The Gateway to Borneo: Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

What better way to find one of the best destinations to disconnect from the usual than in Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa located in Kota Kinabalu, capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah at the northern tip of Borneo.

Besides the breathtaking view and 25 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens on a peninsula surrounded by waters, this deluxe property is one of Asia’s most exotic retreats at only 10 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu Airport. Then again, everything else is 10 minutes away from each other.

Despite the undiscovered charms of Sabah, the Malaysian state is easily accessible through direct flights from almost anywhere within east Asia and even more so in Southeast Asia.

First opened in 1983, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa can accommodate 492 guest rooms that will have to be booked months in advance.Today, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa consists of the four-storey Tanjung Wing facing the South China Sea and the long sweeping bay of the Tanjung Aru Beach and the seven-storey Kinabalu Wing with rooms facing the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park or the Crocker Range, capped by the towering Mount Kinabalu.

All rooms open onto a private balcony and offer panoramic views of the gardens, the sea and the outlying islands.

Enjoy all the amenities offered by this peninsula all from the Water Play Area comprised of dedicated sections for toddlers, teenagers, and an interactive area for all ages. There is also a Water Battle Station with water balloon launchers, a 2,000-square-metre swimming pool with tapered shoreline for children and a Jacuzzi and infinity pool section for adults.

Other facilities include a beach, three tennis courts, a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course, a Leisure Centre and a fully equipped Health Club. You can go jet skiing, windsurfing, water-skiing or take a day trip to any of the five nearby tropical islands for swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving amongst the coral reefs.  A few miles inland, you can take a canopy walk through a spectacular rainforest, go white water rafting, plunge into a natural hot spring spa or go trekking on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu.

Or simply just enjoy the sunset in Sunset Bar or have drinks in Borneo Lounge and Bar amongst all the other options of cuisines the resort has to offer.

Not a lot of Shangri-La properties can claim the exquisite view from almost any point of the hotel that will scream luxury getaway complete with the impeccable service by one of the world’s best brands in the hospitality, hotel, and service industry.

Don’t take our word for it. Book your own flight to Kota Kinabalu and Shangri-La’s Tanung Aru Resort & Spa and experience the world of utmost relaxation for yourself.

Mabuhay Malaysia.

Drew Uy

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