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  • FREE upgrade to Deluxe Garden View RoomShangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort Borneo

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There isn't many holiday resorts set amidst a nature reserve where you can meet rare orangutans, as well as enjoying all the things that make a beachside holiday memorable. Beautifully set on Pantal Dalit Beach, there is a real natural magic at the Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort, Borneo. Malaysian-themed rooms in either the main Garden Wing, or the quieter, smaller Ocean Wing offer plenty of choice, as do the five restaurants and two bars. Dozens of sports, a Kids’ Club, golf course, daily activities’ programme and a spa take care of every holiday, for the active and laid-back holidaymaker alike. All this tropical peace and tranquillity is just a short 45 minutes by car from the local international airport.

Most rooms have impressive views of the sea, gardens and beach. All ground floor rooms have private lanais (porches) accessible through landscaped gardens. The remainder are split-level with private balconies. The Garden Wing at the Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort has a total of 326 rooms and suites. Upper floor rooms have private balconies with views of the forest or the sea. The suites have private verandahs with wonderful views of the South China Sea. The unique, new Ocean Wing houses 90 luxury rooms, all facing the wind-swept sea. It has its own, more private, swimming pool and is more of an exclusive retreat. You’ll breakfast at the Coast restaurant, reserved for Ocean Wing guests.

Superior Rainforest View Room

A Superior Rainforest View Room has a split-level layout, with its own private balcony. There’s cable TV, complimentary broadband/WiFi access, in-room entertainment system, pillow menu, bathrobe/slippers, and lots more.

  • Private balcony
  • Cable TV
  • In-room entertainment system
  • Complimentary broadband & WiFi access
  • Coffee & tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone

Deluxe Garden View Room

A Deluxe Garden View Room has the same spec as the Rainforest View Room, but looks out onto the gardens instead.

  • Private balcony
  • Cable TV
  • In-room entertainment system
  • Complimentary broadband & WiFi access
  • Coffee & tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone

Deluxe Sea View Room

The Deluxe Sea View Rooms face the beach across the manicured lawns and feature Malaysian-inspired decor accompanied by an array of great amenities.

  • Private balcony
  • Cable TV
  • In-room entertainment system
  • Complimentary broadband & WiFi access
  • Coffee & tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone

Executive Sea View Room

If you plump for an Executive Sea View Room, you’ll be on an upper floor, with an unobstructed view of the glorious South China Sea. These rooms have a split-level layout, with a daybed.

  • Private balcony with daybed
  • Cable TV
  • In-room entertainment system
  • Complimentary broadband & WiFi access
  • Coffee & tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone

Executive Suite

The Executive Suites - one bedroom with a separate sitting room, and a bathroom with separate shower. Bedside light/curtain controls mean you don’t have to get up to change the mood.

  • Private balcony
  • Plasma flat screen TV
  • In-room entertainment system
  • In-house movie options
  • DVD player
  • Complimentary broadband & WiFi access
  • Coffee & tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone

Speciality Suite

Top of the tree, so to speak, is the one bedroom Speciality Suite, the biggest of them all. As expected, it has separate sitting and dining rooms, a bathroom with a large separate shower cubicle, and bedside light/curtain controls.

  • Private balcony
  • Plasma flat screen TV
  • In-room entertainment system
  • In-house movie options
  • DVD player
  • Complimentary broadband & WiFi access
  • Coffee & tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone

Ocean Wing Premier Room

A Premier Room in the Ocean Wing is three times the size of those in the Garden Wing, with a private terrace. You’ll also be able to luxuriate in an outdoor private bathtub for two, with a daybed to rest on. Private indoor dining is available, and there’s a CBTL coffee machine, as well as in-house movies and DVD player. It’s a true retreat.

  • Private balcony with daybed
  • Outdoor tub
  • LCD TV
  • In-room entertainment system
  • In-house movie options
  • DVD player
  • Complimentary broadband & WiFi access
  • Coffee & tea-making facilities
  • CBTL coffee maker
  • Mini bar
  • Telephone

With so many opportunities to work up an appetite at Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort, it’s good to know that dining here is really delicious. Choose from popular Western cuisines, as well as Malaysian and other Asian favourites.

Oceano Italian Restaurant

Experience authentic Italian dishes made from farm-sourced, local ingredients. Choose to dine inside or al fresco for lunch and dinner. Ocean Wing residents will also find an exclusive brekfast menu served in a relaxed setting.

Coffee Terrace

Golfers can relax after a round at the Coffee Terrace serving all-day, indoor and outdoor dining with a choice of international and local dishes.

Golfers' Terrace

Deli counter and light bites overlooking the resort's championship golf course.

Kozan Teppanyaki

For the very special experience of Japanese Teppanyaki cuisine, head for the minimal aesthetics of Kozan. Classic Japanese cuisine prepared at cooking stations right in front of you.

Naan-Flavours of India

If you’re more of a spice lover, a restaurant called Naan – Flavours of India delivers the refined cuisine of Northern India and spicy specialities from coastal Goa.

Tepi Laut Makan Street

Tepi Laut Makan Street is inspired by the Malaysian street food served at so many of the country’s simple food stalls. By day, it is transformed into a poolside bar serving snacks, finger food, and refreshing drinks.

Sampan Bar

The beachside Sampan Bar is another place to quench your thirst and nibble on a snack or two.

Lobby Lounge

In the evening, the Lobby Lounge buzzes to the sound of a resident band, with all your favourite cocktails on hand.

Perfectly-placed to make the most of its coastal location on Pantal Dalit Beach, backing onto the verdant jungle of the local 400-acre nature reserve, the Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort has two main accommodation buildings.

The Garden Wing has 326 rooms and suites, whilst, a little way away, the Ocean Wing accommodates 90 in sumptuously-appointed rooms facing the sea. It has its own private pool and exclusive breakfast restaurant.

Leave the tranquillity of your room, and there is so much to fill your holiday. Sports abound, on land and sea. Play golf on an 18-hole, Ted Parslow-designed course; bird-watch or jungle walk through the nearby nature sanctuary; have an orangutan encounter; or be a game ranger for a day.

There are catamarans to be sailed, bicycle tours, horse-riding, boat charters, traditional fishing trips, diving, river excursions, and a host of water sports. Once you’ve jetski-ed, wind-surfed, kayaked, or whatever else takes your fancy, the peace and pampering of the Spa at Dalit Bay will soothe your aches, pains and worries. At this spa, the healing philosophy comes directly from the stunning local landscapes and colourful traditions of Sabah. All treatments begin with a purifying foot ritual, and seek to balance your CHI, through herbal harmony, traditional recipes and methods.

Kids will find their happy spot in the kids’ pool, with its fun slide. Book into the Kids’ Club that caters for four to twelve year olds, and there is a long list of things to keep young minds occupied, nearly 30 in fact. From batik painting to kite flying, scavenger hunts to pony rides, even helping the Rangers care for orangutans, there’s never a dull moment.

For the grown-ups, there are daily scheduled activities taking in everything from cooking demos to beach soccer, water volleyball to the correct way to wear a sarong. Every evening, at sunset, there is the magical lighting ceremony by the ‘prince’ or ‘princess’ of the day.

Dining is a rich experience, with menus that span the worlds of western, Malaysian and Asian favourites. You are sure to find something special at one of the five restaurants and cafes, and trio of lounges/bars.

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Children's pool
  • Secluded stretch of beach
  • 18-hole championship golf course
  • The Spa
  • 64 acre nature reserve with your chance to meet the Orangutans
  • Fitness centre
  • Watersports
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding
  • Kids' club
  • Games area


Destination info


Sitting in the heart of Sabah, Malaysia's second largest state, there is a vast amount of local culture to be discovered around every corner. To get an experience of the local culture, a Cultural Village visit is a must. For example, in the capital Kota Kinabalu, there’s the Monsopiad Cultural Villages, and the Mari – Mari.

With a constant temperature of around 30°C all year round, it’s always warm and humid here.

Sabah has the highest mountain in South East Asia: Mt Kinabalu is 4101m high, and a big tourist attraction.

Borneo is full of exotic fauna and flora. Look out for the famous orange-haired orangutans, Sumatran rhinos, mouse deer, flying squirrels, barking deer, and the very smelly Rafflesia blooms.

For scuba diving and snorkelling, head for Sipadan Island.

Visit Maliau Basin, Sabah’s most popular rainforest, called the ‘Lost World’. Giant waterfalls abound and astound.

The Kinabatangan River is the second longest in all of Malaysia, and popular for exotic river cruises.

For turtle encounters, where better than the aptly-named Turtle Islands Park.

At Poring Hot Springs, you can bathe in the sulphurous hot waters, surrounded by a beautiful garden.


In the know


The Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort offers a number of ways to make your stay extra special – if you know about them! Here are our insider’s secrets for the hotel:

The Ocean Wing has is much smaller than the main Garden Wing, so feels more private and quiet.

The Garden Wing is better for families with children who want to socialise.

Ground floor rooms offer quick access to the beach and eateries.

For a good sea view, go for floors four and above.

Rooms away from the elevators are quieter.

Rainforest rooms look out onto the jungle at the rear of the hotel.

On a short trip, book your trips and excursions before you arrive to be sure of a place.