Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu 

Family friendly and amazing activities

This sophisticated resort has excellent facilities including one of Borneo’s finest spas and fun water play areas.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu is one of the region’s most popular luxury hotels. Curving around the South China Sea, it’s just minutes from the city of Kota Kinabalu. With contemporary rooms, a great kids' water area, lots of dining options and a standalone spa village, this is a fantastic destination for a family holiday.

Why we love Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

  • Beach dining platforms at Coco Joe’s grill offer amazing South China Sea views.

  • The Malaysian Hibiscus Scrub at the luxurious CHI, The Spa.

  • A schedule of daily activities including coconut bowling, crazy golf and yoga.

  • The on-site marina offers sunset cruises, private charters, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking.

5 stars
Apr - Sep
15¾ hours (not including stopover time)
On the seafront, just outside Kota Kinabalu
Approx. 10 minutes' transfer from Kota Kinabalu airport
Wellness, Spa, Suitable for children



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Families
  • Good to Know

Watch the dishes being created at the live cooking stations at Café TATU, enjoy Cantonese cuisine at Shang Palace or head to the beach to try the grills at Coco-Joe's. The Cool Box Ice Cream bar is a popular venue for all of the family and it when it comes to drinks, you can choose from the Borneo Lounge or head to the Sunset Bar.

International dishes are served from the live cooking stations at Café TATU.

Coco-Joe's Bar & Grill
A relaxed beachside setting for grills and seafood dishes.

Shang Palace
With Cantonese specialities, this Chinese restaurant is the place for delicious dim sums for lunch and dinner.

Borneo Lounge & Bar
Located in the main lobby, this is the place for light refreshments and drinks with nightly live music.

Cool Box Ice Cream Bar
Choose your favourite flavour and toppings with a visit to the interactive ice cream bar.

Sunset Bar
Set on its own peninsula with views of Kota Kinabalu and the South China Sea, this is the perfect place for sundowners.

Coco-Joe's Bar & Grill has a wonderful beachside setting with views across the South China Sea.

What's included

Breakfast at Café TATU.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Café TATU.

Chi, The Spa is a unique stand-alone 'spa village' that sits on an 'island' connected to the hotel via a private causeway. Traditional Borneo treatments begin with a welcoming foot ritual. Facilities include eight villas each with their own herbal steam room, relaxation area and private changing room and a spectacular private yoga pavilion extending out over the South China Sea.

Facilities include a leisure centre, petanque, table tennis and pitch and putt. Each day there is a menu of activities to choose from including t'ai chi lessons, blowpipe competitions, napkin folding and coconut bowling.

STAR Marina is the centre for watersports with a range of motorised and non-motorised activities. Try stand-up paddleboard yoga at the swimming pool, rent a kayak or try an introductory dive. Every day there are transfers to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru supports two local primary schools and has upgraded classrooms, installed water filters to provide clean water and provided science and technical equipment.

It has also developed a marine conservation programme and has created the Clownfish Discovery Centre to educate guests on their efforts to protect this species.

Children can enjoy the special treatment and extras that this family-friendly hotel provides. There's a water play area with fun slides and a giant tipping bucket and water balloon fights.

Cool Zone Kids Club (5-12 years) offers daily activities including arts, games and traditional handicrafts, and milkshakes and ice cream with a choice of delicious toppings at the Cool Box Ice Cream Bar.

A tourist tax is payable at the resort.

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