Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

Pantai Dalit Beach, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 89208, Malaysia | 4 star hotel
Prices starting from $235.00

Travel Blogs from Kota Kinabalu

The last 24 hrs of the holiday

A travel blog entry by lyndajohn on Aug 28, 2013

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Did a bit of a tour today to mount kilabalu, in fact we were the only Brits on the tour. It was a long day but good as we stopped off at some local market and bartered for some t-shirts which I know will fall apart after a week. Midday we stopped the coach at a well dodgy looking place, sat at a table for 12 with one of those lazy Susan revolving …

More flying, more in-flight meals

A travel blog entry by lyndajohn on Aug 26, 2013

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........but worth every hour when we finally arrived at Shangri -la, greeted by a slightly camp receptionist and a gong! When John woke up this morning I was told that he would look 10 years younger by the guy who had tortured his feet the day before. I can honestly say that I didn't notice that much difference, but then he always looks 45 to me …

Monkey Business: The Wild Men of Borneo

A travel blog entry by hopskipandajane on Apr 20, 2014

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People come to Sabah in Malaysia's North East to do many things. Chief among them (as far as I can tell) are climbing Mount Kinabalu (which I didn't, but totally wish I did) and seeing the Orang-utans (which I did and totally wish I could have done more). Of course the beaches and beautiful weather are draw cards too, but these 2 seem the front …

Nirvana, Utopia, Shangri-La

A travel blog entry by claireandrich on Jun 29, 2013

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Wow, this place is amazing! After a short flight from possibly the smallest airport in the world after the rainforest to a very swanky hotel on its own penninsula in KK. A warm welcome and a bong from a gong rang out like a song to signify our arrival (slightly strange...!). We decided to hell with it and asked for the upgrade to a seaview room. …

Kota Kinabalu town and a bit of a treat...

A travel blog entry by hdadventures on Dec 10, 2013

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So. When you climb a mountain, you come back down in pieces. 4 days on and we still have difficulties to walk! Decided we had to pamper ourselves and rushed to the local Meridien hotel (upgrade) for a couple of days. HEAVEN. No dorm, no stranger snoring in the bed opposite etc :) KK town is quite nice. Sea front is lovely, lots of little markets …

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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!
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    Sunset by the beach
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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.

    Paradise Island!!!


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

    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.

    Nice hotel for relaxation and watching wild life


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

    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.

    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.

    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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    Feeling hot hot hot!
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