If you like large resort hotels (and it was our first time) this is a very well run and immaculately maintained example. We stayed for three nights as a relaxing destination after travelling around Borneo. Positives were the beautifully furnished room, the balcony, the lovely views and gardens, as well as the spectacular sunsets. We also liked the system of shopping for items to put in the mini bar which meant we could buy some beers to drink on the balcony in the evenings. In addition, we greatly enjoyed the birdwatching trip around the golf course with Leslie who was charming and very knowledgable. Leslie also led the orang-utan viewing which was delightful, even if the hotel's rescue programme only boasts four orangs at the moment.
We are beachlovers and a negative for us was the number of sandflies on the beautiful sandy beach and the murkiness of the sea (we realised later that a river estuary is just around the headland which may account for this). On the Friday and Saturday that we were there it was really busy with lots of children in the pool, a very crowded and unrelaxing breakfast experience on the Saturday morning, some difficulty in finding a sunbed and many activities booked up, but by Sunday there were many fewer people and the atmosphere was more peaceful. We would have welcomed some boat trips on the sea in the activity programme, as only a river trip was on offer, much of which involved visiting local villages, etc.
The food was indeed quite expensive but good, although we wished we had heartier appetites to do justice to Makan Street and the breakfast buffet. Our anniversary dinner at Coast though was excellent.
Overall, we probably prefer smaller resorts and hotels but that is just our personal preference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort 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 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, ATV safaris, 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 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah