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  • Description

    It is rare to be able to stay at a resort that allows you to enjoy the highlights of the country you are visiting without having to travel further than its grounds. Sabah’s remarkable natural attractions include a complex rainforest, glorious beaches and stunning wildlife, especially the orangutan – found only in Borneo and Sumatra.

    Secluded in a lush 400-acre exclusive beach resort and flanked by two mangrove-lined rivers with no immediate neighbours, guests staying at Rasa Ria will not feel crowded with holidaymakers as the resort buildings are spacious and stylishly decorated with tropical ambiance and enhanced with local accents.

    Rasa Ria is the only resort with a beachfront wedding pavilion and sunset pavilion in Kota Kinabalu, ideal for destination weddings. There is a stunning Coast function room with floor-to-ceiling beachfront windows and a 749-square-metre grand ballroom and outdoor venue that can cater to 550 guests.

  • Accommodation

    There are styles of room types from which to choose from Garden Wing and Ocean Wing, each promises a sense of comfort and luxury that combines the traditional local touches with modern facilities such as ethnic style artworks, wall mounted wide screen television, complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband connectivity and international satellite channels.

    We have the perfect accommodation for honeymoon, suites for long-staying guests, interconnecting room for families travelling together, a Premier Room for stay-cations and, of course, views of the manicured tropical garden and of South China Sea.

    A dedicated wing comprises exclusive facilities and special privileges; the Ocean Wing offers unparalleled experience to our guests from the moment they make a booking with our team, On arrival, they will be greeted by a grand Ocean Wing lobby, a well-designed lounge area that reflect a sense of calm and serenity. Personalised check-in and special room amenities are just some of the benefits

    Leisure Facilities

    Energetic guests will be challenged with over 60 resort activities on-site to suit all age groups, including, golfing, bicycle rides, tree-top canopy walks, nocturnal animal night watch, orangutan viewing, ranger experience for the young ones, kids club activities, archery, wall-climbing, tennis, gymnasium, swimming pool, sea sports activities such as jet-ski, banana boat ride, windsurfing, parasailing, water ski, standing paddle board, boggie board, ocean kayak and more. Back on the beach, guests can also enjoy horseback riding, beach volleyball and the list goes on. Every morning our enthusiastic recreations team goes around the resort to invite guests to participate in the activity of the day. In addition, The Spa team offers foot reflexology by the pool and massages in the tranquility of a treatment room for those who prefer a more relaxing activity. On-site travel agencies can assist with excursions and tour bookings.

  • Bars & Restaurants

    Rasa Ria’s Malay name aptly means “A Taste of Happiness,” and this description certainly applies to its restaurants, which offer guests an extensive range of options. Other pulling factors that make one yearn for a return visit include the gastronomic options available, which will satisfy the most discerning of palates as well as the many outdoor activities that will satisfy even the most adventurous of spirits. Oceano, the Italian restaurant strikes a contrast with the laid-back hawker-style fare offered at Makan Street at Tepi Laut Restaurant. Alternatively, one can choose to dine at the resort’s award-winning Indian restaurant – Naan: Flavours of India – or enjoy a simple yet elegant teppanyaki dinner at the new Kozan restaurant, whereas those preferring a casual vibe can opt for the Coffee Terrace. The ideal spot to witness the sunset is Sampan Bar while Lobby Lounge is the prefect venue for after-dinner drinks.

    Additional Information

    Following 20 years of joint management between Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa (RRR), the Orangutan Rehabilitation and Conservation Programme has ultimately reached a successful conclusion. The wildlife conservation programme at Nature Interpretation Centre continues, and there are plans to expand conservation education and activities whereby visitors can trek deep into the nature trails with the rangers to learn about exotic plants native to the area as well as the indigenous wildlife living in the 64-acre Nature Reserve.

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