friends recommended the hotel to us after they had previously stayed there and enjoyed the resort. the prices however had increased vastly since their visit & were quite shocked by the price we paid. having previously contacted the hotel we were allocated a very nice room on the 4th floor with a mixed garden, sea and mountain view - room 452. this was near the lft where a ice machine was located - perfect for the G&T on the verandah!
Although we enjoyed our 4 night stay, we felt that the resort was too big for what we would normally choose. Being just before chinese new year, the hotel was full with many large groups of families. Breakfast was buffet style and felt like 'school dinners' - we found this an harrassed experience each morning for a 5star hotel.
The staff were extremely helpful, friendly and polite. When we arrived we were advised that we would recieve complimentary fruit. this didnt arrive so when we enquired, this was rectified - and recieved 2 plates of fruit! One night our sleep was disturbed by people shouting in the room next door. the rooms all had an adjoining door to the next room and at 2am, we had to ring to reception to ask them to address the situation. by way of any apology we unexpectadly recived a note of apology together with a plate of very delightful chocolates - a very nice gesture.
The golf facilites were great. rather expensive but we played in a guest v. staff tournament - which my husband won and was suitably happy with his new t-shirt! we enjoyed seeing the orangutans though felt that having to pay extra to see them was again rather excessive.
The pool was great and the beach and sea was lovely. fortunatley the grounds were large so you didnt feel too much on top of each other for the size of the resort.
we would recommend the hotel and golf course to friends but would advise to check out prices to try and secure a deal. Being quite isolated you had to eat at the hotel. the prices were quite expensive. Including the compulsory taxes, we paid more than £1000 for the 4nights, excluding the golf and orangutan visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is set on Pantai Dalit beach surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation, including a unique nature reserve. Here you'll meet Sabah's icon, the fascinating Orang Utan, as well as a remarkable array of indigenous flora and fauna. Unexpected encounters with hornbills who glide right overhead, peacocks walking by during breakfast, a friendly bear cat greeting you from a tree or the occasional wild rabbit, iguana or squirrel crossing your path are all part of the magic of this remarkable resort. Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa goes beyond the offerings of Kota Kinabalu hotels by providing numerous options for relaxation. This includes the magnificent Spa at Dalit Bay, a wide range of water sports, Rasa Ria's own catamarans for cruises and deep sea fishing, a challenging 18-hole championship golf course, tennis, horse riding, a fitness centre and, of course, a fun-filled Kids' Club to care for younger visitors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La`s Rasa Ria Hotel Kota Kinabalu
- Shangri Las Rasa Ria Hotel
- Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort
- Rasa Ria Resort
- Shangri Las Rasa Ria Resort
- Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa Kota Kinabalu, Sabah