We stayed at this hotel for 8 nights from May 13th 2008 in the upgraded section called the Kinabalu Wing in a sea view room.
I would like to say first of all this is not a true 5* hotel, but, I'm not saying its bad in anyway but its just lacking that something special. For example we also stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in KL during the same trip which is a true class act.
Right, I would strongly advise upgrading to the Kinabalu wing as its obviously newer than the rest of the hotel and thus in better condition. We walked round the corridors of the standard wing and they resemble a concrete car park...... Second reason is for the breakfast which is fantastic...... Thirdly is for the use of the Kinabalu lounge, i have put this last for a reason. Yes Bryan and his team provide a very good service with nice touches like remembering your name etc and the idea of free evening drinks is appealing but the complimentary beverage time is from 5 till 7 which can mess up your day a little as you gotta get back to the room and change earlier than you normally would to get there in time, also the dress code is rather strange! Jeans and a T shirt are acceptable but tailored shorts arn't? But, this is a very sociable lounge and we met some very nice people and got merry together every night :-)
The hotel in general is very pleasant with the grounds kept in very good order. The restaurants are very good too, Our favourite was Shang Palace and Cafe Tatu where it holds a seafood night every weekend which is very tasty. The beach is kept very clean so is the pool area and staff are extremely helpful. The sea is lovely and warm and we would advise doing the island trip from the jetti at the hotel - Here you will find the crystal clear water and powder sand.
The room was well kept and clean, we were expecting a sea view from the bath but its actually a window into the room so you can look out of the balcony but still a nice touch.
One tip we would give is when your ready for some lunch wander down the foodcourts just outside of the hotel where you can eat authentic Malay food which is very good at a fraction of the hotel prices - For example, in the hotel you will pay 39 MR for 12 Satays which are ok - Down the foodcourt we had (ready for this) Chilli Beef, Sweet & Sour Chicken, 12 Satays, rice and chicken noodles washed down with the best fruit smoothies around for 26 MR and its excellent.
There are also some restaurants and bars on the beach where we had some drinks which are also very good.
The town is pretty well developed and cheap - I would recommend trying the Koh I Nor on the seafront also the fish restaurant where they serve the best king lobsters.
- 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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