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Shangri La's Rasa Ria

Near Kota Kinabalu

The Rasa Ria Resort is a cut above, even amongst the Shangri La brand’s glittering portfolio. Facing towards a beautiful stretch of coastline, and backing onto lush tropical gardens and wild rainforest, this world-class hotel is home to a private nature reserve and a championship golf course; an ideal place to immerse yourself in Borneo’s extraordinary landscape whilst indulging in some dedicated R&R.

The accommodation is chic and welcoming, with traditional fabrics and local artwork adding a distinctive edge. The Garden Wing rooms offer forest, garden or sea views from your private balcony, while the Ocean Wing has spacious premier rooms with large outdoor terraces and bathtubs, perfect for stargazing. The award-winning restaurants are of the highest order, and the range of activities on offer includes everything from kayaking and twilight cruising to guided rainforest treks, horse riding on the beach, firefly spotting and golf. The spa is the icing on the cake.


About 45 minutes from Kota Kinabalu airport, right next to a beautiful stretch of beach, this resort combines convenience with stunning surroundings, making it ideal for a few days at the beginning or end of a trip.

A little more detail

  • Private balconies with bathtubs

  • Golf course & water sports

  • Rainforest trekking

  • Spa

From a client…

Simply the perfect resort for a few days of r&r after all that outdoor activity.

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Executive sea view room
Executive sea view room
Coffee terrace by night
Coffee terrace by night
Family ranger experience
Family ranger experience
Ocean wing premier room balcony
Ocean wing premier room balcony

Why we love it

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The best of many worlds

Finding remarkable locations in Borneo isn’t a challenge, but by combining 400 acres of beautifully blossoming tropical gardens and rainforest wilderness with a 3km private, sheltered bay that could be on the cover of ‘100 perfect beaches’, the Rasa Ria ticks more boxes than most. Head out into the nature reserve to immerse yourself in more of Borneo’s exceptional landscape, bird watching from the canopy or taking a night walk through the jungle; paddleboard or kayak out into the bay for a taste of the wide ocean beyond; and revel in the peace and serenity of the resort gardens.

Shangri La's Rasa Ria

What can you do there?

The key reason for staying at the Rasa Ria is that it really does have everything onsite. This is the place to come to unwind after intrepid Borneo exploring, or if you just want a taste of Borneo’s fantastic wilderness with access to plenty of relaxing luxuries too. The list of resort activities is extensive, ranging from nature walks and water sports, to horse riding, climbing, golf, river cruises, bike tours and, of course, the famous Shangri La spa.

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Alongside being a world-class luxury resort in every sense, the Rasa Ria is also genuinely family-friendly. With ample space for guests to explore, it manages the tricky balance of combining romantic hideaways for honeymooners with welcoming boltholes to chill out as a family. Children as young as 4 are able to join in most nature treks (including evening firefly watching), older kids and teens can try watersports out in the bay, and there’s a separate children’s pool and onsite kids club too.

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Explore an untamed habitat concealing endangered animals, rare birds and plants with mysterious medicinal properties; all before steeling away for a remote island retreat.

Price from: £2,890 US$3,590
Ideal length 10 Days
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