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Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 92 Hotels in Kota Kinabalu
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“Piece of paradise”
Reviewed 17 March 2012

A lovely 3 day stay - rooms a good size and clean but the draw card for this resort are the outdoor spaces, from pool to beach to grassed areas. Service is exemplary and the breakfast buffet was the best we had in 5 different hotels and resorts across malaysia during our holiday.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

Absolutely beautiful setting with views of sea, islands, mountains and the most stunning sunset views from the gorgeous little beach.
The resort has everything you would want with a lovely pool that has views of the ocean, a water park and slides for the kids (including big kids), loads of seating around the pool and beach. There are also activities such as aquarobics scheduled every day (not to be missed - Paul takes you through a great workout).
Food is fantastic, especially breakfast which caters for evry palate. Don't miss the buffet dinner. We spent 4 hours in food heaven, especially desserts. The Sunset Bar is gorgeous with a good selection of food.
The staff are friendly, patient and attentive and made the overall experience at the Shangri-La worth every ringgint. Can not wait to return to one of the most beautiful resort experineces ... ever!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

I do recommend this hotel for every one ,as a honey moon trip,relaxing,trip with your kids
It has great kids club which my daughter didn't want to leave it safe clean with lots of lovely activity.
Restaurant was great hight quality food,and we love that bar top of the see which kids are welcome there and they can have great popcorn and juice .

Room Tip: ocean view are great and west side is more quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

Shangri-la tanjung aru... Is definitely worth every ringgit spent. Rooms are very spacious, comfortable... With every little detail taken into account.

We actually managed to check-in early despite the standard check-in time being at 2pm. Our room was ready by 11.45am. And we were pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to a club room despite not being club members.

The whole experience there, the atmosphere is thoroughly relaxing. Calm and serene with just the right amount of hustle and bustle. Staff are always friendly, helpful and courteous - right at your beck and call without being obtrusive.

Buffet breakfast provided was extensive with a wide variety. There's definitely something for everybody, even the most picky eaters would be able to find something. Food was actually pretty good.

For those who like ordering room service food - the borneo tafel rice was pretty ok. A taste of typical Malaysian cuisine. Not too spicy - to suit the western palate.

They had a wide range of activities daily - I personally found the water aerobics pretty interesting. The pool wasn't very big but sufficient. I like how the water had more of a sea-like quality than the typical chlorine-type pool water. The sunset beach and sunset bar definitely live up to their names - with spectacular sunset views.

The only downside of this place is the fact that it's a little far from town and taxis in KK cost rm15-30 each way, depending on zone. Taxis don't go by meter there in KK.

Overall I definitely enjoyed my stay. Looking forward to the next shangri la experience, since this was my first experience and have been blown away by it all. ;)

  • Stayed February 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

We would rate this as one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in. The Shangri La experience was something very special indeed. Facilities, views, attention to detail, but primarily down to the staff who were absolutely great.

Room Tip: Kinabalu wing is the newest, and we found the rooms to be of a very high standard.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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York
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Great room, fantastic staff, overall a very well run outfit. We stayed on the 7th floor of the Kinabalu wing with seaview in room 9720. Great position, quiet, but with a lovely morning view over the sea and evening sunsets. We payed extra for the Club facility, which was well worth the extra. It gave a quiet breakfast area, with very friendly service and a very flexible kitchen, whithout the noisier buffet in the main Tatu restaurant. The Club lounge was run by Mr Andy Zain (great manager), his team were outstanding, particularly Fifey and Norhayati. I cannot praise them more highly. For any one visiting this hotel, pay the extra for the Club facility. We will be back. Thanks for an outstanding holiday.

Room Tip: W liked the seaview from the Kinabalu wing, go for the higher levels.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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hastings, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

we had a wonderful stay here, everything was 1st class

Room Tip: all rooms are amazing
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa
Address: 20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 88100, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Business Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#2 Spa Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#3 Family Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
#3 Luxury Hotel in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 495
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

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