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Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

The Club Room we stayed at in the Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa was grand. We stayed at the Resort for two nights using it as a base for our Mount Kinabalu adventure. The first room we had had sweeping views of the sea and the islands, it was just beautiful. The second room overlooked the local fishing village, which is interesting but not as captivating as the sea view. Both Club Rooms were nicely appointed, with modern Asian interior, welcoming and very clean.

The staff in the main lobby and the Club Lounge were very friendly and helpful. The Lounge is a great spot for afternoon drinks and canapes as well as breakfast. We had dinner at Peppino (Italian restaurant) which was great though a bit expensive. Although we did not have the opportunity to use other amenities of the hotel, overall we were very satisfied with the hotel rooms on the Club level, quality of service and food.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

Group of over 10 people 24-32 yrs old. All single. We stayed in the Kinabalu Wing Sea View rooms. Excellent time. We stayed 3 nights. Nice a relaxing after 5 months at sea. Make sure you hit happy hours times (2 for 1). A must see is the Sunset Bar! The pool was refreshing and the poolside service wasn't the fastest but our glasses were never empty long enough to worry about. We got the jug of margaritas for 75RM and it filled 6 glasses so you saved a little bit by doing this vs individual orders. Use the Taxi meter from the hotel into town it is only 13RM versus what they tell you at the hotel 20RM. Didnt go with kids but I could see that if you did they would have plenty to do. The lifeguards did keep the kids out of the adult pool so that there was that separation if that is what you are looking for. If you had to chose between Rasa Ria or Tangsung.. RR is secluded, far from town but a bigger beach and property. There pool was being worked on right now. Would recommend Tanjung completly over the RR. We did take advantage of the bus to the Rasa Ria (10RM round trip 1.5 hrs) went to the Orangutan sanctuary (65RM). Great experience. They came out of the wild. Must see. Times were 10am or 2pm. Friends went island hoping for 4 islands with snorkeling for only 60RM. They higly recommended it. Only complaint we had was the hotel bars closed at 1am. We wanted to stay out later before settling for room service beers (6 tigers 156RM) Went to the Chinese and Italian restaurants, both delicious. The complimentary breakfast was amazing easily $20-30 USD worth of food included in room price. Helped on budget. Great hours as well. 6-10 am. Staff was excellent and friendly.

Room Tip: Ask for free upgrade, We enjoyed the sea view
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

Yes this place is very nice, but i was a little disappointed. The drain in our room smelt bad and we had to constantly air the room and make sure all the drains were closed before we went out. I know this is a problem with how they do plumbing in Asia but was kinda annoying. We only stayed 3 days and I think i would have complained if we had stayed longer. Pointless to have the aromatherapy bed turndown, when the room clearly had an odd smell.
The pool was crowded and there was no-where to relax and float, there were families throwing balls and playing in every corner. it's a beautiful pool but perhaps too small for the amount of rooms/people they have.
Other may feel the water slide and kids club were great value however my kids didn't use them. It looked like a cheap water park, not a tropical resort. I have been in other nice resorts where the pool slide was worked into a resort environment with landscaping etc.
It was nice, and in a great location - close to the airport. The boat taxis to take you to the island are no longer within walking distance.
Breakfast was awesome, such a selection and the food reasonably priced and top rate.
i was disappointed as i have stayed at similar priced places around Asia and thought they they were nicer.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

After having treked the Sandakan Death March route and climbing Mt Kinabalu it was a pleasure being pampered in such a fabulous resort. On arriving the staff gave us a drink and wash towel to freshen us up while they checked us in. The rooms were great looking out over their gardens and also very quite. A view out to the sea would have been better but did not worry us at the time. The bars were fantastic especially the one on the point with cocktails, great chillout/ beach music and unbeleivable sunsets. The food (especially the seafood) was fantastic (including breakfast, brilliant, many choices) and the resort waiters from the various bars were very accomodating. For us we did need to venture far from the resort as you could also get a massage etc. Also the resort always had activities going like waterslide competitions or staff playing Sabah intruments just quitly in the background. The floral arrangements around the complex were also fantastic nad always being updated.
Again a great place and will be returning there

Room Tip: ask for a seaview room
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

went on a site inspection in jan 12 loved every moment of it...

rooms spacious wt a sit out and room facing the sea absolutely peaceful.

location good and close proximity to airport,loved the indian food too which was quite
shocking as it had the authentic inmdian flavour....loved the lobby bar as they had a live band playin every evg and very good singers who even played songs we requested...

the spa to die for...

In all a very friendly atmosphere would love to go back as was on a very short trip...

will go bk soon

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Address: 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Business Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range: $287 - $710 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 492
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
Shangri-La`s Tanjung Aru Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Resort
Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Hotel
Shangri La Kota Kinabalu
Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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