Rasa Ria resort

Kota Kinabalu Travel Blog

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We had an early flight to Kota Kinabalu this morning to start our Borneo holiday. At the airport we hopped in a taxi for the short ride to the Shangri La Rasa Ria, except it didn’t turn out to be a short ride. In fact Rasa Ria isn’t in Kota Kinabalu, it is 45’ north in Turan, which will make some of our planned trips quite difficult.


Oh well, the Rasa Ria is definitely worth it. Stepping out of the taxi we were welcomed in with a gong and another man played a welcoming tune. We were then seated in the lobby with iced tea while our bags and rooms were organised. The Rasa Ria is enormous and the rooms are wonderful, with a private balcony view over the South China Sea. The gardens and the pools are spectacular, so we had a wander around and a swim before lunch at the Terrace Café (one of the five or so places to eat). After lunch we swam in the pool and in the ocean, and had a pleasant laze reading our books. We had dinner in the Grand ballroom, and then walked over to the Nature Reserve (the Rasa Ria has its own 64 acre Nature Reserve full of rescued animals) for the nocturnal show. We sat quietly at the reserve headquarters for an hour, and we saw something that may have been a slow loris, and we definitely saw a large civet run halfway down a tree in front of us and then jump onto another tree. Definitely a good place for a holiday.

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