5 STAR (Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort)
Took us best part of a week to understand why the locals kept telling us we were staying at the STAR hotel!
Just returned from this holiday to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah region, Borneo, and well it was fantastic.
Malaysian people are among the most friendly of all people we have met on our travels and this just added to a great holiday.
Hotel – 10 mins from airport which is ideal. The hotel resort is well layed out with excellent actvities for all the family - 2 pool areas – main pool and also childrens pool area with slides, showers etc. Gardens are well kept and there is plenty of areas to get away from it all. There is also a small private beach. There are plenty of different areas to eat and drink as well as the sunset bar and SPA areas which are excellent.
There is also a good sized fitness centre with all the equipment needed (we seen this through the window!) Note; There seem to be a lot of weddings, functions etc but this didnt impose on our stay.
Room – typical room layout (but a bit bigger) – room 9405 overlooking garden/sea; room has everything you need, cleaned and stocked daily – mini bar is left empty so you can fill it with what you like. You get 2 bottles of drinking water when rooms are cleaned and also more when rooms are turned down at night. Towels and toiletories aplenty.
Food – we were half board, so didn’t eat at any of the other resort restuarants – but the quality was such that you wouldnt need to unless you are looking for a burger! Food at the main resturant is buffet style; breakfast caters for all nationalities and is at a very high standard as is dinner which has a lot of choices available and also very fresh – you can have food cooked to order if you wish at the grill stations.
We found the food here to be at a very good compared to typical hotel offerings and although it is buffet, it is inspected and replaced regularly.
Papas river – white water rafting– full day trip, tiring! but worth the effort – you get there via car and train – the train ride (on one of the oldest trains) is a good expereinece and you get to see the jungle and river on route. And the rafting itself is a great experience and very exhilerating!
Orangutan sanctuary – nearest is at Shangri-La (an hour or so away and hotel runs a shuttle bus) – they had 3 young Orangutans at the sanctuary next to the hotel at the time we were there – the other sanctuarys are bigger but a bit of a trek and full day to get to.
Island Hopping – you can organise whatever trip you want (half or full day, 1,2,3, 4, 5 islands etc) at the jetty at the nearby fishermans village – cheaper than through the tour operators and cheaper still if you are good at bargaining! ideal for a day away and some of the islands are excellent with great swimming and all the usual water activities.
Kota Kinabalu town – 10 mins in a taxi – but unless you are desperate to get out and about, or looking for restaurants I wouldn’t bother.
Also, we went to the Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort but to be honest it’s a bit to far out of the way and I just preferred the feel of the Tanjung Aru; unless you prefer Golf that is, as this resort has a fantastic golf course.
Anway, in conclusion the STAR resort is a STAR resort and well worth considering.
- 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