We stayed here for five nights in April and were so pleased we did. Check in was smooth and we were asked if we wanted to upgrade to a suite. We asked to look at both and the room we had booked was fab but the suite had two bathrooms, a separate living room/dining room and a huge balcony. It also included breakfast and all the laundry we wanted doing. After travelling for a few days we welcomed this. We are glad we took this as there wasn't anywhere else handy to have breakfast and it was fairly expensive in the hotel.
The breakfast was vast and a choice of everything you could reasonably want for breakfast. Again the service was faultless.
The pool is large with lots and lots of sunbeds. There are many areas around the resort if you don;t want to sit by the pool and there was always plenty of space. This may have been because the hotel was not full, it's difficultto say as it was so large with so many sitting, drinking, eating areas, perhaps being full wouldn't make that much difference.
The bar and food service was great but a bit slow. I don't think for one minute that this was bad service, just done a little bit slower than other parts of the world.
The public areas as well as our room were kept amazingly clean and the only fault I would have with this hotel was the price of drinks. They were about four or five times dearer than the beach bar just ten minutes up the road from the hotel. If you go out of the front and turn right, and along to the food/night market area, it's a really nice bar. The food is excellent there too. We ate for about £1- £2 per night each.
We got a cab into Koto Kinabula one evening to eat. Please be careful. There was a large area with dozens of restaurants and tables, chairs where you are accosted every two feet and presented with a menu with hardly any prices. The only price was the soup which was twice as dear as the meals at the beach bar. We asked about the lack of prices and were greeted with a shoulder shrug and a plate of peanuts which we were charged £2 for. Needless to say we refused to pay and left the exact money for the two beers we had. Then we got a cab back to the beach bar. I doubt that we were the first people this happened to.
The absolute best thing about our stay in Borneo was our trip to the Orangutan rehabilitation centre in Sandakan. This was amazing and probably the best memory of any holiday.
We have serioulsy thought about going back to this hotel but it is a long way from England. and five nights was definatley just about right for us. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and doubt anyone will be disappointed with it.
- 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