Borneo Journals

A Stay At Shangri La's Rasa Ria Resort

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A February 2011 trip to Borneo by dkm1981

Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort Photo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: Shangri La's Rasa Ria Resort is the epitome of luxury combined with fabulous facilities, amazing staff and, of course, the orang utan. We had an absolutely fantastic honeymoon here and I can't recommend it enough - here are some of the things that make it so fabulous.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

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Hotel | "Tips To Get The Most Out Of The Resort"

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Photo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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I’ve described the wonders of Shangri La’s Rasa Ria resort in the other reviews in this trip journal, so I thought I’d share some more practical advice, tips and information here that will help you get the most out of your stay at the resort.1. The hotel is about 45 minutes transfer from the nearest airport (Kota Kinabalu) and about 30 to 40 minutes from the city centre, depending on which part you want to go to. The hotel will organise a taxi for you, but it isn’t cheap at about £80 for a return journey. A much more economic option is to use the shuttle bus which runs from Rasa Ria, through Kota Kinabalu (stopping at the Borneo One shopping centre and at two points in the city centre) and...Read More

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
Pantai Dalit Beach
Kota Kinabhalu, Malaysia 89208
(60 88) 792 888

Magical Fireflies

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Traditional Malaysia Riverboat Photo, Borneo, Malaysia
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One of the trips you can organise from the Rasa Ria resort is the fireflies boat trip which is absolutely a must. Check before you book / go though because the fireflies cannot be seen if it is raining or if it is a full moon or if it is very windy. The booking staff will actually give you a call in your room about an hour before your departure time to confirm that the trip is going ahead or if has been cancelled due to adverse weather. They also ask previous tours if they saw the fireflies and how many, so you can get a good idea before you go.My understanding is that if you go at the right time, the trees completely light up. We went a couple of days after the full moon, but still saw en...Read More

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

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Hotel | "Things To Do At Rasa Ria"

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Photo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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The Rasa Ria has all of the facilities that you would expect from a five star resort and more and every one of the facilities is meticulously maintained. There are a couple of pools, one suitable for children and including water slides. There’s the mile stretch of white sandy beach which is dotted with sun beds and has a beach volleyball and football court as well as a shack from which you can hire courtesy pedalos, kayaks and windsurfing boards as well as jet skis and banana boats for an extra charge.There is also a championship golf course and driving range as well as a spa that the hotel is very proud of. Unfortunately, neither of these things appeals to me so I can’t really comment on ...Read More

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Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
Pantai Dalit Beach
Kota Kinabhalu, Malaysia 89208
(60 88) 792 888

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

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Hotel | "Eating At The Rasa Ria"

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Photo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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We paid for bed and breakfast at the Rasa Ria and when we looked at the menus on their website before we went, we were a bit worried about blowing the budget because everything seemed to be so expensive. This turned out to be another unfounded concern though because the food choice is varied in both style and price so you can manage on most budgets. One thing to bear in mind is that a 10% service charge is included in the price of everything, from meals to recreational activities so tipping is not expected at all. They include the service charge because it is basically kept in a pot and divided between every member of staff (including gardeners, kitchen staff and cleaners) at the end of each month so ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2011

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
Pantai Dalit Beach
Kota Kinabhalu, Malaysia 89208
(60 88) 792 888

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort

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Hotel | "Checking In and The Rooms"

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Photo, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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The first impressions of the hotel are fabulous – everyone smiles and reception area is opulent but comfortable, a perfect representation of the rest of the hotel it turns out.After a bong to announce our arrival, we were directed to some comfortable chairs and given drinks and cold towels to combat the 28+ degree heat that greeted us in Borneo, whilst we waited for a member of the welcoming team to come and check us in. I thought it was a strange way of doing things since reception was just a few feet away, but it seems as though the staff at this hotel have been trained to never let a guest reach a counter – service was always with you before you got anywhere near, right down to returnin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2011

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
Pantai Dalit Beach
Kota Kinabhalu, Malaysia 89208
(60 88) 792 888