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 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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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (5098)
  • Very good (1454)
  • Average (404)
  • Poor (114)
  • Terrible (60)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best service, friendly staff & beautiful resort!

Aug 4, 2020 benedict90paul Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Great room, nice seaview, great food & super helpful staff. If you want to stay away from the busy city and enjoy the seaview, this is the place to go. We took the Staycation package and it is really worth it. Will be back again for more staycation!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating What a wonderful holiday

Aug 4, 2020 liewwf Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Every surprises were perfectly arranged. Thanks for all the staff's effort. I really appreciate it. Smooth check-in and check-out procedures. All orders were instantly responded. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing visit December 2020

Aug 3, 2020 misstee28 Nairobi, Kenya

We travelled from Kenya . We got to Borneo on Christmas Eve. The reception was very well decorated especially the tree lit by cycling therefore kinetic energy . Loved the rooms and hotel was in rainforest but still had a beach to it . Adventures : we did kayaking and cycling ( this was around the hotel outside loved it ) Food : buffets were… Read more
We travelled from Kenya . We got to Borneo on Christmas Eve. The reception was very well decorated especially the tree lit by cycling therefore kinetic energy . Loved the rooms and hotel was in rainforest but still had a beach to it . Adventures : we did kayaking and cycling ( this was around the hotel outside loved it ) Food : buffets were amazing in terms of presenting and variety . The resort was indeed very busy . Loved the beach beds and sofas placed in all different convenient spots . We shall definitely visit this resort again for more days . Read less
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Aug 3, 2020 AhmadNajib00 Kuala Lumpur

Reservations requires improved coordination; inquiries to-date has yet to be answered. Details on amenities and required bookings (for dinners) should be informed during check-in - some details run contrary vis-a-vie welcome letter.
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Aug 2, 2020 HanaeNoma Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

this was our second time here. Gotta say, love this hotel more then Shangri La Tanjung Aru. Room is spacious with a kind size and a day bed. Clean and comfy. We requested for ground floor and they managed to book us in one. Love the swimming pool and slide for the kids. The property is very beautiful with tonnes of activities for the kids. Love… Read more
this was our second time here. Gotta say, love this hotel more then Shangri La Tanjung Aru. Room is spacious with a kind size and a day bed. Clean and comfy. We requested for ground floor and they managed to book us in one. Love the swimming pool and slide for the kids. The property is very beautiful with tonnes of activities for the kids. Love the reserve too but I do hope the management can maintain it better. Breakfast spread was awesome and the food there are delicious and reasonable priced. Only complaint was the long process of checking in and out. Had to queue for a very long time. Read less