Just completed 10 day stay here, and here is how I found it.
Check in was effortless, room was a slight disappointment, but maybe due to having just come from world class hotel in HK. Room was mountain view room- although it actually looked out over the pool. Some of the furnishings are a little dated and I was suprised at the old style TV. However the bathroom was nice and everything worked. You get free mineral water, left by the maid each day. The bed was comfy. Breakfast is buffet style and you can get just about anything from cornflakes to curry. It gets busy so best avoid peak times.The staff are excellent in all departments as you would expect.
The beach is small and has a few loungers on it. Most people stick to the pool, probably because there are no jellyfish in it, there are warnings about jellyfish in the sea. The loungers are probably the most comfy I have ever used.
There is a Spa onsite, it is wonderful, we had 2.5hr treatments there and they were as good as they get. There is a dive school, which I used and they were very good also. Boat trips to the islands offshore and watersports are available from the hotel jetty- much easier than going into KK. There is a brilliant gym onsite also.
There is a poolside restaurant called CoCo's, which sells simple stuff- try the yummy fish and chips. I only ate in the hotel once, there are 3 places within the hotel, the oriental place is nice but pricey. If you wish to eat outside the hotel you can walk down the road (10mins) to a great Hawker market for a very cheap meal (£3-£6 for two), or just beyond that there are 3 proper restaurants, the Tanjung Aru one being the best (it's the one that looks like an aircraft hanger with fish tanks). There is also a bar right by the sea.
Anyway back to the hotel, where nightlife is extremely dull. On Fri/Sat they have the Blue note night club which is very pricey and also very empty. They really do need to attract more people because it's a nice set up. On other nights there is only the main bar near the reception which was largely empty and no fun at all. Whether it's the prices or people just don't want to sit in a bar- I don't know, but it's a shame.
A taxi to KK is fixed at RM15 (£3), I went there nearly everyday and never had a problem.
You can book tours onsite, we did 2 and both were well organised, with good quality guides and transport.
So all in all a good place to stay, but if you want some excitement in the evening, you'll have to travel to the city, which isn't difficult at all.
One other thing, the sunset bar which opens between 5 and 8 is a great place to chill out after a hard day round the pool. The drinks are half price and you get to see a crazy fella messing about with fire- you'll hear him first. Also you can witness the who-has-the-biggest-camera-on-a-tripod-competition. But the Japanese will always win!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La`s Tanjung Aru Resort And Spa
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- Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Resort
- Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Hotel
- Shangri La Kota Kinabalu
- Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa Kota Kinabalu, Sabah