Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

The hotel

An incredible resort, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa offers not only exceptional accommodation but just about every amenity you can think of! As well as a beautiful beachfront swimming pool, a spa and water sports in abundance. For that extra touch of luxury, stay in the exclusive Ocean Wing with private lobby, swimming pool area and an Italian restaurant offering daily breakfast just for Ocean Wing guests! Alternatively, enjoy a glimpse into the cuisine of Asia at Tepi Laut Makan Street, simple food stalls serving the most delicious dishes in a unique and bustling atmosphere.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Children's Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Horse Riding

Where is it

Surrounded by 400 acres of lush tropical landscape, the Rasa Ria is set on Pantai Dalit Beach, 35 minutes from the shopping and commercial districts of Kota Kinabalu. Private transfer time from Kota Kinabalu Airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

499 rooms in the Garden Wing or Ocean Wing. All with private lanais on the ground floor or private balcony, air-conditioning, cable LCD TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar*, safe, iron and board and either rainforest, garden or sea views. Deluxe Rooms have views of the rainforest and are in the Garden Wing with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds and a day bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 11 years.

Half Board/Full Board options: Includes breakfast and buffer dinner in Coffee Terrace or Tepi Laut. Should guests wish to dine at other outlets, they will receive the following credit, any additional spend will be charged to the guests personal account.

Half Board credit: MYR 80 (credit not applicable to children on free Half Board)

Full Board credit: MYR 160

Deluxe Garden View Rooms, also in the Garden Wing, overlook the lush gardens, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds and a day bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 11 years.

Deluxe Sea View Rooms have views across the gardens to the South China sea, with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds and a day bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 11 years.

Junior Suite Sea Views are in the exclusive Ocean Wing and have over-sized bathtub on the private terrace/balcony and sweeping sea views, benefits include breakfast and private swimming pool and Jacuzzi area.

  • Free Nights: stay for 7 nights, pay for 6 (stay for 12, pay for 10) for stays completed between 1 Apr–25 Jul '19, 26 Aug–28 Sep '19, 6 Oct–26 Dec '19, 3 Jan–23 Jan '20 and 31 Jan–31 Mar '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Honeymoon Offer: honeymooners will receive a fruit basket, chocolate plate and honeymoon set up in room upon arrival, one time cocktail of the day at the Sampan Bar, 20% discount on Spa and VIP check-in. Stay 5 nights or more to receive a bottle of wine upon arrival or stay a minimum 5 nights in Premier Room Ocean Wing Garden View or Premier Room Ocean Wing Sea View to receive a dinner credit at RM300 per couple at Oceano restaurant. Proof of marriage certificate is required upon arrival. 

  • Booking Bonus: book by 30 Nov '19 to receive up to 25% off the accommodation cost between 1 Apr–25 Jul '20, 26 Aug–28 Sep '20, 6 Oct–26 Dec '20, 3 Jan–10 Feb '21 and 18 Feb–31 Mar '21 when staying 4 nights or more in a Deluxe Room, Deluxe Sea View Room, Ocean Wing Junior Suite Garden View or an Ocean Wing Junior Suite Sea View. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Free Nights: stay for 7 nights, pay for 5 (stay for 12, pay for 8) for stays completed between 1 Apr–25 Jul '20, 26 Aug–28 Sep '20, 6 Oct–26 Dec '20, 3 Jan–10 Feb '21 and 18 Feb–31 Mar '21.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

On a beautiful stretch of secluded beach with a great choice of activities

Set amidst 400 acres of tropical rainforest

A great choice of on-site activities

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • 10% off food and beverage consumed in the resort
  • 20% off in the spa
  • Fruit basket in all rooms upon arrival
  • RM 100 credit towards the Nature Reserve with a minimum 7-night stay.

Oceano (Italian restaurant offering exclusive breakfast to Ocean Wing guests and authentic Italian dining in the evening for all), Coffee Terrace and Golfer’s Terrace (casual fare), Kozan (Teppanyaki), Naan-Flavours of India, Tepi Laut 'Makan Street' (Malaysian street food). Lobby Lounge bar, Sampan Bar. Private swimming pool and Jacuzzi for Ocean Wing guests. Beachfront freeform swimming pool and kids' pool. Spa* and health club. 18-hole championship golf course*. 64-acre nature reserve. Water sports* including canoeing, parasailing and jet skiing. Tennis courts. Kids' club (5-11 years). Babysitting* (on request). Laundry service*. Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour room service*.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department have introduced a Tourism Tax on accommodation across the country. A flat fee of RM10, approximately $2.34, will be taxed per room per night on all types of hotels and accommodation options. This tax is solely for foreign tourists and they will be liable to pay directly to the hotel upon check-in. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful secluded resort with large pools, private beaches, not to mention a nature reserve

Oct 15, 2019 Laurie D Melbourne

The staff were as good as I have encountered anywhere in the world. Nothing was too much trouble and you were always greeted with a big smile. Many restaurant options, and plenty of places to relax. We are already planning another trip.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Strongly recommend for your resort stay

Oct 13, 2019 けんいち た

We stayed at Ocean wing’s junior suit for 2 nights. Their hospitality was one of the best in my life. Facilities, views, the room were excellent as well as the hotel’s staffs’ heartful and kind hospitality. After our wonderful experience of Rasa Ria, we moved to Sutera Resort. Since Rasa Ria stay was so good, we were so disappointed of Sutera’s… Read more
We stayed at Ocean wing’s junior suit for 2 nights. Their hospitality was one of the best in my life. Facilities, views, the room were excellent as well as the hotel’s staffs’ heartful and kind hospitality. After our wonderful experience of Rasa Ria, we moved to Sutera Resort. Since Rasa Ria stay was so good, we were so disappointed of Sutera’s services and their poor hospitality. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Luxury

Oct 13, 2019 PRESSTHEBUTTON

We booked a trip through Trailfinderswho done us proud everything went very smooth. They booked us into the Rasa Ria at the end of our adventure for a weeks Beech and pool time. We had an ocean wing room which was fantastic. A huge bed and living area, very good TV channels if you have time. Bathroom was luxurious with his and her sinks. Balcony… Read more
We booked a trip through Trailfinderswho done us proud everything went very smooth. They booked us into the Rasa Ria at the end of our adventure for a weeks Beech and pool time. We had an ocean wing room which was fantastic. A huge bed and living area, very good TV channels if you have time. Bathroom was luxurious with his and her sinks. Balcony was large with a day bed, table and chairs and a double bath. There was also a mosquito repellent gadget which we lit most evenings and done the job. A nice touch is the mini bar which is replenished daily 2 beers cokes and lemonade, bottles of water are provided in the room plus fresh fruit. The pool area is very nice, which is next to a huge beech. The reception area is very nice and the staff are always on hand to help, they are all extremely helpful. A call out to Sopry who was amazing. Breakfast was included in the Oceania restaurant and had everything you could ever want, As for lunch we ate by the pool some days which was quite reasonable. Other days we want to the Coffee shop which had sandwiches and cakes and is a nice escape from the heat. Evenings we ate in the Italian Oceania which was our favourite. The fresh fish was huge and not to pricy, there was an offer for a T Bone steak which was approx £20 bargain. However the cheapest bottle of wine was £38. We tried the Japanese which did not live up to our expectations as there was not really any show cooking, the food was good. The manager did make it up to us which was very good customer service. We tried the Malaysian restaurant which is outdoors, we didn't go on the street food night so just had items of the menu and it was very nice. The only other restaurant we tried was the Coffee Terrace where we had the sea food buffet which was fantastic , go hungry. All in all we had a brilliant week. My only complaint is the price of alchahol. A pint of beer is £9 a small beer is £6, cheapest bottle of wine £38 ish. A small single shot of spirit is £7-8 . I had read this so I got our driver to stop at a supermarket to buy some balcony beers. I would recommend taking a bottle of spirit, buy at duty free when you land at KL or Singapore as not available on internal flights and not available in supermarkets not that I could find. I do not pay these prices in London so they need looking at. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An amazing getaway

Oct 11, 2019 jttcl Singapore, Singapore

Our stay at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria at Kota Kinabalu was simply amazing! The resort fronted a beautiful beach with an equally amazing on-site forest adjacent to the property. As the resort faces west, we have beautiful sunsets every evening! The rooms were thoughtfully and tastefully furnished with all the necessary amenities and more... There… Read more
Our stay at the Shangri-La Rasa Ria at Kota Kinabalu was simply amazing! The resort fronted a beautiful beach with an equally amazing on-site forest adjacent to the property. As the resort faces west, we have beautiful sunsets every evening! The rooms were thoughtfully and tastefully furnished with all the necessary amenities and more... There are five restaurants on site to satisfy the various preferences... but our favourite was the ice-cream kiosk next to the pool! Talk about the pool... they are two pools on site, one for each of the two wings! The service staff from the concierge to front desk to house-keeping to dining were wonderful... polite, helpful and always with a smile on their faces. The lady at the ice-cream kiosk was always in high spirit even at closing hour at 11.00pm! Though i'm not into golf, i do see quite a number of golfers each morning and late afternoon on their well-maintained green. Apart from the sea-sports and water activities, I think the most impressive activities that I've experienced there that I've not seen in any other resorts that I've been are the various adventure trails in their own on-site eco-forest which is just adjacent to the hotel. Each of the five or more trails / activities is meticulously curated to highlight the unique flora and fauna unique to Borneo. This makes the hike a unique experience of discovery! Perhaps the only issue is the hour-ride out of the main city to the resort but then again, I guess that's the attraction of the resort! And the journey there takes you along the beautiful unspoiled hill-scapes of Sabah. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good escape from the noisy world

Oct 10, 2019 fahadzomia

From my own point view, this hotel with ocean wing is the best Shangri-La’s within Malaysia, Sunset and the sea view is unforgettable, you need big mobile memory to capture all the lovely moments. People are excellent (Mr. Sabri is my nominated one).