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ashbourne, United Kingdom
November 2, 2012
From journal Wild life in Borneo
Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 4, 2011
Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
March 18, 2011
From journal A Stay At Shangri La's Rasa Ria Resort
March 17, 2011
March 5, 2011
October 15, 2008
April 13, 2007
Leigh on Sea, United Kingdom
December 10, 2006
From journal Orangutans in Borneo
Plymouth, United Kingdom
March 5, 2004
The welcome was incredible, we felt as if we were the only guests there that week. Our room was on the top floor -- they are not allowed to build higher than 6 floors and this also makes the hotel special as it blends into the surroundings, instead of blotting it. The view from our room was supberb – the tropical gardens, the beach and the sea, flanked on both sides by forest. No other building or development in sight.
The hotel has several restaurants. We tried the Italian one – the lasagna and red snapper are highly recommended, have the seafood pizza if you don’t mind eating tentacles. Tepi Laut is open air and has hawker style stands. The Coast bar is their flagship restaurant and would not look out of place in Hollywood. The food here was also exceptional. There is also the Lounge bar where the singing trio will let you have a go, and the kitchen staff take over one evening a week. The prices in the restaurants aren’t bad, but if you eat out every night the cost will mount up quickly. A main course each and drinks came to approximately £10 a head. We found that room service on our balcony was more cost effective, especially when we were tired and didn’t want to dress for dinner, or try and decide which restaurant to go to!
There is a 3km stretch of beach and we never saw more than 12 people on it at any one time. The Rasa Ria is very environmentally aware and therefore do not spray the beach. There were signs warning of sand flies, however they never bothered us -- we much preferred to be on the beach than at the pool. We hired a couple of jet skis and headed off round the headland and out to sea – much fun but £20 per jet ski for half an hour.
Horse riding is available throughout the day – go early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat. All competencies are catered for, from those who had never been on a horse before to experienced riders.
There are activities throughout the week such as the crab catching/mangrove swamp trip. Other activities include cooking classes, water polo, volleyball, nocturnal and daytime walks through the forest, kite making classes to name but a few.
The other big attraction for this hotel is the 64-acre nature reserve that has young Orangutans living free. There are feeding platforms that are open to guests (charge payable), but as the Orangutans are free they may not come to the platforms if they find enough food that day in the forest. Luckily, we had three visitors on the day.
500 words is not enough to describe this hotel and surroundings -- I would go back in a heartbeat.
From journal In Love With Malaysia