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Our 3 days 2 nights Activities in Shangri-La Rasa Ria @ Pantai Dalit, Tuaran, Sabah

Family Vacation Penang to Kota Kina...
Family Vacation Penang to Kota Kinabalu Firefly Airlines x Shangri-La Rasa Ria
I have always wanted to make the most out of my days spent during vacation - enjoying a 5 star resort with a beautiful beach, savouring gourmet food, engaging in a few local fun or unique activities, and kid-friendly facilities are indispensable lately. So I decided to get a little far away from home, letting our young toddler experiences taking a flight. 

Firefly Airlines have been catching my attention after they launched 3 new direct flights from Penang to Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Johor Bahru in 2022. Soon, an amazing opportunity came knocking - we had a collaboration with Firefly Airline and Shangri-La's Resort which we will be flew from Penang to Kota Kinabalu via Firefly, and get hosted 3 days 2 nights at the wonderful Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort surrounded by beautiful coastline and nature. Thus far this is one of the most memorable we ever had as a family of 3.

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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah
The happiest one during the vacation with her Firefly plush toy in the comfy bed 

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort


There are dozens of wonderful hotels and resorts in Kota Kinabalu that worth checking out and today we are heading to one of the impressive resort - Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort in Pantai Dalit. We have stayed in a number of fine hotels and resorts, but Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort differ in the vibes and offerings. 

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The resort is a sanctuary that located within a forest reserve with vast acres of natural forest. It has a wonderful 3km beachline that offers beautiful sunset view, and a small hill that requires 30 minutes hike which reward you a beautiful Borneo sunrise with glimpse of Mount Kinabalu. 

Out of the 499 rooms in the resort, we stayed in Ocean Wing Junior Suite Sea View. Good thing about staying in Ocean Wing is that every room has an outdoor bathtub. As a guest of Ocean Wing, we are also entitled to additional privileges such as 
  • Exclusive breakfast buffet in Oceano Modern Grill
  • Complimentary mini bar in room
  • Exlusive arrival through private lobby
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Private lobby checking in

Ocean Wing Junior Suite 


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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah
Welcome drink in room

We were happy to get to stay in such luxury and spacious room, but the kid is the one who were in jubilant mood, running into the designated bathroom, then into the balcony looking at the horizon, before digging into the mini bar and ask us for the potato chips she spotted.

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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

And we really enjoyed the outdoor balcony. It makes a perfect scene to take Instagrammable photos, and the patio round rattan sofa is so relaxing for a unwind session while enjoying the breeze wafting our face. After the young kid fall asleep, I lay there, gaze at the horizon while being accompanied by random harmless insects and it felt so surreal to have such an escapade from the hectic urban life to this serene seaside.

activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

If you feel like enjoying life to another notch here, you can engage the spa at the resort to prepare a bubble bath at the outdoor bathtub for a small token. Again, guess who was the happiest to indulge in the bubble bath? The enchanment of the bubble bath magic has been impregnated into our kid's mind till the day I am writing this article, as she is still playing with bubbles non stop during bath hours. 

Eateries in Shangri-La Rasa Ria


Fret not about food choices in Shangri-La Rasa Ria even though the resort is located within a natural enclave. The only thing you should worry is about your stomach capacity.

Exclusive Breakfast for Ocean Wing Guests - Oceano Modern Grill

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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah
The kid woke up unusually early in the morning for breakfast

One of the greatest perk of staying in Ocean Wing is that you get to exclusive visit to Oceano Modern Grill for their breakfast. It has lesser traffic, better choices and services.

Even better news if you are an early bird and someone who goes for heavy breakfast. You can enjoy your breakfast in Oceano Modern Grill first in the early morning, and head to Coffee Terrace for another breakfast before it closes at 10.30am or vice versa!

The exclusive breakfast at Oceano Modern Grill is provided on a la carte buffet style. You can order anything from the menu given in a limitless manner, and there are some other food such as waffles, churros, noodles and etc are available at buffet counter on help yourself basis.

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Pan Seared Australian Beef Striploin 80gm

Highly recommend you to try their Breakfast Steak, which is a pan seared Australian beef striploin 80gm and Egg Florentine! 

The Eighth


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Sabah Tiger Grouper Pot

activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah
Chili Lobster

We were surprised to learn there is a Chinese and Oriental Restaurant - The Eighth in the resort. Usually Chinese food are offered in banquet and as a la carte dishes in hotel but The Eighth shines by serving Chinese dishes with a modern twist, and the seafood dishes here are must try as they get fresh seafood on daily basis. After all, the Southern China Sea is just within walking distance right?

One of the must order here is their Sabah Tiger Grouper Pot. The grouper is served in a pot along with superior broth, fried yam, mushroom, fish maw, red dates, wolfberry and ginseng, resulting a naturally sweet broth that is very appealing. Even our little kid can take quite a number of the soup! The soup becomes even savoury when it rains with chilling weather. 

Apart from that, the resident chef here, Chef Ng also carves his specialty dishes including Roasted Duck and Dang Gui Salted Chicken. Other worthy dishes here that we tried including Chili Lobster with Fried Mantou, Double Boiled Chicken Soup in Coconut and Yam Basked with Kung Pow Chicken. 

A very satisfying meal here at The Eighth that you should not miss.

Kozan Teppan-yaki

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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

The action packed Kozan Teppan-yaki Japanese restaurant in the resort provided additional fun to the dining experience. Over here, the chef will cook your food in front of you on an iron griddle, and perhaps fire up the dishes for you to witness the jaw-dropping moments. Seeing every dish prepared specially for us is so satisfying. 

Over 4 different types of Teppanyaki set is offered here, namely Kaze (Wind), Ten (Sky), Umi (Sea) and Kozan (Mountain). The price range starts at RM 207 nett per pax for the Kaze set to RM 388 nett for the Kozan set. We can tell you it is worth the price, considering we are served Hokkaido Scallop, Sabah Slipper Lobster, French Foie Gras, Australian Wagyu Beef Eye and ended with a garlic fried rice and dessert for the Kozan set. 

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If you are a fish person, you can choose to go for the Umi set (RM 297) which we have tried too, featuring Hokkaido Scallop, Sabah Slipper Lobster, Norwegian Salmon and Black Cod.

A la carte dishes, wines and sakes are in the menu too. 

Tepi Laut Makan Street


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Tepi Laut is where we spent most of our dining hours. Does this mean we enjoy the food here? Yes we do, the food here is nice espcially the local dishes such as Tuaran Mee. Nevertheless, the main reason we frequenting Tepi Laut is the close proximity of the restaurant to the pool, so the kid can immediately enjoy her lunch or dinner after a fun time in the water. On top of that, the food in Tepi Laut is relatively affordable.

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Tuaran Mee

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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

Buffet dinner is available on certain days at Tepi Laut, where different stalls counter in the restaurant will be operational and churning out delicious dishes. The restaurant is brimming with actions where chefs are busying rolling the dough and baking pizzas in the big oven, frying the wok to prepare the delicious Tuaran Mee after you select the ingredients, or slicing the sashimi to serve on your plate.

Activities in Shangri-La Rasa Ria


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Kid having fun by the beach

We always thought staying in a good hotel is a luxury because we ended up letting the luggages "sleep" inside the room and we spent most of the time exploring the cities or other places. Well, we changed out thought after a well spent 3 days 2 nights here as the resort offers a series of activities that we essentially found time is passing too fast here.

E Foiling


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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

We had no idea what is E Foiling until we were introduced to it at the resort. Apparently, it is one of the coolest and latest water sport craze globally and therefore is one of the must try water activity when you are in Shangri-La Rasa Ria. As of the time penning this articles, E Foiling is exclusively available in both Shangri-La Rasa Ria and Shangri-La Tanjung Aru in Sabah in the entire Malaysia. 

Basically, E Foiling is an electronic surfing board that allows it to "fly" on top of water while you are on the board. It was fun and thrilling, with no prior experience needed as the trainer will give you the basic training that will make you succesfully stand on it. After all, balancing and water confidence are what you needed, thought we did swallow a few round of salty water before manage to succesfully "surf".

Don't miss the fun whenever you are here. Sign up for the E Foiling and you would not regret the experience lifelong. It cost RM 120 for 30 minutes and RM 240 for an hour session. 

Borneo Sunrise


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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

I did not regret waking at 4.30am to join the Borneo Sunrise hike as I was rewarded with one of the most breathtaking sunrise with the sight of majestic Mount Kinabalu. The hike was made better as there are 2 experienced rangers tagging with us, detailing us the wonders surrounding the natural reserve and helping us to spot the rare animals such as bearcat, civet cat, reptiles and many more. 

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The hike was easy as it was only a 98m ascending hill and will take probably 30 minutes. As we reached the top, beautiful sunrise awaiting us along with some delicious food. You may go for the premium package that comes with a bottle of VCP Champagne serve to you on top of the hill if you decided to splurge like us. It cost RM 565 nett per couple  for that (RM 158 per couple for light refreshment) and otherwise RM 45 nett per adult just for the guided walk without food. 

Other natural related activities offered in Rasa Ria Reserve including Canopy Walk, Night Walk with or without night vision goggles, ranger experience (for children above 4 who wants to learn basic jungle skills), bird watching and stingless bees experience.

Kids Club


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activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

Bringing a kid to a vacation could be a daunting experience if there is no activity to keep them entertain at times. Fret not at Rasa Ria Resort as there is a kids club with different activities such as treasure hunt, beads making and many more planned at certain time of the day so you can provide your kids with a fun filled vacation.

On top of that, the Cool Zone Club is like a mini playground for the kid to enjoy. Our kid was busy playing puzzles here while the mother has gone for a short nature walk in the adjacent Rasa Ria Reserve. 

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Meanwhile, the adventure zone is another small playground to keep the little one engaged in physical activities, so they may have a great sleeping time later!

Swimming Pool


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The kid is eager to head to swimming pool

activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah


activities Shangrila rasa ria resort tuaran sabah

Another thing that the kid loved the most in the resort is the swimming pool. Our daughter was so eager to jump into the pool the moment we just arrived in the resort despite the scorching sun.

As Ocean Wing's guests, we have exclusive privilege to access to the swimming pools in Ocean Wing. It is less crowded and bigger, so the kid has a quiet and relaxing time here. Since MCO has been lifted, the resort management has decided to put back the 2 giant big floats in the pool too.

We can access the pools in Garden Wings too. Over here, the pool has a slide and is more kids oriented, but it is relatively crowded too. The kid had a fun time taking the water slides but has to endure a bit of kid traffic here.

Spa


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After having the kid settle down, it has come to time for us as the adult to unwind ourselves with a spa during vacation. After all, our muscles have been stiffen over time and it is time to get it loosen a bit. 

Conclusion

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Thanks to Shangri-La Rasa Ria for hosting us and Firefly Airlines for flying us from Penang to Kota Kinabalu on a direct flight. The 3 days 2 nights at Rasa Ria Resort were well spent, and staying in a resort within a natural enclave is an enlighting and surreal experience. It gave us a much needed escape from the hectic lifestyle and restart our mind and physicall wellbeing.

On top of that, Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort has everything you need in a vacation here - fun, food and rest. Certainly a resort that reaches beyond our expectations and worthy for every penny spent here. 

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort


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