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Saturday June 16th 2012

Rasa Ria Resort Tuaran

Sometimes you can tell how comfortable your stay will be the moment you set foot in a resort. I have been to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort in Tuaran a few times now, and I always feel relaxed the moment I enter the lobby. It is beautiful, peaceful, clean and feels cool, even when the weather is warm.

This is the only resort in Sabah that has a nature reserve in Kota Kinabalu that has Orang Utans living there. This is a big hit with the guests staying there. Seriously, if you see a Orang Utan and you don’t get excited, you need to get back in touch with nature. For some reason, we have always felt closer to Orang Utans than with any other jungle animals.

Orang Utans in Rasa Ria Resort
Orang Utans in Rasa Ria Resort

The Resort and Rooms
Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort is located on Pantai Dalit beach in Tuaran, almost 30 km outside Kota Kinabalu City. It is surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical jungle, including their own unique nature reserve. Unexpected encounters with jungle wildlife adds to the charm of this resort.

Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort


The resort is built on a the beach, and you can choose between the Ocean Wing and the Garden Wing. As its name implies, this also describes the view from the guest rooms. The rooms are beautifully designed, and very comfortable. If you want to vacation in style and comfort, check out their suite on their website.

Garden View Superior Room
Garden View Superior Room

This is a luxury resort that has its own 18 hole Golf Course, a Spa with treatments named as Heaven and Earth, and the Sabah Experience, recreation for kids at the Kids Club where they are looked after, swimming pool, water activities, and activities on land.

The Coast Restaurant and Bar
The Coast Restaurant and Bar

Dining In and Drinks
The Coast Restaurant and Bar is an award-winning restaurant, featured many times in the print media. It is one of the most beautiful restaurant in Sabah. Rasa Ria resort also boasts an Indian restaurant, a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant, as well as their Terrance Coffee House. In addition to a lounge bar and a beach side bar.

The Price Of A Night
Being a luxury resort, set in a secluded location with all the facilities you could want, does not come at a low price. However, the price doesn’t go off the scale either. You can check their prices here. This link takes you to their website where you can check for room availability and make your booking. It helps to book early, the prices always seem lower when I check.

Getting There
Rasa Ria resort is located in Tuaran, which is about 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city. Although it is a little off the beaten path, transportation can be easily arranged. The resort has their own transports, and taxis from Kota Kinabalu city will not hesitate to go there.

You could also arrange to go to Tuaran town, about a 5 minute ride away. The ride will take you along the rural countryside, where you can see padi fields and traditional houses. Experience the Sunday Bazaar, try out the local food, visit a Chinese Temple and climb the Pagado. There are 2 supermarkets in Tuaran, plenty of coffee shops, a KFC restaurant. Experience a little bit of life in rural Sabah.

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Enjoy Our Sunset Beach
Enjoy Our Sunset Beach

All photos sourced from www.Shangri-La.com.

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