes and scenic beauty. From the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, to the famous Orangutans in their natural habitat, it only gets more breathtaking every step of the way.The afternoon is spent exploring the picturesque town of Kota Belud. As Sabah’s largest and most popular open market, you find gems of all sorts, ranging from handmade handicrafts to mouth-watering local delights like natural honey.Back at the resort, you look forward to a sunset cruise, which departs from STAR Marina, to catch Borneo's famous sunset. Not long after, you wind down at Coco-Joe’s Bar & Grill. Lounging atop one of the beach-dining platforms, over cocktails and a delectable seafood tower, you continue to enjoy the sound of overlapping waves on the shores of Sunset Beach. A pampering session at CHI, The Spa rounds off the day. With treatments based on traditional Asian healing philosophies, you lose yourself in an enchanted and indulgent journey, all on the resort’s private spa island.For every experience here, you are surrounded by natural beauty. And it all begins at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu ... more less
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- Shangri-La`s Tanjung Aru Resort And Spa
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- Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Resort
- Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Hotel
- Shangri La Kota Kinabalu
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