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Get an overview of this hotelKota Kinabalu luxury resort with a private beach

5-star Sabah resort

This Malaysia beachfront resort on Borneo's northern coast is a 10-minute drive from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Poring Hot Springs is 30 minutes away.

Private beach

Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa features a private sandy beach and 2 outdoor pools set in lush gardens. The spa's open yoga pavilion includes a deck over the South China Sea.

Balconies, views

Rooms At Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa feature balconies, views of the South China Sea or Mount Kinabalu, and LCD TVs. Bathrooms include separate showers and soaking tubs.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is located in Kota Kinabalu, capital city of the Malaysian state of Sabah. The 492 room seaside resort is just 10 minutes away from the airport, city and Coral Islands, and is surrounded by 25 acres of lush gardens.

The resort offers 4 restaurants and an abundance of recreational facilities such a water play area complete with slides, swimming pool with tapered shoreline, spa tub and infinity section for adults, a private sandy beach with direct access, 4 tennis courts, a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course, Cool Zone (Kids Club), Leisure Centre, a Health Club and fitness facilities, children's club, seven restaurants and CHI, The Spa. Amenities also include 11 meeting rooms, airport transfers (surcharge), wired Internet access (surcharge), and free parking.

A buffet breakfast is available (surcharge).

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Business center 
  • Children's club (surcharge) 
  • Children's pool 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Express check-in 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Garden 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Hair salon 
  • Health club 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Library 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Meeting rooms 11 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Number of restaurants - 4 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Outdoor tennis courts 4 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Sauna 
  • Free shopping center shuttle 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Tennis on site 
  • Total number of rooms - 492 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 1983 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Arcade/game room  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • Children's pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Outdoor tennis courts  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking, Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Balcony 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Climate control 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Desk 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • In-room massage available 
  • In-room safe 
  • LCD TV 
  • Minibar 
  • Phone 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Turndown service 

Where to Eat

Café TATU - Open kitchen design and cooking stations. Includes Mongolian, Tandoori, Asian noodles, and dim sum. Breakfast buffet, lunch à la carte, and dinner. Casual dress.

Peppino - Modern Italian fare in an ambient setting, and wines from around the world. Dinner only. Smart casual dress.

Shang Palace - Chinese cuisine, including dim sum. 2 private dining rooms are available. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Casual dress.

Coco Joe's Bar and Grill - Serves lunch and dinner.

Nearby Things to Do

In addition to scheduled activities, the resort offers petanqué, a 9-hole pitch and putt golf course, and table tennis. Bicycle rentals, as well as a jogging path, are on site. Bay and deep-sea fishing and banana boat rides are available. The resort can assist with scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing and water skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Water skiing nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Snorkeling nearby 

Spa Services

Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa's spa and health club offers a variety of services and is open daily from 6 AM to 11 PM (spa treatments from CHI The Spa from 10 AM onwards).

  • Body wraps 
  • Facial treatments 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Spa tub in spa 
  • Massages 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 11 PM

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Special check-in instructions:

To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation.


Check-out time is Noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for MYR 170 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


The charges below are included in your overall room price:
  • Resort fee
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Valet parking fee: MYR 10 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: MYR 170 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

We should mention

A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa is listed in the 2010 Travel + Leisure 500.
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