By Mohd R Jamaludin
Sabah is a romantic destination and there are ample activities for a couple to ensure that they have a memorable honeymoon.
Whether couples choose to take in the sights around Sabah, share cocktails, watch spectacular sunset, enjoy a cosy dinner or just spend a day relaxing on the beach, a honeymoon at Sabah's Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu is sure to be full of memories.
Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa offers one of the most ideal settings for honeymooners in the Asia Pacific region.
Its suites and rooms overlook the South China Sea, white sandy beaches and 25 acres of exotic gardens.
It's a strategic hub to explore Sabah, being located conveniently just 10 minutes away from the city centre, the international airport and five coral islands offshore.
"At the 495-room Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, an average of 12 honeymoon couples check in daily," says Matthias Roeke, the resort's general manager.
"And these are just the ones who make reservations on our Borneo Romance honeymoon package - I am sure there are others who prefer complete privacy during their stay," added Roeke.
"Honeymooners deserve the pampering we accord them and the resort has seen an increase in the number of honeymooners and wedding solemnization ceremonies in recent years."
The "Borneo Romance" package caters specifically to honeymooners and couples, allowing them to indulge in the romantic ambience the resort provides, from the moment they arrive - from the beating of the gong announcing their arrival to the rose petals on the bed and gifts for the couple in the room - right up to a selection of gastronomic experiences in a relaxing and soothing ambience.
"Honeymooners deserve special services during their stay, and we do our best to make the occasion as memorable as possible for them," says Tulip Noorazyze, the resort's Director of Communications.
"Some couples prefer to relax in the tranquility of the resort's gardens while others prefer to soak in the sun on the resort's private beach.
"Some prefer a little more adventure during their honeymoon and can indulge in such activities as climbing the famous Mount Kinabalu, white-water rafting, diving or jungle trekking."
Sightseeing options are endless, from a river cruise to see the Proboscis monkey and fireflies, to a canopy tree-top walk to be at peace with nature or a visit to the orangutan sanctuary.
Sunsets in Sabah are breathtaking, offering spectacular views of the South China Sea, and Shanri-La Tanjung Aru's Sunset Bar is by far the most popular spot from which to watch a sunset while enjoying cocktails.
The resort's cabana dinner at Sunset Beach and Peppino's, or balcony dining options, are a haven for lovers, where the can enjoy the evening in complete privacy - romantic candlelit dinner with roses, taking in the cool sea breeze and a clear starry night.
Many couples from as far away as the UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia and Japan have recognised the impeccable tranquility of the resort's surroundings, making it an ideal venue for a romantic honeymoon escapade.Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin Sunday