Walk on the Wild Side
From lush rainforests abundant with exotic flora and fauna, to pristine beaches boasting breathtaking sunsets, there are few places better than Borneo for natural beauty at its best.
Borneo is famous for its wildlife, rainforests, national parks and marine life, not to mention its fascinating ethnic heritage.
If in search of a sojourn that will reacquaint you with nature, yet still provide a necessary dose of rest and relaxation, look no further than Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu on the island of Borneo. Borneo is famous for its wildlife, rainforests, national parks and marine life, not to mention its fascinating ethnic heritage and beautiful beaches, making it a sought-after holiday destination.
Situated on the northern tip of Borneo, you’ll find the stunning Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort, Kota Kinabalu. Situated on the idyllic sands of Pantai Dalit beach, this stunning hideaway is surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical rainforest, including a unique nature reserve.
The resort offers a variety of accommodation, from Superior Rainforest View to Deluxe Sea View rooms. With unobstructed picturesque views across landscaped gardens and the azure South China Sea, one could happily admire the panorama all day long. Adorned with earthy hues and natural wood, each room complements the luxurious ambience and natural surroundings.
One of the key highlights and most unique attractions is Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort’s very own nature reserve nestled within the resort grounds. Here you can meet the true star of Borneo - the orangutan - and learn about the amazing conservation efforts by the Sabah Wildlife Department and Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort to save, support and rehabilitate these beautiful animals. With the guidance of local rangers, guests can encounter the charismatic orangutans in their natural habitat for a fascinating glimpse into the heart of Borneo’s forests.
In addition to the orangutans, Borneo is teeming with rare and wonderful wildlife including mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and lush vegetation. Venturing into the forest canopy is the best way to experience the vast forest expanse in all its natural wonder. Traverse the dedicated canopy walk at 30 feet in height and 240 feet in length, to enjoy guided activities from the treetops, which include bird watching and information sessions on the region’s flora and fauna.
To familiarise yourself with a broader array of local species, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park serves as rehabilitation centre for tigers, elephants, proboscis monkeys and other endangered animals. Alternatively the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre offers a sprawling mangrove forest allowing visitors the rare opportunity to see wetland inhabitants, which are ordinarily inaccessible.
For outdoor enthusiasts keen to explore terrain outside the resort, a hike on Mount Kinabalu is a must. The tallest mountain in Malaysia and third tallest peak in Southeast Asia, Mount Kinabalu stands at 4,035 metres, towering majestically over the land. Rich with plant species and wildlife, it’s one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world. A true test of physical endurance, the hike is well worth the effort, offering some of the most spectacular and breath-taking views across Borneo.
Visitors keen to simply unwind have come to the right place with an array of pristine beaches. Tanjung Aru Beach is the best place to admire a sunset, while Tunku Abdul Rahman Park comprises five small islands of untouched coral reefs for the crème de la crème of diving, snorkelling and sunbathing.
Back in town, the Monsopiad Cultural Village offers insight into Borneo’s head hunter past with a museum dedicated to the famous Kadazan warrior who claimed the lives of 42 enemies. Each of the trophy skulls is showcased as evidence of the legendary icon. Cultural performances are a highlight and visitors can try their hand at using a traditional blowgun.
After a long day of exploration, indulge in a purifying or revitalising treatment at The Spa at Dalit Bay. Drawing a healing philosophy from the lush, surrounding landscapes and colourful culture, it’s the perfect way to end a day in Borneo.
A holiday wouldn’t be complete without culinary delights and Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort has an impressive array of fine dining. Sample local delicacies at the Tepi Luat Makan Street restaurant. Capturing the ambience of Malaysia’s simple food stalls, a range of tempting treats can be found in the open stall, street setting.
Kozan Teppan-yaki and Naan Flavours of India restaurants offer authentic Japanese and Indian Cuisine, while Coffee Terrace provides an all-day dining experience. For a veritable gastronomic treat, Coast Restaurant & Bar, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant is the resort’s signature eatery. Lovebirds can enjoy a lavish feast in a private, beachside gazebo for the ultimate Rasa Ria romance. There’s a good chance you may never want to leave.