Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort: Why Going Here Will Complete Your Sabah Experience

Far inside a road heading towards the West coast of Sabah, lies the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort. Of the one week trip to Borneo that we experienced, this resort was one of the highlights. So why should you include this place in your Sabah itinerary? Here are 5 reasons that will put it on the list!

Sunset view

Sunset as seen from Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort
Photo courtesy: Kamya Buch

Sabah is listed as one of the top 10 places in the world for beautiful sunsets, and Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort allows you to experience this over a 10m stretch of empty white beach. The ocean facing rooms all allow a spectacular view of the sunset; and if you want to head down to the beach, you’ll see the sun setting in clear view over an endless ocean. Here’s a picture below:

Wildlife trail

A canopy walk in the jungles of Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort
Photo courtesy: Kamya Buch

Borneo is actually the world’s third largest rainforest, and Sabah contains a lot of it. The resort completes your Sabah experience by arranging guided walks through their own person forest and nature trail. On this trail, you get a real taste of the jungle in a man-made setting. You can spot vipers, exotic birds, plants, and even hanging bridges winding through the tree-tops.


The resort also allows you to experience some of the best water sports that Sabah has to offer. With fully qualified instructors, you can paraglide over their long stretch of ocean, or go speedboating into the distance. You can also kayak, go on a jet-ski or take a banana boat ride. These activities can be booked beforehand with their employees and they’ll give you and your group personal attention for each one!

Authentic Food

Food at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort
Photo courtesy: Kamya Buch

One of the things the Shangri-La group prides itself on is food quality, and Rasa Ria is no exception. They have a vast array of cuisines from traditional Malaysian, to Italian, to Indian food. No matter what your food interests are, you will definitely find something that leaves you wanting more. They even have authentic dishes from tribal Sabah that you won’t find in regular restaurants.


Tub on the balcony with an ocean view in Shangri La Rasa Ria Resort
Photo courtesy: Kamya Buch

Being one of the premier resorts in the area, the Shangri-La Rasa Ria resort leaves nothing more to be desired when it comes to the room. This will complete your Sabah experience because of the astounding quality of service and options available for rooms. You can experience a traditional herbal bath on your balcony facing the sunset, and also get an authentic Sabah massage experience that will leave you utterly relaxed. These experiences are available for guests of the ocean wing rooms in Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort.

So those are the five main reasons, but there are also more. Overall, the resort was definitely something that allowed you to experience authentic Sabah culture in all aspects, in simply a day or two.

If you’re looking for a magical getaway to a paradise beach, this should definitely be on your list. Don’t miss this place even for a day trip when you head to Sabah for a holiday.

Here’s another picture in case you still need convincing!

A sunset view from Shangri-La Rasa Ria
Photo courtesy: Kamya Buch

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