5* Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa - Kota Kinabalu

The Shangri-La Rasa Ria is a luxurious five-star resort set on a fabulous one and a half-mile beach and surrounded by its own 18-hole championship golf course and a 68–acre nature reserve. Located a 40-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu city, on clear days you can spot the peaks of Mt Kinabalu in the distance. Besides the long white-sand beach, there’s a huge free-form pool, fitness room, tennis courts and the renowned Chi Spa. Activities include a variety of watersports, bicycle tours, a river boat trip, horse riding, fishing, diving, golf and walks through the resort’s nature reserve.

As you would expect, the resort offers numerous excellent dining options: breakfast is taken at the Coffee Terrace, which is also open for lunch and dinner with international and Asian buffets; open in the evening, the Naan Indian restaurant combines the Moghul cuisine of northern India with the tropical spices of Goa, whilst the Japanese Kozan teppanyaki restaurant is a fun experience as the chef cooks the food in front of you.

For even more variety, there’s also the Tepi Laut – set out as a series of open-fronted shop-houses specialising in different Asian cuisines and finally there’s also the Oceano Italian restaurant, which are both open for lunch as well. The resort has 499 rooms and Riviera guests will stay in the Garden Wing where the rooms include bath/shower, hairdryer, safe, minibar, cable TV, tea/coffee-maker, free wifi, a private balcony facing towards the sea and with view of the extensive beautifully landscaped gardens.

Rating: Five Stars

Malaysia & Borneo
14 days starting from £2099pp 

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