Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Address: Pantai Dalit Beach, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 89208, Malaysia | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Pantai Dalit Beach, Kota Kinabalu, is near Cove Bay.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsShangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu

      Reviewed by hopskipandajane

      Lovely beach, Lots of kids at the pool!

      Reviewed Apr 20, 2014
      by (5 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

      So I don't have kids... But they weren't all bad! They seem to have lots of activities to keep them entertained and the resort has lots and lots of pool and beach chairs, so regardless of who gets up early to stake a claim, you are pretty much guaranteed a soft towel clad lounge of your own.

      Eat at the "market" for your fill of Malay food, and all you can eat Duck pancakes - worth it on their own!

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      Reviewed by globalfootprint

      Amazing resort

      Reviewed Jul 17, 2013
      by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Incredible stay! Anything you could possibly want they provide. Rooms are beautiful, the resort sits on its own private beach, has a nature reserve with its own baby orangutans, and a great pool. The staff are incredibly attentive and will ensure you have everything you need, including coming around to ensure your iced-cold water is topped up, give you iced flannels to cool you down or ice-lollies and in the evening they will come around with mosquito repellent. Ask for Eddy when you arrive, as he will make you feel so welcome and special.

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      Reviewed by claireandrich

      Incredible Shangri-La

      Reviewed Jun 29, 2013
      by (3 reviews) Balham, London , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      It's the Shangri-La, its amazing. What more is there to say. Oh, make sure to upgrade to the Seaview rooms.

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      Reviewed by boop

      Good but not wow

      Reviewed May 5, 2013
      by (2 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Room is v nice and spacious and while we opted for the cheapest room ( room at the garden wing with forest view), it's not a bad room, specially with a day bed and a v spacious sitting area in our own balcony. The balcony could do with a ceiling fan specially during hot and humid times like today.

      Service is good, warm and friendly but honestly, food wasn't that great. Breakfast was a disappointment ---quantity over quality springs to mind and there's nothing I would go back for. The congee condiments were lacklustre and everything looked dry and unappetising . Perhaps we are comparing it with the quality of food at the mandarin oriental in KL where we stayed? Also didn't appreciate that a myr3,000 deposit had to me made in case if emergency....what was that for? Just in case we run away and not pay the bill? Leaves a bad taste in the mouth I must say. Dinner at the cafe shop and while it wasn't bad, found that gone really the food tastes bland ---like it was catered to appeal to all, so food tasted boring and mass market to be honest.

      Beach was nice but ni sea life at all, nature walk in the 64 care nature reserve you have to pay for even as a guest and hubby wanted to book a session with the golf coach....guess what? No golf coach available as coach was away on Trainibg in no one else to do it while the coach was away. We are on our 2nd night and frankly we feel that this property is a bit of a let down compared to the other shangrila s we've stated at.

      Feeling hot hot hot!
      Tuaran, Malaysia
      Sunset by the beach
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      Sunset by the pool
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      Reviewed by wildflower401


      Reviewed May 9, 2011
      by (1 review) , Philippines Flag of Philippines

      the resort was nice. the people were warm and welcoming. The resort could do with a renovation to improve the facilities. I noticed that the facilities are not on a Sharila standard. The hallways are not that clean either. Overall i'd say it was ok, we were happy but could do with a bit of improvement.

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      Reviewed by kemio

      Shangri-La's Resort

      Reviewed Sep 2, 2010
      by (1 review) Liaoning , China Flag of China

      Good senerary, service

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      Historical Traveler Reviews Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu

      Absolute heaven,,,,,


      My family (2 boys 11 and 8) have recently returned to England. We're all a little jet lagged but even that cannot dampen our enthusiasm when describing this hotel and Sabah.

      Our room- a suite - with balcony views in every direction was divine. Luxorious fabrics and decoration.

      The staff......what can I say ? Always ready with a smile( even though they work long hours!- you'd often have the same staff serve breakfast lunch and dinner with different uniform only) and quick to offer assistance. Highly recommend the Naan- the welcome, hospitality and madras mocchitos were unsurpassed.

      The Coast restaurant food was fabulous with chic style .....although a little stuffy -trying to take it all too seriously !

      We went on a number of trips

      Sandakan/Sepilok and Kimbatang river- NOT to be missed. Saw orang utangs in the wild too . Proboscis monkeys with pot bellies ; long tailed macaques; boas;cobras;wild boar; eagles etc etc. Cabins were fab

      Sapi and Gaya island- great trip. Also tried the sea walking which was fun. Snorkelling was ok too.

      Deep sea fising on the Rasa Ria Reef Cat- and caught our supper- 31 fish in total ! Staff on boat unbelievable. They were fantastic !!

      Orang utang/ nature reserve- excellent

      River boat cruise inc. batik painting convinced my husband he does have an artistic bone in his body after all !

      There was some alterations whilst we were there but this did not affect our enjoyment in the slightest

      Sunsets .......well there's another story........stunning !

      Paradise Island!!!


      Visited in January 05. This was one of the best holidays we have had!

      we visited KL on the way and Singapore on the way home and it was great.

      recieved a very warm welcome on arival, lots of activities at resort, ( you need to book a day in advance) newly refurbished rooms with sea view,

      Nature reserve was best part for us in fact we went on the trip to sepilok orangutan santuary but saw far more at the hotels reserve.

      Reccomend the Naan resturant excellent food & friendly staff, coast resturant v good need to book in advance. helicopter ride great fun and quad safari, lots of wildlife around the pool, fell in love with the hornbill make friends with him if you can! the spa is worth a visit ( beware they are very firm!)

      loved the feeling of being in the rainforest, would go back tomorrow if I could, definately recommend this hotel/holiday if you are a nature lover, have FUN!

      ( p.s you could not snorkel due to jellyfish you need to arrange to go to other small island for diving etc)

      Fantastic Place


      After reading the many and varied reports on the site I have recently returned from Rasa Ria.

      A fantastic hotel with some of the most helpful and attentive staff. Working in the travel industry I am probably one of the most critical travellers however I cannot fault this hotel. Typical Shangri La service from the moment you sign in to check out - supberb for those looking for a tranquil holiday.

      Great to see the Orangutans on site and how well they are cared for.

      For those of you looking for adventure try the 2 day excursion to Turtle Island and Sepilok well worth the money and great fun

      What a great place


      Guys ,

      Stayed at the above resort in march 05, could not fault the complex , Maybe the only problem is the distance it is from Kota Kinabalu 40 mins by Taxi at a cost of approx 70 ringet each way $23.00 Oz dollars, good Nature reserve next door with orang utangs that you can see, worth the vist , they are also astd with the Sepilok orang utan sanctuary in Sandakan.

      Nice grounds good pool area

      Orangutans in borneo


      just want to clarify something just finished my holidays there and they still have their 64 acres of nature reserve and 5 orangutans they were beautiful.....



      Don't see how anybody can fault this hotel. It is well worth upgrading to a sea view room for a gorgeous view of the bay and some fab sunsets! I think we paid something like an additional 4 per night. Staff are so friendly and helpful - food is vg and reasonable. Coast restaurant is well worth a visit but a bit more expensive than the others and wine can be q. pricey - starts from about 15 a bottle. The hotel is about 45mins drive from Kota Kinabalu - you can get on the shuttle bus which costs you 22 ringgits each but to be honest if I was visiting again I would give KK a miss. We climbed Mount Kinabalu whilst there which took up 2 days so only really had 6 days at the hotel. I would imagine if you were there for say 2 weeks, you might get bored with the same 4 restaurants as there isn't any other option close by. Having said that, all 4 are very good. Loads of trips to do which hotel organise for you.

      Had a foot massage by the pool the day we left - prepare for some pain. It was not as relaxing as it looks!!!

      Nice hotel for relaxation and watching wild life


      Stayed in the Rasa Ria for 3 nights/4days.


      Very friendly, hospitable and polite staff.

      The atmosphere is relaxing and non intrusive.

      The restaurants are nice. (Coast, outdoor restaurant and Naan but not the coffee shop)

      The hotel is generally well run and there were no hiccups during our stay.

      Very pleasant stay with no upsets at all - which I believe is a deliberate effort of the hotel not to upset their guest in anyway.


      The rooms are only 4-star in terms of furnishing and design (eg the bathroom ware, design of room and the furniture are not really top grade. Stains in carpet and small low grade television. Not bad but definitely not luxurious)

      The resort is 45 minutes from Kota Kinabalu and costs RM80 by taxi.

      There's nothing much to do at night.

      Many of the activities are chargeable and the cost of activities and restaurants are in par with top 5-star hotels in KL

      In short, this hotel is good for those who wants to relax and get away from everything. It is however not so new or luxurious as many others in the region. Also slightly expensive although I will not say it is not value for money (since the service are excellent).

      Great Relaxation


      My wife & I stayed here for for 6 nights in May 2002 and really enjoyed it. Well I tell a lie because we actually spent 1 night in Laban Rata, half way up Mount Kinabalu. You could not get more of a contrast. Anyway back to the Rasa Ria. It is outside of KK and so you feel a little trapped. However, the hotel does run a transfer to the other Shrangri-La hotel in KK itself. The Rasa-Ria has a good choice of restaurants including the very opulent Coast - take a sweater as the air con is freezing in there. Otherwise they have great hawker style dining alfresco each night. The pools are adequate. There was a nature reserve there too but I have since heard that this may have gone - shame as you got to see the Orangutans up close.

      As mentionned, whilst there we went up Mt Kinablau. This was organised over the web before arrival. If you are going to do this trip book a 2 night trip - stay at the park HQ for 1 and Laban Rata for 1. This will give you some altitude acclimatisation.

      Overall, 5 stars for the Rasa Ria - it is a great place

      Pure Nature at 5 Star Quality


      We stayed 10 days in the wonderful Rasa Ria resort. It is quite remote from the next town, Kota Kinabalu, so it is recommendable to have your own car, but the athmospere of the place, between the jungle and the sea is very unique. The restaurants are excellent, in particular the Coast restaurant that can compete with any designer restaurant in Hong Kong or New York. Unfortunately the sea was at the time full of jelly fish, so we had to use the pool to freshen up, but the lodge at the back of the hotel where you could watch the wildlife coming out of the jungle to feed made more than up for it and during the day you could visit the Orang Utans which are also living just nextdoors.

      Unfortunately we do not play Golf, part of the complex is a very pretty golf course as well. If it was not so far away from Europe, I would go back to Rasa Ria in a heartbeat.

      Service with a smile


      If you love the jungle and everything that goes along with it, stay at Rasa Ria. Here you can sample the heat, humidity and wildlife associated with the jungle but stay in a resort that has lots of quality and charm. Facilities are great as is the service and staff. Rooms are spacious and have everything you need. Not much to do after 11-ish as all entertainment stops then. You can see the Orang-utans in a special sanctuary next to the hotel - 1 min walk and there is a great golf course here too!! Sharon UK

      TripAdvisor Reviews Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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