What’s more soothing than a gust of ocean breeze and the sound of crashing waves waking you in the morning? The Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Beach Resort offers a seaside vacation of endless tranquillity.
The award-winning hotel is only a 10-minute drive from the city centre, flanking the ocean by the Tanjung Aru area in Kota Kinabalu. To be Sabah’s finest, the resort hosts designed the rooms with heavenly beds, huge baths and sea-view balconies with views of an impeccably manicured flower garden.
If you’re feeling uncertain after glimpsing the prices, allow us to ease your qualms and show you how the overall experience justifies their extravagant cost.
#1 Shangri-la Tanjung Aru is the perfect tropical escape
Not only will palm trees and gleaming coral islands surround you, but you can immerse yourself in nature at Kinabalu National Park. Leave the hectic city life behind as you enter this tropical paradise filled with weathered landscapes and natural wonders.
Catch rare sightings of orang-utans in their element alongside the Rafflesia, our native flower that’s the largest in the world. Plus, imagine inhaling the crisp air!
#2 Excellent dining
Does unwinding in a beachside cabana with a seafood tower sound like a plan? Well, you’ll be glad to find six restaurants and bars at the resort. Sip on delicious cocktails while watching the gorgeous sunset or enjoy live musical entertainment at Borneo Lounge and Bar.
For dim sum lovers, head on over to Shang Palace, famous for their exquisite Cantonese and Chinese cuisines.
#3 Let the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru spa pamper you
Treat yourself to luxury massages and other treatments derived from traditional Asian healing philosophies at Chi, The Spa. The spa is on a private island linked to the hotel, transporting customers to an enthralling, picturesque village of serenity.
#4 Exciting water activities
The clear blue ocean provides a remarkable snorkelling experience where you can see lots of tropical fish. Other water sports activities include jet-skiing, diving and surfing.
For those who are less physically inclined, you may opt for the private jetty ride. It departs from STAR Marina and takes you to the neighbouring coral islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Even if you can’t swim, there’s still so much beauty to admire.
#5 Other superb amenities
Aside from being comfortably spacious, the lavish suites features elegant Borneo inspired decor. And so, relax on the balcony’s outdoor seating whilst soaking up breathtaking views of the sea and forested mountains.
Of course, let’s not forget about the resort’s outdoor pool fully equipped with water jets. If you’re travelling with little ones, they can go wild at the kids’ pool where there are waterslides.
In the mood for some golfing? A 9-hole golf course awaits you! This hotel caters to visitors from all walks of life.
Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort is a mere 7 km away from Kota Kinabalu, so in case you’re feeling ambitious, you know where to go. The nearest airport is about the same distance, and the reception staff are more than happy to assist with car rentals or transportation.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, restaurant and spa services are currently on hold. However, as we have seen, it’s worth adding this resort to your list for future getaways.
Nothing short of paradise for us; Lord knows we deserve it after the year we’ve had.
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