Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia


If you are planning a visit to Malaysia, check out the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, a luxurious hotel with  its own private beach and splendid views of nearby coral islands. Located ten minutes from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, the resort has 492 rooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, and other recreational opportunities.

All of the rooms have been recently renovated to provide contemporary luxury inspired by the colors and textures of traditional Borneo. The standard rooms come equipped with free Internet access, satellite television, separate shower and soaking tub, and premium Shangri-La toiletries. The suites have some of the largest and most posh accommodations in Kota Kinabalu and include separate sitting rooms, spacious bedrooms and enchanting views of the South China Sea.

For health and leisure, the resort offers a range of engaging activities for relaxation and rejuvenation for adults and children.  CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La is a stand-alone “spa village” that includes eight villas that has its own herbal steam room, spacious relaxation area and a private yoga pavilion with a deck that has spectacular sunset views.

The resort is currently under renovation, but will be reopened on 15 March 2011 and will include a new pool, a redesigned Coco-Joe’s and Sunset Bar, and expansion of the Health Club among other building improvements. However, if you do decide to plan a trip during the renovations, the resort offers complimentary daytime shuttle service to Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort if you want to stay undisturbed during construction.

Room rates start at MYR 560 per night and reservations can be made online.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa
20 Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru
88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
+60 88 327 888

About Megha Patel

Megha Patel is a travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. She writes hotel reviews and travel guides.