After visiting Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of our Malaysia trip, we took the short flight over to the area of Kota Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Borneo.
We decided to stay a week here and use it as a base for visiting the Orangutans at Sepilok and exploring the area.
There is a fairly limited choice of 4/5 star accommodation in Borneo when booking through UK travel operators, but the Shangri La Rasa Ria stood out for me when planning my itinerary with Hayes and Jarvis.
The hotel offers views of the Borneo rainforest one way and the South China Sea the other.
There’s a variety of room types available depending on your taste and budget. We opted for an Premium Ocean Wing Room which is located in a little more of an adult focused area of the hotel (the Ocean Wing) and boasted extras including:
* A separate pool area
* Discounted a la carte restaurants
* Pillow menu
* Separate check in
* Separate breakfast restaurant
* A larger room with your very own (HUGE) bathtub on the balcony.
If you’re a foodie like me, you won’t struggle here. There’s an extensive choice of eateries including an Indian, Italian, Japanese, Tepi Laut (Malaysian Street food style) as well as a buffet restaurant.
They also cater well for different dietary requirements so make yourself known on arrival if this is needed.
The Shangri La offers bed and breakfast, half board or full board so you can choose which one you would prefer depending on how much time you spend in the hotel. This can be upgraded in the hotel if needed.
The Rasa Ria is a half an hour distance from the town of Kota Kinabalu where you can explore local shops, bars and restaurants as well as some more contemporary shopping centres.
The hotel does put on a payable shuttle bus service for guests to and from the town as it would take way too long to walk.
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