They say marriages are made in Heaven but if the union happens in paradise then it’s one that would surely last lifetimes. Here’s what having a dream wedding at Shangri-La Rasa Ria in Sabah would feel like.
You await her, handsome and smug in the beautiful flower-filled gazebo nestled comfortably on the golden sands, the waves playing in harmony as if in tandem with your heartbeats when you stand ready to greet your blushing bride as she walks in shyly, looking up with a smile, her face glowing radiantly with the shine of the majestic setting sun as the sky bursts into a magical myriad of colours to celebrate your union.
Yes, you are at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu on Pantai Dalit Beach. Set in a nature reserve in Sabah, the resort constantly enchants you with its natural magic.
Toasts are made with sparkling bubbles as live music accompanies in the background, reaffirming why you chose the perfect destination. And then as the night passes, you take her into your arms into the beautiful honeymoon room set up for you both.
Champagne, chocolate and fruits shine in anticipation as you pop a soft macaroon in her mouth while she stares shyly at the welcoming bed. Not willing to give in so easily, you take her into the beautiful balcony where the luxurious stone hot water bathtub filled with rose petals awaits you both to rest in each other’s arms as you look towards the beach, replaying the amazing wedding in your mind.
Next morning, both of you adventure junkies walk up a hill in the resort where a special breakfast is set up to an amazing view of the sunrise. Then you lead swiftly to the longest zip liner in Borneo and land on the beach, where the catamarans await with their sails swaying colourfully and you both relax with the winds taking you where happiness awaits.
She’s thirsty and as she’s looking around, the jet ski finds its way with bottles of fresh tropical juices as hospitality is just the basic necessity of the staff at Shangri La Rasa Ria who manage to serve even without being asked for.
Parasailing, jet ski, kayaking and more follow as her laughter brings a smile to your heart. Unique to the resort is the Nature Interpretation Centre, gateway to the Nature Reserve where you can witness Sabah’s wildlife through the various walks available at the resort. The walk leaves you both sweaty but satisfied.
Her weary bones need not just your love but also the amazing and luxurious spa which treats both of you to aromatic massages making her feel like a princess as she glows both with the facial and happiness and both spend some time together in the bathtub.
The evening sees you both horse riding into the sunset, the sky creating magical backdrops as her eyes stare wondrously, resting her head on your shoulders, thankful life gave her the perfect match.
Twilight happens all too soon. But with sunset cocktails and dinner in a beach-side gazebo served by your own private butler, you don’t really mind as her favourite music is played live echoing in the silent beach skies as candlelight flickers in harmony.
At night, comfort comes in the form of a pillow menu card as she chooses the one perfect for her weary neck, even while you offer your shoulder.
Next morning, swimming in the expansive pool ends with mouth-watering breakfast leaving her eyeing the last honey covered pancake on her plate and complaining about how she’ll soon not fit into her clothes. And loving her childlike enthusiasm, you get her detox water to compensate for the indulgent chocolate dipped marshmallow and coconut ice cream which by no means justifies as breakfast as you assure her it will simply mean more of you to love her.
Dressed in matching golfing outfits, you show off your golfing skills at the eco-friendly championship golf course in the property. Days seem less as you both can’t get enough of the experiences the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa has in store. The farewell song by the smiling staff leaves her teary-eyed as you both set off to the beginning of your new life together.
About Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort and Spa
Situated amid 400 acres of lush tropical vegetation and crystal clear skies of Pantai Dalit beach, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and Spa is just 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International airport and 35 minutes from the city’s shopping and commercial district.
The resort comprises of 499 elegantly designed guests rooms and suites. For guests who demand the very highest of luxury, the Ocean Wing offers 173 premier rooms, with private outdoor bathtubs and a sweeping view of the sea and lush gardens. Luxury, class, pampering and hospitality, once you’ve experienced the splendour nothing else matters.
Shangri-La offers all the things any couple would need, as elaborated in the story above. The story might sound dreamlike, but all the facilities mentioned are very real.
Welcome to paradise.