Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort ~ Kota Kinabalu

Located just 10 minutes away from the city, this luxurious, tranquil retreat provides the perfect setting for an amazing tropical getaway. Sophistication surrounds you in a lavishly decorated suite inspired by Borneo's rich cultural heritage.

A paradise for the senses 

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A gentle breeze caresses your face as you wake to the sound of waves lapping the beach. The balcony opens up to an inspiring vista of sparkling coral islands and swaying palm trees. This is the beginning of your vacation in our award-winning hotel


Exceptional comfort in the tropics

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Kota Kinabalu, comprises 492 luxurious rooms and suites in two wings – the Kinabalu Wing and the Tanjung Wing. All rooms are designed to provide contemporary luxury inspired by the colours and textures of traditional Borneo. Kinabalu Seaview rooms and suites offer memorable views of both the ocean and Mount Kinabalu, while rooms in the Tanjung Wing face the South China Sea.

Guestroom features

  • 24-hour room service
  • Bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer
  • Complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi Internet access
  • International direct-dialing dual telephone lines with bathroom extension
  • Tea / coffee-making facilities
  • Television with 24-hour cable news, satellite, free in-house movie channels and radio with bathroom speaker
  • Iron and ironing board in all rooms

Kinabalu Club privileges

  • The Kinabalu Club Lounge on the sixth level of the Kinabalu Wing, offers the following exclusive benefits:
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary evening drinks
  • Private lounge
  • VIP check-in service


Enticing array of Asian restaurants

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa offers an enticing array of Kota Kinabalu restaurants serving international and Asian gourmet specialties. Café TATU is a contemporary establishment featuring a varied buffet breakfast and dinner in an open-kitchen design. At Coco-Joe's Bar & Grill, an engaging culinary and cultural performance pays tribute to Borneo’s fascinating heritage. 

Voted one of the best restaurants in Malaysia, Peppino has a contemporary and chic Italian ambience, while Shang Palace upholds the ancient tradition of delicious Chinese cuisine. Kota Kinabalu’s iconic Sunset Bar is perched at the edge of the South China Sea. Satisfy sweet tooth and dessert cravings at Cool Box Ice Cream Bar.


Explore a tropical retreat from land & sea

A serene beachside retreat just minutes from busy Kota Kinabalu, Tanjung Aru Resort offers a range of engaging activities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Exclusive to guests and club members, the Health Club is fitted with the latest gym equipment in addition to dedicated areas for cardio, weights, Pilates and personal training. These extensive facilities are complemented with a juice bar, sauna and male and female orientated zones.

The resort sits alongside an inviting stretch of sparkling South China Sea beaches, including Tanjung Aru Beach and Sunset Beach. The resort's pool is a whopping 2,000-square-metre cool respite from the tropical heat and comes complete with tapered shoreline for children, a Jacuzzi and infinity pool section for adults.

Business Centre

Business facilities are available 24 hours a day at The Wedding Planner Centre, with complimentary high-speed Internet access, email and printing services. Copying and fax facilities are available for in-house guests through guest relations. The Business Centre offers state-of-the-art equipment and around-the-clock service.

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CHI, The Spa

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. CHI, The Spa, at Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa offers a unique spa design concept. A standalone spa village sits on an island connected to the hotel via a private causeway. Traditional Borneo treatments on the spa menu are plant-based in nature, energy aware and reflect the multi-cultural heritage of the region.

Children Water Play Area & Pool

The first and only one of its kind in Borneo, the water play area comprises of a dedicated section for toddlers, teenagers and an interactive area for all ages. Enjoy theme-park-quality water slides for adults and children measuring a total length of 100 metres. Our other fun facilities include water battle stations with water balloon launchers, a 2,000-sqm swimming pool with a tapered shoreline for children and an infinity pool section for adults.


Things to do

You wonder, "What to do in Kota Kinabalu?" Exciting adventures beckon as you set out to discover all Kota Kinabalu’s delights. Making your way to Kinabalu National Park, you are thrust into a jungle paradise of natural wonders, rugged landscapes and scenic beauty. From the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, to the famous orangutans in their natural habitat, breathtaking sights await you every step of the way.

Departing from STAR Marina, the private jetty exclusively owned and operated by the resort, you head to the neighbouring coral islands, which are part of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The clear blue waters surrounding the islands offer an amazing snorkeling experience with tropical fish and coral. Here, you can get your heart pumping with adrenaline by participating in water sports on the South China Sea. 

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