This was our third stay here but the last time was several years ago so we saw some changes in Kota Kinabalu itself. We stayed in a seaview room in the Tanjung Wing which i would recommend. Our initial room wasnt high enough so we swapped for a 5th floor room and weren't disappointed. The room was very large and had a wonderful big bed which was comfy. Bathroom was nice and always had plenty of toiletries left for us. The only downside was i think the air conditioning could have been more effective. The hotel has tried to think of everything though and even had a mosi plug although we were only left a few tablet (we brought our own so that was ok). However while we were there we didnt see a single mosquito.
We ate at several places in the hotel including the Italian Peppinos which was lovely, Shang Palace which is Chinese Muslim food and this disappointed really and also Coco joes which we also enjoyed. This is why i find it odd that someone has said there wasnt any choice but TATU and Coco Joes. We also had a few drinks at the sunset bar by the ocean. This is expensive but has long happy hours where it is 2 for 1.
Breakfast was extremely busy but is served till 10.30am. The choice was amazing and the hotel have several egg stations for omlettes etc, fresh yoghurt and yoghurt ice cream and anything you could think of. They even served dim sum. Also no matter how busy it was we were always found a table.
As regards cleanliness i couldnt fault it. It was spotless. Someone mentioned cockroaches but we didnt see any although on some of the outside corridors we saw several dead beetles which are nasty but expected in the tropics and we only saw these outside and not in the rooms or public areas.
The swimming pool is amazing. It is huge and has lifeguards as does the beach area. The adult pool is strictly enforced by them so the kids kept to their own pools. There is a problem here with people reserving sunbeds but if you don't do it you will end up without one so you have to do the same. Beware though as some guests are not averse to removing your belongings as we found when we only left them to eat lunch.
The beach is clean and we swam in the sea and yes occasionally first thing in the morning after a windy night we saw litter but this was around the jetty area and not the swimming area.
The gym is very large and has all the latest high tech equipment plus steam rooms etc.
The hotel also do trips, we went by speedboat to Mamutuk for about £11 each. This is one of the little islands off the hotel where you can snorkel. You used to be able to visit several of the islands but now the hotel only do Mamutuk.
We did get taxis into Kota Kinabalu several times which the hotel arrange. They used to do a shuttle bus but now only do this to the sister hotel the Rasa Ria. The taxi is 30RM each way which is about £6. We also went to the waterfront area where there are restaurants and an irish pub. Food and drink are both expensive in Borneo.
There is a restaurant up the beach called Sri Tanjung which is seafood. I recommend this as the food was lovely and the owner even took us back to the hotel afterwards.
We really enjoyed our stay here and have no hesitation in recommending it.
- 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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