Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu 

Tropical jungle meets the sea

Backed by rainforest and overlooking a white sand bay, Shangri-La Rasa Ria is both escapist and adventurous.

In a 64-acre forest reserve and with a private beach, Shangri-La Rasa Ria is a dreamland of activity. Family friendly – with paddock riding, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding – it also caters to couples, with a golf course, spa and twilight river cruises. Dining is classic modern grill and Malaysian street food with a side of ice-cream at the pool and sunsets at Sampan Bar.

Why we love Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu

  • Night walks with night vision goggles searching for nocturnal sambar deer and civet cats.

  • Serene stand-up paddleboard yoga at the Ocean Wing pool.

  • The Borneo sunrise hike to the summit of Timpak Pogimpaan for tangerine skies over Mount Kinabalu.

  • The Junior Resident Naturalist program is a unique treat that teaches kids jungle survival skills.

5 stars
Apr - Sep
15¾ hours (not including stopover time)
On the beach of Pantai Dalit
Approx. 45 minutes' transfer from Kota Kinabalu airport
Beach, Honeymoon, Wellness, Spa, Activities, Watersports, Suitable for children, Kids club



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  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Families
  • Golf
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From authentic Malaysian ‘street food’ at the Tepi Laut Makan Street restaurant and classic Japanese cuisine with a modern twist at Kozan Teppan-yaki, to international dishes at the Oceano Modern Grill, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Wherever you do decide to eat, our favourite foodie experiences include the Borneo Sunrise where you start the day with the sun rising over UNESCO-listed Mount Kinabalu and sunset cocktails at the laid-back Sampan Bar which overlooks the beach.

Coffee Terrace
Serving international dishes and lots of healthy food options.

Tepi Laut
Recreating a village of Malaysian street food stalls, Tepi Laut is a great place to try the local cuisine.

Oceano Modern Grill
Steak and seafood are the specialities from the grill and brick oven, served in the modern interiors of the restaurant or outside on the terrace.

Kozan Teppan-yaki
Watch the chefs prepare and grill seafood, meat and vegetable dishes in front of you in this popular Japanese restaurant.

Golfer's Terrace
A great venue overlooking the golf course - ideal for refreshments before or after a round.

The Eighth
Authentic Chinese cuisine with a modern twist is served at The Eighth.

Lobby Lounge
The place for afternoon tea, light snacks and evening cocktails overlooking the garden.

Ice Monkee
Serving ice cream and sweet treats.

Sampan Bar
Located on the beach, enjoy light snacks and cocktails at sunset.

Dalit Karaoke
Test your vocal range with a karaoke session at this popular lounge and bar.

The food stall concept of Tepi Laut has plenty of local dishes to try from satay to lobster curry laksa.

What's included

Breakfast at the Coffee Terrace (Garden Wing guests) or Oceano Italian Restaurant (Ocean Wing guests)

Additional Ocean Wing benefits • Welcome fresh fruit basket Exclusive access to The Courtyard, a private space with a dedicated booking desk, complimentary self-service Nespresso coffee and tea making station and free-flowing sparkling and still water, and a games and reading area

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast at the Coffee Terrace (Garden Wing guests) or Oceano Italian Restaurant (Ocean Wing guests) • Lunch or dinner at the Coffee Terrace or Tepi Laut Restaurant (if you dine at any alternative restaurants, you will have a set credit to use; any additional cost will be charged).

The Spa at Dalit Bay draws its healing philosophy from the stunning landscapes and the colourful traditions of Sabah. Therapies at the spa include massages, body scrubs, body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures.

As well as tennis courts, croquet, petanque and games area, a range of organised activities are available throughout the day. These include sunrise hikes, horse riding, beach volleyball, crazy golf, cycle tours, cooking demonstrations and firefly watching. You can also explore the nature trails of the 64-acre Rasa Ria Nature Reserve with a resident naturalist.

There are plenty of watersports on offer at Rasa Ria, including Jet Skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and catamaran sailing.

As part of Shangri-La's corporate social responsibility programme, Rasa Ria is supporting a primary school to improve its facilities and provide skills to the students. The robes for Ocean Wing guests support the Tuaran community. The Sarimpak design in the fabric has been created by artisan mothers, providing them with a sustainable income whilst preserving their cultural heritage.

Families with children aged five and up can don headtorches or night vision goggles and tiptoe into the forest in search of Borneo’s nocturnal wildlife, like the bearcat, sambar deer and slow loris, with the expert guidance of the Resident Naturalist.

Interconnecting rooms are available in both the Garden Wing and Ocean Wing. In the Garden Wing, two children under 11 years old can share existing day bed; and in the Ocean Wing, the hotel can supply a rollaway bed that sleeps one child under 11 years old. Baby cots are complimentary and on request.

The kids' club for 4-12 year olds is open from 9am-9pm and offers a fantastic range of supervised fun and creative activities which include Batik painting and kite making and flying.

The resort boasts an 18-hole championship course at Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club. Lessons are available from the pro or you can join the management team for a nine-hole tournament.

A tourist tax is payable at the resort.

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