Located just 10 minutes from the center of Kota Kinabalu, the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort’s 492 rooms are divided between two wings – the Kinabalu Wing, with views of the ocean and Mt. Kinabalu, and the Tanjung Wing, with views of the South China Sea. All rooms come with complimentary broadband Internet access and satellite television. Dining options include Café Tatu for breakfast and dinner, where a variety of open cooking stations offer Mongolian, Tandoori, Asian noodles, dim sum, pasta, and more; Coco Joe’s Bar & Grill, a beach barbecue restaurant; Peppino for Italian and Mediterranean in a chic setting; and Shang Palace for gourmet, traditional Chinese. There are also three bar/lounge options. The property’s CHI Spa comprises five individual Island Villas, three Couples’ Villas and an open Yoga Pavilion, all located on Pulau Bayu, the resort’s private island, and there is also a state-of-the-art health club with juice bar and sauna. The Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort is a 10-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu Airport.
Location: This hotel is set in the backdrop of the breathtaking Malaysian gardens and Borneo’s mountainous landscape across crystal-clear sparkling waters, to truly give guests the tropical paradise feel.
History: The Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa is based in a region called Kota Kinabalu, in Borneo, which has a rich cultural heritage of natural wonders and rugged landscapes that have been millennia in the making.
Service: Guests will enjoy the Shangri-La’s famous five-star service, melded with Borneo’s warm and welcoming hospitality.
The resort consists of 492 guest rooms, split between two wings: Tanjung Wing and the Kinabalu Wing. Standard room amenities include: 24-hour room service, plush bathrobes, slippers and hair dryer, complimentary WiFi, international direct-dialing dual telephone lines with bathroom extension, tea and coffee-making facilities, television with 24-hour cable news, satellite, free in-house movie channels and radio with bathroom speaker, as well as an iron and ironing board in all rooms.
These rooms provide a guests with 484-square-feet of space, featuring picturesque views of majestic Mount Kinabalu. The interiors are marked with traditional Sabah-inspired touches, with rich woods and vibrant fabrics. Well-appointed bathrooms contain extra towels as well as Shangri-La’s own line of designer toiletries, and a soaking tub.
These rooms provide a guests with 484-square-feet of space, featuring expansive views of the picturesque South China Sea. The interiors are done up in soft pastels. Well-appointed glass-walled bathrooms contain extra towels as well as Shangri-La’s own line of designer toiletries, and a soaking tub.
These rooms provide a luxurious 506-square-feet of space, featuring expansive views of the picturesque South China Sea. Well-appointed bathrooms contain extra towels as well as Shangri-La’s own line of designer toiletries, and a soaking tub. The room also provides guests with office equipment and accessories, an in-room safe, and voicemail services.
Fitness buffs will enjoy the hotel’s well-equipped fitness facilities, featuring cardio machines, weights, and pilates machines. Those who require more personalized attention can always hire one of the hotel’s personal trainers. Sauna and juice bar facilities are available.
Business travelers will be grateful for the hotel’s conference venues, as well as its one-stop event planning services. Large events can be catered to in the 1,200-person ballroom, while smaller events can fit into any of the hotel’s other 10 function rooms.
The Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort boasts an expansive pool that spans an incredible 6,561-square-feet, featuring a jacuzzi and adult infinity pool section. The pool opens at 7am and closes at 10pm.
The Shangri-La’s CHI, The Spa brand incorporates a sense of place at its Tanjung Aru location, incorporating local, fresh ingredients and techniques into its treatments. The spa stands on its own island, connected to the hotel by a private causeway.
The resort has its very own ice cream bar, featuring a tantalizingly cool menu of ice creams, freezies, milkshakes, and more.
This relaxing venue, in the resort’s main lobby, provides patrons with live entertainment by night, as well as a tempting list of refreshments and light snacks.
This contemporary all-day dining restaurant features the entertaining element of live cooking stations, where patrons can watch as their dish is cooked by the Shangri-La’s culinary masters, right in front of them. The cuisine here ranges from Mongolian, Tandoori, Asian, Italian, and more.
Guests can enjoy refreshing cocktails, and succulent seafood at this contemporary beachside barbeque restaurant, featuring expansive views of the stunning South China Sea, best-viewed from the restaurant’s beach-dining platforms.
Not only the top restaurant at the resort, but also in all of Malaysia, this fine dining Italian restaurant offers authentic cuisine in a contemporary, chic atmosphere. Guests may choose to dine in the comfort of the air-conditioned indoors, or alfresco on the romantic outdoor terrace.
This top-notch restaurant serves up tantalizing Chinese cuisine, and is especially known for its dim sum, which is some of the best outside of China. The classically-designed restaurant provides diners with expansive views of the South China Sea, as well as the Kinabalu landscape.
Many guests of the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa use this beautiful venue, which features locally-inspired architecture in a stunning setting, for their group events, from cocktail parties to weddings.
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