I stayed at the Shangri-la Tanjung Aru for 4 nights at the beginning of June in a Tanjung Wing Room.
The room was large with a king bed, comfortable lounge area, large flat panel TV, plenty of wardrobe etc space.
All the expected facilities were provided in the bathroom with excellent towels, hand towels, face towels, shampoo, good soaps, bath gel, cotton buds, tooth brushes and tooth paste etc. There was a large shower recess.
As I was on the Ground floor I had a large, very well set up balcony, which was given some privacy by surrounding gardens. It overlooked the pitch and putt golf area to the sea and aq view to the islands of TAR park. All the gardens, lawns and grounds were very well maintained.
The pool area is huge with and excellent kid’s area with water slides, a water balloon play area, and a huge bucket of water that periodically creates a huge shower.
The main pool is has an infinity design. There did not appear to be enough pool lounges. There is staff walking around at regular intervals to assist with drinks and food. There is a lack of shade from either trees or beach umbrellas.
There a two towel kiosks in the pool area.
Adjacent to the pool is Co Co Joes bar and restaurant, and an ice cream kiosk.
The view from the pool area to the islands of TAR Park is spectacular.
There is also a small beach. It is worth noting that beach bums boats to the islands have temporally gone as the resort is in the process of building a marina in that area. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.
The Sunset Bar is on a point a short walk from the pool and the beach area and is very popular “at sunset” with happy hour which offer 2 for 1 drinks. There is also and earlier happy hour at Co Co Joes bar.
There is small shopping arcade, at ground level, between the Tanjung Wing and the pool area. It has a Boutique, Tour shop with Exotic Borneo, Sabah Holidays and Borneo trails present. There is a resort shop which sells the usual selection of wine, bee, chocolate, nibbles, sunscreen, insect repellents, soft drinks, artifacts and clothing. It also sells a selection of sandwiches and snacks suitable for a light lunch. This is a very good idea as you often only want a very light snack at lunch time.
Borneo Heritage shop also specializes in pearls and there is a nail bar for manicures and pedicures.
The resort has a number of restaurants. The only ones I used were the main restaurant Tatu Tatu, for buffet breakfast and buffet evening meal, both with an excellent selection of European and Asian food.
I also had an excellent evening meal, with people I met, from the UK, at the Shangri-la Palace Chinese restaurant, The food was excellent and there was a god wine list. We enjoyed an excellent Clare Valley (Australian) Petaluma Riesling. As usual wine is expensive at about twice Australian restaurant prices.
As general comments, I found check in to be a little formal and in general all staff were very efficient but seemed to be a little stand offish but as there were, what appeared to be, a large number of Asian Tour Groups perhaps this was more tailored to those groups.
In general I found Shangri-la Tanjung Aru to be a well presented, efficient resort that was lacking a bit of holiday atmosphere.
- 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 Hotel Kota Kinabalu
- Shangri-La`s Tanjung Aru Resort And Spa
- Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Resort
- Shangri Las Tanjung Aru Hotel
- Shangri La Kota Kinabalu