Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa

Set along a pretty curve of wide beach where the rainforest meets the sea, this popular beach resort is a great retreat for nature lovers also seeking relaxation and a variety of activities.

One of the highlights is the adjoining 64-acre forest reserve which offers plenty of opportunity for hiking, canopy tours and wildlife encounters. You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and elegant rooms to enjoy in either the original Garden Wing or newer Ocean Wing, after a day of exploration.

Facilities & Activities

The resort’s lagoon style swimming pool with slide is set in lush greenery to give that tropical feel whilst you soak up the sun. Guests staying in the Ocean Wing also have access to a second quieter pool.

Unique to the resort is the Rasa Ria Reserve. There are many activities that take place from here such as bird watching and jungle walks (additional charges may apply).

If you’re looking for activity on the ocean, a variety of sports, including jet-skiing, water-skiing, kayaking, banana boat rides, windsurfing and stand-up paddle can be enjoyed at this beach front resort. Most are chargeable but you can enjoy an hour of complimentary Boogie Board and Ocean Kayak usage! Or set off on a bicycle to explore before joining in a game of petanque, table tennis, tennis, beach volleyball or beach football! There is also horse riding and the resort is adjacent to an eco-friendly championship golf course.

The Spa offers a selection of treatments which showcase the diverse Sabah culture, and incorporate natural botanical and herbal products, all set in relaxing surroundings.

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When it comes to dining, you are spoilt for choice with a wide selection of restaurants and bars to sample. Dine indoors or al-fresco at the Coffee Terrace which is the breakfast venue for Garden Wing guests. In the evening dinner is served buffet style with themes including Seafood and Roast Night. Over in the Ocean Wing, Oceano (exclusive to Ocean Wing guests) promises a wonderful culinary journey with dishes made from the finest locally and ethically sourced ingredients.

Kozan Teppanyaki showcases modern Japanese creations, grilled on an iron hotplate at your table, as entertaining as it is tasty! Or opt for traditional Malaysian ‘street food’ at Tepi Laut Restaurant. Additionally, The Eighth provides an authentic Chinese menu with a modern twist giving guests an elevated dining experience.

If you are taking time out on the golf course, the Golfers’ Terrace is the perfect place to relax both before or after a round.

As evening approaches, head to the laid-back Sampan Bar, grab a cocktail and enjoy the sunset views. The open-air lounge with soaring timber roof, Lobby Lounge, is a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely nightcap whilst listening to relaxing live entertainment. What a day!


The hotel has two distinct wings. The luxury Ocean Wing with 90 Ocean Wing Junior Suites and the Garden Wing. Bushbaby recommends the Ocean Wing, as you’ll benefit from an exclusive breakfast restaurant and pool as well as a complimentary mini bar on arrival which includes a selection of non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.

The Garden Wing features Deluxe Rooms which overlook the lush tropical gardens, ground floor options featuring a private lanai whilst upper floors have a split-level layout. Deluxe Sea View Rooms face the Ocean while Superior Rainforest Rooms feature natural wood furnishings and vistas of the tropical landscape from your private balcony.

The Ocean Wing Junior Suites are more spacious offering 90 square metres of lavish living space. Choose from garden, pool or sea views and relax in your oversized outdoor bathtub or enjoy ocean views from your terrace for a truly luxurious experience.

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A children’s pool with slide will keep them cool and occupied in the sunshine, or they can join in the fun at the kids’ club for ages 4 to 12 years, with activities including batik painting and traditional dance.

In the Garden Wing, one child can sleep on the day bed or for more space opt for one of the 6th floor Suites with separate sitting room where 2 children can sleep on day bed and extra bed.

In the Ocean Wing an extra bed can also be added, in addition to the day bed already present. Rooms adjoining by central lobby can also be requested for those travelling with older children.

The Deluxe Family Rooms in the Garden Wing and Junior Suite Family Rooms in the Ocean Wing are ideal for families with young children with bunk beds and special kids’ amenities.


The Shangri-La Group is committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner with all hotels taking measures to reduce energy use, plastic consumption and food waste. At the Shangri-la Rasa Ria we love the fact the hotel is playing a key role in supporting the amazing ecosystem within its 64-acre reserve and encouraging its guests to learn more about local nature conservation with a host of immersive experiences.


The Shangri-la Rasa Ria is set on a wonderful 2-mile stretch of beach a 45-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu airport (dependent on traffic).

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