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Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“Great hotel”
Reviewed November 25, 2007

My wife and I stayed for 8 nights with our sons, aged 11 and 14. We had a delightful sea view from the Kinabalu Wing, and a great stay. Service was friendly, relaxed and helpful at all times. (One of the delights of Sabah was the warm welcome from all; beaming smiles everywhere, in the hotel and beyond.) We never felt out of place with our kids. We especially liked the breakfast at Cafe Tatu (and echo the comments elsewhere about getting a room rate to include breakfast). Drinks are relatively pricey; but happy hours at different times in the various bars help. Bit irritated at having to pay extra to access the internet, but no big deal. We also highly recommend the visit to the Rasa Ria to see the Orang Utan Sanctuary. Wish we had had time to go to Sepilok; maybe on our next visit, because we will return. Overall, this is a splendid hotel in a wonderful place.

  • Liked — Luxurious room with beautiful view
  • Disliked — Price of drinks
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 21, 2007

this was prob one of the best ever holidays we had, pure luxuary from start to finish , the food was out of the world, the rooms were 5 star without a doubt!, booze expensive , take plenty cash and use the hotel spa expensive but worth it, fly over to the orang utan sanctuaty , your not sure to see any but we seen at least 20 it was so amazing to see these animals out in the wild , you wont be dissapointed !, there was nothing we didnt like about this holiday the people the beaches the hotle the whole experience will make sure we go back here again as some point!

  • Liked — everything it was spotless
  • Disliked — there was nothing not to like
  • Stayed October 2005, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank fabioEdinburgh
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Reviewed November 11, 2007

We recently returned home from our 10 night stay at Tanjung Aru and we had an absolute blast!! First look at this resort and you'll be blown away. It is stunning- a real tropical paradise! The lobby is amazing with its attention to detail and classy yet traditional malay appearance. The staff are very welcoming and completely genuine. We especially want to thank Jainis on conceierge who took special care of us when we went to Rasa Ria to see the orang-utans and also Haensen who was just a lovely young man. When we first arrived at Tanjung Aru we learned we had been upgraded and the room was beautiful, we couldn't of been happier! There was a great variety of daily activities for both children and adults and the watersports were especially a fav of ours. We took a 5 island cruise which was amazing, a 'must do' on your trip to Kota Kinabalu. Also visiting the orang-utans was a real highlight too! We ate in every resturant in our resort and the food was always delicious and good value for money. We especially loved our breakky times where the selection was fantastic and beautifully presented. All facilities at resort we perfect and we would definately recommend this place to anyone-it truely is heavenly!! Thanks Tanjung Aru for making our holiday to Sabah such a memorable one!!

  • Liked — Over all expierence was fantastoc!!
  • Disliked — Blue Note nightclub was too noisy at night time.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2007

We stayed at the STAR from 14 Oct for 6 nights. I decided on this location rather than the Rasa Ria for its proximity to town. A decision I was glad I made. The lobby and grounds and restaurants are all beautiful. Our rooms which were the Tanjung Deluxe room had the promised seaview but were quite a hike from the facilities. We were never offered the Club upgrade and after a lengthy check-in I forgot to ask for it. We arrived 3 hours after we were due and our rooms were not ready. This was a little disappointing as check in time was supposed to be 2pm. My main issue with this hotel was the price of food and drinks in relation to the restaurants in town. I understand that you pay a premium but the service and quality of food and drinks (impossible to get a cold beer, always served in warm glasses so they go flat immediately) was not worth the huge price difference. The service at Coco Joes was non existent. The service in Cafe Tatu for breakfast was exceptional and the choice was great. Did not eat in the other restaurants as could not justify the price. Room Service although we did not have it seemed pretty reasonable. We went to the Rasa Ria for the day to view the Orang Utans and that was well worth the expense. Again the Grounds were lovely. Food was very average for the price but the service at their Poolside was a step up on Coco Joes. Overall I would say the hotel ok but definately not 5 star but with some service issues addressed it is not far away. Get a room rate that includes breakfast and then eat your other meals at the great restaurants at the Waterfront or at Tanjung Aru First Beach for 1/5 the price.

  • Liked — The view from our room and the amazingly helpful Porter/Concierge
  • Disliked — Reception Staff and Coco Joes Staff
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2007

We stayed at the Shangri La Tanjung Aru from 8th - 14th October 2007 and from the moment we arrived we were well looked after. We were on our belated honeymoon and hotel spoilt us with gifts. We were upgraded to a Tanjung deluxe room, which was spacious, very well appointed and comfortable. Like other reviewers the toiletries were of good quality and plentiful. We had fresh fruit daily in our room which was a lovely touch.

All the staff at the hotel were very pleasant and friendly and soon knew and remembered our breakfast requirements and the drinks we preferred at the bar. What service. All took time out to speak with us, which was lovely, as these are the people who make our holidays - the local personalities. We learnt alot from them about KK, Sabah and Hari Raya.

We too went on an early morning trip and were delighted to be able to have breakfast delivered to our room at no additional cost to us. At 5:30 in the morning it was delivered with a smile, and everything we requested was there, beautifully presented. They even delivered a toaster so we could toast our own bread, most impressive.

We found the food in cafe TaTu to be of a very high standard, we especially enjoyed the choices for breakfast and the buffet dinner was something else, for a foodie like myself it was delightful. We do have to recommend the fish and chips off the a la carte menu, reasonably priced and plentiful.

A downsider to the TaTu cafe was we found too many children being allowed to run around, a lack of parental control in my opinion. It would be a good idea to have an adults only section both inside and out.

We were always able to get a lounger by the pool, however I would comment that the mattresses were thin and had seen better days. Having just come from another 5 star hotel I expected the mattresses to be thicker. Also we had experienced more poolside service, free iced water, cool towels and sunscreen all supplied, I suppose I expected the same here, but it wasn't to be,

Whilst you are in KK, go to the waterfront, there are some lovely restaurants and bars there, costing a fraction of the price of the hotel.
Also, treat yourself to a massage at the EuroCafe, Jaidin and Saini give an excellent foot scrub and reflexology treatment at a very reasonable price - after a hard day around the shops we felt we could run a marathon!

Overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel, It is ideally situated for both beach and town which is only a short RM15 taxi ride to KK city centre.

Stayed October 2007
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Reviewed October 21, 2007

We spent six wonderful nights at th Tanjung Aru from the 7th to the 13th of October. Our stay was perfect. We had booked 2 Tanjung Deluxe rooms overlooking the Thai Chi garden, and requested interconnecting if possible . ( our 2 children are 13 and 16 ). All these requests were fulfilled. The rooms are beautiful and spacious with lovely balconies. They were left well cleaned everyday and toiletries always restocked. Very generous amounts of bottled water were always supplied.
All staff were so friendly and helpful, from the people ordering you taxis and unloading/loading luggage on arrival /departure, to the reception staff who always greeted you with a smile, and the great staff working poolside for food and drinks.
We chose to upgrade both our rooms to provide Kinabulu Club access. We did this on arrival at a cost of 150 MR per room per day ( or approx AUD$50 per room/day ).
This meant we had wonderful peaceful breakfasts in the club. The food was great as was the variety.
Afternoon tea was available in the afternoons, and evening drinks and canapes were served from 5-7pm.
Tea /cofee and softdrinks are available all day and 2 computers are available with free broadband.
What made this club experience so special was the delightful staff working there. Johnny, Brian and Lynda make you feel so welcome, and nothing is too much trouble. The service in the evenings is very generous and such a lovely setting to take in the views and wind down after a big day. These people had a huge influence on how much we enjoyed our holiday, because we felt so well looked after and spoilt.
Coco Joes by the pool was great for lunches and drinks, and we had an evening meal there also. Something for everyone on the menu.
We dined one evening at the Tatu buffet. Food was good but quite pricey at 140 MR each + drinks + tax (15% ).
We also had lunch in the Borneo Bar which was tasty and well priced.
We also dined in our room on several occasions. The room service menu is extensive, with timely delivery, great presentation, and it was delicious, and quite well priced.
We ventured to Tanjung first beach 1 night and dined at the seafood restaraunt which was good.
The pools are great, with plenty of loungers, and shade.
Our breakfast was included in our package, and 1 morning we were being picked up at 6am to fly to Sandakan for the day. We had the option of taking packed breakfast boxes with us or room service breakfast at no charge. We opted for the roomservice and it was great.
Laundry isn't cheap, but there is a Special of 20 items for 120MR, ( about AUD$40 ).
We travelled on the shuttle 1 day to the Rasa Ria, as my husband and son had booked for the ATV Safari.
Shuttle takes 45mins-1 hour and costs 35mr return per person.
The ATV Safari was FANTASTIC. It goes for 1 1/2 hours and travels through jungle, small rivers and the beach, and includes a stop for coffee and cake in a local village. You do get VERY dirty, but it is great fun. Book in advance 220Mr each. Staff at Tanjung Aru can book it for you. We enjoyed using the pools and lunch at the Rasa Ria that day.
Borneo Beach Bums at the resort marina are great. We did Parasailing ( 180MR per double ) and also went to Manutik Island 1 day to snorkel . ( 200MR for 4 people for return transfers to island + 40Mr for masks and snorkels ). This was great, but remember to take extra cash to pay the Marine Park entrance fee on arrival to island .
Overall, we had a superb holiday, and we will definately return to Sabah and the Tanjung Aru. The beautiful people there made our stay so wonderful.
I am happy to answer any questions.

  • Liked — Spacious, clean, great toiletries, great service
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
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London, England
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Reviewed October 20, 2007

As part of a bigger trip to Malysia and Borneo, we had two seperate 4 night stays here. I won't say anything about Borneo other than that its a beautiful place and we'll definately go back. The good news is that the same can be said for the Tanjung Aru resort.

In our first stint we stayed in a deluxe room in the Tanjung wing (room only). I was impressed with the quality (especially as this is the older wing), the room was a good size, pretty well equipped and had a great view of the pitch and putt and ocean beyond. We were then off to Sandakan for a few days and the Tanjung were happy to hold on to our luggage for us.

On our return (room only again) we were given a free upgrade to a Kinabalu wing room and the Kinabalu Club benefits. Whilst the room was more modern, I'm not sure its really mush of an upgrade. The Club benefits are probably worth it but could go further - breakfast in the club lounge, afternoon tea, free drinks in early evening and free interenet access. Amazed there is no wi-fi in the rooms though.

We had breakfast either in the room or the club lounge so can't comment on the other options. We tried the restaurants in the evennig and were pleased with them all. Would still reccommend heading out of the resort though.

Overall, the hotel was great. The pool is great to lie around, very clean and has plenty of shade. The restaurants and bars are good and fairly reasonably priced for a hotel (but obviously far more expensive than outside of the resort). The service we had from all staff was second to none. Each and every one couldn't have been more helpful and eager to please. To be fair though, that was pretty much the story all over Borneo.

Some summary points:
- Excelent service
- High quality rooms and resort
- Great pool area
- Child friendly ( so it appeard anyway)
- Good food

- Also a conference venue so could alter the atmosphere
- There's no excuse for charging three times the going rate for a beer.
- Beach not as inviting as the pool, and no shade

Would definately go back, and thats a good sign as far as I'm concerened.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Address: 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Business Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#3 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 495
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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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