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Shangri La Tanjung Aru
Why we like it
- Alluring tropical retreat situated on the northern tip of Sabah overlooking the South China Sea
- Two wings of luxurious, spacious rooms and suites exude a contemporary style blended with traditional Malaysian influences
- CHI spa specialising in plant-based treatments designed to naturally balance well-being and restore vitality
This idyllic resort is also host to an array of unique activities for young and old, such as Majong lessons, learning the art of napkin folding, blowpipe competitions, mudball making and learning the language of Bahasa.
The service provided is excellent. It is the most enjoyable experience and most the memorable holidays, we have had, have been when we have travelled with A&K.
- KO, London
An emphasis on contemporary luxury has been inspired by the colours and textures of traditional Borneo and each room boasts its own private balcony.
Chi, the resort's signature spa, typifies its namesake with an emphasis on personal vitality and well-being. Based in a uniquely designed 'Spa Village' this blissful oasis offers treatments that will soothe and inspire. Discover your personal element sign as the therapist chooses one of the signature therapies for you, based on the traditional five elements. With an abundance of things to see and do at this resort, you can be as active or relaxed as you wish, and with a choice of eateries and bars you can relive the memories of the day under a setting sun.
Kuala Lumpur/Langkawi (Malaysian Airlines)
11 hours 30 minutes non-stop
GMT +8 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
November - April (Peninsula Malaysia)
March - October (Borneo)
Malaysia's climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. A typical day is warm and humid with balmy evenings. The main rainy seasons fall from November to February.
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Suggested itineraries in Malaysia & Borneo
Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet
Nights: 24 | from £105,000pp
Join an exotic, around-the-world expedition personally designed and accompanied by A&K founder Geoffrey Kent. Snorkel the coral reefs of French Polynesia, discover Borneo's elusive orangutan and snowmobile across a glacier in Iceland, enjoying privileged insider access, five-star hospitality and the comforts of our privately chartered Boeing 757 featuring fully reclining first-class seats.
Highlights of Sabah
Nights: 9 | from £2,325pp
Sabah, Malaysia’s ‘Wild East’, is a lush natural wonderland where orangutans swing through the rainforest, azure seas teem with colourful fish and former headhunters display skulls in traditional bamboo houses. Meet the people and animals of Borneo on a trip combining real adventure with true luxury.
Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp
Discover the myriad faces of neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia, exploring their diverse cultural heritage, spectacular rainforests and beaches, lively temples and markets, and – most unmissable of all – some of Asia’s most delectable food.
Legends & Longhouses
Nights: 11 | from £2,925pp
Jungle-clad Borneo is a wild island like no other, home to orangutans and former headhunters. Discover its natural and cultural wonders in the twin Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah: trace meandering rivers to meet indigenous tribes, and explore vast caves chattering with bats and birds – taking time out to relax on beautiful tropical beaches.
Highlights of Malaysia
Nights: 11 | from £1,995pp
Explore the cultural melting-pot that is Malaysia, shaped by Chinese and Indian immigrants and years of British colonial rule, but with a flavour all its own. Discover the temples and markets of Kuala Lumpur and Penang, and relax on the white-sand beaches of tropical Langkawi island, all in classic luxury.
Borneo Wildlife Adventure
Nights: 8 | from £2,995pp
Introduce the family to the wildlife of one of the world’s great natural wonderlands – Borneo. Snorkel among dazzling fish, meet the great orange apes of Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and journey along the mighty Kinabatangan River in search of proboscis monkeys and exotic birds.
Eastern & Oriental Bangkok to Singapore
Nights: 3 | from £1,595pp
Relive the most glamorous era of travel on a journey through the tropical landscapes of Thailand and Malaysia. Witness the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai, explore the colonial streets and Chinese temples of Penang, and cross the Strait of Johor to discover the thrilling city of Singapore.